Nov 27, 2020

Introducing the Top 100 Women in Technology

Top 100
women
Technology
William Smith
1 min
Technology Magazine is today launching a celebration of women in technology industries around the world
Technology Magazine is today launching a celebration of women in technology industries around the world...

 

Technology Magazine is today launching a celebration of women in technology industries around the world.

The Top 100 Women will be an annual celebration published on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2021.

The Top 100 list will recognise the leading roles played by women in global industries, which have proved increasingly important during the accelerated digital transformation caused by Covid-19.

“Now more than ever, women are playing crucial roles in these vital industries,” says Stacy Norman, Chief Operating Officer, BizClik Media Group.

Nominations now open

The Top 100 Women will celebrate individual achievements but also those of every woman working in the industries that Technology magazine covers every day. Digital communities are now invited to nominate influential women, with the final Top 100 Women list being published by BizClik Media Group in special digital supplements on 8 March 2021

Click here to go to the voting page, where you can nominate influential industry colleagues before the announcement on 8 March, 2021.

The Top 100 Women in Technology will also run in parallel with our sister publications Supply Chain Digital and FinTech Magazine, celebrating exceptional women in the supply chain and fintech communities. Learn more more about those here.   

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Jun 18, 2021

Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR

Microsoft
NASCAR
3 min
Racing fans can expect the ultimate virtual experience as a result of the partnership with Microsoft and NASCAR

Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).

These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack. 

“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”

“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”

“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR

  • Empower employees productivity and collaboration
  • Improve fan engagement and experience
  • Improve environment security and IT productivity
  • Improve racing operations

 

Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.

“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”

“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives. 

“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.

Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”

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