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Microsoft Ignite 2018 recap

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From September 24 to 28 I visited Microsoft Ignite in Orlando Florida with 5 colleagues – and 30,000 others from around the world. In the many sessions and conversations with specialists from Microsoft and partners I’ve been inspired, gained knowledge and made valuable connections. Here is a very concise summary of changes that I have…

Valuable lessons shared on how to start using Office 365 in your organization

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There is a lot of discussion on how to start using Office 365 in your organization before people are actually doing anything. Especially orgs older then 15 years tend to stall. They have file servers containing dozen of terabytes of data, created non-transparent work processes and have a relatively older workforce. And then there is…

40 Dutch cloud architects, CIO's, developers and data specialists

What did I learn from my visit to Microsoft Redmond?

What did I learn from my visit to Microsoft Redmond? 1024 596 Roderick Derks

Last week I went to Microsoft in Seattle and Redmond, together with 40 other architects, CEO’s and CIO’s, developers and data specialists from the Netherlands. Three days packed with meetings and sessions from Microsofts leaders and technical product specialists. The main topic was Data and AI. The subjects ranged from Artificial Intelligence and cognitive services,…

Why innovation (and living your life) needs principles

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Living with a person is complex, and it is complex being a person. It’s not like you push a button or pull a lever and a thing happens, it’s a much more complicated system than that. Complexity is therefore governed by principles rather than rules. Same goes for innovation. Take a look at the following model: Simple…

Peal Jam on the roof of Pine Market in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle II – Visiting Microsoft HQ again

Sleepless in Seattle II – Visiting Microsoft HQ again 390 219 Roderick Derks

This week I’m preparing myself for my second trip to Microsoft in Redmond – Seattle. Three days packed with presentations from and discussions with the best people at Microsoft: Scott Guthrie, Eduardo Kassner, Ulrich Homann, James Whittaker, and many more. And I’ll visit the product teams of AI, Cosmos, IoT, Machine Learning, Azure Functions. It’s…

Containers create value

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Organizations are becoming more and more IT companies. Technology has become the way to develop new services or enrich existing services. The business is getting closer to IT, and ideas come true because the needed technology is accessible to everyone. The use of containers is one of the most important IT trends at the moment…

Why vendor lock-in is not an issue when using public cloud

Why vendor lock-in is not an issue when using public cloud 620 400 Roderick Derks

“What about vendor lock-in?” people ask me when I’m having talks about public cloud. “If I put all of my applications and data in Azure and Office 365, Microsoft has got me by the balls. Why should I do this?” It is a good question, and there is a good answer too. To be sure,…

7 tips for IT managers (and others) to stay relevant

7 tips for IT managers (and others) to stay relevant 1024 817 Roderick Derks

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about how IT departments became irrelevant. In the time that passed I’ve met more and more IT managers who are having a serious challenge to stay relevant for their org. Once they were Kings, now they are getting obsolete if they do not adapt. This article…

Reason and Power

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A very simple example of a collision of two worlds: reason and power. A few months ago I started sharing my files with people from external organizations using Microsoft’s Onedrive. Very handy. No more annoying searches for the email that contains the latest version of a powerpoint presentation. And sharing via Onedrive gives me more…

When the marketplace shifts

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It’s happening right now. Everyone in IT has to think about their next steps. Especially in the IT infrastructure business. Here’s what is happening: In the last 10 to 15 years companies outsourced their infrastructure services. Today many of these services suddenly became commodity. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Disaster Recovery, Backup, Security, IoT, Machine Learning. This…

Social technology prevents death

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My son, four years old, loves dinosaurs and fossils. We dug out some fake fossils recently. He knows their names, their sizes and what they ate. He also understands they are dead. Dinosaurs did not make it because they were not able to adapt fast enough after a major disruption. Like Darwin said: “It Is…

Increasing value or lowering costs

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Organizations that want to increase their metrics either invest in: creating more value for their customers or employees, or doing just enough to keep going, but for less effort and money. During the last decade, Microsoft and Amazon amazes customers by investing in work that create more value. When you do that, people talk, the…