ResearchNow Event – Design-led Innovation

“People never wanted the kettle, they wanted hot water,” says Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council. Disruptive design is not about incremental improvements. It’s about that moment of realisation, the lightning bolt that hits when you observe your customers and discover you are trying to solve the wrong problem. Talk to people,…

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Africa reaps the reward of new innovative high-speed broadband

Every now and then a story comes along which warms your heart (and lets face it, it’s cold out there at the moment) – and the 4Afrika initiative by Microsoft is one of them. It’s something we simply had to share with our Enterprise audience. Besides, it’s a great example of how tech innovation can help change…

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The head office of tomorrow? …It doesn’t exist.

For many years tech companies have been somewhat synonymous with rather drab, unimaginative offices that seem to hark back to some 1970s/80s heyday. This is no longer the case of course – Microsoft, Apple and Google all lead the way in futuristic building design. But ask many tech company employees where their head office is and…

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Your vision of the enterprise data centre – does it have a future?

Cloud is big. And by the looks of things, it’s going to grow to become the main focus for enterprise IT in the coming years – whether through public or private cloud. But where does this leave our faithful old datacentre? Does it still have a future in enterprise IT? Are we looking at some kind…

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Are you a business ‘Change Agent’? The next generation of marketers powering innovation

Marketers are using cloud computing to deploy a range of tools and services to run modern marketing campaigns. Microsoft’s Matt Ballantine discusses how these marketing Change Agents are driving innovation in this Guardian piece: The emergence and influence of marketing change agents in business Are you a marketing Change Agent? How do you work with…

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Office 365 Home Premium launches in the UK!

It was just last week when the brand new consumer version of Office 365 launched in a blaze of glory from a classic London double-decker bus. Check out all the launch action on the #catchthe365 hashtag on Twitter. Already there has been some fantastic coverage and some great videos to tell you about. Here is a selection…

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How we are achieving carbon neutrality

On 1st July 2012 Microsoft instituted a companywide commitment to be carbon neutral. This applies to Microsoft’s business operations in over 100 countries including the UK. To achieve this goal, we have created an accountability model which aims to improve efficiencies, increase our purchase of renewable energy, improve data collection and reporting, and further aligns…

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