Jan 4, 2022   |   Josh Krenz

Meet OneExpense, the automated expense reporting backend transforming Microsoft

Filing expenses exist for pretty much everyone. At Microsoft, employees are now empowered by a no and low touch reimbursement process that uses automation and machine learning to perform micro-actions on behalf of the users. With OneExpense, Microsoft’s new automated expense reporting architecture, the company has transformed the entire expense process while sunsetting its previous...

Dec 14, 2021   |   Aleenah Ansari

Transforming Microsoft buildings with IoT technology and indoor mapping

Editor’s note: We’ve republished this blog with a new companion video. Sphoorti Patil is using Microsoft Azure indoor mapping and IoT technology that helps Microsoft employees find their way around the company’s campuses—and she hasn’t been in a Microsoft building yet. She’s not alone in this experience—Microsoft has hired a number of new employees since...

Oct 27, 2021   |   Josh Krenz

Boosting Microsoft’s transaction platform by migrating to Microsoft Azure

Migrating to Microsoft Azure was just what Microsoft needed to transform its massive purchasing system. The Commerce Transaction Platform (CTP) that the company depended on heavily for more than 20 years was a powerhouse, but it was aging—the Commerce and Ecosystem (C&E) team that managed it needed to move it to the cloud to get...

Oct 12, 2021   |   Josh Krenz

Boosting Microsoft’s response to cybersecurity attacks with Microsoft Azure Sentinel

Editor’s note: We’ve republished this blog with a new companion video. Sometimes you outgrow the capabilities of a well-loved tool—that’s exactly what happened to Microsoft and its on-premises Security Information Event Management (SIEM) system. Thanks to a timely assist from Microsoft Azure Sentinel, the company hasn’t missed a beat. Our old SIEM was expected to cap...

Sep 21, 2021   |   Kim Peterson

Transforming how Microsoft manages its corporate real estate data

Microsoft manages hundreds of buildings around the world with various purposes—warehouses, offices, labs, cafes, and so on. Like all companies with large real estate footprints, the company wanted to find better ways of managing each building type. To do that, a team in Microsoft Digital set out to transform the way it categorizes its real...

Sep 16, 2021   |   Pete Apple

Mapping Microsoft’s expedition to the cloud with good cartography

When you’re charged with mapping Microsoft’s expedition to the cloud, sometimes it’s best to go back to the basics—like using an old fashioned map to help you find your way. Check out Pete Apple’s expedition to the cloud series The learnings, pitfalls, and compromises of Microsoft’s expedition to the cloud Managing Microsoft Azure solutions on...

Sep 2, 2021   |   Douglas Gantenbein

New trade screening tool boosts Microsoft

Microsoft runs on trust. This includes ensuring that the company is compliant with regulatory requirements by utilizing evolving technology to transform compliance practices, including trade screening. At Microsoft, we pride ourselves on working fairly and honestly with the people we do business with. The increasing use of online commerce, however, has made trade screening more...

Aug 16, 2021   |   Lukas Velush

Hello Azure: Unpacking how Microsoft moved its SAP workload to the cloud

Editor’s note: This story on how Microsoft moved its SAP workload to the cloud has been updated with new details and updated terminology. A new SAP on Microsoft Azure video has been added below. Microsoft is heavily invested in SAP applications—it uses them extensively to run finance, human resources, global trade, supply chain, and other...

Jul 27, 2021   |   Becky West

Accelerating Microsoft’s global real estate transformation with Microsoft Digital

It’s been a privilege to help drive Microsoft’s real estate transformation. As an IT leader at Microsoft, I appreciate the powerful transformation acceleration that comes from partnering closely with the internal business partner that you support. I work in Microsoft Digital, the organization that powers, protects, and transforms Microsoft, and I partner with and support...

Jun 24, 2021   |   Douglas Gantenbein

Rethinking Microsoft employee support with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft has a new support platform for company employees, especially new hires and employees who take new jobs at the company. Whether developers, salespeople, or marketers, Microsoft employees use a huge number of sophisticated digital tools. Now a team from Microsoft Digital, the organization that powers, protects, and transforms Microsoft, has made it easier for...

Jun 15, 2021   |   Douglas Gantenbein

Moving Microsoft’s financial reporting processes to Microsoft Azure

Managing Microsoft’s financial reporting processes is a formidable task. Although Microsoft had a reliable system in place, fresh thinking was needed to respond to increasing complexity and much higher volumes of financial data. In short, the company needed to rethink how it automates its financial reporting. Our goal was to modernize our financial reporting processes...

Jun 3, 2021   |   Cody Bay

Transforming how Microsoft connects with its 58,000 suppliers

Anyone procuring goods or services for Microsoft needs to do their homework. Not only must you make sure the supplier can provide what you need at a reasonable price, but you must make sure they meet certain standards and security compliance as well as needing their email or phone number. Tracking down all that information...