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We all can agree that it is been a thrilling year for that Microsoft community. Between your discharge of SharePoint Server 2016, refinement of Office 365 Groups, preview of Microsoft Teams, and all sorts of innovations in Azure, a great deal has happened. To make certain you’re completely knowledgable and, more to the point, ready for what’s arriving 2017, I’ll be discussing a number of 2016 Year in Review interviews with Microsoft team people! Browse the first interview below.

With assorted apps and tech playing a bigger and bigger role in how people create and collaborate, it’s become obvious that elevated productivity isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a real, quantifiable advantage of digital transformation by having an Intelligent Cloud. With Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud, workers are empowered with cognitive technology — meaning the tech learns and aligns to the way they work, and offers relevant insights which help them better manage revenue and purchasers cycles.

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Within the public sector, it’s a bit different. The only real obvious value is cost-effectiveness when it comes to infrastructure, as creating a direct link between the cloud and elevated productivity isn’t as easy. Their meaning of productivity doesn’t depend exclusively on revenue and purchasers cycles. The billion dollar question on their behalf is: how’s fraxel treatments helping me better serve my citizens or constituents?

I’d an opportunity to talk to Microsoft’s Senior Director for Industry Product Marketing, Kirsten Edmondson Wolfe, about this very subject. Watch our interview below legitimate existence types of how Microsoft is applying a smart Cloud right now to connect public organizations using the people they serve — in addition to what “blockchain like a service” might seem like in 2017!

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Dux: Okay. Hey everyone welcome to another episode of Dux Quax once we do year in review of all of the goodness Microsoft introduced us in 2016 and expect to what’s arriving 2017. Very excited today to get along with Kirsten. So Kirsten, why do you not introduce yourself and tell everyone that which you do at Microsoft.

Kirsten: Sure. I’m Kirsten Edmondson Wolfe. I’m a Senior Director of Industry Product Marketing for that Cloud Enterprise Business Group and just what I truly do here’s focusing on our Intelligent Cloud services is try to use partners for example AvePoint to determine the best way to create them together for particular business processes which will solve business challenges. Within this situation, government issues.

Dux: So let’s discuss Intelligent Cloud. So provide us with examples on Intelligent Cloud and also to your point around business solutions as well as in this situation government issues. What’s an average scenario and just how perform the Intelligent Cloud supports government and when there some common issues?

Kirsten: The stuff that we’re really thinking about is searching at our customers not from this, but from business decision-makers. What exactly maintains a government official during the night? Well, there is a hands filled with things, right. Shall We Be Held delivering the help which are needed by my citizens? Shall We Be Held delivering them rapidly and price-effectively and may I leverage technology to actually alter the relationship I’ve using the jurisdiction within my locality? Type of that kind of look.

So using the Microsoft Cloud and saying, what services will we offer that come together to resolve this problem. And also the example that people did this season in 2016 with AvePoint is Citizen Services like a SaaS based solution. And within it, it offers such things as CRM Customer Support, CRM Field Service. IoT to ensure that a town can engage in the awesome new IoT technology. Cortana Intelligence Suite to be able to go ahead and take data you have and really mash it together and come forth with business focused outcomes. After which Power BI so a professional within the Department of Public Works, for example, can tell, hey within this neighborhood I’ve each and every traffic light out that’s an issue. Could it be a method wide issue? Isn’t it? How do you solve this problem rapidly and simply?
Dux: Sure.

Kirsten: Or my personal favorite that everyone come up with inside your trial, I enjoy tell everybody relating to this one, that is lighting fixtures that self-report maintenance issues, to enable them to proactively solve the issue and also the streetlights never venture out. And there’s data that states that crime goes lower once the streetlights take presctiption. That’s real significant impact that technology might have around the daily workings of the city or condition or perhaps a federal agency.

Dux: Absolutely. Which is really exciting. While you pointed out I had been talking to a town CIO a few days ago and that he was asking exactly the same question. You realize all of this discuss machine learning, AI, Cloud what am i saying in my experience? How do i better serve my constituents? However with this stuff his bulb just discontinued. He was like, “I could do that today. And That I could do that today without gazillions and gazillions of dollars where typically it had been the situation.”

Kirsten: Yeah.

Dux: Not just certainly large urban centers that won’t possess the budget and also the investment however it empowers all types of city, all types of agency so that you can better serve their citizens.

Kirsten: Right, one thing that you simply pointed out that’s remember this is the fact that in government opinion Cloud is all about financial savings, and it is not really a buzz word on their behalf. It isn’t as exciting. Sturdy cost. Could it be a cap-ex expense or op-ex expense? As well as in today’s difficult budget atmosphere for government which really hasn’t rebounded where economic downturn… government still do not have lots of money is that if I’m able to use that being an op-ex expense rather, than cap-ex i then may have a more foreseeable cost…

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Dux: Absolutely.

Kirsten: Instead of allow me to plow huge amount of money into creating a data center and purchasing all of this stuff it is not realistic any longer. So we’re positioning Cloud because this op-ex chance, but simultaneously with all the data services available it connects what you’re attempting to solve to a particular outcomes and you may make smarter decisions.

Dux: One hundred percent. So should be an active 2016 for both you and your team.

Kirsten It had been annually of transition. We moved right into a bigger Cloud enterprise. We’ve taken that which was in the past an engaged method of industry and extended it left to right, benefiting from Azure workloads along with the certifications from the Azure team for government and extremely focused Azure and also the Cloud Enterprise Group on business process. So we’re concentrating on five industries, government, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, capital markets and retail consumer packaged goods and building these SaaS apps for every of individuals that’ll be delivered through Application Source.

Dux: Wonderful and what’s available for 2017?

Kirsten: A lot of same.

Dux: A lot of same, right.

Kirsten: We’re likely to still roll-out…

Dux: Bigger and.

Kirsten: Build out these solutions. We’ve new sellers that we’re attempting to empower and interact and accelerate this profession for Microsoft. We’re searching at innovative and new ways to supply a more Intelligent Cloud. An example that will impact government is we’re working very carefully with financial services organizations to speak about blockchain [technology]. So blockchain like a service that is really around fraud prevention and also the sanctity of monetary transactions.

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Dux: Correct.

Kirsten: In order government will get interested in blockchain and just how it may be leveraged, we have a blockchain like a service offering that’s what we’re driving towards. We do not have it–I’m not announcing anything! But we’re working towards that that is a really awesome factor.

Dux: Wow, talking about blockchain like a service, discuss decreasing the barrier to entry, right? And it is really, truly thrilling. Now, for individuals watching at this time, especially customers, what advice can you give when they want to benefit from a smart Cloud. Like, what are the steps that they’ll decide to try type of learn as well as do this if they would like to.

Kirsten: So, I believe there is a couple steps you can take. The first is, if you want to the website and, you will see many of the ways we glance at government, or, you will see many of the ways we help healthcare companies. You may also visit to know the brand new choices for business within the cloud. You will find very specific government and healthcare choices inside, too.
Another place I’d go would be to, that is where our partners, by industry, are really showcasing their solutions, and you may use them, really join a totally free trial and obtain to know the answer and just how it may be leveraged inside your specific instance as well as in your business. I’d start there. And if you want more details, you could achieve to me, [email protected].

Dux: Awesome, Kirsten. It has been very, very insightful and advantageous, I know not just to me but to everyone. But, before I allow you to go, should you be a Microsoft product, what will you be and why?

Kirsten: To tell the truth along with you, I’d really be among our finished industry solutions.

Dux: Okay.

Kirsten: Because we solve business problems so we make use of the power the cloud.

Dux: There you have it.

Kirsten: Which, to me… And the strength of data. Should you not have individuals things together, then it isn’t as intriguing and you do not impact outcomes.

Dux: So, you’d be considered a solution in AppSource, among the solutions.

Kirsten: Yeah.

Wonderful. Well, thanks, Kirsten. And, again, hopefully everyone found this advantageous. Thank you for tuning. So next episode of Dux Quax, we’ll help you. Bye.

Kirsten: Bye.