Top things we learned from the South Coast Summit

We were proud to be Gold sponsors at this month's inaugural South Coast Summit – the largest, in-person Microsoft conference this year. More than 1,000 organisations, Microsoft community members and partners gathered to learn, network and discover new innovations across Microsoft technologies.

Three of our practice leads, Paul Keys, Davinder Birk and Matt Shearsby delivered presentations showcasing their expertise around digital transformation value assessments and Power Platform. Here are the top things we learned:

  • The difference between implementation and transformation
    How does an organisation determine the extent of their Microsoft technology investment? It can be tempting to opt for a simple implementation, where basic automation and incremental improvements can be introduced with minimal training, however, it’s crucial to consider long term business goals. If your goal is to disrupt, to create company-wide acceptance of best-in-class technology, then a full digital transformation is the most suitable way to maximise your technology investment.
  • Digital transformation needs to be business led
    To undertake a successful digital transformation, business goals need to be front of mind from the start. Rather than focussing on the most complex technology capabilities or developing systems that deliver more than you require, you should ask yourself what processes and functionality will help you meet your business goals and fulfil your business needs. This is the best mindset for a digital transformation.
  • Power Platform can be used to reduce complexity of ERP and CRM solutions
    Working smarter, not harder is where the Power Platform comes into play. Individually, they can transform business processes and in some cases with low code/no code required. Combine them with other Microsoft Business applications, such as Azure Data Platform and Dynamics 365 and you can leverage workload appropriate technologies to create sophisticated end-to-end solutions, while avoiding relying on expensive and time-consuming customisations to your ERP and CRM solution.
  • Early adoption of Power BI can help you leverage existing and future information assets
    Data is an organisation’s most valuable asset and with Power BI, you can transform how you see the big picture, map how it changes and plan your next moves. Adopting Power BI early as part of a wider digital transformation programme can help you maximise value from existing information assets whilst building a platform to support a seamless transition from legacy to new data in a single visualisation platform.

So, what’s our key takeaway from the South Coast Summit? That using Microsoft Business Applications to digitally transform your business can help you achieve business goals, adopt new best practices and empower your teams to deliver.

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