Podcast: Tony Scott discusses Microsoft IT transformation to business process, digitization of business

Tony Scott was recently interviewed by Peter High, president of Metis Strategy, for the “Forum on World Class IT” podcast series. During the 30-minute interview, Tony discusses the following issues with Peter: The genesis of Microsoft IT’s transformation to align to business processes, and how it derives from the desire to get the IT organization, systems architecture,…


Supplier Sourcing for Real-Time Enterprise

This is a guest post by Danielle Fox de Aguilar, director of supplier management in Microsoft IT. Danielle and team manage the worldwide supplier program for Microsoft’s internal IT department, which includes thousands of resources from 300 supplier agencies.   In September 2011, my colleague and Microsoft IT Chief Architect Barry Briggs blogged about how…


Moving to Big Data within Microsoft IT

This is a guest post by Barry Briggs, Chief Architect and CTO, Microsoft IT. The other day I participated in a live webcast to discuss “the new world of data on-demand now.” In short, the importance of big data processing to organizations. You can watch the 90-minute show here. The webcast included my colleague Terri…


A Mergers & Acquisitions Playbook for CIOs, Part 2

This is part 2 of a guest post by David Spinelli, intellectual property (IP) development manager, and George Anderson, IP architect, Enterprise Strategy Services team within Microsoft’s Services organization. In part 2, they discuss the elements of the playbook. In part 1, they discussed the demand for a common playbook to prepare for and manage…


A Mergers & Acquisitions Playbook for CIOs, Part 1

This is a guest post by David Spinelli, intellectual property (IP) development manager, and George Anderson, IP architect, Enterprise Strategy Services team within Microsoft’s Services organization. In part 1, they discuss the demand for a common playbook to prepare for and manage through M&A activities. In part 2, they discuss the elements of the M&A…


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…


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 on the Impact of Technological Changes on Outsourcing

This is a guest post by Barry Briggs, chief architect and CTO, Microsoft IT. This blog is an excerpt of a longer interview with Barry Briggs for an upcoming book by QS Advisory titled, “Emerging Models of Infrastructure Outsourcing.” Please contact Oksana Bukiy for more information about the book. Some momentous changes are happening in…


Balancing Productivity and Risk is Key to Consumerization of IT

  This is a guest post by Bret Arsenault, chief information security officer, Microsoft IT A few months ago, a gentleman from Dell wrote a blog why CIOs can’t ignore consumerization of IT. I tell CIOs ignore at your own peril. The topic is a déjà vu moment for me. More than 20 years ago I…


Does More Data Necessarily Lead to Better Decisions?

Is getting the right data to the right people at the right time enough to ensure the “right” decisions are being made? What roles do collaboration, informal processes, and analytics play in the decision-making process, and how important is it to measure and improve the ways people actually make decisions? Microsoft CIO Tony Scott discusses…