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New studies highlight how AI is transforming employee productivity and accelerating business results – Microsoft 365 Blog

Artificial intelligence (AI) is undeniably transforming the way we work. Gartner estimates that in 2021, AI augmentation will generate $2.9 trillion in business value and recover 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity. To take a closer look at the mission critical benefits of AI for knowledge workers and to help organizations harness the full potential of Everyday AI in Microsoft 365, Microsoft recently commissioned studies with Forbes Insights and Forrester Consulting.

Forbes Insights surveyed over 350 U.S. executives, 80 percent of whom recognized that their organizations need to begin mastering the art of human/machine collaboration. The executives highlighted how placing powerful AI-fueled applications in the hands of knowledge workers was critical to productivity and performance.

Infographic titled The Focus of AI is Shifting toward Knowledge Workers. 79% agree AI and related technologies are having a transformational impact on workflows and tools for knowledge workers. 80% say that placing powerful AI-fueled applications in the hands of knowledge workers is critical to productivity and performance. 84% agree AI streamlines process, freeing knowledge workers for more creative, intuitive, and laterally thinking activities.

Findings from the Forbes Insights study: Everyday AI: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Empower the Knowledge Worker.

Seventy-nine percent agree that AI is already having a transformational impact on workflows and tools for knowledge workers, but only 5 percent of executives consider their companies to be industry-leading in terms of taking advantage of AI-powered processes.”
—From the Forbes Insights study: Everyday AI: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Empower the Knowledge Worker

Read the Forbes Insights research report to learn more about the transformational impact of AI on knowledge workers and identify ways to create an AI-ready culture.

Forrester Consulting surveyed over 250 global executives and 1,000 knowledge workers, 59 percent of whom reported struggles to find the sources of information they need. The research revealed how knowledge workers can use AI, enabled by a broad graph, to drive efficiency, productivity, and overall business benefits.

Infographic of Summary of Benefits. More effective collaboration across teams and geographies. Better quality of life at work and improved employee satisfaction. More time for focused, value-added work. More frequent, more effective communication of data and insights across the organization. A quote from a collaboration and end user services manager of an industrial materials manufacturing company reads: This type of AI isn't replacing the employee; it's enhancing productivity and making people more effective.

Findings from the Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft: Extending the Value of AI to Knowledge Workers.

Knowledge workers depend on the free flow of information. When they can’t find the information they need, knowledge workers often make subpar decisions that affect the business as a whole. When graph information is properly analyzed and contextualized, it can help knowledge workers find the information needed to make decisions faster, find relevant expertise more easily, and make decisions more confidently.”
—From the Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft: Extending the Value of AI to Knowledge Workers

Read the Forrester Consulting research to learn more about how graph-powered AI is fueling knowledge worker productivity through improved discovery functionality and automatic task completion.

Additionally, in a companion study that involved interviews with IT leaders at seven global organizations leveraging AI capabilities in Microsoft 365, Forrester Consulting projected the direct financial impact of these technologies for a composite global organization with 8,500 knowledge workers. The quantifiable productivity and efficiency gains were estimated over four years to be $36.6 million.

A graph titled Summary of Mid-Range Projections over Four Years. Efficiency gains from automatically generated, professionally designed layouts in PowerPoint: $3.5M. Effeciency gains enabled by data-driven workplace insights and transformation with Workplace Analytics: $13.8M. Individual productivity gains from personalized, data-driven recommendations in MyAnalytics: $6.0M. Productivity gains from personalized Intelligent Search across the Microsoft 365 platform: $6.6M. Efficiency gains from streamlined data analysis in Excel: $6.7M. Four-year total projected benefits in present value: $36.6 million.

Findings from the Forrester study commissioned by Microsoft: The Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft 365 AI For Knowledge Workers.

“[This technology] means we’re going to be able to get back to our clients more quickly, potentially close sales deals more quickly, and ultimately this will translate to more revenue.”
—Senior director of IT operations and security, global IT services company interviewed for the TEI of Microsoft 365 AI study

Get the Forrester Total Economic Impact study to examine the potential savings, efficiencies, and improved engagement, collaboration, and culture benefits organizations can realize with Everyday AI in Microsoft 365.

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Author: Steve Clarke

New studies highlight how AI is transforming employee productivity and accelerating business results – Microsoft 365 Blog

Artificial intelligence (AI) is undeniably transforming the way we work. Gartner estimates that in 2021, AI augmentation will generate $2.9 trillion in business value and recover 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity. To take a closer look at the mission critical benefits of AI for knowledge workers and to help organizations harness the full potential of Everyday AI in Microsoft 365, Microsoft recently commissioned studies with Forbes Insights and Forrester Consulting.

Forbes Insights surveyed over 350 U.S. executives, 80 percent of whom recognized that their organizations need to begin mastering the art of human/machine collaboration. The executives highlighted how placing powerful AI-fueled applications in the hands of knowledge workers was critical to productivity and performance.

Infographic titled The Focus of AI is Shifting toward Knowledge Workers. 79% agree AI and related technologies are having a transformational impact on workflows and tools for knowledge workers. 80% say that placing powerful AI-fueled applications in the hands of knowledge workers is critical to productivity and performance. 84% agree AI streamlines process, freeing knowledge workers for more creative, intuitive, and laterally thinking activities.

Findings from the Forbes Insights study: Everyday AI: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Empower the Knowledge Worker.

Seventy-nine percent agree that AI is already having a transformational impact on workflows and tools for knowledge workers, but only 5 percent of executives consider their companies to be industry-leading in terms of taking advantage of AI-powered processes.”
—From the Forbes Insights study: Everyday AI: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Empower the Knowledge Worker

Read the Forbes Insights research report to learn more about the transformational impact of AI on knowledge workers and identify ways to create an AI-ready culture.

Forrester Consulting surveyed over 250 global executives and 1,000 knowledge workers, 59 percent of whom reported struggles to find the sources of information they need. The research revealed how knowledge workers can use AI, enabled by a broad graph, to drive efficiency, productivity, and overall business benefits.

Infographic of Summary of Benefits. More effective collaboration across teams and geographies. Better quality of life at work and improved employee satisfaction. More time for focused, value-added work. More frequent, more effective communication of data and insights across the organization. A quote from a collaboration and end user services manager of an industrial materials manufacturing company reads: This type of AI isn't replacing the employee; it's enhancing productivity and making people more effective.

Findings from the Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft: Extending the Value of AI to Knowledge Workers.

Knowledge workers depend on the free flow of information. When they can’t find the information they need, knowledge workers often make subpar decisions that affect the business as a whole. When graph information is properly analyzed and contextualized, it can help knowledge workers find the information needed to make decisions faster, find relevant expertise more easily, and make decisions more confidently.”
—From the Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft: Extending the Value of AI to Knowledge Workers

Read the Forrester Consulting research to learn more about how graph-powered AI is fueling knowledge worker productivity through improved discovery functionality and automatic task completion.

Additionally, in a companion study that involved interviews with IT leaders at seven global organizations leveraging AI capabilities in Microsoft 365, Forrester Consulting projected the direct financial impact of these technologies for a composite global organization with 8,500 knowledge workers. The quantifiable productivity and efficiency gains were estimated over four years to be $36.6 million.

A graph titled Summary of Mid-Range Projections over Four Years. Efficiency gains from automatically generated, professionally designed layouts in PowerPoint: $3.5M. Effeciency gains enabled by data-driven workplace insights and transformation with Workplace Analytics: $13.8M. Individual productivity gains from personalized, data-driven recommendations in MyAnalytics: $6.0M. Productivity gains from personalized Intelligent Search across the Microsoft 365 platform: $6.6M. Efficiency gains from streamlined data analysis in Excel: $6.7M. Four-year total projected benefits in present value: $36.6 million.

Findings from the Forrester study commissioned by Microsoft: The Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft 365 AI For Knowledge Workers.

“[This technology] means we’re going to be able to get back to our clients more quickly, potentially close sales deals more quickly, and ultimately this will translate to more revenue.”
—Senior director of IT operations and security, global IT services company interviewed for the TEI of Microsoft 365 AI study

Get the Forrester Total Economic Impact study to examine the potential savings, efficiencies, and improved engagement, collaboration, and culture benefits organizations can realize with Everyday AI in Microsoft 365.

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Author: Steve Clarke

Dell debuts ‘world’s most powerful 1U rack workstation’ – Microsoft 365 Blog

Dell delivers compact solutions that pack a punch, including a 1U rack workstation and towers starting at $649.

Companies of all sizes and budgets looking for powerful, affordable, compact industry-leading workstations now have new choices for their needs from Dell, including the world’s most powerful 1U rack workstation.¹

The Dell Precision 3930 Rack delivers powerful performance in a compact industrial footprint. Its 1U rack height delivers better rack density and extended operating temperatures, while features such as its short depth, dust filters, and legacy ports allow it to integrate seamlessly into complex medical imaging and industrial automation solutions.

Other features include:

  • The rack workstation provides up to 64 GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory thanks to the introduction of Intel Xeon E processors and an 8th Generation Intel Core CPU.
  • The Intel Xeon E processor supports Error Correcting Code (ECC) for increased reliability.
  • The rack workstation offers best-in-class workstation performance and provides the flexibility of up to 250W of doublewide GPUs, and scalability with up to 24 TB of storage.
  • With 3 PCIe slots, including an optional PCI slot, this workstation can tackle complex tasks with ease.
  • A range of NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs are available. With the Quadro P6000, users benefit from 24GB of GDDR5X and powerful ultra-high-end graphics performance.
  • In addition, customers have the option to choose AMD Radeon Pro graphics.

If your company is looking for versatile, secure, and fast remote 1:1 user access, you can add optional Teradici PCOIP technology. The rack workstation effortlessly integrates into the datacenter, which helps reduce clutter at your desk.

A smaller footprint that doesn’t skimp on performance

Going small can lead to big things, so Dell has built these new entry-level workstations to fuel the future of innovation across engineering design, science, mathematics, and other data- and graphics-intensive fields. Running a highly powerful machine no longer requires having a large work space or a large budget, making this level of performance available to many companies and workers for the first time.

“Customers across Engineering & Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment, and beyond have come to rely on Dell workstations to deliver the highest performing systems for their critical workload. But as we enter the next era of workstations, the conversation is accelerating to immersive workflows utilizing even smaller footprints. Dell is leading the way in this evolution with these new entry-level workstations designed to deliver the ultimate in performance with a substantially smaller footprint,” says Rahul Tikoo, vice president and general manager of Dell Precision. “When access to leading technology improves, innovation flourishes. Sometimes something as simple as a smaller form factor can unleash new ideas and capabilities that have the power to reshape an industry.”

The Dell Precision 3630 Tower is 23 percent smaller² than the previous generation with more expandability, so workers can get the precise solution they need regardless of workspace constraints. It features a range of easy-to-reach ports that make it possible to connect to external data sources, storage devices, and more. It offers scalable storage featuring SATA and PCIe NVMe SSDs, which can be configured for up to 14 TB with RAID support.

As workstation users often create intellectual property, Dell will also offer an optional Smart Card (CAC/PIV) reader to make secure data management easier.

If you’re interested in creating or enjoying VR experiences and other resource-intensive tasks, this workstation is a good choice, thanks to an 8th Generation Intel Core i and new professional-grade Xeon E processors with faster memory speeds up to 2666MHz 64 GB. It also offers up to 225W of NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro graphics support.

The new Dell Precision 3430 Small Form Factor Tower is a great fit for many workstation users, offering many of the same benefits as the Precision 3630, but in an even smaller form factor and up to 55W of graphics support. It’s also expandable with up to 6TB of storage with RAID support.

Dell also introduced support for Intel Core Xseries processors in addition to the Intel Xeon W processor options already available on the Dell Precision 5820 Tower. These new processor options bring the enhanced performance and reliability of a workstation at a more affordable price point for customers.

Adding Intel Optane memory keeps responsiveness high and high-capacity storage costs lower on all these new Dell Precision 3000 series workstations. Customers can expect the same build quality and reliability of the Dell Precision line.

Available now: The Dell Precision 3430 Small Form Factor Tower and the Dell Precision 3630 Tower (both starting at $649) and the Dell Precision 5820 Tower workstation.

Available worldwide July 26, 2018: The Dell Precision 3930 Rack, which starts at $899.

¹When equipped with Intel Xeon E-2186G processor, available 64GB of 2666MHz memory capacity, NVIDIA P6000 graphics and 2xM.2PCIe storage. Based on Dell internal analysis of competitive workstation products as of July 2018.

² Gen-over-Gen claim based on internal testing, July 2018.

Survey of business leaders highlights the importance of digitally enabling Firstline Workers – Microsoft 365 Blog

Today, there are more than two billion Firstline Workers, who are often a customer’s first point of contact, making them the first to represent a company’s brand. Microsoft partnered with Harvard Business Review Analytic Services to survey the roles and importance of the Firstline Workforce within the context of digital transformation.

Of the 383 business leaders who responded to the survey:

  • 78 percent responded that connecting and empowering Firstline Workers is critical.
  • 67 percent think increased efficiency is their top driver.
  • 60 percent will adopt advanced analytics in the next two years.

Read the full analysis of the survey, Building for success at the Firstline of business, to learn more.