Financial crisis good time for IT leaders: Microsoft

IT can help recover from today’s market conditions

Microsoft has called upon IT managers to be more innovative and drive up operational efficiencies during the economic downturn at this year’s Tech.Ed user conference on the Gold Coast.

Keynote speaker, Microsoft finance director Colin Timm, said that the economic crisis has been a good time for IT leaders to develop cost saving models and find efficiencies in their business’ IT infrastructure.

“The opportunity for us is to renew our innovation capacity and we know that IT can have a significant impact on how we look to innovate and recover from the present market conditions," Timm said.

"The challenge for IT professionals is to get the ear of the business and to get time with the business."

Timm also talked up six areas of business management which Microsoft aspires to provide to IT professionals:

  • To provide a platform with efficiencies required in their IT infrastructure.
  • That people are recognised as a key asset in every organisation.
  • That technology is crafted in a way that organisations work.
  • That developers are the capitalists between business ideas and innovation.
  • To see the emergence and integration of devices.
  • To continue to solicit Microsoft's customers' input into research and development.

Some 2500 IT professionals and developers have converged on the Gold Coast for Microsoft's annual Tech.Ed.

Running from today until Friday, it's clear that among all the activites and seminars, Windows 7 will steal the show as delegates have each been given a Windows 7-enabled HP Mini 2140 notebook.

In addition to the Windows 7 demo, delegates are also being treated to previews of Office 2010, Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft's Online Services cloud platform, and the touch screen features of Windows 7.

- Kathryn Edwards has traveled to Tech.Ed as a guest of Microsoft.

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