Microsoft Inspire Day One Highlights

July 11, 2017

Microsoft Inspire Day One – Read the highlights here!

Opening Keynote

The opening keynote from Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO) showcased the sheer scale of Microsoft’s partner network. There were people from 140 countries attending the event. Microsoft works with 64,000 partners who employ over 17 million staff worldwide. Microsoft announced a massive financial investment to further support partners.

Satya discussed the shift to a new paradigm called the Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge. These systems will no longer be bound by one device. User experience is set to become multi-device, multi-sense and infused with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Satya further explained how Microsoft will divide solutions into four key areas: Modern Workplace, Business Applications & Infrastructure, Data & AI.

The modern workplace is too often dominated by routine tasks, individual productivity, disparate system & tools and individual threats. Satya believes that the future workplace will move towards:

Creative & critical thinking will replace routine tasks

Dynamic & agile teamwork will replace individual productivity

Coherent & integrate solutions will replace disparate systems & tools

Increasingly sophisticated organisational breaches could replace individual threats

He predicted their will be a shift in business applications of the future. Current business applications can be impaired through monolithic suites, disconnected data silos and custom logic & extensibility. The future of business applications is:

Modular, modern business applications will replace the monolithic suites

Connected data graphs & artificial intelligence will replace disconnected data silos

Common data model & composite apps will replace custom logic & extensibility

The sheer scale of Microsoft Inspire event revealed!

Key take-aways from day one:

Finance is now available as a cut down version with a fully extended version available later in the year (possibly November 2017)

Power Apps migration from tenants available 21st July

AI is key to everything!

Favourite presentation of the day and why?

“Power Apps”. It was great to see so many female technical leaders present at this year’s event. The Power Apps presenter in particular was very tech-smart and helpful with all the audience questions.

Top quips overheard at Microsoft Inspire day one?

“Business Edition of Marketing is actually a new Microsoft acquisition. Watch this space for the full product details…”

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