Recap: Microsoft Envision, April 4-6, 2016, New Orleans

KPMG Crimsonwing was happy to attend Microsoft’s new business event ‘Envision’, April 4th-6th in New Orleans. Envision is a new format replacing Microsoft Convergence, bringing together the most forward-thinking minds in business and technology. This year, KPMG was present as a Gold Sponsor with an impressive total of 4 sessions, owned side events, global executive meetings, product and solution demonstrations at the stand, and a spectacular evening event.

Some thoughts from KPMG Crimsonwing CEO David Walsh on Satya Nadella’s (Microsoft CEO) keynote speech:

“Satya described Microsoft’s mission as being ‘to empower every person and business to achieve more’. In order to achieve this, businesses should ask themselves two questions: 1) how is my business being challenged by digital transformation and 2) how is my business model being digitally transformed? According to Satya, digital transformation can be summed up as follows:

  1. Engaging with customers – We are on the cusp of major shifts: removing language barriers, providing more intelligence (personal digital assitants/Cortana) and digital robots
  2. Empowering employees –  Improving organisational effectiveness through the use of technology such as OneNote, Wonderlist, Power BI, Skype for Business, Pulse and Yammer
  3. Optimising operations – Internet of things, better service, continual improvement, and embedding BI and applications
  4. Products and services – Where is the gross margin, products or services 

Satya closed off his keynote by committing Microsoft to make a positive difference to the world, and to provide a public cloud for the public good.”

 

Watch the full keynote

 

Also interesting to watch…

 

Closing keynote by Tim Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman


 

And KPMG’s sessions…

 

Leading transformation in the digital age: Are you a disrupter?

 

Improve your financial processes’ controls and cost effectiveness using the Cortana Analytics Suite

 

Taming disruption through Data & Analytic


 

The full Microsoft Envision video library >