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THE BEST OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY ON THE MICROSOFT WINDOWS PLATFORM

Spring 2016

OnWindows Magazine

Acting Editor: Lindsay James
Publication manager: Andy Clayton-Smith

The Spring 2016 issue of OnWindows magazine is out now, and available free of charge in digital format. Visit the OnWindows magazine page to read it online, or download a copy to your device.

This issue is focused on innovation – a topic that is at the core of Microsoft’s current strategy and something that is impacting businesses in every sector. In the cover story, Rebecca Gibson speaks to Ed Steidl, global programme manager of Microsoft Innovation Centers to find out how Microsoft is working with partners to help provide entrepreneurs, startups and students with the tools, skills and IT infrastructures they need to succeed in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world.

Meanwhile, in the communications and media section, Microsoft’s Tony Emerson highlights how broadcasters are leveraging innovative technologies to meet the needs of today’s highly demanding audiences. In the manufacturing section, Microsoft’s Çağlayan Arkan and Dassault Systèmes’ Philippe Bartissol argue that only disruptive digital businesses will prosper in the future. And in the public sector section, we find out how new innovations are proving to be disruptive across the entire healthcare industry.

Also in this issue, you’ll find an exclusive interview with UK retailer Holland & Barrett; hear from Microsoft’s Marcelo Marquez and Peter Hazou about the importance of digital technologies in retail financial services; and Alex Hilton, the CEO of the Cloud Industry Forum, tells us how the cloud has made its mark to date. Plus there’s the usual news, viewpoints, case studies and interviews – and a whole lot more.

We hope you enjoy the magazine and welcome your feedback.

Magazine highlights

MANUFACTURING & RESOURCES

What is the manufacturing (r)evolution?

Embracing the internet of things

A substantial opportunity

IoT and IIoT offer massive potential for manufacturers

The path to intelligent manufacturing

An era of systems of intelligence will transform the manufacturing industry and only digital businesses will prosper, says Microsoft’s Çağlayan Arkan

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA

Get ready for the future of broadcasting

Delivering content for a new breed of audience

Bringing Real Madrid closer to 450 million fans

How cloud technology is benefitting football

A new digital game

Changing the way Telenet delivers sports online

COVER STORY

Incubating Innovation

Microsoft’s Ed Steidl tells us how Microsoft Innovation Centers are providing the tools, skills and IT infrastructures required in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world

Accelerating accounts payable process

The benefits of a document management system

Mobilising small businesses with Windows 10

What to consider when implementing a mobility programme

The four keys to data sovereignty

Insight from the Microsoft thought leader

MARKETWATCH

How Microsoft’s cloud offering is accelerating business transformation, plus the latest news from across the Microsoft partner network

PUBLIC SECTOR

A changing focus

How technology is transforming the healthcare industry

Providing proactive care

Delivering a more personalised service

Towards a better NHS

How Skype for Business can unlock new efficiencies

Ensuring backup and recovery

SimSyracuse University’s ability to recover 1,500 virtual machines in 24 hours

RETAIL & HOSPITALITY

A healthy approach to retailing

How Holland and Barratt is creating effective promotions

Equipping the store of the future

Delivering a new level of customer service

Connected customer journeys

The need for retailers to improve more than just technology

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Optimising the digital workplace

Empowering workers with new ways to collaborate, connect and do business

The digital customer experience

How banks can create better customer journeys

Recognising fintech leaders

Microsoft, Efma and Avanade’s new Fintech Portal

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