On September 13th we had the pleasure of hosting our CIO-focused event: Realising Digital Transformation with Microsoft Technology. As our first major partnership event, it was great to see such a positive turnout. With digital transformation a hot topic in 2016, the event was the perfect chance for CIOs, technology decision makers and fellow professionals, keen to explore and understand what digitising your business truly entails.

The expectations of modern businesses are changing. Companies are in a constant search for methods and technologies that will improve productivity, while also wanting to keep costs and overheads to a minimum. The digital transformation process is pivotal in achieving a more efficient business. Becoming successful within this area however is certainly not a given. <a href="https://blogs project management tools.msdn.microsoft.com/jmeier/2016/03/08/digital-transformation-is-business-transformation/?utm_source=HootSuite”>JD Meier, Director of Digital Business Transformation at Microsoft describes the core challenge of digital transformation in a great blog post:

“…digital business transformation is the digitization of business. But as part of that process, you need to know WHY and WHAT you are digitizing before getting lost in the HOW of digitization”.

We know the challenges companies face today; your customers expect more, your staff expect the best tools and processes to do their job. And they expect all this for less. Our event explored how digital transformation can be met both strategically and tactically. For example, for some companies, transforming their business to compete in the modern enterprise may involve smarter storage and use of their data, while for others it may consist of more efficient project management.

With track sessions led by each of the Consortium members, including the knowledge of four Microsoft MVPs, our event applied Consortium’s mantra to the process of digital transformation.

Consortium is all about bringing you the essential tools you need in one place to compete in today’s mobile-first and cloud-first environment. We do this by combining our deep expertise, on the broadest range of Microsoft technologies, in a more attainable and flexible fashion. In the same sense, our event in the heart of London allowed attendees to focus on digitally transforming their business in the areas most appropriate to them. It was great to see attendees swapping between the various tracks based on their requirements for transformation and how technology could help.


“The breakout sessions provided a really valuable and more intimate setting to allow clients to not only learn from the presenter, but also from their peers, sharing their own experiences and challenges”.

Tim Wallis, CEO, Content and Code

The importance of Digital Transformation: today and tomorrow

Complementing our MVP speakers and kicking off proceedings was James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft UK. James has worked in the IT industry for over 29 years, and the last 15 of those have been at Microsoft. Highly engaging and offering great insight into the future of technology, James was keen to express the impact Digital Transformation can have on the modern business from all angles, including Microsoft’s mission to aid businesses in their digital transformation journey. He was a great representative for Microsoft and a great advocate for the event and it was an honour to have him lead our keynote! Thank you again James.


“Great keynote from James Akrigg at Consortium’s Digital Transformation event. Microsoft are taking big steps to enable digital productivity across the world.”

Louise Mahrra, Marketing Manager, Modality Systems.

Five segments of Digital Transformation

Microsoft has invested a large amount into innovating new ways to help workers in the modern enterprise. Satya Nadella emphasised this at WPC 2016 in Toronto, and this year, that effort has been centred on mobile and cloud innovation and the Digital Workplace. This process of transformation however, is not a small or quick one; Microsoft identified that companies are finding difficulties in determining the correct areas in which to transform. For attendees, we broke down each of those areas and common challenges faced in the digital transformation process – providing examples of the best approaches required.

“Enjoyed a great session led by Chris O’Brien at the Consortium event today, very interesting to get some insight into the direction Microsoft will be taking the SharePoint platform in the near future.”

James Boother, Marketing Director, COEO.

  • Office 365, SharePoint – talking collaboration and productivity, we highlighted how you should understand the scope of your migration options for on-premises and SharePoint Online.
  • Skype for Business – the power of communication, it’s so important to understand how to run successful Skype projects and realise the full value that Skype for Business can provide.
  • PowerBI, SQL– turning previously hidden and unloved data into actionable advice, it’s key businesses understand what advanced capabilities are available and if your data is better in the cloud.
  • The organisational impact of change – understanding how to run projects and digital change programmes effectively.
  • Azure migration, EM&S deployment – understanding your security concerns, deployment options and moving to Windows 10.

Looking ahead

A final thank you to all those who attended the event; it was great to see a mixture of new and familiar faces who were able to see how the Consortium could help them with digital transformation. Educating individuals from some of the biggest financial institutions in the world, such as JPMorgan Chase, were able to view digital transformation as not just a simple technology project, but a programme of business change underpinned by great technology.

It led to a fantastic experience all round, and with the first Consortium event under our belt, we hope that future events will continue in the same fashion! Make sure to check back with the Consortium blog for news on upcoming events and further information on Digital Transformation in the modern enterprise.