I just got back from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). For those unfamiliar with the WPC, roughly 13,000 partners from 144 countries converged on Toronto to learn, dream and collaborate on how we can collectively enhance our services to benefit our individual customers, our communities and the global economy.
Two years again, when Satya Nadella became the CEO of Microsoft, Microsoft set the bold ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes. The simple idea was to help every person live a more productive and fulfilling life with the aid of digital technologies developed by Microsoft and enabled by partners like PEI.
The Digital Transformation comes from four desired outcomes:
- To engage our customers in more meaningful ways
- To empower employees at all organization levels
- To optimize operations
- To transform products
The notion of a bolt-on cloud application or closed business application packages that take years to fully deploy will not lead the digital transformation. This can only happen with system intelligence tailored to each company. System intelligence must be centered on platforms that can extend existing systems and business processes. They have to be agile, dynamic and capable of rapid deployment.
To start, we need to get away from the notion of deploying silo’d tools or simply upgrading applications. We need to be willing to question why we’re doing something, and be willing to explore new ways of accomplishing our objectives. Only then can we begin to truly transform our businesses.
Our request is simple. Are you willing to think outside the box, deconstruct your business operations, and be part of a creative process? Every day, we see disruptive technologies launch business and dominate markets. Is that for you, or is that only for the “other guys”?
Tim Krueger, PEI