Sometimes, IT and business leaders must decide whether to build a new app or modify an existing one. Valuable development time can be wasted if a solution is already available. To make it easy to find useful apps, Microsoft IT created AppSource, which contains more than 500 apps, content packs, add-ins, and extensions that enhance and extend proven Microsoft solutions. AppSource apps work with Dynamics 365, Power BI, Office 365, and Azure. It’s a cost-effective, turnkey solution that’s helping us—and our customers—accelerate digital transformation.
To optimize complex transactions and contracts worldwide, Microsoft IT designed a new system based on Dynamics 365. It automates business processes and accommodates customized workflow management for our business units. Moving Microsoft contracts and transactions through a structured process helps us coordinate people and cases efficiently.
When managing advertising agreements became complex and error-prone, Microsoft IT turned to Microsoft Dynamics 365 to create a contract life cycle solution. The system streamlined contract creation, approval, and management—and moved Dynamics 365 beyond customer relationship management. It integrates with external systems like SAP and DocuSign to automate, digitize, and simplify contracts and transactions. The system set the standard for hybrid cloud configurations at Microsoft.
When universal design principles challenged our thinking, Microsoft IT took accessibility to a new level with the design of our updated lobby experience. Not only did we incorporate accessible features into the multitouch technologies throughout our new lobbies, we leveraged personas to build inclusive improvements into our designs from the start. The holistic approach goes beyond typical accessibility scenarios—it provides an improved experience across a broad audience by addressing more subtle, situational impairments.
At Microsoft IT, we’re embracing digital transformation and moving from rigid, process-centered operations to an agile, customer-focused organization that runs in Azure. Now, our operations are based on modern DevOps engineering principles. We’re engaging with our business partners, empowering and training our employees, and reinventing our services.
Last year, to handle increasing volumes of complex tax data with quick response, Microsoft IT built a big data solution for the Finance group using Microsoft Azure HDInsight, Azure Data Factory, and Azure SQL Database. This year, we made changes for more performance gains—along with cost savings from optimizing our HDInsight clusters. We modified the system architecture and—for faster data loading—used Apache Spark in HDInsight. As a result, the Finance team has quicker insights and more efficient processes.