Beyond the Back Office: Innovation and the CIO

Innovation is at the heart of business growth—accelerating speed to market, improving and developing business processes, partnering with business groups to develop new products/services, creating more customer value, and increasing profitability. But how can CIOs play a larger role in innovation throughout the business? Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Barry Briggs, discusses this topic with Michael…


Duncan Simester on Creating and Capturing Value Through Strategic Partnerships

Relationships between strategic partners are often endangered by tension between two conflicting objectives: creating and capturing value. While IT may provide opportunities to create value by improving coordination, there is a risk that these opportunities will be lost if the focus turns instead to who will capture this value. Microsoft Chief Technology Officer, Barry Briggs,…


Sustainability 3.0: How Technology Will Help Companies Win in the Coming Age of Radical Transparency

Since the emergence of the industrial economy, we have not had the mindset to place a dollar value on many of the earth’s ecological resources: clean air, water, land, and a stable climate. As a result, the real competitive cost of these ‘ecosystem services’ has not factored into business decision-making. In the next 5-10 years,…


How Microsoft IT is Landing End-to-End Cloud Quality

This is a guest post by Jacky Wright, Vice President of IT Strategic Services, Microsoft IT I recently joined Microsoft and Tony Scott’s team within Microsoft IT after several years at BP in London, as the VP/CIO Corporate Functions. I am excited to be part of Microsoft, a company that it represents everything I have…