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Empowering women in financial services: Real leaders share real experiences 

Business operations have transformed tremendously over the course of 2020. Leaders across all industries, including financial services, have evolved how they communicate, collaborate, problem solve, and lead teams in a remote and hybrid work culture. And today, many of those leaders shepherding financial services companies through challenging times of change are women. A study by Oliver Wyman found that women now make up 20% of executive committees and 23% of boards at major financial institutions1.  Watch the Empowering...Read more

Creating a workforce for a digitally transformed future with Accelerate: Texas 

‌ Accelerate: Texas Creating a workforce for a digitally transformed future ‌   Programs | Partners As the world begins to reopen and businesses continue to adjust to a new reality post-COVID-19, the need for a more tech-savvy workforce will be paramount. The Microsoft Global Skills Initiative is a multimillion-dollar investment supported by robust collaborative partnerships....Read more

How Microsoft helps insurers thrive during challenging times 

In the lead-up to 2020, insurers were showing great staying power as they rode out an unsettled economy. But with the onset of COVID-19, that turbulence has only gotten more intense. Claims are becoming more frequent and more severe as catastrophic events happen at an increasing rate. Regulatory requirements are changing, and it’s become more...Read more

Empower your organization with secure and compliant collaboration 

Firstline employees are often the face of your retail business, which means that their performance can directly impact how consumers view your brand. These employees, however, can only support great customer experiences as far as their technology will let them. If your business isn’t building seamless and predictive customer service into each transaction, it can...Read more

Microsoft Federal helping agencies respond, recover, reimagine 

Over the past several months, we’ve seen some heroic efforts by our federal government customers to respond to the many COVID-19 impacts that have disrupted work and life in the U.S. and around the world. From the outset, our Microsoft Federal team has partnered with government agencies of all sizes and scopes to continue delivering...Read more

Inside leading energy firms’ plans for the future 

Energy markets are not exempt from the impact of digital change in the global economy. Recently, I attended a panel discussion hosted by Risk.net and Beacon Platform that explored what drives energy firms like Shell, NRG, and BP as they plan for the future, and how technology companies like Microsoft and Machina Automation support their...Read more

Driving the evolution: thoughts on Sibos 2020 

What a great week it has been at Sibos 2020. It was exciting to hear from leaders how they are adapting to a new environment, as they deliver digital value and innovate responsibly. The theme of “evolution” that Sibos landed on for this year’s event resonated with me on many levels, given the dramatic changes...Read more

Advocating for fairness and transparency in financial services AI 

Financial services institutions are increasingly using artificial intelligence (AI) to automate and augment their decisions. But when it comes to which AI algorithms to use, fairness and transparency must factor into the equation. Black box AI: a cautionary tale Some of the algorithms under heavy consideration today are called “black box” algorithms. While black box...Read more

Microsoft and American Hospital Association launch new AI in healthcare training 

Much like Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, the mission of the American Hospital Association (AHA) is succinct and straightforward: to advance the health of individuals and communities. Microsoft’s new partnership with AHA builds off our respective missions to launch an educational course on the future...Read more

The ESG data conundrum and the SDG funding gap: what’s the path forward? 

The financial services industry worldwide recognizes sustainability as both risk and opportunity. With a real global need, growing regulatory pressures, a clear moral mission, and unstaunched innovation, sustainability is proven to be a massive growth play. The green bonds market is on a roar and banks are raising their sustainable finance objectives, while investors hunger for green assets over brown.   Yet we’re...Read more