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 fast tempo of technological developments we’re seeing on a worldwide scale is thrilling, but when there may be one factor that I 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 type 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 modern alternatives. Conversations with our clients and group 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 discovered 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 considered one of 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 depends 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 bold entrepreneurs to undertake a global-first mindset from day one. Collaborating with folks world wide with totally different mindsets is without doubt one of the greatest 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 strategy to innovation has created an atmosphere 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 rather 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 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 residing, 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. Beneath are just some 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 business. Storekey helps retailers by eradicating friction for the customers and the retailers by an autonomous expertise platform and the advantages of e-commerce to bodily shops.
  • Handelsbanken is considered one of Sweden’s high banks, which gives common banking providers by 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 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 method, in collaboration with their clients.
  • Swedbank is a multinational financial institution, primarily based in Stockholm, who noticed the flexibleness and scalability of the cloud as a option to innovate by utilizing AI and machine studying to boost safety measures to guard towards 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 power firm who’s making waves with their dedication towards a fossil free future. Sustainability will not be a classy buzzword in Sweden, it’s basic for Swedish organizations and their companions, and Vattenfall may be very targeted on holding their suppliers and companions, corresponding to Microsoft, to their identical sustainability necessities.

“It’s our function. All the pieces we do, we wish to assist your entire society to be fossil free. Which means 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 accomplished in a accountable method.”— Annika Ramsköld

I couldn’t agree extra with Annika, as our personal company commitments to be carbon destructive, water constructive, with zero waste, are echoing comparable commitments by Vattenfall. Our partnership with Vattenfall has helped us make our Sweden Central datacenter area considered one of our most sustainable areas globally, and an instance of how a partnership with a standard imaginative and prescient may also help us carry 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 a substitute tradition defines expertise and the way we use it. I discovered in Sweden, their strategy to collaboration, their strategy to the fika, has formed their utilization of expertise, bringing Swedish innovation to your entire world. I can’t look forward to my subsequent journey to be taught much more.

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