Microsoft and CCIQ Collaborate for small business

Friday 11 December, 2015 | By: Darrell Giles | Tags: collaborate, Microsoft, Digital Readiness Study;

CCIQ is delighted to welcome Microsoft as a partner of Collaborate and as the driving force behind the upcoming Digital Readiness Study.

Launched as a direct response to the challenges facing businesses, Collaborate will offer free-of-charge residency, access to programs, resources, mentors and opportunities to businesses who can meet those challenges.

CCIQ’s CEO Stephen Tait said it was great news that Microsoft had come on board.

“We’re delighted to have Microsoft as a foundation partner for Collaborate because, like CCIQ, Microsoft is committed to helping small businesses to grow, innovate and improve productivity through its world class software, services and devices,” he said.

“In September, I was fortunate enough to travel with Microsoft to Boston and saw first-hand its commitment to helping drive a culture of innovation and growth.

“So much so that within CCIQ we are currently going through a digital transformation process, using Microsoft solutions, Cloud First designing and modernising our systems. This will foster collaboration within our business and help our staff to communicate, innovate and work more productively.”

Mr Tait said that in December, CCIQ and Microsoft will call for businesses to describe how they are prepared to embrace technology and engage in the digital economy.

“Now in its fourth year, the Microsoft Digital Readiness Study shines a light on businesses and helps identify where small and medium businesses need support, information, education and resources to help them compete in an increasingly digital world,” he said.

Microsoft Australia’s small mid-market solutions and partner director Mark Leigh said the partnership made sense because both Microsoft and CCIQ were committed to helping small and medium businesses maximise their potential.

“As part of our Joined-Up Innovation initiative, we launched a report in March this year titled Culturing Success, which showed that thousands of Australian SMBs could become innovation leaders and increase their revenue growth if they knew how to successfully address workplace obstacles such as fear of change,” Mr Leigh said.

“Through this relationship, Microsoft will be able to work directly with SMBs to provide innovative solutions to help them reach their potential by embracing innovation.

“The Digital Readiness study is an important component of this relationship as it will enable all ICT providers and vendors to gain a thorough understanding of the needs, sentiment and challenges being posed by the rapidly changing digital world to the 400,000 small businesses that call Queensland home.”

Passionate about enabling QLD businesses to do what they do best, CCIQ had also elected to modernise its IT environment and had elected QLD Gold Microsoft Partner, CloudFirst to help the organisation transition.

CloudFirst’s COO Frederique Dennison said a partnership with CCIQ was a tremendous opportunity to simplify IT, focusing on relevant business outcomes with trusted solutions. CloudFirst would emulate the solution to meet the needs of small and medium business customers across the state.

“Cloud First are delighted to be working with CCIQ to help transform its 150-year-old business into an organisation that can collaborate, communicate and innovate through the use of technology and software that meets the needs of its business,” Ms Dennison said.

‘Like many small businesses, CCIQ has grown, changed and adapted as its customers have demanded, which has meant that systems and infrastructure have grown haphazardly.

“Through the cloud, mobile technology and genuine connectivity, CCIQ can make huge gains in productivity and collaboration that simply were not possible a few years ago.”

Businesses can take part in the Digital Readiness Study by visiting ENTERURL from December 15 to January 25, 2016 and one business will win a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for taking part. The results will be announced at an event at Collaborate in February 2016. 

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