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Microsoft Highlights Power of Cloud Computing in Digital Transformation

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 Cross section of bloggers who participated at the recent meeting organized by Microsoft Nigeria at its Lagos office.
Cross section of bloggers who participated at the recent meeting organized by Microsoft Nigeria at its Lagos office.

Microsoft Nigeria has highlighted crucial roles its solutions play in the day to day work life of every individual on the planet, through its myriad of products offerings such as –Windows 10, Azure and Office 365 in the digital transformation space across the globe.

The global tech Companyrecently hosted some of Nigeria’s finest bloggers to a session on Empowering Digital Transformation.

The three-hour session which was held at the Microsoft Office in Victoria Island showcased the various products, services, and offerings offered by the Tech Company that aid businesses and individuals to improve productivity and develop new capabilities with technology.

Preparing the ground for the sessions, Ade Ajayi, marketing & operations director, Microsoft Nigeria, described Microsoft’s strategy for organizations to embrace digital transformation which he said is  hinged on four pillars namely;

Engaging customers – Build tailored customer experiences by harnessing data and draw actionable insights to deliver personalized experiences.

Empowering employees – Empower employees to achieve more by creating a productive workplace that is secure, diverse, and flexible.

Optimizing operations – Accelerate the responsiveness of your business, improve service levels, reduce costs, and anticipate the future with intelligent processes.

Transforming products – Differentiate and capture emerging opportunities by utilizing data to move from hindsight to foresight while disrupting the ecosystem with new business models, products, and services.

He said that for Nigerian brands to become globally competitive, they need to embrace excellence and innovation, adding that it was heartwarming that companies in Nigeria are seriously adopting cloud computing.

He also took the bloggers on several journeys Microsoft had made in its core strategy for helping organizations to adopt and embrace digital transformation. “It is interesting to learn that Microsoft is the brand that made personal computing available to everyone,” he said.

On his part, Kayode Akomolafe, acting business group Lead Windows, Microsoft Nigeria, gave insights to Windows 10. According to him, Windows 10 remains the largest and greatest operating system in the world.

Since it launched on July 29, 2015, he said, Microsoft’s Windows 10 has gained great momentum with 135 billion hours spent on the OS by 400 million monthly active devices.

“Windows 10 intelligent personal assistant, Cortana, has been asked five billion questions and has received a million speech queries since its launch. And the Windows 10 store has recorded five billion visits.

“Microsoft products tailored to increase productivity include Office 365 (home, personal, and business editions), Microsoft Teams, Sway, and OneDrive,” Akomolafe said, adding that security is at the core of Windows 10.

During his session, Christopher Ahonsi, business value programs manager, Microsoft Nigeria who walked the Bloggers through Office365, its new office features, and MS Teams. During his demo with   Microsoft Teams which is a hub for teamwork that connects employees to the people, tools, and content they need to do their best work. He further said that “ We’ve designed Microsoft Teams with today’s dynamic workplace in mind.”

He further reiterated that with the Sway you tell your story with interactive content, include a video to talk about your idea or add an interactive chart to let others dive into the details. Sway also suggests searches help you find relevant images, videos, tweets, and other content that you can drag and drop right into your creation. No need to juggle apps and web pages to find what you want.

Meanwhile, Microsoft continually updates its Office 365 software, with improvements to enhance productivity. The March update brought numerous new features, including co-authoring in Excel, and improvements to OneNote.