Technology Vision 2017: Every Business Will Be an AI-First Business

We’ve been talking about cloud-first and mobile-first for a while now. Here’s another “first” businesses need to start paying attention to: AI-first. We believe all businesses are only a few years away from a new era – one where we will need to focus first on artificial intelligence. Avanade’s Technology Vision 2017 explores AI and […]

Great Employee Experiences = Great Customer Experiences

The sales cycle hasn’t changed since the days of the cavemen. It’s always been about the transaction between buyer and seller, whether that’s a spear in return for meat, or dollars for a car. What has changed are the expectations of the consumer, and consequently the expectations of the employee. What Needs to Change? Not […]

Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning: Battle of the Minds

In the last year, I’ve been wrestling with two competing approaches with respect to how to leverage big data: artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).  After all, there’s nothing exciting about big data unless you have a mechanism to process it. After a few weeks of intensive research, I have realized that everyone’s definition […]

The Rise of the Machines

For years, we have been fed an almost constant diet of sci-fi prediction about the consequences of artificial intelligence and our deepening lack of self-reliance. Be it at the hands of vengeful robots, octopedal searcher drones or an omnipresent networked villainous super-brain; we are just fleshy victims waiting to be usurped. Well, the age of […]

Let’s Be Smart about Smart Technologies

I recently mentioned to my 12-year-old daughter that artificial intelligence will be able to outsmart us by 2045. She got very upset, feeling that this would be the end of the human race and saying, “Then we can kill ourselves, otherwise we will be killed by them.” My daughter’s reaction was childish (which one would […]

4 Essential Ingredients for Digital Employee Experience Success

The following is a guest blog post by Paul Miller, CEO and Founder of the Digital Workplace Group. A digital employee experience involves focusing on what every employee experiences on a day to day basis – the digital services they use, the flow between different devices, the need for log-ins, etc. We are all used […]

Excitement is Building for Microsoft Envision Conference 2016

In a short few weeks, my colleagues and I will be attending the Microsoft Envision conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 4-6, 2016. Avanade is proud to be a gold sponsor of the event and our team is really excited to participate in the first annual conference. In short, Microsoft is repositioning Convergence as […]