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Guest Profile

James Phillips is a Microsoft corporate vice president and leader of the company’s Business Applications Group – a product development organization with over 5,000 team members spanning the globe.

His teams build and operate Microsoft’s SaaS, aPaaS and developer PaaS services,  Dynamics 365, Stream, the Power aPaaS platform (Power BI, PowerApps, Flow, Common Data Service), and a wide range of Azure services including AppService, Functions, LogicApps, API Management and Media Services.

James joined Microsoft in 2012 as a strategy advisor to Satya Nadella, then president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division.

Before joining Microsoft, James was founder and CEO of multiple software companies; held engineering, product management, corporate development and marketing leadership roles at Intel, VMware and Synopsys; and spent two years as a technology investment banker with UBS PaineWebber advising public and private software companies on M&A strategy and execution.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and earned his MBA, with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

In this Episode

  • Microsoft Business Applications in 2018
  • Leading a 5000+ strong team at Microsoft
  • Challenges of leading a large team
  • Manage competing priorities
  • The long-term future for on-premise
  • Leverage the power of Office365 and Azure for on-premise
  • Enterprise Microsoft Flow
  • PowerApps
  • Common Data Services (CDS)
  • Customer focus for development
  • Microsoft Business Application for Microsoft Partners
  • Microsoft partners that are executing well in Business Applications
  • AI and the role that it will play in the future of Business Applications
  • Dynamics 365
  • PowerApps
  • Power BI
  • Microsoft Flow

Book Recommendations

  • Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance by Michael E. Porter
  • Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors by Michael E. Porter
  • Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times by Nancy Koehn

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