Microsoft Inspire 2018: Day 2 Recap

Kristi and Tima at Microsoft Inspire 2018

This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 –Microsoft’s biggest partner conference. We’re bringing you the latest news and announcements. See the Day 1 recap here.

Kicking off Day 2 of Microsoft Inspire 2018, Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, hosted a keynote and shared some exciting news about One Commercial Partner and expanded opportunities for partners like Softchoice to co-sell with Microsoft.

We also heard from Jason Zander, Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Azure Team in the Cloud and AI Group, and Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Office 365, about new initiatives that will help us achieve digital transformation for our customers.

But for Julija Noskova, our VP of Marketing, the second day of the conference was really about diversity and inclusion (D&I), a key strategic priority for Microsoft and for Softchoice. Julija attended an amazing IAMCP Women in Technology Luncheon, where women like Gavriella Shuster, Corporate Vice President, Commercial Partner Channels & Programs at Microsoft, Julia White, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, and Kathleen Hogan, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Microsoft, shared their stories, struggles and career experiences. From what Julija tells me, it was a truly inspiring event for her and the one thousand plus women in the audience. Satya Nadella also joined the event as a special guest and shared his views on D&I. From what I hear, his authenticity and belief in building a more inclusive Microsoft were simply contagious. Satya is clearly an example to many CEOs on putting theory into practice and championing D&I.

I am excited to see what else Inspire has in store for us this week! Stay tuned for more updates and Microsoft announcements as we report back tomorrow on Day Three. In the meantime, follow our Softchoice team on social media via #SCInspire18, and connect with me on Twitter @lukeblack for more frequent updates from Las Vegas.

Microsoft Inspire 2018: Day 1 Recap

This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas, attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 – Microsoft’s biggest partner conference – and I’m excited to bring you the latest news and announcements.

The conference opened with an inspiring keynote presentation about digital transformation and the way people now experience life through technology. As Microsoft channel leaders took the stage to talk about opportunities for Microsoft and its partners, I was particularly excited to hear about the following news:

  • Windows Analytics will allow companies to scan applications on the compatibility to move to Windows 10, enabling IT to quickly obtain insights into the health and efficiency of their environment.
  • Windows Autopilot will facilitate end user productivity by allowing IT to deploy full Microsoft profiles to new devices, including end user logs, complete Windows OS and Microsoft applications.

As a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), Gold Certified Partner and Licensing Solutions Provider (LSP), Softchoice helps hundreds of customers leverage Azure and Office 365 to increase their IT agility and enable their end users. The Inspire conference is a unique opportunity for us to explore new partnership opportunities with Microsoft and learn about their upcoming technology innovations and roadmaps to lead to new initiatives such as our Microsoft Azure CSP offering with Managed Services.

I will report back tomorrow on Day 2 with more news as we look forward to further announcements from the company, specifically around licensing roadmaps. In the meantime, follow our Softchoice team on social media via #SCInspire18, and connect with me on Twitter @lukeblack for more frequent updates from Las Vegas.

 

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