The best of enterprise solutions from the Microsoft partner ecosystem
Production Editor: Elly Yates-Roberts
Executive Editor: Andy Clayton-Smith
As the new year begins, our thoughts turn to some of the key events of the past 12 months and how we might see them evolve. November 2021 saw the city of Glasgow, Scotland, play host to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where decisions were made to address the issue of climate change. For many, technology will be their core driver for change, and Microsoft is well placed to help secure tangible wins.
In our cover story, Microsoft’s global channel chief Rodney Clark gives us a detailed view of the tools that Microsoft is already delivering to customers across all industries. He also shares his thoughts on some of the lessons learned by the corporation during a unique period in recent global history.
Covid-19 also continues to present a significant challenge, and so we take a closer look at the role that technology plays in providing healthcare professionals with tools to combat the pandemic and deliver lasting protection for the populations that they serve. Microsoft’s chief medical officer and worldwide healthcare lead Dr David Rhew highlights the ways in which cloud-powered tools like Azure are assisting in the battle to overcome the spread of coronavirus. He also discusses how Microsoft’s collaboration with organisations such as the Vaccine Equity Consortium is democratising the roll-out of vaccination and associated healthcare services.
Turning to enterprise, we talk with Microsoft’s global vice president for retail and packaged goods Shelley Bransten about how Microsoft Cloud for Retail and other technologies are empowering retailers to take control of their data and transform the shopping experience for customers and employees.
Similarly, in our latest manufacturing feature Microsoft’s chief technical officer Indranil Sircar tells us more about how technology products such as Azure Synapse are helping manufacturers to overhaul their traditional supply chains with the aim of developing increasingly sustainable operations for the future.
As always, you’ll also find the usual blend of features, case studies, news articles and perspectives from a compelling collection of contributors. Our lead Marketwatch story focuses on the launch of Mesh for Microsoft Teams, which will bring holographic experiences to the familiar collaboration platform.
We hope you enjoy the read.