Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella Visits Seoul, Encourages Korean businesses to ‘do more with less’

Microsoft Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella visited Korea today to experience first-hand how innovation and digital technology are supporting the country’s ecosystem of developers, startups and companies across every industry.

While speaking at Microsoft Ignite Spotlight on Korea conference, Satya Nadella met local developers, startups, and business leaders, where he highlighted the digital imperative for every organization and demonstrated Microsoft’s commitment to foster innovation, create opportunities and help businesses grow in Korea.

“In a world of increasing headwinds, digital technology is the ultimate tailwind,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “It’s fantastic to see first-hand the innovation taking place in Korea and how organizations across the region are applying the power of the Microsoft Cloud to do more with less.”

Microsoft has operated in Korea for more than 34 years. Satya Nadella said Korea is a hub of innovation and resourcefulness with Asia expected to generate half of the world’s GDP by 2050 and account for more than half of all R&D investments by 2030.

Nadella highlighted some of the ways Korean innovation is already transforming the lives of people locally and globally. He met with Wontaek Lee, a citizen developer from Doosan Enerbility who used Microsoft Power Apps to develop the Search Stock app. This app allows users to monitor inventory in real-time and order needed material via mobile, with the ability to scale up to 200 users.

Other innovations on display included:

  • CLO Virtual fashion, a Korean startup that is leading the global 3D fashion design market, helps do more creative designs in a short time with less use of real fabrics by offering 3D fashion communication platform on Microsoft Azure.
  • Geninus, which provides clinical genome analysis solutions, handles massive amounts of data quickly and cost-effectively on a scale that’s hard to operate with internal on-premise infrastructure.
  • Emart connects frontline workers with the head office to provide a consistent work environment anytime, anywhere to all employees with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams.
  • Celltrion also created a hybrid work environment by enhancing the level of security despite the industry’s strict security regulations with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365.
  • Lunit, a Korean medical AI company, showed outstanding outcomes in identifying signs of COVID-19 when the first outbreak hit Seoul with its cloud-based AI solutions.

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