Cloud Collective Wrap Up about Microsoft Inspire 2018

August 1st, 2018

Well that’s a wrap for another year. After a few days in San Francisco for some well-deserved R&R, we are all back in town ready to put into motion all the things that we learnt in Las Vegas (well most of them anyway).

Retrospective on Microsoft Partnership

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but looking back a few years to when we decided to alter our strategy to become almost solely focused on Microsoft technologies, I can honestly say that this is the best decision we have ever made. At the time, the decision was made based on our view that Microsoft provided the most complete solution to empower our customers to be their absolute best at what they do.

Thinking over the week that was Inspire 18, it is so much more than that initial decision point. Yes, the Microsoft technology is industry leading allowing organisations to securely move to the cloud at ever increasing rates.  But one of my biggest takeaways from Inspire, technology aside is the biggest change to the Microsoft organisation and its momentum over the last few years has been at the hands of their inspirational leadership team championing their own internal corporate transformation. The multinational in 2018 is a polar opposite from the organisation of days gone by and is now consistently rated in the top organisations to work for around the globe.


Inspire happened to coincide with Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood announcing their Q4 earnings which smashed expectations and pushed annual revenues beyond the 100 billion dollar mark for the first time.  The race is now firmly on to be the world’s first trillion dollar company (I know who my money is on).

We’re thankful

It is an amazing time to be a Microsoft Partner and I can’t help but be overly excited and positive about what lies ahead. A big thank you to all the Microsoft and Telstra teams who gave us their valuable time during a very hectic week, we very much look forward to doing it all again in Vegas in 2019!