The Coalition, the game studio at Microsoft responsible for Gears of War 4, lacked the network infrastructure to efficiently distribute 120 GB builds during development of the game for Xbox One and Windows 10. Microsoft IT installed high-capacity network switches that dramatically increased bandwidth and performance, enabling the studio to meet its October 2016 launch deadline.
Microsoft IT hosts more than 350 million Office 365 documents and other content, serving 200,000 users around the globe. Helping employees find what they need to be effective in their jobs required new approaches to deliver integrated search experiences. Program managers David Johnson, Sam Crewdson, and Rene Sanchez Almaguer share how we used Delve, SharePoint 2016 with hybrid services, and Office 365 Search to deliver rationalized search and discovery experiences.
When Microsoft IT deployed Skype for Business 2015 to support our highly mobile global user base, our goal was to provide the best user experience in the industry. We learned valuable lessons about hardware requirements, managing our complex network, accommodating diverse and remote clients, and running a unified communications platform in a hybrid cloud environment. We also helped develop a Call Quality Dashboard to help other organizations optimize the user experience.
Moving to agile development methods and modern engineering practices requires a cultural shift across the organization. Learn how Microsoft IT adopted agile principles, created a new mindset of cooperation, and adjusted our leadership approach.