Insights by Anant Maheshwari

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About the author: Anant Maheshwari is President, Microsoft India. Anant leads Microsoft’s engagement with policy makers, customers, and business partners and is responsible for all product, solution, service and support offerings in India. At Microsoft, Anant works to make the company’s mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, align with India’s inclusive growth agenda. He is committed to supporting government entities and organizations in India progress on their journey of digital transformation. You can read Anant’s full bio here. For unique insights on technology, leadership and transformation, browse through his LinkedIn posts.

A photo showing a woman weaing the hololensWe’ve got momentum…let’s keep going!

As we mark International Women’s Day today and accelerate the momentum around Diversity and Inclusion, I would like to share a message I sent to the Microsoft India team, renewing and strengthening our commitment. Read more »

Photo of a woman working remotely on a laptop.Ours for the taking!

It’s amazing to see life’s continued momentum in the midst of the global pandemic crisis. In the hustle and bustle of life-in-a-pandemic, we realize how resilient each of us is. You are Resilient. And the Cloud empowers your resilience. Think about it, all our providers adapted to offer services remotely, and we adapted too in a short time. This ability to adopt technology and integrate it into almost every aspect of our lives is what we call Tech Intensity. Read more »

 

Image of the word learning typed on paperThe road taken!

My word for 2020 is “LEARNING.” We learned, we adapted, then discovered something new and had to restart the cycle of learning and adapting. It’s safe to say that 2020 will be a chapter in our lives that we cannot forget. More importantly, we should not forget. Read more »

 

 

a photo of a man holding a credit card and a girl using a phone to make an online transactionBanking of tomorrow with human and artificial intelligence

The new normal has accelerated Data and AI adoption manifold, and this has clearly shown the benefits of investing in a tech enabled future. This is enabling organizations, individuals and governments across the world to reimagine a new future. The banking and financial services industry has been at the heart of this change. Read more »

 

A group of students reviews notes on a laptop together while standing in hallway of private school in India.Are you ready?

Technological disruption, demographic changes and the evolving nature of work are making new demands of the workforce. The ask is clear. We must narrow the skills gap now. Skill development is supercritical for India’s growth curve to scale sustainably and inclusively. Read more »

 

 

Two women smiling while looking at the mobile screenGender parity at work: Accelerate evolution and ignite revolution

Like recent years, the 2018 Global Gender Gap Report reinforces hope. Parity between genders is increasing across educational attainment and economic participation and opportunity. For the first time, India has recorded absolutely no gender gap in primary, secondary and tertiary education. This is encouraging, but there’s a lot more to be done!  Read more »                                                                           

 

Assorted colored dice on a tableYou are here. This is the Age of Intelligence.

Artificial intelligence is beginning to shift the way in which we relate to the world around us. It is already transforming the way we work and do business. A recent study by PwC calculated that global GDP will increase by 14% by 2030 because of AI adoption, contributing an additional $15.7 trillion to the global economy (PwC, 2017[1]). Read more »

 

 

a collage of peopleDesign for disabilities, empower everyone

2008, a decade ago was a watershed year for me to step up my understanding of disability and how much more needs to be done to support people. I was afflicted with a severe case of labyrinthitis and vertigo, causing severe challenges in being able to stand, walk, eat, drive, read, and many other human faculties that I used to take for granted. I had to reassess and rebalance all aspects of life Read more »

 

A photo of a farm with a data graphics overlayWe’re putting AI to work. For a better planet.

Climate change is upon us – we’re seeing it happen. It’s a race against time – the effects are outpacing our combined efforts to combat the issues. Four among the top five risks in the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Risk Report are linked to our environment. Scientists have been warning us about carbon emissions and climate change for decades now. Read more » 

 

 

Computer screenGDPR – Embracing the new world order

In two days, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become enforceable. A tectonic shift in the global privacy paradigm, the data protection law will herald a new era in consumer trust. As a company, Microsoft has individual privacy rights and security in its DNA. That is why in February of last year we announced we would be GDPR compliant across our cloud services by the deadline. Read more »

 

Hand drawn illustrationAI for a billion people. And an accessible world.

The world of accessibility at Microsoft came alive to me through Saqib’s eyes. Saqib Shaikh is a Seeing AI developer. He is visually impaired. Seeing him use the app as he navigates life left a lasting impression on my mind. Read more »

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