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A June 2016 report found that 84% of UK enterprises believe they could be making better use of digital technology to transform their business. Surprised? As the line between technology in our personal and working lives draws ever closer, customers expect more modern ways of working and communicating, while your staff expect the same level and quality of technology they use in their personal lives.

Working in the Microsoft ecosystem, the opportunities that Digital Transformation can bring to a business are huge. In recent years, Microsoft has put enormous effort into innovating new ways to help workers in the modern enterprise by prioritising mobile and cloud innovation.

The opening keynote at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference this summer addressed and exemplified the importance of Digital Transformation – a movement Satya Nadella believes is crucial for companies wishing to strive in the modern workplace. The keynote broke down Digital Transformation into four key pillars:

A collective understanding and implementation of these four pillars, Microsoft believes, form the basis for succeeding in the digital workplace. New partnerships between Microsoft and General Electric (GE) – marrying the intelligence of the Predix and Azure platforms – are breaking new digital boundaries that are so important today.

Where to start

The difficulty with Digital Transformation stems from establishing the correct form of transformation. To provide your workers with the opportunity to be the best they can be, Digital Transformation is a must – but you don’t want disruption just for disruption’s sake. Before you dive into the ‘how’ of digitising your business, you must first fully understand the ‘what’ and the ‘why’.

Determining which areas you need to transform; the current digital state of the company; your desired digital state and your options for getting there are all crucial questions that need to be answered before the process can go ahead.

At the Consortium, our breadth of technological knowledge can help you answer each of these questions. A partnership of five UK-based Microsoft Gold Partners, the Consortium offers the deep expertise of a boutique agency with the expansive product knowledge of a major technology agency. And on September 13th, we’re hosting an exclusive all-day event to explore Digital Transformation in its entirety; demonstrating its implementation with Microsoft technologies.

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Digital Transformation from every angle

Realising Digital Transformation with Microsoft technology sees how Microsoft technologies – such as Office 365, Skype for Business, Azure and more – can be catalysts for digitising your business. Our event aims to educate on every avenue of tech that can help your business. Below are some of the key topics and technologies that will be discussed, addressing questions you have about digitally transforming your company.

SharePoint technical advances for developers and IT professionals

Chris O’Brien. Head of Development, Content and Code. [image]

An 8-time recipient of the MVP award from Microsoft, Chris leads the development team at Content and Code for best practice, development standards and team readiness around SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure. He will be exploring in detail the benefits the modern SharePoint can hold from a technical standpoint.

Understanding the move to cloud communication with Skype for Business

Tom Arbuthnot. Principle Solutions Architect, Modality. [image]

Tom is a regular blogger and speaker at industry events including Microsoft Conferences and a respected figure in the Unified Communications technology community. Tom will be sharing his insight on the Skype for Business platform and how cloud communication is a crucial element of the modern workplace.

Faster out of the box – how SQL Server 2016 can change your game

Justin Langford. Director & Principal Consultant, COEO task management system. [image]

Most recently, Justin co-authored Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting. He will be sharing his knowledge on the specifics of the new SQL Server 2016 and its role in Digital Transformation in his session.

Ensuring successful program delivery with Project Online

Gero Renker. Director, Program Framework. [image]

Gero is a Microsoft technical specialist, he also works closely with the Microsoft Corporation Project Team, and he will be demonstrating how Project Online enables teams to collaborate and achieve overall visibility and real-time reporting in his session.

Cloud Transformation – migrating to, managing and securing Azure

Gordon McKenna. CTO, Inframon. [image]

Gordon is a Hybrid Cloud and Datacentre MVP and a 12-year Microsoft veteran. He will be sharing this knowledge with you in Inframon’s session, exploring the risks and rewards of the migration process.

Plus, expect many more sessions and speakers over the course of the day to help you understand the full breadth of Digital Transformation.

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Get on track for digital transformation

With free consultations offered at the event, Making Digital Transformation real with Microsoft technologies is your one stop for understanding, appreciating and implementing Digital Transformation in all areas of your business.

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Coming up in the rest of this series, we’ll dive deeper into the offerings of each of Consortium’s individual companies and detail more on the event as it gets closer. So, make sure you stay up to date with the blog!