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Doing Business with Microsoft – Inspire Part 4

by Stephen White  |  July 20, 2018

The final keynote of Microsoft Inspire (combined with Microsoft sales conference Ready) was relatively short, but commenced with a demonstration of admiration for Satya Nadella from the on site partner and Microsoft sales participants. It’s certainly fair to say that the Microsoft CEO has a strong following among those most dependent on his firm and his […]

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Doing Business with Microsoft – Inspire part 3

by Stephen White  |  July 18, 2018

The Microsoft keynote (actually they are calling them ‘Corenotes’) session on Tuesday was without major announcement. The most significant business announcement from Microsoft wasn’t part of the session, however Microsoft did confirm an Azure win with Walmart, whilst significant, it’s of little surprise that Walmart chose not to work with a key competitor. This retail win […]

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Doing Business with Microsoft – Inspire Announcements Part 2

by Stephen White  |  July 17, 2018

Microsoft Inspire kicked off yesterday with the typical musical introduction and energy that accompanies the annual day 1 keynote. What followed though was relatively quiet, reinforcing messaging from 2017. Microsoft’s lead messages of ‘Digital transformation’ and ‘Empowering all individuals and organizations to do more’ were intertwined with empathy – effectively consolidating the ‘Hit Refresh’ message. My […]

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Doing Business with Microsoft – Inspire Announcements Part 1

by Stephen White  |  July 13, 2018

Microsoft’s annual partner conference is the principal vehicle and milestone for Microsoft to kick off it’s new financial year. Accordingly changes to commercial offers, approaches and structure are typically key messages from the event. Yesterday’s pre-event announcements were mostly product oriented, however, there were some commercial elements. Slack for Teams compete Microsoft announced that Teams […]

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The Value of Software Supply Chain Transparency

by Stephen White  |  July 11, 2018

Last summer I witnessed a passionate presentation addressing the need for greater transparency in the software supply chain. Many end user organizations may concur, interestingly the presentation was delivered at a vendor’s own event by another software vendor. The past month has  witnessed many observations about Gareth Southgate, and the manner in which a positive performance of […]

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