Convergence 2015 EMEA: Day 1 Update

With a grand total of zero complaints about being in Barcelona in late November, our entire team is ready to kick things off at Convergence 2015 and we’re thrilled to do so as a Platinum Sponsor. If you haven’t stopped by to say hello yet, you can find us at Booth 5!  For more frequent updates, be sure to follow along on Twitter: @Crimsonwing.

For those who were unable to attend, here are a few insights from Day 1 at Convergence EMEA including a quick summary of sessions, keynotes, and other activities.

Convergence EMEA 2015 Booth 5 - KPMG

 

Session Summary: Analyze Data in Real Time – An Overview of ‘SOFY’ 

SOFY Overview - KPMG at Convergence

 

KPMG’s real time cloud analytic platform, SOFY, provides real time business insights based on the analysis of transactional data from Microsoft Dynamics. For the first KPMG presentation at Convergence this year, we had a pretty great turnout!  With over 120 attendees, it was the busiest media wall session of the day.

Key Takeaway from the Session:

Face-to-face consultancy is not always required for your business process optimisation but this can also be achieved with the right tooling. The right tooling such as SOFY doesn’t require much time to implement. It’s a standard technology solution that is ready to use yet can be customized and tailored for your own business needs.

Watch an overview of SOFY here and stop by Booth 5 for a demo with our team! You can scroll through presentation at Convergence below:

 

 

Keynote: Business Transformation = Modernising Your Mindset (and Your Toolset), Plus Updates to CRM 2016 & Skype for Business

 

A great keynote included Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International, and Chris Capossela, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, discussing the necessary elements of digital transformation.

We also got a taste of pending product updates including developments to CRM 2016 and Skype for Business.

Highlights:

  • A joint study with Forrester uncovered that while 94% of surveyed businesses claim to have a digital strategy, most aren’t truly embracing digital transformation of their operations. Doing so successfully involves seeing digital transformation as a team sport – ensuring that CEOs are aligned with IT and the business is defined around customer outcomes and success.
  • Becoming a digital organisation involves modernizing your toolset (and your mindset). Shift the focus from systems of record to systems of engagement. It’s up to us collectively to harness the power of the cloud and big data to harness “systems of intelligence.
  • CRM 2016 is now available! We’ll have an update on our favourite features shortly.
  • New developments in Skype for Business make it easier to start calls (no more 12 minute waits!). The updated solution also fosters collaboration by allowing attendees to co-author Office documents during a call.  In addition, a new technology called Skype Meeting Broadcast allows organisations to broadcast a meeting to up to 10,000 other Skype end points.

 You can watch the keynote here >

 

Day 2 – Stay Tuned

With an action-packed agenda for day 2, we’ll be ready to deliver a number of updates, including overviews of the following sessions: