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Just get started: accelerating a data culture in your organization 

I recently spent an hour with Mike Lampa at Great Data Minds, talking about enabling digital and data transformation in the enterprise. The entire conversation is worth a listen. However, I wanted to highlight a few key enablers to accelerate a data culture. Mike mentioned that he still sees many enterprises struggling to make progress,...Read more

Four disruptive strategies for leading in finance 

Chief financial officers (CFOs) and other finance leaders have an incredible opportunity to create value for their organizations. As workforces across industries pivot to adopt hybrid environments, finance plays an important role in defining how organizations build resilience in the face of significant challenges and uncertainty. Four strategies we have seen our customers successfully employ...Read more

Demystifying Cloud Native for Java and Node.js Developers 

Have you ever wondered what cloud native applications are, what architectures they are based on or what services they use?   Professional developers on Code Project have pulled together a series of 21 articles that answers questions like “What is cloud native, and how do I get started?” and “How do I deploy Functions with Azure DevOps?” There are articles for both...Read more

Three strategies to build successful analytics teams and insights 

As organizations are collecting more and more data with their apps and tools, they are immensely interested in gaining insights from this data to improve business outcomes and customer experiences and to bring efficiencies. A Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft found that 85% of surveyed business leaders see analytics as central to driving business...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

Empowering business leaders to make good decisions with data and analytics 

As technology becomes more accessible to non-technicians, business leaders are taking more control over the tools and processes that affect their functional area. Whatever the business outcomes they’re striving for, these leaders can make use of progressive customer-facing applications and good data to create actionable insights that support their needs. In December 2020, Forrester Consulting conducted a...Read more

Why data? Why now? The business outcomes unlocked by data migration and innovation 

IT professionals are experts at answering the questions what and how. They excel at bringing an engineering approach to evaluating options and executing complex projects. But as technical executives take on more strategic leadership in their organizations, they are increasingly asking and answering the question why. This question requires more of a business approach, as...Read more

How to build business agility and resilience using data 

To some extent, the term resilience has become 2020 shorthand for “surviving a global pandemic.” But as technical professionals know well, the goal of resilience long predates the cataclysms we’ve faced this year. As Mark Russinovich, CTO, Microsoft Azure, states: “Resilience is the ability of a system to fail gracefully in the face of—and eventually...Read more

Sharpen your skills this winter 

It looks like winter will be even quieter than usual this year. So, if you’re in the mood for something more interesting than jigsaw puzzles and longer lasting than gingerbread, how about learning some new technical skills? Check out these Microsoft Learn modules to sharpen your cloud skills Four Microsoft Cloud Advocates have created modules...Read more

Flip the switch on remote productivity with Windows Virtual Desktop on Surface 

When COVID-19 hit the US earlier this year, organizations of all types and sizes had to metaphorically “flip the switch” to remote work at a moment’s notice. IT departments had to provision devices and customize remote environments that empowered users to essentially do business from their homes. The COVID-19 era obviously has introduced many new...Read more

#JulyOT – A month dedicated to learning and building IoT projects 

Attention all makers, students, tinkerers, hardware hackers, and professional IoT developers! The month of #JulyOT is here! To celebrate, we have curated a collection of blog posts, hands-on-labs, and videos designed to demonstrate and teach developers how to build projects with Azure Internet of things (IoT) services. This content ranges from video demonstrations of real-world...Read more

Unraveling the Azure Maya Mystery and building a world 

Last Hallowe’en, it was my pleasure to help launch the Azure Mystery Mansion, a text-based game built using Twine. Users explore the various rooms of an old house, picking up keys that allow final access to the attic where they claim the deeds to the house. In the process, rooms are unlocked by discovering solutions to small...Read more