The Power of Transformation

The Microsoft Cloud & Hosting Summit is my favorite conference of the year. It’s the one software vendor event that focuses specifically on the Cloud and those of us in the Cloud channel, so every keynote and every breakout session is relevant.  The only downside is that, I actually have to pick and choose which sessions to attend.

This year’s theme was “Empowering Digital Transformation” and it kicked off with a powerful Skype chat with Ziauddin Yousafzai the father of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Laureate.  You’ve likely seen or heard her story, a girl shot in the head by the Taliban because she went to school.  What I hadn’t known about her story was that her father ran a school next to their house and was also a leading advocate of education especially for girls in Pakistan.

Aziz Benmalek, Microsoft’s VP of World Wide Hosting & Cloud Services followed Mr. Yousafzai with a tie in to his own journey from a small farming community in Morocco, where his grandmother literally bet the farm on the future by selling all she had to ensure his education.

With a theme focusing on transformation, our time with Mr. Yousafzai was a well organised introduction to the power of belief and conviction.  Imagine, here was a family that believed so whole heartedly in education for both boys and girls that they stood up to the Taliban, and now they are helping to transform and support girls’ education on a global scale.

Now imagine all of the ways that Cloud can help to transform the world.

The Cloud represents a huge opportunity to both build profitable businesses as well as helping to drive the human and societal transformations coming in the near future.


By Boughty Canton, VP Products & Programs, rhipe Solutions