Technology Record

The best of enterprise solutions from the Microsoft partner ecosystem

Winter 2022

Technology Record Magazine

Production Editor: Elly Yates-Roberts
Executive Editor: Andy Clayton-Smith

As 2022 draws to a close, economic forecasts for the year ahead are, at best, challenging. During this period of uncertainty, industry and civic leaders are looking to technology to drive productivity and reduce costs.  

As we learn in our cover story, the answer for many organisations will come from artificial intelligence. Microsoft’s Lili Cheng and Darren Bennett tell us about how the progress of intelligent technologies including mixed reality applications is empowering businesses to achieve more, and Microsoft partners explain how customers are using their solutions to succeed.  

Elsewhere, we hear from recently appointed chief partner officer and corporate vice president of global partner solutions Nicole Dezen about the creation of this new role and her aspirations for Microsoft and its global ecosystem of partners in the year ahead.

As this issue of the magazine is published, the National Retail Federation is preparing for its annual NRF Big Show in New York. We talk with Shelley Bransten, Microsoft’s global vice president for retail and consumer goods, about the structural resilience which digital technology is bringing to the retail industry.

We also talk with Indranil Sircar, chief technology officer of manufacturing and supply chain at Microsoft, about the importance of weaving together digital and physical environments, while Leonard Arul and Scott Davis discuss the potential of personalised media services to improve experiences and revenue.

On top of all this, we have our usual selection of industry features, news, case studies and thought leadership.

A packed issue! We hope you enjoy the read.

Magazine highlights

Sustainable innovation

Marketwatch

The latest news from Microsoft and its partners, including Microsoft’s involvement with COP27

Market Watch

A passion for partners

Microsoft’s chief partner officer Nicole Dezen discusses how the firm is helping partners to navigate a tumultuous business landscape

A smarter way to build

The evolution of AI

Microsoft’s Lili Cheng and Darren Bennett discuss how Microsoft and its partners are driving technological evolution to empower businesses to achieve more

Going green and digital

Stronger together

Johnson Controls is helping businesses balance their daily operations with the journey to net zero

Staying ahead of the curve

Bridging the employability gap

PMI’s Power Platform University Hub is helping students with low-code training

Accelerating the pace to net zero

Bad audio is bad business

EPOS devices use next-generation technology and artificial intelligence to create optimal listening experiences

Minimising supply chain disruption

Surmounting supply chain challenges

AVIXA’s Sean Wargo explains the value of communication in resolving audiovisual supply chain issues

Creating a happy hybrid workforce

Work experience transformation

Carla Granger discusses how Microsoft 365 has enabled Kyndryl to support customers’ digital transformations

Industry highlights

Financial Services

The path to real-time payments

Empowering workforces to strengthen customer loyalty

Microsoft and its partners can help financial services leaders to balance efficiencies with customer experiences

Manufacturing & Resources

Smart, agile, connected

Best of both worlds

Microsoft’s Indranil Sircar discusses how weaving together digital and physical environments could transform manufacturing

Simplifying the system landscape

Putting the ‘digital’ in digital transformation

Avanade’s Chris Lowndes and Barry Maybank share the role of digital twins and service-centric business models in solving manufacturing challenges

Media & Communications

Objective Sustainability

A personal revolution

Leonard Arul and Scott Davis of Microsoft discuss the potential of personalised services to improve experiences and revenue

Public Sector

Improving life through the built environment

Improving life through the built environment

Microsoft technology is key to helping city leaders better serve residents, businesses and visitors in accessible, safe and sustainable ways

Data-driven parking

Empowering refugees through technology

Louisa Barker of IDC discusses the ways technology is improving the lives of displaced peoplesy

Retail CG

Building brand loyalty

Managing an avalanche of returns with AI

Retailers need a smarter approach to customer engagement, says Seb Reeve of Nuance Communications

The low-down on low code

Retail resilience

How solutions from Microsoft and its partners are aiding retailers and consumer good organisations