Microsoft drives innovation with mixed reality

Hololens and mixed reality workflows can be a trigger, a jump starter, for innovation and digital transformation, says Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Mixed Reality Business Applications at Microsoft, and keynote speaker at Microsoft Techdays in Stockholm.

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Image above: Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Mixed Reality Business Applications at Microsoft, says that digital transformation and innovation will enhance with Microsoft Hololens in the workflow. Photo: Mikael Hansson.

More than 2,000 people attended the Microsoft Techdays in Stockholm. The program was filled during the two-day event with almost everything from the deepest techie workshops to more general talks on how to set up workplaces or how diversity enables business opportunities.

The first key speaker to enter the stage was Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Mixed Reality Business Applications at Microsoft. One of her takes is that digital transformation and innovation in companies will be enhanced when techniques such as Microsoft Hololens are deployed into a company. She highlights the ongoing opportunity that she sees with Hololens and the mixed reality business applications Microsoft Remote Assist and Microsoft Layout.

Mixed reality a trigger for digital transformation

“There are a lot of CEO:s that constantly try to figure out how they can digitally transform their business. Many of them have certain departments in their companies that are very well digitized, others that are zero. The biggest problem is that the data in these departments do not work together,” she says.

Her take is that mixed reality workflows can be a trigger, a jump starter, for these digital transformation efforts in the companies.

Video below shows Microsoft Hololens in work

“A mixed reality workflow drives innovation and will save hours of work for a company. When it start to use these very new cutting edge workflows they see all these new opportunities to innovate by connecting their data and processes. And that is driving their digital transformation,” Lorraine Bardeen says.

Collaboration and working together is a main theme when it comes down to Hololens, according to her. From the very beginning, Microsoft has built up a partner ecosystem named The Mixed Reality Partner Program. This partner ecosystem is critical and maturing.

“We are part of this overall story. None of it happens without partners in academia and experimental usage of technology,” Lorraine Bardeen says.

She is passionate about the potential mixed reality presents to empower firstline workers across the globe.

“In fact, there are more than two billion firstline workers worldwide,” she says.

Lorraine Bardeen emphasizes that Hololens combined with the digitization of business processes via Dynamics 365, the digitization of productivity workflows with Microsoft 365, and of real-world data via Azure IoT will enable companies to create experiences that will help serve as a catalyst for the future of work.

Several projects in Sweden

Even if Hololens still is quite new there are several ongoing initiatives with the technique in Sweden. OBOS, the largest Nordic cooperative building association, has a pilot project in Sweden with Hololens for firstline workers. The Vinnväxt-initiative Smart Housing is one of the partners in the project. Below is a video that shows how firstline workers use Hololens when building new houses.


Hidden City

Also CGI in Sweden has several projects with Hololens. Combining Hololens and infrastructure data, you get kind of an X-ray vision to see through the ground, and what is underneath. Watch the video below to learn how the municipality of Kiruna benefits from CGI’s “Hidden City” innovation.

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