AI-driven compassionate lending: Better for banks and customers 

Delinquency rates have been low during the pandemic. However, forbearance, social policies, and fiscal relief are phasing out. Institutions must be prepared for an oncoming bubble of non-performing loans (NPLs). As EY stated in a recent blog post, “With large swathes of retail customers and small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) expecting to need financial assistance to avoid…Read more

Addressing critical K-12 education challenges using data and AI 

Serena Sacks-Mandel | General Manager, US Education Customer Success K-12 educators devote their lives to ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve their best. However, their work has become more challenging in the past few years. Issues of equity and access, social-emotional learning, and educational achievement have been exacerbated by the…Read more

Consumer goods innovation amid retail uncertainty 

Lisa Griego | Director, Retail & Consumer Goods, Microsoft Delighting consumer goods (CG) customers has a different meaning today than it did more than a year ago. Every aspect of how we work, live, and shop has shifted since the COVID-19 pandemic, and I don’t think anyone would have imagined just how extensively this world…Read more

The golden age of health informatics 

While the field of healthcare informatics is certainly not new, the opportunity to derive novel breakthrough insights from digitized health data is. Informaticists have produced meaningful impact for decades, especially in the clinical decision support domain, where analytics have substantially shaped care pathways to deliver better patient outcomes. We’ve seen steady progress in accessing and…Read more

Celebrating educators for elevating learning in an uncertain world 

As K-12 schools, colleges and universities across the nation finish or near the close of the regular term, we are celebrating educators for once again elevating learning in this second school year of teaching in an uncertain world. Our Microsoft team is honored to support educators spanning the primary to higher education landscape, helping them…Read more

The four new marketing superpowers to master now 

Marketing leaders today have the power to understand and shape the customer journey in a way that was unimaginable only a few years ago. A customer experience that is more holistic than ever before is now possible. Cloud-based tools, applied wisely, have helped the marketing function move beyond product promotion to being a central strategy…Read more

A Strategy for Health Plans: Activating Social Determinants of Health 

The impact of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) on member outcomes has loomed large with health plans for over a decade. Social Determinants of Health Source: www.cdc.gov Health Plans have realized that by mitigating the negative impacts of SDoH, they can achieve substantial benefits. These benefits will certainly improve access and outcomes for members. These…Read more

The great transformation in healthcare: How it will impact patient experience 

As we participate in Patient Experience Week, I take a pause to acknowledge that we are living and working in extraordinary times. The COVID-19 pandemic has created massive, yet necessary, shifts in our healthcare system, none like we’ve seen before. We are witnessing 20 years of change and innovation all happening within a span of…Read more

How financial advisors can build better client relationships on social media 

Financial advisors know all about the value of developing relationships with prospects and clients. Whether you’re providing banking services, investment vehicles, or insurance products, you know that the number one way to get business is through personal connections and referrals. You rely on word of mouth and warm introductions to help you win people’s trust….Read more

Contact centers: Intelligent bots can increase average handle time 

All things being equal, reducing average handle time (AHT) in contact centers is a good thing. Any content center manager will tell you how critical this metric is. It is easy to understand why that is the case. While working with a customer, I determined that every second in AHT reduction was worth about $6…Read more

2021 Outlook: the Future of Life Sciences Customer Experiences 

Research from a large-scale survey of more than 1,000 senior pharma professionals highlights the divide between digitally adept companies and those that have been slow to adopt technologies. In this blog, we look at how the customer experience is changing due to COVID-19 for life sciences organizations.  Historically, pharma has lagged behind other industries in adopting digital solutions. With COVID-19 catapulting both the sector and…Read more