Modern Workplace host Alex Bradley and Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jared Spataro chat with customers to learn how they’re responding to today’s reality.
Chattanooga Film Festival reinvents itself
The Chattanooga Film Festival (CFF) was stopped in its tracks by the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result, reinvented itself with a new digital format. In this episode, Alex Bradley speaks with CFF founders Chris Dortch Jr. and Chris Dortch Sr., along with their partners Tim Reis and Paul Katzman from MediaKind, about how CFF, MediaKind, Evergent, and Microsoft partnered to make sure this important four-day festival will continue to delight and inspire virtually.
The Salvation Army stays connected during a global pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic tested The Salvation Army’s ability to continue serving those who rely on them while staying safe and adhering to social distancing recommendations. In this episode, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jared Spataro and Salvation Army Commissioner Merle Heatwole discuss how the nonprofit organization is using Microsoft Teams to keep international headquarter employees in London connected and help them maintain their relationships with chapters around the world.
Mercy Housing continues serving residents in a difficult time
Mercy Housing, one of America’s largest nonprofit affordable housing providers, was well-positioned to transition to remove work when the COVID-19 crisis began, having recently moved to Azure and Microsoft 365. Hear Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365, and Gunnar Tande, Mercy Housing CIO & Strategy, discuss how Mercy Housing embraced Microsoft Teams to provide continuity of service to 45,000 residents when they need it most.
Ciacci Winery reimagines wine tasting event
Family-run Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona estate winery in Tuscany quickly adapted when the COVID-19 crisis interrupted the launch of a new vintage. Alex Bradley speaks with Ciacci’s Head of Production Alex Bianchini and consultant Gabriele Gorelli. Joined by Si-Net CEO Fausto Turco and Head of Marketing and Communications Sofia D'Esposito, they discuss how Ciacci used Microsoft Teams to host its first virtual wine tasting event, sharing their wine with distributors, critics, and wine lovers worldwide.
AEG cultivates new business, virtually
COVID-19 transformed the live entertainment industry overnight. In the midst of unprecedented change, AEG, a leading sports and live entertainment company, had to shift its focus to remote work and find creative ways cultivate new business. Hear Alex Bradley and AEG Chief Information Officer Bill Martin discuss how AEG is using Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams to stay connected with employees and industry leaders, host live events and training sessions, and even close a multi-million-dollar sponsorship deal.
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Royal DSM quickly pivots to support remote workforce
Royal DSM is a nutrition, health, and sustainable living company with more than 23,000 employees in 50 countries. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, they pivoted to remote work over a weekend. In this episode, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jared Spataro and DSM Chief Digital Officer, Chief Marketing Officer Peter Dew discuss how DSM has maintained business continuity with Microsoft Teams. Learn how they switched factory lines to produce a new disinfectant and started a joint venture to make personal protective equipment for Firstline Workers.
Sysco finds new ways to help customers and people in need
Sysco is the global leader in food product distribution to businesses that prepare meals away from home. When COVID-19 caused many of their primary customers to close or reduce operations, the company quickly pivoted to help customers operate in new ways. And, to help people in need, Sysco donated 30 million meals across eight countries. In this episode, Alex Bradley speaks with Neil Russell, Vice President Corporate Affairs, about how Sysco is adjusting their business in uncertain times.
Hendrick Motorsports drives forward during a pandemic
Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned a record 12 car-owner championships in NASCAR’s premier division. In this episode, Alex Bradley talks with Hendrick Motorsports President and CEO Marshall Carlson, I.T. Manager Matt Cochran, and Engineering Director Jim Wall, about how the organization has relied on Microsoft Teams during the pandemic to quickly move to remote work, utilize their engineering expertise to design face shields for healthcare workers, and return to live racing.
Premera offers seamless care during a difficult time
Premera Blue Cross is a leading health insurance provider in the Pacific Northwest. COVID-19 triggered a pivot to secure remote work, transitioning 3,000 employees to work from home over a single weekend. In this episode, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365, talks with JT Perry, Vice President of Business Transformation at Premera about how Microsoft Teams helps employees stay connected and productive as they continue to help the company’s 2 million members access the care they need.
Tony’s Chocolonely remains focused on its vision for social good during the COVID-19 crisis
Tony’s Chocolonely , a Dutch confectionery company, is passionate about fair trade practices and ending modern slavery and illegal child labor in the chocolate industry. In this episode, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365, talks with Diara Lô, Impact Analyst, Stephanie Iller Drachman, US Special Projects, and Ynzo van Zanten, Choco Evangelist, about how employees continue to work, stay in contact with farmers, and strengthen their culture by giving back during the pandemic—all with the help of Microsoft Teams.
LEO Pharma goes digital to bring a global organization together
In its 111-year history, Danish multinational pharmaceutical company LEO Pharma has supplied treatments to 92 million people with medical dermatology needs in more than 130 countries. When the pandemic hit, LEO Pharma deployed Microsoft Teams in just four days to 6,000 professionals across 60 countries to ensure uninterrupted supply of medicines for patients around the world. In this episode, Alex Bradley speaks with Peter Andersen, Vice President, Head of Global IT—CIO, LEO Pharma, about how the company is adapting and innovating through a crisis.
St. Luke’s has a new vision for collaborative healthcare
St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) serves communities across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. St. Luke’s relied on Microsoft Teams to rapidly collaborate and share COVID-19 treatment protocols, reducing intubations by fifty percent and improving patient outcomes. SLUHN also used Teams to enable Virtual Consults and virtual rounding to put the best specialist in contact with patients while conserving PPE (personal protective equipment). In this episode, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365, talks with Dr. James Balshi, Chief Medical Information Officer, St. Luke’s University Health Network, about how St. Luke’s adapted to changes in collaboration and care in a time of crisis.
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