Winter 2014

Speak Winter 2014

Editor: Rebecca Lambert
Publication manager: Claire Brown

The Winter 2014 issue of Speak is out now, focusing on Microsoft technology in retail, consumer industries and hospitality. In this edition, we speak with Brendan O'Meara, managing director of worldwide retail at Microsoft, to get his perspective on what impact Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s mobile-first, cloud-first strategy is having on the retail industry.

Elsewhere in the magazine, we explore how leading brands can evolve their operations to serve their customers in more engaging and exciting ways than ever before. Plus, we look at successful Microsoft and partner technology implementations at LeGuide.com, Panos and Clicks.

Magazine highlights

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A roundup of the latest technology announcements from across the retail, consumer and hospitality industries, including the latest on Dassault Systèmes’ Fashionlab developments, more on IDC and Microsoft’s data study, and an overview of a new ‘scan-as-you-shop’ strategy at Tesco

In Practice
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We highlight successful technology implementations at DavCo Restaurants in the US, UK retailer Argos and Trasluz Casual Wear in Spain

Cover story

A new way of working

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Specialist electrical retailer Dixons has been able to transform the way its employees work together, thanks to Microsoft partner OSC. Amber Stokes finds out more

Executive insights
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Accor’s Marc Champsaur explains more about the impact his company’s new corporate intranet and social networking site is having on employees. We also speak to Kathmandu CIO Grant Taylor about how his company is taking advantage of technology from JustEnough to improve stock management


Open all hours

Visualising the future of retail

Karen McCandless finds out how the right technology can enable retailers to serve consumers at any point of their shopping journey on any device in a consistent way

A universe of opportunities

Visualising the future of retail

Steve Dunbar, Microsoft’s IoT commercial lead, explains how the internet of things will change the way we buy, sell, distribute and market goods forever

Bridging the gender gap

Microsoft’s Tracy Issel on why there is still a lack of female executives in the industry and what can be done to change that

Made to measure

Intel’s security and retail thought leaders highlight the importance of cyber security and share their thoughts on how retailers can stop themselves being victim to the next threat

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Rebecca Gibson speaks to Michael Taylor , Intel’s senior vertical marketing manager, to find out how tablets help to improve productivity in the mobile workforce

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