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

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

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Sweden: A worldwide-first mindset

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

I realized 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 individuals around the globe with totally different mindsets is without doubt one of the greatest challenges firms will face as they globally scale. It requires tapping into these various views to create a greater final result. That is what drew me to Sweden. Their holistic strategy to innovation has created an setting that fosters collaboration when scaling and permits them to thrive.

This concentrate on collaboration helped me higher perceive “fika”. Whereas the time period “fika” interprets to “espresso”, in English, I realized in Sweden, fika is far more than that. Fika is an expertise that does contain espresso and cookies however is extra in regards to 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 impression may 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 know-how panorama. Beneath are just some of the Swedish clients who’re reworking 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 customers and the retailers via an autonomous know-how platform and the advantages of e-commerce to bodily shops.
  • Handelsbanken is one among Sweden’s high banks, which offers common banking companies via a nationwide department of networks in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and the UK, and is constructed on a powerful emotional bond with their clients. They realized utilizing cloud companies is one thing that elevated their functionality for innovation, improved worker experiences, and created higher interactions with their clients. This adoption of the most recent cloud know-how has helped Handelsbanken innovate, in a trusted manner, 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 technique to innovate by utilizing AI and machine studying to boost safety measures to guard in opposition to prison actions corresponding 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 isn’t a stylish buzzword in Sweden, it’s elementary for Swedish organizations and their companions, and Vattenfall could be very targeted on holding their suppliers and companions, corresponding to Microsoft, to their identical sustainability necessities.

“It’s our objective. The whole lot we do, we need to assist the whole society to be fossil free. Meaning each little piece of the availability 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 completed in a accountable manner.”— Annika Ramsköld

I couldn’t agree extra with Annika, as our personal company commitments to be carbon damaging, water constructive, with zero waste, are echoing comparable commitments by Vattenfall. Our partnership with Vattenfall has helped us make our Sweden Central datacenter area one among our most sustainable areas globally, and an instance of how a partnership with a typical imaginative and prescient might help us convey a provide of sustainable companies to our clients.

A Microsoft datacenter building in Sweden Central region

The attain of cloud know-how

Expertise doesn’t outline individuals and tradition however as an alternative tradition defines know-how and the way we use it. I realized in Sweden, their strategy to collaboration, their strategy to the fika, has formed their utilization of know-how, bringing Swedish innovation to the whole world. I can’t watch for my subsequent journey to be taught much more.

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