What’s the one question to ask your sales team to empower them to achieve more? Check out this article from award-winning researcher, sales expert and tech entrepreneur, David Priemer. In Entrepreneur, David shares advice for selling more, faster and with less friction –encouraging organizations to unveil “blockers and blind spots lurking in the dark corners of your sales operation.” Read More…
Engagement matters to technology buyers. Check out this infographic to see how combining Dynamics 365 for Sales, Office 365 and LinkedIn Sales Navigator helps customers break through roadblocks to better sales efficiency by bringing relationship data together for actionable insights.
For many organizations, digital transformation means integrating digital into every facet of the business, making digital the focus of every activity and process. But is that really the right approach? For a growing number of businesses, digital is increasingly being viewed as an enabler of broader business objectives rather than the end state or goal. In other words, many businesses are identifying what cultural changes need to take place to bring about success, and then adopting digital technologies to achieve that success. Like digital transformation itself, this shift in mindset is a journey–starting with recognizing the obstacles to digital transformation, the key attributes of a true digital culture, and how to overcome the former to become the latter. View the infographic to see what the journey’s all about. View: Prioritize culture during digital transformation
When the same phrase is used so frequently and over an extended period of time, two things typically happen: first, it officially achieves buzzword status; and second, it begins to lose its meaning. Among the tech industry’s pool of du jour buzzwords, perhaps none is more prominent and overhyped–if not misunderstood–than “digital transformation.” In his insightful Forbes article entitled “Digital Transformation Is Not What You Think It Is,” author Jamie Notter argues that it is culture, and not digital, that today’s organizations should focus on when it comes to digitally transforming themselves. In other words, identify what cultural changes will help make your business successful, then adopt technology to support and advance those goals. Check out the full article to get Mr. Notter’s unique take on what “digital transformation” really means for your business–and more important, what it really entails. Read More…
For local governments, digital transformation isn't just a means of optimizing their daily operations or becoming more efficient—it's also about potentially saving and improving the lives of thousands (even millions) of citizens. In other words, it's about leveraging accurate, predictable data to be prepared for events such as an increase in population or a natural disaster.
Thankfully, the increased availability of digital tools and a growing integration between devices and systems is bringing cities closer than ever to this reality. In this video, you’ll learn about the City of Houston, Texas’ vision for becoming an interconnected hub for technological advancement and innovation, thanks to the tools provided by always-on digital technology.
TGI Friday's popular and rapidly growing restaurant franchise in the UK wanted a more scalable, flexible platform for core business processes. To support its ambitious growth, the franchise is consolidating business operations starting with financial management on Microsoft Dynamics 365. Built-in functionality and ease-of-use mean that TGI Friday's can continue to onboard more business processes while expanding its franchise. Benefits include lower costs, easier access to data, and better insight.
Today’s modern salesforce needs tools to streamline the sales process, automate routine tasks and identify the best path to each buyer. Explore Dynamics 365. It offers insights and identifies relationship risks and opportunities. It can even recommend next steps–action cards, social and email engagement strategies and sales playbooks. And it does this while interacting with the platform and tools your team already uses — like LinkedIn, Office 365 and Skype.
Anyone can see their data–very few can make sense of it. But with Microsoft Power BI, you’ll be able to not only visualize your data, but also extract insights from it to help modernize and streamline your business. Power BI, alongside Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft tools, offers an unbeatable solution for performing real-time analytics, visualizing the results, and leveraging insights to improve business processes, increase productivity, and ultimately gain a competitive edge. Subscribe now to learn how Power BI can help you see your business in a whole new way. View: Don’t just see your data–visualize it with Power BI. Subscribe now and never overlook a post.
Your customer service teams have a lot on their plate. Not only do they have to troubleshoot problems efficiently, they must also deal with upset or worried clients while they do so. And to add another challenge, they have the added pressure of knowing that a single misstep can potentially have devastating consequences for their business’ finances and reputation.
Thankfully, digital transformation has equipped today’s customer service teams with the technology they need to be better prepared for their next customer encounter. Now, artificial intelligence has enabled client-facing teams to come prepared with accurate data to better understand a customer’s issue and solve it effectively.
Can you teach an old nerd new tricks? For Otto Knoke, the self-proclaimed "oldest nerd in Guatemala" who has suffered from ALS for 20 years, the answer is a resounding yes. An admitted (and proud) workaholic, the 60-year-old data analyst is a well known fixture of the Guatemalan business community, having helped modernize the banking industry by introducing ATMs into the country 20 years ago. Sadly, right around that same time, Knoke was diagnosed with ALS (better known as Lou Gehrig's disease), and was told he only had two years to live. But rather than give in to the disease, Knoke relentlessly researched ways in which technology could help him overcome his condition and thrive--a determination and drive which has paid off. Today, some two decades later, Knoke has become the first person in Guatemala to use Microsoft's new eye-tracking software for Windows 10, called Eye Control, enabling him to literally type with his eyes and use Microsoft Power BI to analyze his clients' business data. For Knoke, who has always been a tech early adopter, this revolutionary Microsoft technology has not only helped his business continue to boom, but more important, it's enabled him to communicate more meaningfully with his loved ones and strengthen those relationships. Watch this truly fascinating and inspiring video to learn Otto Knoke's full story.
Customers are unforgiving, especially when their products and services are on the line. For businesses in the transportation industry, taking the time to carefully review every little detail is crucial to ensuring their customers get their goods when they need them, where they need them.Problem is, time is also money, and finding the sweet spot between efficient and quality customer service is an everyday challenge for global transport companies like Combi Terminal Twente (CTT).
In this video, you’ll learn how CTT is leveraging the integration capabilities of Microsoft Teams to provide global customer support powered by AtBot and give clients the ability to track their goods anytime, anywhere.
The relationship between buyers and sellers grows more complex daily. Buyers have more information available to them than ever before and they use it to their advantage. TOPO research finds that most buyers are already 57 percent through the buying process before even talking to a supplier.
Yet when the time is right, buyers do still want personal attention from sellers. They are typically motivated to engage with sales reps only when it adds value to them. As a result, the sellers’ job is complicated as they must provide useful interactions and seamless transactions. So how can they accomplish this?
In this powerful eBook, customers learn how the Microsoft Relationship Sales solution is a combination of three tools that provide sales teams with access to critical data points from disparate platforms in one central location. The sales solution uses AI to analyze data from sales, Office 365, LinkedIn, and information gleaned from a CRM to provide a single relationship health score. What’s uniquely powerful about the solution is the unification of data available at seller’s fingertips.
When you think of AI powerhouses, a fashion house may not be what first comes to mind. But capsule wardrobe company Stitch Fix is perfecting the art. In this article in Fast Company, learn how Stitch Fix relies on algorithms to drive all aspects of the business from selecting clothes for clients to running the warehouse. Their innovative Style Shuffle allows clients to rate clothing images each day, feeding the algorithm and refining the clothes offered to that customer. Customer comments after they’ve received a Fix give valuable feedback to clothing manufacturers on the minutiae of fit as well as style–a level of feedback they never get from retail.
This is the kind of pooling of data you get with the modern business intelligence of Power Bi and Azure. You can build and innovate with choice and flexibility. And you have visual drag and drop data exploration and interactive reporting right at your fingertips. Read More…
A priority of many businesses is integrating ERP software with their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Read this article to discover the timesaving and data-related benefits these connections provide. Read More…
What qualifies as a successful collaboration tool? The short (and kind of obvious) answer is: one that gets people to use it. In other words, your large investment in a new platform may have proven useless unless that platform resonates with your workforce. This is why today’s leading platforms like Microsoft Teams, Slack, and Workplace by Facebook have put customization and convenience at the top of their to-do list. And it’s paying off immensely, with the industry expected to reach a value of $60 billion by 2023.
So what’s the secret sauce behind the success and massive adoption of these platforms? Read this article to gain spot-on insights into how modern collaboration software has evolved to earn its place in the hearts—and devices—of today’s millennial workforce. Read More…