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We will be attending the Microsoft Ignite Conference at the end of this month to bring back insight into the latest Microsoft technologies.
What is Microsoft Ignite?
Some of the CompanyNet team will be attending the Microsoft Ignite Conference at the end of September in Orlando, Florida. The event will showcase Microsoft’s products and services and provide an insight into “tomorrow’s tech”.
Just over 20 years ago, the World Wide Web as we know it was just emerging. The dotcom bubble had yet to burst; Yahoo and eBay were barely a year old, and Google was just a twinkle in the eye of Page and Brin.
It was into this climate that CompanyNet was born. When we were founded in 1996, there were immediately lots of exciting new business opportunities to service – particularly building websites and portals, often based on Microsoft technologies.
Bespoke software development was the name of the game, and we enjoyed the challenges and satisfaction of coding custom systems.
Ten years later, inspired by a Microsoft Partner Conference, the business articulated a bold new strategic direction – platform-based development. Custom code was becoming relatively expensive to build and maintain, and new options were becoming available to customers, challenging the established business model. Platform-based development would become the basis of our future success.
The customer is always right. Right? Wrong. A supplier-side perspective on ‘the intelligent customer’.
In May 2017, Audit Scotland set out a number of principles to follow for customers in pursuit of a successful digital future. One of the principles was simply to:
“Be an intelligent client.”
The target audience for the recommendations was the public sector in Scotland. But the recommendations apply much more broadly than that – in the private sector, and way beyond Scotland’s shores.
In 2012, Audit Scotland had set out the main attributes for being an “intelligent client”. These were:
But these attributes all feel very dry, functional and transactional. They speak nothing of the customer-supplier relationship, of the emotive connection – a meeting of minds, mutual trust and professional respect.
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