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Building Resilience: Lessons From Microsoft For Startups

We all know that the need to rapidly embrace change is critical right now for every business. Across its work with organisations of every size and scale, Microsoft has seen many companies condense months of digital transformation effort into mere weeks in order to respond to the challenges of COVID-19.

Join Dr Ian McDonald, CTO in Residence at Microsoft for Startups, as he draws on this insight to share the priority transformation areas that companies are investing in - and exactly why it makes sense to invest in them now, even as companies double-down on efficiency gains.

Ian is an expert in how startups embrace volatility and build resilience into their roadmaps. In this session, he will also share tactical lessons on how startups tackle change that every company can apply in order to better navigate the current climate.

Dr Ian McDonald has been a visionary technology leader for over 20 years, with extensive experience that ranges from global responsibility for IT to leading software development teams. He has previously led teams at a range of corporates and startups and built systems on a global scale - leading highly successful teams that have built thousands of servers in the Cloud, and services that work with billions of data points per day. 

Ian has a first-class honours degree in computing and maths and a doctorate in network congestion. He also has been a contributor to the Linux kernel and other open-source projects.

11.00: Log in and introduction

11.05: Dr Ian McDonald

11.35: Q & A

11.45: Close