To the Cloud: Exploring Cloud Models and Hybrid Ecosystems

  This is a guest post by Pankaj Arora, Senior Manager in the Global Strategic Initiatives team, Microsoft IT. See his prior post about the new book, “To the Cloud: Cloud Powering an Enterprise.” The first step to cloud adoption is to explore and understand cloud computing – its service delivery models (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS),…


To the Cloud: A Book Made for CIOs and Their Teams

This is a guest post by Pankaj Arora, Senior Manager in the Global Strategic Initiatives team, Microsoft IT When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer publicly declared “We’re all in” on cloud computing in March 2010, he wasn’t just referring to Microsoft’s products and platforms. He also was giving his own IT organization, which continues to be…


CIO and CMO: closer than ever before

I travel the globe speaking with a lot of CIOs, sharing best practices and learning what’s new. They tell me there has been a change in the importance of their relationship with the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Today’s consumers want real-time access to companies. They want a rich dialog and immediate access to products and…


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…


Barry Briggs and Michael Friedenberg on Consumerization of IT

We are all dealing with the consumerization of IT – the demand from employees to access corporate data using any device of their choosing, along with social networking and other “consumer” applications running inside corporate networks. Employees increasingly expect to work the way they want, where they want, and using the devices they want. As…


Dr. Hans Rosling Interview: Mindset Upgrade for the G20 World!

Microsoft Chief Technology Officer, Barry Briggs, interviews global health professor Dr. Hans Rosling. Rosling offers, with animated statistics and a provocative view of historical economic and social trends, a “mindset upgrade” for the emerging G20 world, in which, he says, “the West and Rest dichotomy is gone”. [Video]


Dr. Ian Goldin on Globalization and Building Resilience in Business Against Systemic Risk

Technological and economic growth have the potential to lead the 21st century to being the best period of human existence on the planet, but there are challenges. The scale of issues with which we are faced is unprecedented, and understanding their influence and impact is critical. The tidal wave of globalization has created a pace…