Microsoft Inspire 2019
Our Microsoft Team has just arrived home from Las Vegas on a massive high from the 3-day event. After 3 days of very productive meetings, insightful keynotes and a performance from Queen and Adam Lambert in the T-Mobile Arena we’ve compiled the key takeaways from this year’s Microsoft Inspire event.
12 months ago we attended the event for the first time, and this year we were a finalist for Modern Workplace partner of the year – a long way to go in just 12 months. We were delighted to have made it to the finalist board, seeing our logo on the screen next to far more established Microsoft Partners is a sure sign we’re heading in the right direction.
The key things to take away from Inspire this year are:
Among other things, Nadella used his keynote at Inspire in Las Vegas to point out what he considers the “best opportunity for everyone in this room to become a strategic partner for our customers.”
The key things driving sales for Microsoft are Security, Compliance, and Identity. Some of the statistics around Microsoft’s growth are incredibly impressive and just speak to the potential of this space.
• Triple digital growth in Microsoft 356 YoY
• 73% Azure growth YoY
• +100M EMS total seats
• 8000+ Azure Sentinel Preview Customers
For Microsoft partners, there are significant opportunities in the areas of Modern Workplace, business applications, applications & infrastructure and data & AI. What stands out most to us here at CWSI given our expertise are in the areas of Microsoft 365 Security and Teams expansion and adoption.
The modern workplace is built around a culture of empowering people and productivity, but what about security?
From Nadella’s keynote: “Ninety percent of the data that we have today was created in the last two years. That’s the explosion of computers and data. We have 1 billion users of Windows, a couple of billion smartphones. But 50 billion [endpoints are] all connected to the cloud. That’s what’s leading to us building out Azure as the world’s computer. We now have 54 data center regions. We’re very, very thrilled to have the latest regions in the Middle East and Africa. It’s so exciting.”
90% of the data we have has been created in the past 2 years, and an estimated 50Billion connected devices will be online by 2030, managing the data will become an even bigger challenge for companies. The use of integrated tools that span end to end in an organisation will bring real value for customers.
Knowing your data and managing it is a challenge. 88% of organisations no longer have the confidence to detect and prevent the loss of sensitive data. <80% of corporate data is ‘dark’ – it is not classified, protected or governed. Protecting and governing sensitive data is the biggest concern when it comes to complying with regulations.