This March I was invited to attend the Gold Learning partner summit at Microsoft’s sprawling campus in Redmond, WA. During the two-day conference I was blasted with a firehose of valuable information so I thought I would share some things we discussed with you.
Unsurprisingly the main theme for Microsoft continues to be their public cloud story, Azure. You can’t really blame them either as it is their fastest growing line of business with 120,000 new subscriptions each month and is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. In a recent survey 86% of CEOs said they consider “Digital Transformation” their #1 priority. Businesses across all industries are looking for ways to digitalize their business and they are leveraging tools like the public cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics to achieve their goals. The key to success in this digital world is to move quickly. The companies that can adopt these technologies to go digital the quickest and iterate the fastest are going to win. No longer is it guaranteed that the largest companies are going to win.
The big takeaway I took from this seminar is that companies are looking to digitalize faster than their competitors. In order to do this their engineers and developers need to be trained and have skills on modern technologies like Azure. In the past 12 months Microsoft has released over 500 features in Azure which only further widens the skills gap we are experiencing. To learn more about the skills gap and how we are addressing it read our blog here. We also have some free e-learning resources as part of our Azure Skills initiative to help you cross this gap.