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Digital transformation and security at the heart of priorities

The 2022 edition of Microsoft Inspire has just ended. This event, dedicated to its 400,000 partners worldwide, allowed Microsoft to unfold its partner strategy focused on its new Microsoft Cloud Partner Program and to announce its main news for this new fiscal year.

Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty:

With all the new European requirements around the cloud, hyperscalers have turned to more control for their customer by positioning themselves more on compliance, security and policy aspects.

It is to meet all these requirements that Microsoft has announced, Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty. A brand new solution that will allow public service organizations in constant search of customized cloud solutions offering flexibility, agility and greater control of their data to launch their digital transformation while meeting the requirements, ensuring more guarantees, control and transparency.

Government organizations will be able to leverage the power of the public cloud, meeting expectations for low cost, agility and scale. And that's with the full range of capabilities such as modern development services, agile infrastructure, secure DevOps, open source platforms, modern collaboration and low-code development. All while incorporating Microsoft's renowned security aspects to identify and protect against potential threats.

Facilitate and optimize collaborative work:

In the age of hybrid work, Microsoft has reiterated its commitment to making work easier and more flexible. The use of collaborative work tools has increased by 44% since the start of the covid 19 crisis and 80% of employees use such software in their work, according to Gartner.
The U.S. giant has rolled out new features in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams that will help foster collaborative work.
Excel Live makes it possible to work on workbooks simultaneously and thus increase collaboration. The application integrated with Teams allows users to collaborate, edit, modify, enrich Excel tables, simultaneously and in real time, all without leaving Teams.

Cybersecurity is everyone's priority!

The cybersecurity department at Microsoft continues to grow.
And for good reason 52% of French companies consider protection against targeted attacks to be their top priority for IT security products and solutions, and 70% of them plan to increase their security spending. In addition, 64% of organizations say they will make educating and raising awareness of cybersecurity among their employees a priority over the next two years, according to a study conducted by Microsoft and IDC.
It is to meet these expectations and needs that the vendor has become one of the biggest players in the cybersecurity market. During the conference, Microsoft reviewed its entire catalog of more than 50 different categories of offerings ranging from device security to compliance, identity, asset management, privacy, Zero Trust, XDR, etc. A rich offering now articulated around 6 multi-platform and multi-cloud product lines: Microsoft Defender, Microsoft Sentinel, Microsoft Purview, Microsoft Priva, Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and Microsoft Entra.

To follow this strategy, Microsoft had announced in May 2022 the launch of its Cybersecurity Skills plan to train 10,000 new professionals in France in 3 years.

All these new features confirm Microsoft's positioning as a major player in digital transformations. Further announcements will be made at the hybrid Power Platform French Summit on November 17 and 18, 2022.

Davy LY
Director of the Microsoft France Center of Excellence
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