In 2014, Satya Nadella made his first public appearance as the CEO of Microsoft, succeeding Steve Ballmer at the helm and announcing a course shift for the tech giant. Instead of talking about Windows, Nadella explained he saw the future in cloud computing and interconnectivity across different platforms.
It was a subtle claim nobody took seriously at the time – after all, Windows had been Microsoft’s flagship product for years and the Cloud was just beginning to surface as a game-changer. Since then, Microsoft’s share price has almost tripled and the Redmond-based giant is now the world’s fourth most valuable company, trailing closely behind behemoths Apple, Amazon and Alphabet (Google).
Nadella obviously had a point – the world was changing and shifting towards a new age – the age of digital transformation. In this blog, we’ll look at some of Satya Nadella’s recent quotes and what they could tell us about the future.
“Helping society move forward is deeply grounded in Microsoft’s mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. For business that means a digital transformation. Over the next 10 years, we’ll reach a point where nearly everything has become digitized.”
Empowering users is one of the key concepts in Microsoft’s plans under Satya Nadella. The company has maintained a strong community throughout the years and given users the framework and all the necessary tools to improve and reinvent different kinds of solutions. Digital transformation is not something that overwhelms people while they stay passive – it requires patience, a hands-on approach and a readiness to build, block by block.
“All companies everywhere are becoming data companies—from farming to finance, from New York to New Delhi—businesses are using data to connect everything from cars to cows.”
In a world of unstable markets, Big Data provides valuable insights and helps organizations protect themselves in the face of sudden changes. Devices connected to a centralized network (the Cloud) are constantly gathering data and making micro-adjustments, easing transitions and evolving. Satya Nadella wishes to make Microsoft’s tech omnipresent, but barely noticeable – Big Data is a great example of this.
“Becoming more engaged with customers includes predicting what customers want before they know they want it, based on data intelligence, and offering it to customers in a way that’s natural.”
These days, organizations have to be aware of the fact that potential customers aren’t in the dark anymore – in the age of digital transformation, they can purposefully look for specific products and services and quickly move on from what they think is irrelevant content. With products such as Dynamics 365 and CRM, personalized recommendations and a highly detailed 360 degree view of the customer are closer than ever.
“All the knowledge and insights you need exist inside your infrastructure—in your emails, your documents, your line of business applications—it’s just waiting to be found using organizational analytics, and provide insights into what is going on.”
Satya Nadella believes integration and a seamless transition between your operations should be something to aspire to in the future, and Microsoft is working hard towards that goal. With a single source of truth and a cloud-based infrastructure that synchronizes and upgrades its parts autonomously, organizations can greatly increase their efficiency.
Technological advances have yet to show their true potential and become ubiquitous, making lives easier without even being noticed. Satya Nadella has a vision, and it’s certainly an exciting one:
“Our industry does not respect tradition. What it respects is innovation. Despite all this rapid change in the computing industry, we are still at the beginning of the digital revolution.”
With Merit Solutions and Microsoft, your organization can ride the wave of change and innovate using technologies such as the Cloud, AI, IoT and Machine Learning. In the end, vision, perseverance and the willingness to adapt and improve is what separates market disruptors from all the others. Don’t miss the opportunity to prepare for the future.