MSDW Podcast: Lipi Sarkar on building a digital future

April 1 2021

Lipi Sarkar joins us to talk about her new book, Building a Digital Future: The Transformational Blueprint for Innovating with Microsoft Dynamics 365. Lipi and co-author Vinnie Bansal wrote the book to investigate how companies have invested in Dynamics 365 to meet strategic goals, and to identify methods and lessons that other people can use in future projects. Unlike a lot of books in the Microsoft technology space, this one is written for executives, not developers or IT professionals, though anyone with an interest in management and strategic planning could likely benefit from its findings.

The book is available on May 25 and you can order it with a 10% discount from Book Depository or from your local Amazon site (without a discount).

Show Notes:

  • 1:30 - Why write a new book focused on Dynamics 365?
  • 3:30 - Is the term "digital transformation" still a good term in today's landscape?
  • 5:00 - What inspired Lipi and her co-author, Vinnie Bansal, to write the book, and how the pandemic has influenced the findings
  • 8:45 - What customers said about projects that were executed while the pandemic was unfolding
  • 10:30 - Who can benefit from the book, and the dilemmas faced by of those seeking a transformative change
  • 13:30 - Has the meaning of the term digital transformation evolved?
  • 18:00 - Findings from Dynamics 365 case studies
  • 20:00 - How Power Platform is changing the nature of business application investments
  • 22:00 - Thoughts on deciding to writing this book
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