Introducing Microsoft Inspire: A New Name for our Worldwide Partner Conference

 

Introducing Microsoft Inspire: A New Name for our Worldwide Partner Conference – Microsoft Partner Network

December 8, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Microsoft + LinkedIn: Beginning our Journey Together | Satya Nadella | LinkedIn

 

Today is an exciting day, one I’ve been looking forward to since June. It marks the close of the agreement for Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn and the beginning of our journey to bring together the world’s leading professional cloud and the world’s leading professional network.

Microsoft + LinkedIn: Beginning our Journey Together | Satya Nadella | LinkedIn

December 8, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Digital Transformation – 7 Success Factors

A must read article on Digital transformation….

Digital transformation or digital disruption, seems to be the hot topic across many boardrooms these days. To quote some numbers from a recent PwC CEO survey, 86% of CEOs believe technology will transform their business more than any other global trend through digital transformation. According to Gartner 2015 survey found that by 2017, CEOs expect revenues attributable to digital (products, marketing and sales) will reach 42 percent.

Digital Transformation – 7 Success Factors

November 28, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Developer Toolkit

 

The Developer Toolkit is a set of Microsoft Visual Studio Integration tools, focused on accelerating the development of custom code for Microsoft Dynamics 365(CRM)

Using the toolkit, you can create, develop and deploy CRM plug-ins, custom workflow assemblies and web resources without leaving the Visual Studio environment.

This is public beta 1 of the toolkit.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Developer Toolkit – Visual Studio Marketplace

November 25, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Key Findings ‘Organization in the Digital Age’ 10th Edition | Jane McConnell | LinkedIn

 

Key Findings ‘Organization in the Digital Age’ 10th Edition | Jane McConnell | LinkedIn

Each of these findings is explained in the full article:
  1. Most organizations are in the Developing stage—a midway point.
  2. Primary goals for digital transformation are focused on efficiency.
  3. Although senior leaders are increasingly on board, most are not yet demonstrating sustained commitment.
  4. Compelling visions need tangible, actionable strategies: top down is not enough.
  5. Digital capabilities that foster unpredictable outcomes are not yet widespread.
  6. The mobile workforce has a considerable way to go before being truly mobilized.
  7. Organizations enable individuals and teams, but stop short when it comes to mobilizing horizontally across the enterprise.
  8. Visibility and openness are key in an entrepreneurial work culture, even more than autonomy for people and teams.
  9. The customer-facing workforce—the eyes and ears of the organization— is often disconnected from corporate systems and information flows.
  10. Few organizations are approaching customer data strategies systematically.
  11. Learning is easier than remembering.
  12. Obstacles around decision-making persist after many years.
  13. People and stories trigger change.
  14. Change agents are key, especially at the Maturing stage.
  15. Technology is a top investment priority; education and change are low; data and analytics will increase in priority in 2017.
  16. Investment decision-making factors vary based on maturity.
  17. Awareness is growing that digital and organizational transformation is a journey, not a quantifiable destination.
  18. The vision is broad and deep, the journey is long.

November 23, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Use Azure ExpressRoute to get a dedicated, private connection to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations

 

Use Azure ExpressRoute to get a dedicated, private connection to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations – Microsoft Dynamics AX Community

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/expressroute/expressroute-introduction

November 22, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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TFS 2017…

 

TFS 2017 RTM

One of the biggest pieces of news is that we RTM’d TFS 2017.  That’s exciting because it unlocks a bunch of enhancements that we’ve made to Team Services for our on-premises TFS customers.  New things in TFS 2017 include:

  • Package Management – Create and manage private NuGet feeds.
  • Code Search – Search all the code across your project collection easily.
  • Agile planning improvements – new form, following work items, live updates, better notifications, …
  • Git improvements – Hugely upgraded pull request experience, iterative reviews, squash merge, …
  • Build improvements – Java build templates, Xamarin build tasks, Docker support, …
  • Release management improvement – Support for ARM templates, task groups, manual approval task, scheduled releases, …
  • Test improvements – 10X more compact test results storage, lots of manual testing improvements, test reporting and traceability improvements, …
  • Marketplace – Support for paid extensions in TFS, improved install experience, …
  • And so much more…

Here are some handy links:

News from Connect(); 2016 | Brian Harry’s blog

November 20, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Inside Microsoft

 

The demographics of our workforce will continue to serve as one measure of our progress toward a more diverse and inclusive Microsoft, and our contribution to the diversity of the tech industry at large.

Inside Microsoft

November 17, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Global Diversity & Inclusion update at Microsoft

 

Global Diversity & Inclusion update at Microsoft: Deepening our commitment – The Official Microsoft Blog

November 17, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Roadmap

Dynamics 365 Roadmap….

The Dynamics 365 Roadmap provides a snapshot of what we’re working on. Use this roadmap to find out what is being made generally available and what is in development. All dates and features that are in development are preliminary, are based on current expectations, and are subject to change without notice.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Roadmap

November 3, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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