Unified Communication and Collaboration continues to evolve at an extremely rapid pace as cloud computing interacts with the consumerization of IT to define how people interact in business environments. Organizations are wrestling with whether or not to pursue tradtional solutions deployed within the customer premises, or adopt the cloud as the primary platform for supporting critical enterprise interactions.
In this interview with Avanade's Scott Gode, we explore the key issues CIOs and other business decision-makers face about how -- and how quickly -- they should embrace the new features and capabilities that are being released into the marketplace.
Scott Gode is the marketing and product management leader of Azaleos, which was recently acquired by Avanade, a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. Scott's career includes key leadership positions at Microsoft and Motorola. Gode spent 15 years at Microsoft in variety of senior product management, marketing and product planning roles in the Server & Tools, Office, Windows Mobile and Exchange product groups. Most recently at Microsoft Gode directed global marketing for the IT Pro Audience and before that he was responsible for helping Microsoft to establish Windows Mobile and the Microsoft smartphone devices as marketplace leaders in the industry. Prior to his tenure at Microsoft, Gode worked for both Motorola and American Airlines and was responsible for helping them to launch and market various products in the European marketplace. Gode received his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. He also received schooling in Germany and Austria.
Avanade provides business technology solutions and managed services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft® technologies to help customers realize results. Our people have helped thousands of organizations in all industries improve business agility, employee productivity, and customer loyalty. Avanade combines the collective business, technical and industry expertise of its worldwide network of experts with the rigor of an industrialized delivery model to provide high quality solutions using proven and emerging technologies with flexible deployment models–on premises, cloud-based or outsourced. Avanade, which is majority owned by Accenture, was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation and has 17,000 professionals in more than 20 countries. Additional information can be found at www.avanade.com.
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