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Summary: Modern Workplace podcast is a conversation about digital transformation and the future of productivity. We're bringing you access to business and technology leaders who are creating the future – today. This is a monthly show partnered with the Microsoft 365 Blog. Transcripts provided with each episode. Listen, watch and learn more at

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 St. Luke's: A new vision for collaborative healthcare | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:04

St. Luke’s University Health Network spans 10 hospitals and 300 sites across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2019, St. Luke’s deployed M365 and Teams, which helped them rapidly collaborate, stay on top of the latest COVID-19 treatment protocols, and help experts from pulmonary, ICU and other disciplines refine treatment protocols to reduce intubations by 50%. There was also a rapid shift to Virtual Rounding and Virtual Visits putting specialists in frequent contact with patients while conserving PPE.

 Hendrick Motorsports: Racing toward the future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:59

Hendrick Motorsports is a leader in the NASCAR Cup Series, earning a record 12-car owner championships in NASCAR’s premier division. A long-time Microsoft 365 customer, Hendrick Motorsports relied on Microsoft Teams during the pandemic to quickly move to remote work, which allowed track production teams, engineers, crew and athletes to remain focused on winning. 

 LEO Pharma: Being digital to create innovation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:34

For 111 years, Danish multinational pharmaceutical company LEO Pharma has been innovating new products and solutions to help people achieve healthier skin. In 2019, LEO Pharma purchased Microsoft 365 with plans to deploy in companywide. When the COVID-19 pandemic created an urgent need they went all in, rolling out Teams from only 33 users to more than 6,000 users in the whole organization in just four days to help employees adapt and keep innovating through a crisis.

  Sysco: Connecting a global workforce and delivering meals to millions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:22

Sysco is one of the world’s leaders in selling, marketing, and distributing food and other supplies to restaurants, schools, hospitals, entertainment venues and the like. When COVID-19 altered the way people enjoy meals away from home, Sysco pivoted to new ways of doing business at a moment’s notice. With the help of Microsoft 365—and Microsoft Teams—Sysco brought its global workforce together to keep delivering great food to restaurants, healthcare facilities, schools, and lodging establishments.

 Tony's Chocolonely: Sharing something sweet while achieving social good | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:34

CVP for Microsoft 365, Jared Spataro, talks with Tony’s Chocolonely, a Dutch confectionery company that is passionate about fair trade practices and ending slavery in the chocolate industry. Tony’s Chocolonely turned to Microsoft Teams to keep working reaching out to employees and farmers. The company also used Teams to find ways to give back, gifting over two hundred thousand chocolate bars to “chocofans” affected by the pandemic. 

 Premera Blue Cross takes care of members in a crisis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:23

Headquartered in Washington state, Premera Blue Cross provides innovative wellness and prevention, disease management, and patient safety programs for approximately 2 million people. To stay on top of evolving healthcare trends, Premera needed to modernize an 83-year-old workplace culture and employees had begun adopting Microsoft 365 virtual collaboration tools when COVID-19 triggered a pivot to remote work.  Jared Spataro talks with JT Perry, VP of Business Transformation at Premera Blue Cross.

 AEG continues to bring people together | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:06

Across the world, arenas are empty and concert halls are quiet. COVID-19 transformed the live entertainment industry overnight. AEG, one of the world’s leading sports and live entertainment companies, had to shift focus to remote work and cultivate new business in the midst of change. They were able to close a multi-million-dollar sponsorship deal using Teams. So, when the time comes, fans can once again enjoy the legendary entertainment for which AEG is known.

 Royal DSM is doing something meaningful | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:33

Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. With more than 23,000 employees in 50 countries, they had to quickly respond to the pandemic and pivot to remote work over a weekend. With the help of Teams, DSM was able to maintain business continuity, and even switched factory lines to produce a new disinfectant. And to continue to aid to Firstline Workers, they started a joint venture to make personal protective equipment.

 Ciacci Winery reimagines wine tasting event | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:06

Family-run Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona estate winery produces award-winning wines. When the COVID-19 crisis interrupted the launch of a new vintage, the winery quickly adapted. Alex talks with Ciacci's Head of Production, Alex Bianchini, Consultant Gabriele Gorelli, Si-Net partners' Fausto Turco, CEO, and Sofia D'Esposito, Head of Marketing and Communications, about how the winery used Microsoft Teams to host its first virtual wine tasting event with distributors, critics, and wine lovers worldwide.

 Mercy Housing continues serving residents in a difficult time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:15

When the COVID-19 crisis began, Mercy Housing was well-positioned to transition to remote work scenarios, having recently moved to Azure and Microsoft 365. Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365, and, Gunnar Tande, Mercy Housing CIO & Strategy, discuss how Mercy Housing embraced Microsoft Teams to provide continuity of service to 45,000 residents when they need it most.

 The Salvation Army stays connected during COVID-19 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:06

The global COVID-19 Pandemic presented a challenge to Salvation Army locations across the world—how to continue serving people who rely on The Salvation Army while staying safe and adhering to social distancing? Microsoft CVP Jared Spataro and The Salvation Army Commissioner Merle Heatwole discuss how Microsoft Teams is helping connect employees from The Salvation Army’s international headquarters in London, helping them maintain their relationship with international chapters who rely on their suppor

 Fireside Chat with Chattanooga Film Festival | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:17

Chattanooga Film Festival has been making a name for itself among film-lovers, filmmakers and film industry. The COVID-19 pandemic presented a challenge – how to continue supporting film when social distancing made gathering for movies and workshops impossible? Alex Bradley speaks with founders Chris Dortch II and Chris Dortch Sr., as well as members of their media team, to learn how Chattanooga Film Festival partnered with Microsoft to present a full, four-day virtual version of their physical festival.

 1 month in, what we've learned about remote work | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:53

A lot has changed in the past month. The way we work and live has changed. All of us are living this new reality, juggling home and work, caregiving and breadwinning. At Microsoft, it's been inspiring to see and hear stories of how the tools we all work on are helping people stay connected and productive. Alex talks again with Microsoft CVP Jared Spataro, who has been on Teams calls with employees, and working with customers and partners of all sizes and sectors in how to best respond to the new reality.

 The Art of Teamwork | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:36

This month, we focus on the Art of Teamwork – which sounds awfully fancy, but in reality, it’s about how we get things done together. Teamwork is essential but it can feel like a contact sport at times! Alex talks again with Microsoft Corporate VP Jared Spataro to explore the art of teamwork and share some insight from the most successful teams. Also in the show, what's new in Microsoft 365, Fluid Framework, Jared's talk at the Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference, and more.

 Productivity from the top floor to the shop floor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:57

Welcome to the first Modern Workplace podcast of 2020! We're bringing you access to business and technology leaders who are creating the future – today. This is a monthly show partnered with the Microsoft 365 Blog. In this first episode, Alex Bradley talks with Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jared Spataro about what's new in Microsoft 365, the recent National Retail Federation (NRF) conference, 2020 productivity resolutions and so much more.  Listen, watch and learn more at


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