Expert insights into future trends of the financial service’s industry 

Whether you’re using an electronic payment app to buy takeout for dinner, accessing full-service banking from a laptop at home, or trading cryptocurrencies, you’re probably aware the digital revolution in financial services is quickly moving forward. At Microsoft, we’re eager to see how the industry will continue to evolve. To gather a variety of opinions on Read more

Hybrid work and the year ahead 

Like many of you, I’m looking at 2022 as an opportunity to continue evolving as a leader and to experiment with new ways to help my team thrive in a hybrid world. I talked a bit about what I think is next for hybrid work in my post last month. That’s why for this year Read more

Reflecting on another year that redefined work 

This embed requires accepting cookies from the embed’s site to view the embed. Activate the link to accept cookies and view the embedded content. This site uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. What a year it’s been. As leaders, we’ve continued to Read more

3 strategies every SMB CFO can implement to create value 

The challenges of the past year have reinforced the importance for CFOs and other finance leaders of small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) to balance business execution in the present while investing in capabilities for the future. Historically, finance has focused on strategies that protect value. Since CFOs and other finance leaders often sit at the center of the decision-making conversations, these individuals are in a unique position to create business Read more

Helping state and local government agencies address cyber security 

Cyber-attacks against state and local governments are increasing and accelerating – even before COVID, two-thirds of attacks targeted state and local organizations. From January to May of 2020, there was a 350% increase in phishing attempts, with attackers taking advantage of the fear and uncertainty driven by COVID. With a nationwide workforce moving to remote Read more

Mapping the Cybersecurity Executive Order Milestones 

The recent Cybersecurity Executive Order lists July 11 as the first major deadline for all Federal civilian agencies to provide updated plans for adopting cloud technology and implementing a Zero Trust Architecture. To help agencies meet this immediate need and to accelerate their long-term journey towards secure cloud and Zero Trust, Microsoft has recently published Read more

Re-envisioning the insurance industry with the use of intelligent tech 

Data is the driving force behind recent innovations in many industries, insurance being one of them. The innovation that we’re seeing currently—and will continue to observe in the years to come—is being driven by data and the tools that will enable data to be stored, collated, analyzed, and utilized. Looking ahead, the process of becoming Read more

The Power of a Purpose-Driven Career: Insights from Women Leaders in Government 

Mary Kaye Vavasour, Senior Program Manager, Web Applications at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and Kim Nelson, Executive Director of State and Local eGovernment Solutions at Microsoft, met just this year and have built a professional alliance with a combined 80+ years of working with technology in the public sector. The two recently sat Read more

Your data is a differentiating asset, not a commodity 

What makes data so valuable?  The data that an organization collects is unique: data delivers an advantage that cannot be purchased, copied, or created by competitors. Consider it a non-fungible asset. However, data alone is meaningless without the ability to organize and harness the power of that data to derive insights, gain a competitive advantage, Read more

Unifying your data for resilience to a changing world 

Digital Transformation is about understanding your industry, thinking about the future of your company, and owning your path as a digital company. Consolidating your data across the geographical diversity of your offices, workforce, and disparate data management platforms can be critical in your digital transformation journey. We talked to BrightSpring Health Services, one of the Read more

Corporate performance improvement aligns with ESG metric tracking 

More and more, businesses are recognizing that incorporating Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance, or ESG, into their products and services directly correlates to financial results. Doing good is no longer at the expense of doing well. For both stakeholders and customers, ESG represents another point in their decision making. As allocators of capital, financial services Read more

How a mindset shift transformed our finance department 

When culture and technology align, transformative things can happen. By shifting its mindset to embrace the cloud-based digital tools of modern finance, Microsoft’s finance department has been able to optimize internal operations and drive business partners to action. Adopting the tools and techniques of modern finance can increase productivity, impact, and influence for your own Read more