Why we’ve partnered with Women in data…

At Microsoft, our mission is deeply inclusive: empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We expect each of us—no matter what our level, role or function is—to play an active role in creating environments where people of a diverse range of backgrounds are excited to bring all of who they are and do their best work.

We believe diversity is good for business. Gender diversity introduces innovation which fuels better business and builds stronger relationships.

We’re passionate about connecting, inspiring, and growing women technologists, which is why were proud to be partnering with Women in Data.

Robin Sutara, Chief Data Officer

Bio

Education:

Stanford University, Graduate Certificate Technology and Engineering Management, 2020 – 2021

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Masters of Law, Intellectual Property Law, 2011 – 2013

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Juris Doctrate, General – IP ,2007 – 2010

University of Phoenix, BS, Business – Info Systems, 2004 – 2006

Norwich University, Computer Engineering, 1990 – 1992

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As an advocate of data-driven decisions, Robin has spent most of her career ensuring organizations have the tools to leverage the zettabytes of data available today to achieve their digital transformation vision. Whether increasing operational efficiency, improving employee or customer experience, or creating new and innovative products and solutions, Robin believes access to and analysis of data is paramount.

Robin strives to bring her best in all aspects of work and personal life. From obtaining two law degrees and multiple professional certifications – all while working full time, parenting her daughters and balancing personal commitments (including training for an IronMan), she believes anything is possible. She is inspired by the opportunity to improve, to grow, to get better.

It is important to Robin to do these things with respect, care, and concern. Robin has been fortunate to have some strong mentors and role models as she progresses her career; so it’s Robin’s desire to pay it forward and help others find the same.

Today, Robin is a member of the Microsoft UK Solutions Leadership Team, where she is responsible for the Data + AI business. Under her leadership, the team provides technical and industry-specific data expertise to Microsoft UK customers and partners. She is focused on enabling data strategies including modernisation, analytics/insights, and governance.

Robin joined Microsoft in 1999, and has held various leadership roles across services, sales, operations, and engineering. Prior to Microsoft, Robin worked at Tandy Services and served in the United States Army.

“We’re passionate about connecting, inspiring, and growing women technologists”

How microsoft see the data landscape changing in the UK in the next 5 years

Data is the fuel of our digital era, and our increasing use of these digital platforms implies the exponential generation of data. In fact, by 2025 the estimated volume of the global datasphere will total 175 zettabytes, or 175 trillion gigabytes (The Digitization of the World From Edge to Core, IDC, 2018). Our collective data spans the cloud, on-premises applications and the so-called ‘intelligent edge’ of devices.
At the same time, advances in data and analytics technologies are enabling organisations to draw new value from this data. We now have more tools than ever to transform information into actionable insight, even pre-emptively and in real time. This offers organisations the opportunity to elaborate a data strategy and fundamentally rethink the way they operate and deliver services.

about microsoft

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Microsoft operates in 190 countries and is made up of 181,000 passionate employees worldwide.
Over the last three decades, we’ve helped people and organisations use technology to transform how they work, live and play. Over the next decade, we have a generational opportunity to come together to build a better future marked by sustainable economic growth and opportunity for all.