That’s not natural: taking the workplace back to its roots

The great linguist Steven Pinker has a theory about why talking about technology can get so complicated. He calls it the curse of knowledge. The more you know, the less clearly you communicate. You probably come across the curse of knowledge more than most people. You sell technology. You’re expected to know what it does,…


The importance of data and AI in the 4th industrial revolution

  So far in this series, we’ve covered both the modern workplace and business applications. This time we look at the role big data and AI. It’s an extremely important topic. Think of data as the currency of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). In fact, it’s being said that big data plus artificial intelligence is…


Business applications in the new revolution

Want to be ready for the fourth industrial revolution? Technology alone isn’t the answer. As we’ve seen from our previous blog, the fourth industrial revolution is coming soon. It’s going to be huge. And it’s going to completely change how we work. Want to turn this to your advantage? You’ll need to think about more…


The Fourth Industrial Revolution – part 2

  First, let’s consider the impact of the workplace on employee engagement. The Steelcase Global Report sums it up nicely: “Workers who are highly satisfied with their workplace also demonstrate higher levels of engagement.” In addition: “Highly engaged employees have greater flexibility to make choices about where and how they work.” The rise of the…


The Partner Advanced Collaboration Opportunity

What does collaboration mean to your customers? How can Microsoft technology enable better collaboration and team work? And what’s the partner opportunity around collaboration? Over the next few months we’re running  a series of Skype Broadcasts which aim take you through the Modern Workplace opportunities and how Microsoft solutions play within these areas. Our first broadcast, on the 17…


Connect, grow and evolve with Microsoft

  Market opportunity and Microsoft investments were two key themes in the UK regional session at this year’s Microsoft Inspire. Driven by digital transformation, the market opportunity in the UK is set to be $55 billion, and with the new One Commercial Partner organisation in place, we are continuing to invest in the partner ecosystem…


Pathway to profitability: ISVs can help partners differentiate in transport and logistics

Digital transformation in Transport and Logistics presents a big opportunity for partners. Industry 4.0 is here and T&L executives are realising they can’t just ‘keep on trucking’. Passengers are in the driver’s seat now, and they’re bulldozing entire business models.   ‘Business as usual’ is no longer good enough.   Customers expect flexible, on-demand ‘mobility…


Black Marble brings Digital Transformation to the Enterprise

By Black Marble, Microsoft Inspire 2017 Headline Sponsor    At Black Marble, we’re proud to be a Microsoft Partner, to hold 5 Gold Competencies, as well as the accolade of one of the few UK HoloLens Readiness Agencies. Our pioneering team can bring your projects to life, making digital transformation a reality: for you, your…


Black Marble leading the way with DevOps

By Black Marble, Microsoft Inspire Headline Sponsor Celebrating 20 years driven by innovation, imagination and technical excellence, Black Marble is an award-winning, multi-Gold Competency Partner for Platform Development with internationally recognised experts ready to deliver solutions across the Microsoft platform from Azure to UWP.   Our DevOps team is making real cultural change for our…


6 great reasons for your customers to buy or upgrade to SQL Server 2016

Every business of every size has one thing in common, and that is its data, possibly its most valuable asset. With SQL Server 2016 available from 1st June, now is the time to talk to both your customer BDMs and ITDMs and help them understand how they can use their data to achieve business growth….