Cloud Cultures, Half 2: World collaboration in Sweden | Azure Weblog

The outcomes of cloud adoption are formed dramatically by the folks and cultures that function and innovate with the expertise. The speedy tempo of technological developments we’re seeing on a world scale is thrilling, but when there’s one factor that I really like greater than expertise, it’s the folks, the tales, and the life experiences that affect the way it’s used. These tales present firsthand how expertise and custom mix to kind cloud cultures. In our first episode, we explored how the folks in Poland are fearless when it comes time to behave. They’re a dynamic nation embracing change, reinventing themselves, and creating new progressive alternatives. Conversations with our clients and group leaders in Poland gave me an vital view of how a lot of an influence the historical past of Poland has on the current and future markets. Within the second episode, see what I discovered about cloud culture in Sweden.

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Sweden: A world-first mindset

Our first Sweden datacenter area launched in 2021 and can develop to be one in all our largest datacenter areas in Europe. My time in Sweden helped me perceive why this area is rising so quick.

I discovered firsthand how Swedes rework easy concepts into international successes. For Sweden, success is aware of no borders. It is a place that thinks past its personal perimeter, as a result of the market calls for it, and success is dependent upon it. Regardless of being one of many largest international locations in Europe by landmass, it’s one of many smallest in inhabitants—which forces Sweden’s formidable entrepreneurs to undertake a global-first mindset from day one. Collaborating with folks world wide with totally different mindsets is among the largest challenges corporations will face as they globally scale. It requires tapping into these numerous views to create a greater end result. That is what drew me to Sweden. Their holistic method to innovation has created an surroundings that fosters collaboration when scaling and allows them to thrive.

This concentrate on collaboration helped me higher perceive “fika”. Whereas the time period “fika” interprets to “espresso”, in English, I discovered in Sweden, fika is far more than that. Fika is an expertise that does contain espresso and cookies however is extra concerning the dialog and connection. It actually focuses on the human energy of collaboration. This concept of fika is woven into Sweden’s tradition of innovation. It turns into clear that when shared beliefs underpin collaboration, the influence could be extraordinary.

Fika, in Sweden

Our conversations with clients and companions helped me see how the highly effective winds of innovation which have converged with native customs, values, and methods of dwelling, helped create one thing distinctive.

How are Swedish clients utilizing the cloud

These conversations helped uncover the essence of Sweden’s digital transformation whereas exploring the nation’s dynamic expertise panorama. Under are only a few of the Swedish clients who’re remodeling their companies to adapt to the rising wants of their clients in Sweden, and past:

  • Storekey is a Stockholm-based startup that’s serving to retail companies flourish and meet the calls for of an ever-evolving trade. Storekey helps retailers by eradicating friction for the shoppers and the retailers by way of an autonomous expertise platform and the advantages of e-commerce to bodily shops.
  • Handelsbanken is one in all Sweden’s high banks, which offers common banking providers by way of a nationwide department of networks in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and the UK, and is constructed on a robust emotional bond with their clients. They realized utilizing cloud providers is one thing that elevated their functionality for innovation, improved worker experiences, and created higher interactions with their clients. This adoption of the newest cloud expertise has helped Handelsbanken innovate, in a trusted means, in collaboration with their clients.
  • Swedbank is a multinational financial institution, primarily based in Stockholm, who noticed the pliability and scalability of the cloud as a method to innovate through the use of AI and machine studying to reinforce safety measures to guard towards felony actions similar to financial institution fraud.

Constructing a sustainable future

On my journey in Sweden, I sat down with Annika Ramsköld, the Chief Sustainability Workplace at Vattenfall, an vitality firm who’s making waves with their dedication towards a fossil free future. Sustainability just isn’t a stylish buzzword in Sweden, it’s basic for Swedish organizations and their companions, and Vattenfall may be very centered on holding their suppliers and companions, similar to Microsoft, to their identical sustainability necessities.

“It’s our goal. The whole lot we do, we wish to assist your complete society to be fossil free. Meaning each little piece of the provision chain, whether or not it’s transport, or the way in which you extract supplies, or the way in which you produce that materials, ought to be fossil free and be carried out in a accountable means.”— Annika Ramsköld

I couldn’t agree extra with Annika, as our personal company commitments to be carbon adverse, water optimistic, with zero waste, are echoing related commitments by Vattenfall. Our partnership with Vattenfall has helped us make our Sweden Central datacenter area one in all our most sustainable areas globally, and an instance of how a partnership with a typical imaginative and prescient may also help us convey a provide of sustainable providers to our clients.

A Microsoft datacenter building in Sweden Central region

The attain of cloud expertise

Know-how doesn’t outline folks and tradition however as an alternative tradition defines expertise and the way we use it. I discovered in Sweden, their method to collaboration, their method to the fika, has formed their utilization of expertise, bringing Swedish innovation to your complete world. I can’t watch for my subsequent journey to study much more.

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