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MSFT WPC14: Nadella Describes Mobile-First, Cloud-First WorldMSFT WPC14: Nadella Describes Mobile-First, Cloud-First World

Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella yesterday shared his thoughts on mobile and cloud solutions during his keynote address at Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 (WPC14) in Washington DC.

Dan Kobialka

July 17, 2014

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Microsoft MSFT CEO Satya Nadella
Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella yesterday shared his thoughts on a “mobile-first, cloud-first world” during his keynote address at Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 (WPC14) in Washington DC. The keynote came a day ahead of Microsoft’s announcement of 18,000 job cuts company wide, the largest ever round of layoffs at the software giant.

But yesterday, Nadella’s keynote was all about opportunity. He said he believes there is a “tremendous opportunity” with mobile and cloud solutions, and his company is focused on defining the “next-generation of productivity” as well.

“There are going to be over 3 billion people with connected devices. There’s going to be over 200 billion sensors out there. The amount of application development that spans all of that computing is going to explode,” Nadella told WPC14 attendees. “They’re going to both generate tons and tons of zettabytes of data, [and] they’re also going to consume and reason over that large data.”

Nadella also commented on several topics that of interest to managed service providers (MSPs) partners, including:

  • Big data — “When it comes to big data, we’re going to have a very rich big data platform out there. It’s going to be comprehensive.”

  • Building an end-user infrastructure — “[We’re] going to have the most comprehensive end-user infrastructure. So this is spanning device management, identity management and data security.”

  • Creating digital work and life experiences — “We will make sure our experiences are pervasive and ubiquitous. We will make sure that it’s possible for you to be able to build the solutions across the various industries. That is what we’re going to do.”

Developing a digital infrastructure that connects people worldwide is key, Nadella said, and Microsoft will support this initiative going forward.

“We’re building out that digital infrastructure that ties together people, their activities [and] their relationships to all of the artifacts of their life, be they photos or documents at work,” he said.

Nadella added Microsoft wants its employees to consistently bring their A-game, and his company is on a continuous journey to ensure its workers find deeper meaning in their daily activities.

A full video of Nadella’s keynote is available here.

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About the Author(s)

Dan Kobialka

Contributing writer, Penton Technology

Dan Kobialka is a contributing writer for MSPmentor and Talkin' Cloud. In the past, he has produced content for numerous print and online publications, including the Boston Business Journal, Boston Herald and Patch.com. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University). In his free time, Kobialka enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football (Go Patriots!).  

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