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​Microsoft Build 2017: The lessons learned on Windows, Azure, Dynamics

May 12, 2017 11:20 AM
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​Microsoft Build 2017: The lessons learned on Windows, Azure, Dynamics

Here's a look at the six core themes that emerged at Microsoft Build including Windows relevance, Azure, Dynamics 365, user experience and digital transformation.

Microsoft reveals Windows Graph to better connect devices to Android and iPhone.

Microsoft's Build powwow has concluded and there were many key takeaways for business technology buyers to ponder.

The big question: What did we learn? Here are six key themes that emerged.

Windows relevance will be an ongoing debate for the foreseeable future even though it has 500 million users. Jason Perlow made his point that Windows should die (again), but Microsoft may find a way to continually retool its core operating system as the market and use cases change. In other words, Windows could morph to something more than an operating system.

Microsoft's Azure Cosmos DB is worth pondering for enterprises. Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed and multi model database service that comes with service level agreements for high availability. Enterprises will take the SLAs, but it's unclear whether Cosmos DB is much of a threat to Oracle. Azure Cosmos DB can be in the field with a bevy of Amazon Web Services' extensive lineup of databases, which are giving Oracle some fits. Either way, enterprises are likely to look favorably on databases with SLAs.

Microsoft is looking to scale its design language across all its products. This design language, called Fluent, aims to provide sensory and collaborative experiences with depth, light, motion and material effects. The approach, shown in part below, is interesting, but difficult to pull off.

Nadella and Microsoft are clearly on the digital transformation bandwagon. Now digital transformation must be one of the most overused terms in technology today. However, there's no denying that the market is huge. Microsoft has the assets to enable a lot of efforts to digitize businesses with Internet of things assets, a cloud platform and a host of end points connected to data and artificial intelligence.

How will this digital transformation be delivered? Via a large vertical sales effort like the ones deployed by enterprise stalwarts SAP, Oracle and Salesforce.


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