Microsoft Inspire is well underway this year, with seven of the Modern Workplace Alliance (MWA) team members having made the trek to the city that never sleeps; Las Vegas.
This event gives us a great opportunity to spend quality time with local Microsoft Australia partners as well as other corporate contacts to ensure we are all aligned for the year ahead and beyond in the key areas: Modern Workplace, Security, Adoption and Change Management.
So what’s the story so far?1. Teams is the new hero product
Teams continues to be a hot topic for discussion. It is rapidly becoming the hero product for Microsoft much like Office and Windows were in previous years. Why? Because it is changing the way we work through better collaboration, better engagement and faster, more productive teamwork between customers and employees. The importance of this product should not be underestimated. Its capabilities bring in all the great elements of every other office application in one, easy to use hub of information. This allows communication to be instant and information is shared much faster than ever before.
There is a significant engineering effort in place and many more future additions to come such as increased customisation.
2. End of Life Products – do you have a plan?
As you are probably aware, we are nearing the end of Microsoft support for core solutions such as SQL 2008 and Windows Server 2008. Now is the time to start considering what your plans are if you have not yet thought about what’s next.
Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President of One Commercial Partner stated that there is still approximately 60% of the server install base (that’s a huge 24 million servers!) that are yet to be migrated. It needs to be highlighted that this presents a commercial, reputational and more importantly a security risk for a lot of customers. Therefore, a key focus for the year ahead needs to be on upgrading these customers either to new versions or migrating them to the cloud.
3. Innovation Priorities for MSFT in 2019/2020
Top priorities for MSFT for the next year include:
- A focus on the customer – customer outcomes needs to be prioritised.
- Simplicity - continue to make MSFT easier to deal with, both for customers and partners.
- Tech intensity - improving the competence of everyone (partner and Microsoft) when it comes to technical ability and outcomes - making it easier to find someone that can help.
Day 2 looks set to be jam packed with sessions and briefings from Microsoft on FY20 priorities and roadmaps, as well as programs that will allow us to accelerate digital transformations for our customers in 2019 and beyond.
If you wish to find out more about how these developments will affect your business and how Insync can help, get in touch!