Key highlights from Microsoft Encourage 2021 – from Incremental Group

Microsoft Inspire is the associate occasion of the 12 months which explores new developments of the Microsoft Cloud and the alternatives it offers to Microsoft companions and their clients. Operating digitally relatively than in individual for one more 12 months, Microsoft Encourage 2021 hosted a variety of partaking classes throughout two days overlaying quite a lot of technical and partner-focused matters.

Earlier this 12 months, Redspire was acquired by Incremental Group, making the mixed group one of many largest Microsoft companions within the UK. To rejoice Microsoft Encourage, we invited Incremental’s Chief Industrial Officer, Craig Donnelly, to share his key takeaways from the hotly anticipated occasion. With a variety of thrilling content material accessible throughout the occasion, we wished to search out out from Craig what his high highlights have been from Encourage 2021.

Microsoft Encourage 2021

Microsoft Encourage is at all times an thrilling time of 12 months for companions, giving us unique perception about Microsoft’s ambitions and its areas of focus for the 12 months forward.

Strategically, this time of the 12 months is a crucial time for the Incremental management workforce, as we retrospectively look at the enterprise efficiency of the earlier monetary 12 months and look in the direction of the way forward for the enterprise. Earlier this month, Incremental Group launched our 2021 Annual Evaluate, a spotlight in fact being the acquisition of fellow Microsoft associate, Redspire. Our mission is to allow our clients to digitally rework their organisation, one step at a time with Microsoft. Microsoft Encourage is due to this fact at all times a key occasion for us.

Highlights from Encourage

Encourage 2021 was not a 12 months for ‘landmark’ bulletins, however relatively served as an evolution of Microsoft’s core options and technique.

Microsoft’s know-how has supported 1000’s of organisations to keep up enterprise continuity and assist workers throughout a turbulent 12 months. This continued dedication to supporting organisations was mirrored in Encourage’s headlines. From my perspective the important thing bulletins popping out of Encourage could be grouped into 4 classes: collaboration, safety, worker expertise and sustainability.


It’s broadly recognised that digital transformation has accelerated throughout the pandemic, together with the explosion of Microsoft Teams. In 2020, Microsoft Groups noticed a brand new every day file of 2.7 billion meeting minutes in someday.

A welcome announcement at Encourage was that Microsoft Groups clients will obtain no-cost information entry to Microsoft Dynamics 365, which means now you can entry Dynamics 365 information inside the Groups atmosphere at no further value. It is a nice step ahead in enabling extra organisations to optimise collaboration throughout Groups and Dynamics 365, eradicating what was a barrier for productiveness throughout options and workflows.


In an more and more digital world, greater than ever safety is high of thoughts for organisations. Encourage strengthened how closely Microsoft is investing in its safety providing – increasing programmes and increasing safety updates to streamline and simplify cloud migration and modernisation.

Core to Microsoft’s safety technique is encouraging ‘Zero Trust’ principals to restrict safety threat inside organisations. This strategy means organisations deal with safety greatest observe to strengthen digital defences all through departments. As a Microsoft associate, we assist our clients to embed these ideas and ship secure-by-design options that cowl the six pillars: id, endpoints, information, functions, community and infrastructure.

Worker expertise

Microsoft lately launched Microsoft Viva, an worker expertise platform that brings collectively instruments for worker engagement, studying, wellbeing and data. Encourage taught us that the platform is being elevated even additional, with new integrations with more than 20 partners, together with ServiceNow, Headspace and Workday. This permits organisations to seamlessly join Microsoft Viva with different exterior instruments they’re already utilizing.



Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability might be made accessible later this 12 months. This can assist Microsoft, Incremental Group, Redspire and our clients meet their carbon discount and sustainability targets. Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability will enable organisations to file, report and cut back their emissions on their path to web zero. It is a vastly thrilling announcement as we more and more see digital know-how enjoying a key position within the world battle in opposition to local weather change.

To conclude, Microsoft Encourage 2021 demonstrated that Microsoft continues to be on the forefront of digital developments throughout the know-how business and we’re excited to place these bulletins into observe for our clients. Whereas the warmth and jet lag of a visit to Las Vegas weren’t missed, I definitely missed the direct engagement with my Microsoft connections and the broader associate neighborhood. Hopefully, we might be again in individual subsequent 12 months!

As Microsoft Gold Companions, the extremely skilled groups at Redspire and Incremental are available to debate the important thing highlights and bulletins from Encourage with organisations trying to advance their digital transformation. Please get in touch to arrange a conversation.


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