May 31, 2018   |   Miri Rodriguez

Showcase Spotlight: Tatiana Teppoeva

Meet the woman who can “take an ocean of data and make sense of it.” Teppoeva immigrated from Russia into the U.S. twelve years ago and joined Microsoft as research manager a few years after that, eventually becoming a data scientist. Teppoeva is armed with AI and machine learning (ML) and is always on the...

May 23, 2018   |   Chad Dellinger

Getting real: How to drive digital transformation at your company

Digital transformation is all the rage, we all hear about it constantly. But how do you get past the buzzwords and make it real? Let’s dive into this, and don’t worry, wade right in, the water is just fine. In my first post on how Core Services Engineering and Operations is helping to drive a...

May 2, 2018   |   Chad Dellinger

When bending code to your will leads to transforming Microsoft

I’m trained to do two things, ski and write software. The dirty secret: Software pays better, and you’re less likely to break something. I was the kid who took the toaster apart, much to the chagrin of my father, who was constantly having to make do with appliances that were missing a critical part or...

Sep 25, 2017   |   Lukas Velush

Is an agile development methodology the secret behind Gangnam Style?

Was the world-famous Gangnam Style song and the fun, funky dance moves that go with it inspired by an agile development methodology? Maybe not, but it’s fun to think about the connections when you look at how two distinctly different agile development techniques—Scrum and Kanban—are combined to create an entirely new dance move (OK, software...

Jul 27, 2017   |   Lukas Velush

Sales insights only as good as the data that feeds them

When it comes time to give feedback, Jon Leiter isn’t shy. Leiter is an Account Team Unit sales director at Microsoft, one of 25,000 who pitch the company’s products and services to enterprises around the world. It wasn’t long ago that the tools he used to get his job done didn’t work very well. Sellers...

Jun 28, 2017   |   Lukas Velush

Taming the turbulence: Bumpy Microsoft sales process hits smooth air

Selling is all about face-to-face time with customers. You woo them, you bond with them, you talk straight with them, you cajole them, all in hopes of convincing them to buy into you and your platform. Microsoft is no different. Roughly half of the $85 billion the company makes each year rolls in when its...

Mar 30, 2017   |   Lukas Velush

Running towards an uncomfortable DevOps transformation

In Molly Cooper’s old role, she was an order taker. Business owners would tell her what they wanted, and she would meticulously craft a requirements document that, in exacting detail, precisely mapped out how Microsoft IT would build it for them. When they were happy, she would hand it off to software engineers and wait...

Mar 16, 2017   |   Lukas Velush

Embracing discomfort in move to DevOps

Dinakar Jay knew he needed to expand his world view, and not just because his Microsoft bosses were asking for more. “I used to feel pretty comfortable,” Jay says. “My work was safe. I wasn’t growing. I realized I could take on a bigger challenge. I could learn more.” That opportunity came three and a...