Rodney Clark, Corporate Vice President, Channel Sales and Channel Chief, says that “these partners are essential to how Microsoft delivers innovative products and services.”
To ensure the partnership is valuable, Microsoft supports their network by providing:
Product guidelines, such as their Cloud governance documentation.
Community resources, such as their Partner Centre and Microsoft Partner Network.
Technical product training.
In turn, partners sell solutions that incorporate Microsoft’s products, driving revenue for both parties but, more importantly, increasing customer satisfaction by delivering the right combination of capabilities and features.
4. Nurturing Talent and Creating an Innovative Culture
Product thinking and agile development lay the foundations for nurturing talent and driving innovation.
It allows product teams to:
Connect unrelated concepts into a unique consumer solution.
Always focus on the next product iteration.
Become specialists and experts in the product they create.
But these aren’t enough by themselves.
That’s why companies are making learning and growth a priority for their product teams. As an example, Waguih Ishak, division VP and chief technologist at Corning Research & Development Corporation has his own framework for driving innovation.
To help product teams to unleash their creativity and uncover innovative ideas he focuses on:
Networking with internal innovation leaders.
Having unreasonable goals.
Focusing on only a few products at once.
Cultivating external relationships.
5. Planning for Emerging Tech
Technology governance is crucial for keeping businesses and consumers safe, but also to scale innovative technologies.
Data and privacy risks surrounding areas like artificial intelligence have stirred up public debate and media attention, making ethical governance an imperative to winning consumer trust. This is especially the case for emerging technologies, where risks may be hard to predict until later in the innovation process, when intervention is difficult and costly.
Amongst digital transformation leaders, 43% have governance frameworks in place for select technologies and 64% are in the process of creating executive level governance plans.
To plan for emerging technology, it’s necessary to ensure risk is managed proactively. As a result, organisations should treat Risk as more than loss-prevention function and engage with governance concerns as part of the innovation process itself.
Based on Microsoft’s AI governance model addressing areas of concern such as the below in an open and inclusive process can help to ensure responsible innovation:
Privacy and security
Start Implementing the 5 Tenets of Successful Product Organisations
Digital transformation isn’t about adopting the latest technology, it’s about using technology to improve business operations to better cater to your number one stakeholder—your customer. By following these five tenets, you can successfully guide your company through digital transformation and continue innovating for years to come.
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