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July 24, 2018 Amit Singh

What Inspired Olikka

In recent years, we have felt that the synergies between ours and Microsoft’s vision for technology and organisational culture further align.

Satya shared this quote in his keynote:

“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.”

This resonates with Olikka, now more than ever with our work with AI, the solutions we deliver weave themselves into our customers’ businesses to help achieve their goals. Hearing Satya talk about this has inspired and reignited our passion. We want to make a difference.

We heard from other speakers who challenged us to question why we exist. The collective ‘we,’ that is. The answer was simply “to make something easier for someone else.” Our focus from the beginning has always been the user. If we help each user perform their task with greater ease and to a higher standard then ultimately it will benefit the wider organisation. This served as a refresher for why we do what we do to help us focus on being the best at what we do.

We learned about Microsoft’s challenges with finding and upskilling talent and some of the strategies they have enlisted to overcome this. We, too, have these challenges and largely in the same area – through massive exponential growth in our Azure projects. We have come away with some different perspectives around this.

We were intrigued to hear from Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s Chief People Office, who gave us some insight into how Microsoft is constantly working to build and maintain a great workplace culture. We’re no stranger to this having untaken our own mindfulness program recently and engaged a team performance coach in recent years to work with our entire team. This served as great validation that we are on the right path and have the right values.

Finally, Microsoft made a real statement about the growth and success of Australia as a region. We were split out as separate from APAC for the first time and we were there in numbers! Mentions of us were littered through core note presentations and mentioned by various Microsoft executives. We felt a real shift in the level of partnership with Microsoft for us Aussies and sense a great deal of future potential.