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Microsoft Inspire 2017: By the Numbers by

This week a handful of Hitachi Solutions leadership team members attended Microsoft’s Inspire conference in Washington D.C., the biggest Microsoft partner event of the year, with over 16,000 Microsoft partners from around the world attending. Microsoft Inspire gave exciting insight into Microsoft’s vision, and the new opportunities that digital transformation will create for both technological innovation and business productivity.

Here are some interesting figures we think you might be interested in:

17,000,000 – number of employees of Microsoft Partners.  Compare that with 121,567 direct Microsoft employees, you start to understand the value that partners can add to Microsoft implementations.  I thought Microsoft Corporate VP Ron Huddleston said it best, “Because technology will always advance, but no single company is ever going to be able to deliver what a whole ecosystem of partners can deliver. And we’re the only company that puts our love and our time and our effort, and belief, that only through partners we can succeed.”

64,000 – number of Microsoft cloud partners — more than AWS (Amazon Web Services), Google and Salesforce combined. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “This ethos, of being partner-led, is always going to be in everything we do.”

2,800 – Number of applications submitted by Microsoft Partners that applied 2017 Partner of the Year Awards.  Hitachi Solutions won for Cloud Customer Relationship ManagementRead about it here.

135 – dollars, per user, per month that the new combined offering of Microsoft Relationship Sales solution will cost.  It’s the combination of Dynamics 365 for Sales, Enterprise Edition along with LinkedIn Sales Navigator.  This is half the cost of the competition.

100 – number of experts that will form the new Microsoft Research AI.  This will bring together “a veritable army of AI experts”, according to Business Insider.  “Microsoft is forming a grand army of experts in the artificial intelligence wars with Google, Facebook, and Amazon.”

95 – percent of Microsoft’s global business that is partner driven.  Judson Althoff – Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business noted, “For more than 40 years, we have been a partner-led company, which is proven by fact that we generate more than 95 percent of our business through our robust and constantly evolving partner ecosystem.”

60 – number of languages that Presentation Translator can translate and subtitle LIVE; even between left-to-right and right-to-left languages.  Presentation Translator is powered by the Microsoft Translator live feature, built on Microsoft Translator APIs.

6 – the ‘priority verticals’ outlined by Microsoft for investment: Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Education, Health, and Government.

4 – focus areas for Microsoft development going forward: the modern workplace, business applications (including Dynamics 365), applications and infrastructure, and data and artificial intelligence

3 – The number of very good reasons some businesses still want local business data deployment option for on-premises deployments.  As Microsoft’s Sri Srinivasan notes in this announcement, some businesses are driven by requirements for data residency, business continuity, and data center investments.  With on-premises options, businesses can address these important requirements.

2 – number of Microsoft Canada IMPACT Awards won by Hitachi Solutions.  We won for both CRM Partner of the Year and Winning Together.  Read about it here.

1 – number of times I saw Clippy (the Original chatbot) in Washington DC; (thanks @maryjofoley).