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DWC NZ: Technology, transformation and teddy bears

Last week I attended the 8th Digital Workplace Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, a big event in the New Zealand SharePoint/Office 365 calendar, and this year it did not disappoint.

Although SharePoint, Office 365 and related technologies were core topics for discussion, the conference lived up to its name – covering themes as wide ranging as human psychology, user adoption, comedy and creativity.

Intergen at 2016 Digital Workplace, Auckland

On the technology side, digital transformation was in the air in a big way. With Microsoft shifting gears and becoming more agile in their release methods, a number of sessions covered what was new in technologies such as SharePoint, Office 365, Azure and Power BI (among the technologies that Intergen specialise in).

All the choices

The stand-out theme for me in many sessions was the breadth of choice in the Microsoft stack that organisations now have, making it easier than ever to choose a tool that is right for your business.

With choice however, comes confusion. It was clear that with the advent of cloud, the choice between on-premises, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) or hybrid approaches; organisations are struggling to decide which method fits best. In instances like these, engaging a partner like Intergen can be integral to the success of your initiative.

Time for a change

Once we have implemented these amazing solutions, how do we make our solutions successful and get our people on board? It’s been a constant challenge, and one that is always a topic of discussion. Paul Culmsee and Kailash Awati gave us a sneak peek into their recently released book by discussing our need to make sense of ambiguity, how it manifests in the form of our “teddy bears” (yes, we still have them as adults, albeit in subtler ways), and how to spot it. This is more relevant to managing change and user adoption than one may think – if people are clinging to the old ways, then it is harder to digitally transform!

Continuing in this theme, Susan Hanley gave thoughtful and entertaining tips on how to overcome the challenge of user adoption. Her session provided creative ways in which to catch people’s attention, get key stakeholders on side and make your solution launch just a little bit fun.

Compare and exchange ideas

The great thing about the Digital Workplace Conference is that it brings together an amazing community of people from all aspects of business to compare notes, share ideas and network with one another. The DWC had an entire stream of sessions dedicated to case studies catering to just this purpose.

Intergen’s very own Sudeep Ghatak and Lee Stevens presented at the conference, with Sudeep and Toni Gee of the University of Canterbury sharing a case study on our partnership with the University to successfully deliver a range of document management solutions in SharePoint. Lee contributed to the thought leadership stream, presenting how the Internet of Things (IoT) is being used in a number of intelligent ways – including connected cows and football strategies! The key takeaway from both of these sessions was how we can empower our users, make our business more efficient and find creative ways in which to achieve our goals.

Posted by: Vanessa Larsen, Senior Modern Workplace Consultant | 16 August 2016

Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Workplace, Conferences

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