Microsoft is an often misunderstood global corporation with massive influence and a product strategy like no other technology company in the world. Twice per week, join Brad Groux, a Microsoft enterprise expert, as he guides you through the countless products, services, initiatives and brilliant minds at One Microsoft Way. If you're interested in technology, automation, business, education and setting yourself up for future success, then MSFT Today is the podcast for you.
MSFT Today 2019-03-04 : Why Technology Needs Female Voices
In this episode we discuss how code.org, Microsoft and others are striving to get girls interested in technology early on, so that it translates to more women in technology jobs.
MSFT Today 2019-02-28 : Refusing to be Mediocre in IT (Bonus Podcast)
In today's Twitter follower bonus podcast, we step away from our typical podcast format and focus on something a little different - how to approach your day to day duties in information technology.
It is human nature to enter a comfort zone. Most people don’t wake up one morning and make the conscious decision to be mediocre, it happens over time. In IT, this condition can be even easier to fall into. When you show up to the office, and fight the same issues, and put out the same fires, day in and day out, it can become daunting. Most people who have worked at least a few years in IT can relate to this, and it can be a vicious cycle.
How does one fight to stay out or climb out of their comfort zone? Well, if you find yourself in that sort of situation, I believe that it is extremely important to have good friends and family that “call you on your b******t.” I apologize for the profanity, but I don’t think the message hits as hard without it. Simply put, you need people in your life, that will always challenge you, which especially includes people comfortable enough to call you out.
Surrounding yourself with those that challenge you, will keep you on your toes, and pushing you forward even when work is trying to keep you down. Think of these people, as your personal trainers for your career, screaming for you to do one more set on the bench press. When you have people comfortable enough with you to hold you accountable, it makes all the difference. Make goals and hold yourself accountable so that you have to."Those who build and perpetuate mediocrity... are motivated more by the fear of being left behind." - Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don'tWhy worry about the comfort zone?
This may be an unpopular opinion, but if you work in Information Technology, you have a moral obligation to provide the best support that you can to your customers, while also doing everything in your power to protect their data and interests. Now, some may call that a reach, but I disagree on several counts. Just imagine how many people’s lives have been adversely affected due to failures in IT systems. How many businesses, and financial institutions have been wrecked due to outages, downtimes and hacks? How many billions of dollars are lost each year to preventable catastrophes?
The hard truth is that lost revenue and downtime generally leads to loss of jobs, or at the very least lost business which can affect everything from stock prices, to employee bonuses. It may not happen immediately, but major issues within IT can and usually lead to long term damage that might not be felt immediately. Those jobs and pay are the life-force for an employee, who likely also has family dependent on them. For these reasons alone, you should always — DO THE RIGHT THING.
Take ownership of the fact that even if your environment sucks, that your work matters, not just to the bottom line, but to people, and their lives. In IT, when you are in a comfort zone, you are not operating at your maximum potential, nor is your environment. Technology never sleeps, and it evolves daily, which means that you must strive further to keep pace. If you don’t, you are not only letting yourself down, but you are letting down the very people and customers that rely on the systems and services that you provide.Refuse to be Mediocre
Many times, especially in junior roles, you may feel powerless in such situations. However, you are not. You can always rise above and set the tone, you can be the spark that ignites a firestorm of rejuvenation and improvements throughout your work environment. If you put in the extra effort, and lead the charge, your hard work may pay off with others following your lead. Be the first to dance!
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MSFT Today 2019-02-26 : Spiral Out, Keep Going (Bonus Podcast)
Welcome to this bonus episode of the Microsoft Today Podcast. Today we're stepping away from focusing on Microsoft or technology, and discussing something more along the lines of life, education, and personal development.
MSFT Today 2019-02-24 : HoloLens 2, Azure Kinect and MWC19
In today's episode of the Microsoft Today podcast, we discuss Microsoft's live event at MWC19, including the new HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality device, and the Azure Kinect IoT Edge device.
MSFT Today 2019-02-20 : Microsoft's AI for Good Initiatives and #TemplatesForHumanity
The AI for Good initiatives by Microsoft were created to foster development and support for AI solutions that seek to benefit all of mankind. The initiatives are AI for Accessibility, AI for Earth, and AI for Humanitarian Action. In today's episode of the Microsoft Today Podcast, we're going discuss all of these fantastic initiatives and how you can get involved for the great good.
AI for Accessibility
Microsoft's goal for AI for Accessibility is to amplify human capability, as they believe that AI can empower people with disabilities with tools that support independence and productivity, as technology rapidly changes the way we live, learn, and work. Microsoft does through grants, investments of technology, and expertise.
AI for Accessibility Projects
Soundscape - Using sound, to give sight to the blind
Eye Control - Windows 10 APIs for controlling PCs via eye movements
Swiftkey Symbols - Allows simplified communication for non-verbal users
Immersive Reader - Reads text out loud, break it into syllables, and increase spacing between lines and letters
Microsoft Translator - Empowers the deaf and or hearing impaired
Helpicto - Helps autistic individuals communicate via pictograms
Seeing AI - Is a talking camera app that allows the visually impaired to access the visual world
Microsoft Build: AI for Accessibility
AI for Accessibility & Grantees
Zyrobotics ReadAble Storiez is a reading fluency solution based on STEM and aimed at improving early education literacy skills for young children with varying abilities
Received a $25 million grant from Microsoft
iTherapy is improving communication skills for people with autism, among other cognitive learning disabilities by enhancing their app, InnerVoice, with new capabilities to help people develop their language expression skills and assign meaning to dialogue via naturalized social interactions
Researchers at the University of Iowa are developing an intelligent application for people who are blind or with low vision to independently walk or jog around a 400-meter track, which can determine if someone is veering from their lane, and delivers real-time feedback to help them stay on track
The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University is developing conversational tools that provide people with autism job interview training through meaningful interactions
AI for Accessibility Grants
Microsoft is looking for individuals or teams who are not only passionate about making the world more inclusive, but also firmly rooted in the communities they intend to benefit
Microsoft wants to invest in ideas that are developed by or with people with disabilities
AI for Accessibility is a call to action for developers, NGO’s, academics, researchers, and inventors to accelerate their work for people with disabilities
This is a global program, grant applications from all countries in the world are eligible
For academic institutions, the grants can be distributed as unrestricted gifts to academic institutions to support a project’s objective
AI for Earth
AI for Earth is a five-year, $50 million Microsoft initiative that supports, and partners with, environmental groups and researchers while also providing grants. The goal: helping to save the planet with data science. Many of the initiatives are also heavily dependent on the ever-expanding world of Windows IoT (Internet of Things). Microsoft's AI for Earth has four areas of focus:
Climate - The changing climate threatens human health, infrastructure, and natural systems. AI can give people more accurate climate predictions to help reduce the potential impacts
Agriculture - By 2050, farmers must produce more food, on less arable land, and with less environmental impact to feed the world’s increasing population. AI can help people monitor the health of farms in real time
Biodiversity - Species are going extinct
MSFT Today 2019-02-06 : Microsoft Earnings, Xbox Game Studio, Azure for Free, and More
Welcome to another episode of the Microsoft Today Podcast. Today's episode is covering a flurry of Microsoft news and announcements, including: Microsoft's Quarterly Earnings, Skype, AI, A Microsoft Education Acquisition, Keeping Kids Safe, A Programming Contest, Azure, A Plethora of Xbox News And More
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EASILY the best Microsoft related podcast on iTunes!
The level of detail that Brad goes in to for each show is impressive. I am especially a fan of his show notes, they save me a ton of time. This is a must-follow podcast for any technology fan, not just fans of MIcrosoft.