The opening speeches come and go, and they are often more misguided selling points than real introductory speeches. That wasn’t the case at Microsoft Ignite this year, when CEO Satya Nadella talked about a bigger change (worth watching) in 30 minutes than most others talk about over several years of keynotes. He talked about a massive pivot in the upcoming data center, the growing ability to change perceived reality, a change in the way data is processed to massively shorten the response time to the next pandemic, the final elimination of passwords, and a massive change in employee management. development.
What is a little scary is that this is just the beginning of the massive pivot that we call the fourth industrial revolution, suggesting that even greater things are coming.
Let’s talk about the big points to remember from the Speech of the CEO of Microsoft Ignite.
The distributed cloud
Nadella said the industry had achieved maximum centralization. These cloud efforts are now decentralized and becoming increasingly ubiquitous, bringing resources closer to improving performance and better compliance with local regulations. This shift would promote a better balance between consumption and creation by allowing new creators and new forms of media to consume. Indeed, in the long run, everyone will be a creator of some kind, contributing to the whole world in a more transparent way.
Trust from conception
This new distributed architecture will drive a concept called Trust by Design. Trust from design is a strategic change that shifts customers from focusing on selling products to the success of their customers. This result will be the growing awareness that the most successful companies are building the success of their customers, not those that focus solely on selling products and focusing on short-term revenues. Every company looking to buy technology is moving both to adopt and build what it needs at a breakneck pace to better cope with the pandemic and better position its businesses for the future.
Microsoft Mesh is a mix of technologies that will help creators imagine and design products virtually over long distances, potentially eliminating more than 90% of business travel. According to Microsoft, once matured and 18 months of maturity, it will offer a remote experience that is almost impossible to distinguish from being on site in person. Mesh will redesign the collaborative rooms to reflect each other to make them easier to use and better integrated with remote sites participating in the associated mixed reality meeting. I can imagine a future where new homes will have these collaborative rooms that will be more popular and more widely used than the madness of home theater of the last decade. I can even imagine a possible future where, once you put on the headset, your home office looks and feels like you’re there, and the only group office you’ll ever know exists only virtually in the cloud.
This virtual workspace capability will lead to the concept of a hybrid workspace that is effectively located wherever you are, where you can seamlessly switch from fixed resources to mobile resources and continue, increasingly without anyone’s knowledge, so that you can manage events in your home or life while continuing to operate in your virtual office. Office buildings will evolve to be more suitable for ad hoc meetings and collaboration so that those who do not have the reception space for these virtual meetings can find a meeting place – but, at these increasingly rare times, personal meetings can always take place. All screens will be connected and any screen can be used to access a collaboration session if a mixed reality headset is not available. I can imagine a time when you are in your autonomous car, and the screen in the car is used when you are just listening to a meeting, but where you can always put on your mixed reality headset if you need to participate more deeply.
If you really want this experience to be painless and transparent, we will need to get rid of passwords and find a safer and more accessible way to authenticate ourselves. Microsoft has announced Azure ID, a way to authenticate without a password by using technology rather than your memory to keep track of your credentials.
In the 40 years or so I have been working in technology, the industry has been trying to eliminate passwords; with Azure ID, we can finally get to the point where we can.
Individually, each of these elements is huge. Together, they involve a change where our systems know who we are, automatically stock up for everything we need, and provide an even richer experience wherever we are. This new set of concepts will create a world in which we will travel primarily via Holoportation rather than by air, where we can better balance work and private life, and where we can truly trust solutions that improve and facilitate our jobs. It will be safer, more productive, more enjoyable and personalized according to our unique needs and desires on how we want to work and live.
I can’t yet say what this world will look like – much of it will be virtual after all, but once that’s clear, it won’t look like anything we have today. I think that is a good thing.