At a Glance
Fawad Khan, Cloud & Digital Transformation Leader, Microsoft
Focus Areas: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, AI
Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio: Fawad Khan
Latest Content: How to continue Digital Transformation in the age of Covid-19, Cloud Computing to the rescue during the Covid-19 pandemic, Understanding Enterprise Online Communities and their benefits
Thinkers360 Leaderboards: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Digital Disruption (June 2021), Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Digital Transformation (June 2021), Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Emerging Technology (April 2021)
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Thought Leader Interview
Thinkers360 thought leader interviews profile prominent members of the Thinkers360 community who embody the power of ideas in their work. In this edition, we speak with Fawad Khan, Cloud & Digital Transformation Leader at Microsoft. Fawad brings over 15 years of extensive experience in the fields of Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, and Artificial Intelligence. He is also an author, speaker, and Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Washington.
Fawad’s new book, “Digital Transformation using Emerging Technologies: A CxO’s Guide to Transform your Organization“, was recently featured in the Thinkers360 article The Year’s Most Popular Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders (1H’21). He was also highlighted in the Thinkers360 leaderboard Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Digital Disruption (June 2021) as well as Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Digital Transformation (June 2021).
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Thinkers360: Tell us a bit about your background and areas of expertise
FK: I have 15+ years of experience in enterprise Digital Transformation and Cloud Computing. I have spent the last 15 years at Microsoft working with various Cloud services and technologies including Office 365, Azure, and Dynamics 365. I am also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington where I teach advanced graduate courses in Digital Transformation, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, IoT, and other emerging technologies.
I am humbled to be ranked as one of the top Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, Business platforms, and Ecosystems influencers and thought leaders by Thinkers360 and other organizations. I am also a frequent speaker at many industry conferences, an author, and a thought leader on social media.
Thinkers360: What are your current responsibilities and what’s a typical day look like?
FK: Currently, my responsibility is around managing and building digital experiences for Microsoft Dynamics 365 online communities for our global customers and partners. I am also responsible for building engaging and vibrant communities for our products, so customers can come to ask us questions in these communities along with providing feedback and sharing their knowledge to help others using our products.
Thinkers360: What’s the favorite part of your current role?
FK: Strategizing, planning, and helping build new digital experiences to make our customers successful in their journey of using our products along with growing our online communities.
Thinkers360: How do you utilize Thinkers360?
FK: Finding out who the influencers and thought leaders are in my specific areas such as Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, Emerging technologies, et. al, and then connecting and collaborating with them. I also find Thinkers360 to be a great place to find original content from industry experts.
Editor’s Note: See Fawad’s Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio.
Thinkers360: What’s your main advice for upcoming thought leaders?
FK: I would like to share it in three words: Connect, Learn and Share. Pick your areas of interest, connect with other like-minded folks, learn from them, collaborate to create great content, and then share regularly. Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Thinkers360 are all key channels to use and become a thought leader. One thing to remember, as you start your thought leadership journey, is to pick at the most two channels for creating and sharing content. You can very easily stretch yourself too thin if you go beyond two channels.
I have personally found Thinkers360 to be a great place to work on your plan to become an influential thought leader. I can find other influencers in my specific interest areas, understand how they engage with the other thought leaders along with learning from the content they are creating and sharing.
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