October 1, 2023

The outcomes of cloud adoption are formed dramatically by the folks 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’s one factor that I really like greater than know-how, it’s the folks, 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 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 neighborhood leaders in Poland gave me an necessary view of how a lot of an influence 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 world-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 world successes. For Sweden, success is aware of no borders. This can be a place that thinks past its personal perimeter, as a result of the market calls for it, and success relies on 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 folks all over the world with totally different mindsets is likely one of the largest challenges firms will face as they globally scale. It requires tapping into these numerous views to create a greater final result. That is what drew me to Sweden. Their holistic method to innovation has created an atmosphere that fosters collaboration when scaling and allows them to thrive.

This deal with collaboration helped me higher perceive “fika”. Whereas the time period “fika” interprets to “espresso”, in English, I realized in Sweden, fika is way more than that. Fika is an expertise that does contain espresso and cookies however is extra concerning 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 influence 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. Under are only a few 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 shoppers and the retailers by an autonomous know-how platform and the advantages of e-commerce to bodily shops.
  • Handelsbanken is one among Sweden’s high banks, which supplies common banking companies 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 companies 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 know-how has helped Handelsbanken innovate, in a trusted approach, in collaboration with their clients.
  • Swedbank is a multinational financial institution, based mostly in Stockholm, who noticed the flexibleness and scalability of the cloud as a approach to innovate through the use of AI and machine studying to boost safety measures to guard towards legal actions similar 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 just isn’t a stylish buzzword in Sweden, it’s basic for Swedish organizations and their companions, and Vattenfall may be very centered on holding their suppliers and companions, similar to Microsoft, to their similar sustainability necessities.

“It’s our objective. Every thing we do, we wish to assist your complete society to be fossil free. Meaning each little piece of the availability chain, whether or not it’s transport, or the best way you extract supplies, or the best way you produce that materials, must be fossil free and be carried out in a accountable approach.”— 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 standard imaginative and prescient may help us carry a provide of sustainable companies to our clients.

A Microsoft datacenter building in Sweden Central region

The attain of cloud know-how

Know-how doesn’t outline folks and tradition however as an alternative tradition defines know-how and the way we use it. I realized in Sweden, their method to collaboration, their method to the fika, has formed their utilization of know-how, bringing Swedish innovation to your complete world. I can’t look forward to my subsequent journey to study much more.

Watch the Cloud Cultures: Sweden episode in the present day.