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Fawad Khan

Cloud & Digital Transformation Leader at Microsoft

Seattle, United States

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Fawad Khan has 15+ years of experience in enterprise Digital Transformation and Cloud Computing. He has spent last 14 years at Microsoft working with various Cloud services and technologies including Office 365, Azure and Dynamics 365. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington where he teaches advanced graduate courses in Digital Transformation, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, IoT and other emerging technologies.

He is ranked as one of the top Cloud Computing influencers and thought leaders by Onalytica, Thinkers360 and TheAwardsMagazine.com. He is a frequent speaker at many industry conferences, an author of a book and many articles and a thought leader on social media. His recent book 'Enterprise Digital Transformation' is available on Amazon.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Seattle, WA
Speaking Topics: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Leadership, Emerging Technologies

Fawad KhanPoints
Academic60
Author126
Influencer78
Speaker0
Entrepreneur0
Total264

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Enterprise
Business Unit: Customer Experience

Areas of Expertise

5G
Agile
AI 30.47
Big Data
Blockchain 30.16
Business Strategy
Cloud 41.09
COVID19 32.80
CRM
Culture
Customer Experience 30.06
Cybersecurity 30.19
Data Center 30.69
Digital Disruption 33.34
Digital Transformation 35.20
Diversity and Inclusion
Ecosystems 33.24
Edtech
Emerging Technology 37.03
ERP
Innovation 30.04
IoT 30.15
Leadership 30.06
Management 30.24
Quantum Computing
Social
Mental Health 30.33

Industry Experience

High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Professional Services

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Publications

3 Adjunct Professors
Cloud Computing
University of Washington
February 19, 2020
This graduate course in the iSchool at the University of Washington is going to introduce the concept of Cloud Computing and how it is transforming and evolving the IT industry and the developer ecosystem, as we move away from on-premises to Cloud-based infrastructure and app development scenarios. Discussion of Cloud services models including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. Review of Cloud services usage and migration scenarios considering business goals and objectives along with developing a Costs/Benefits Analysis model. Understand primary business consideration for migrating to cloud services including cost, security, compliance, fault tolerance, backup, disaster recovery and monitoring. Learn about the most popular and consumed services including deploying, managing and maintaining a VM network infrastructure, developing Cloud-based App solutions, Containers, Serverless and Identity & authentication. Discussion of on the horizon key Cloud services in the new digital transformation age including Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and IoT.

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Tags: Cloud, Ecosystems

Digital Transformation using emerging Technologies
University of Washington
February 19, 2020
This course is going to introduce the concept of Digital Transformation and Cloud's key emerging technologies and how they are forcing companies to review and formulate a digital strategy which affects the bottom line of any company. We will review the key digital transformation strategy pillars and use Cloud's key emerging technologies, including Cognitive Computing, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and IoT to build solutions and applications to help the organizations along this digital journey.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

IT Professional Cloud Certificate Program
Everett Community College
February 19, 2020
Introduction to the Cloud services for an IT systems and network Administrator. Review the various major services provided by Cloud services vendors emphasizing Microsoft’s Azure, Office 365 and Amazon’s AWS. Emphasis on Virtual machine and App services to cover both core IT administrator and developer services.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

32 Article/Blogs
Technologies that will disrupt organizations in 2021.
Digital Fawad
March 29, 2021
What technologies will disrupt 2021. Here is a list of some of the key technologies:

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Tags: AI, Cloud, Digital Transformation

Cloud Computing Trends of 2021
Digital Fawad
March 25, 2021
Here are some of the key Cloud Computing trends for 2021 as we live through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Tags: AI, Cloud, COVID19

How to boost mental health during the pandemic
Digital Fawad
March 23, 2021
The current Covid-19 pandemic is taking a toll on our mental health. Here are five ways in which you can boost your mental health.

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Tags: Leadership, COVID19, Mental Health

10 ways you can avoid Digital Transformation Failure
Digital Fawad
March 16, 2021
Here are 10 common ways in which you can avoid Digital Transformation failure as a CIO/IT leader.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Leadership

CIO AI Strategy
Digital Fawad
March 08, 2021
Some important factors for CIOs to consider as they build out their AI strategy, as part of their Digital Transformation journey.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

Interested in Data Science and Machine Learning?
Digital Fawad
August 07, 2020
Do you want to learn about the basics of Data Science and get started with Machine Learning quickly? Then, watch these short videos to get started.

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Tags: AI, Cloud, Digital Transformation, Data Center

Are you interested in Learning about the Cloud?
Digital Fawad
August 06, 2020
Are you new to the world of Cloud Computing? Are you interested in learning about Microsoft’s Azure Cloud? This post shows you some of the key topics to learn as you start your Cloud journey.

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Tags: Cloud, Data Center

How to continue Digital Transformation in the age of Covid-19
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June 04, 2020
As we live through this Covid-19 pandemic crisis we are seeing mixed reports out on the predicted IT and digital transformation budgets for the next few years. The level of digital transformation investments is complex and depends on many factors, key among them being the size of your organization (

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Tags: Digital Transformation, COVID19

Xealth Receives 2020 MedTech Breakthrough Award for its Digital Health Platform
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June 03, 2020
businesswire.com - SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Xealth, a leader in enabling digital health at scale, today announced that the company has received the “Best Connected Health Platform" award as part of the 2020 MedTech Br…Tweeted by @DStiegeler https://twitter.com/DStiegeler/status/1268096839196250

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Cloud Computing to the rescue during the Covid-19 pandemic
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May 19, 2020
Cloud Computing has come to the rescue for many organizations and professionals in not only helping them work remotely but also to secure their jobs in these uncertain times. In this age of Covid-19 pandemic many companies have closed their physical offices and facilities and have asked their employ

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, COVID19

Understanding Enterprise Online Communities and their benefits
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May 14, 2020
Digital or online communities can help an organization accomplish their key goals – building a brand, providing customer support, gathering customer feedback or product feature requests and providing learning or training resources to the customers, just to name a few. Kati Quigley, Senior Dire

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Tags: Cloud, Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, Marketing

Understanding Enterprise Online Communities and their benefits
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May 13, 2020
Digital or online communities can help an organization accomplish their key goals – building a brand, providing customer support, gathering customer feedback or product feature requests and providing learning or training resources to the customers, just to name a few. Kati Quigley, Senior Dire

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Management, Marketing

Introducing my Enterprise Digital Transformation E-Book
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March 26, 2020
“Digital Transformation” has been the industry buzzword for more than a couple of years now. According to the IDC report, it is predicted worldwide spending on the technologies and services that enable the digital transformation will reach $1.97T in 2022. I have just published an E-book

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation Myths
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March 02, 2020
Even though the term “Digital Transformation” has been around for a few years, there is still widespread confusion about what it means or entails. Recently I came across an article on CIO.com that I really enjoyed reading. It was discussing myths people have around Digital Transformation

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Role of a CIO in Digital Transformation
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December 12, 2019
A CIO plays a critical role in Digital Transformation and although she is not the only C-suite executive engaged in Digital Transformation initiatives, she is one of the key leaders during the transformation journey that any organization may take on. Granted that Digital Transformation is not just a

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Role of a CIO in Digital Transformation
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December 11, 2019
A CIO plays a critical role in Digital Transformation and although she is not the only C-suite executive engaged in Digital Transformation initiatives, she is one of the key leaders during the transformation journey that any organization may take on. Granted that Digital Transformation is not just a

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Tags: Digital Transformation

5 key reasons why Enterprise Digital Transformation Initiatives fail
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October 21, 2019
In this article I discuss some key factors which can play into Digital Transformation initiative failures in an Enterprise. I have summarized five key areas of concern for you to consider before starting your Digital Transformation journey. Read More…
The post 5 key reasons why Enterprise Digi

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Innovation and Experimentation essential for Digital Transformation
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September 21, 2019
In this article I discuss innovation and experimentation as an important part of any Digital Transformation. I will provide high level guidelines on building Innovation and Experimentation framework in your organization and then offer recommendations on leading successful digital transformation expe

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation

Digital Transformation Challenges
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July 14, 2019
According to a recent survey of directors, CEOs, and senior executives by the Wall Street Journal Digital Transformation risk is their #1 concern in 2019. Yet 70% of all Digital Transformation initiatives do not reach their goals. $1.3 trillion was spent last year on Digital Transformation and

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Tags: Digital Transformation

The ‘How’​ of Digital Transformation
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July 14, 2019
In this article I share my thoughts on the ‘How’ part of Digital Transformation including Organizational culture, using proper technologies, harnessing the Cloud, adopting accelerated innovation & experimentation, making right decisions for your people, technology, & processes, u

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation demystified
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July 14, 2019
“Digital Transformation” has been the industry buzzword for almost a couple of years now. According to the IDC report it is predicted worldwide spending on the technologies and services that enable the digital transformation of business practices, products, and organizations will reach

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Cloud industry’s Top Trends of 2019
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July 14, 2019
According to the latest Gartner report prediction the public Cloud services market will grow from $182.4B in 2018 to $214.3B and then topping to $331.2B in 2022. This prediction and trend show the momentum that Cloud Computing has picked up in the last few years and how both Enterprise and SMB

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Tags: Cloud

Understanding popular Cloud service models: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS
linkedin
January 30, 2019
According to Gartner the public Cloud Services Market is projected to grow by 17.3 3% in 2019 to total of $206.2B, up from $175.8B. In 2018 the market grew a healthy 21% up from $145.3B in 2017. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will be the fastest-growing segment of the Cloud market, forecasted to grow by 27.4% in 2019 to reach $39.5B, up from $31B in 2018. On the other hand Software as a Service (SaaS) is most popular segment of the cloud market and will grow to $85.1B, growing by around 17.9% in 2019 and staying the most consumed service for the foreseeable future extending into 2021. Platform as a Service (PaaS) segment on the other hand will grow by 23.7% in 2019 and will keep the healthy trend up extending into 2021.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation

Just starting to work on your Cloud strategy?
linkedin
January 23, 2019
As you kick off your Cloud strategy discussions there are some key areas to include in those conversations including - Experimentation & Implementation Approach, Expertise & Resources, Costs Management, Security, Governance and Compliance. Let’s take on these key factors one by one to understand them in more detail.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation

Understanding Cloud customer service and technical support
linkedin
January 04, 2019
When as a company you sign up for Cloud services start moving your systems and workloads to the Cloud, your internal IT support model will also evolve. Most of the support work which used to be done by your support personnel such as accessing the infrastructure, servers and applications in the on-premise data centers will now be performed by the Cloud provider’s support and operational staff in their data centers. This is because as you deploy servers, virtual machines, deploy applications to the Cloud on the provider’s infrastructure and use their Cloud services it becomes their responsibility to manage and maintain these servers and associated resources.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Data Center

Enterprise IT project management best practices
linkedin
December 20, 2018
This last summer we wrapped up a very intense and fast paced project I was leading from the beginning of the year. It taught me a few things along with reinforcing some of the project management best practices I have picked up in the last few years in managing other projects. This last one was a global project with teams here in US and the development team in India. What follows are some of the project management essentials I followed and were key to the successful completion of the project.

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Tags: Management

The Cloud of Tomorrow
linkedin
December 12, 2018
In mid-November this year I was part of a panel of global Cloud experts and engaged in a Tweet chat to discuss the future of the Cloud. In this Cloud of Tomorrow tweet chat session we discussed the emerging technologies within the Cloud Computing ecosystem and how the Cloud is evolving from just being a place for setting up simple Web apps and infrastructure to a destination to enable enterprise grade and business critical scenarios including Hybrid Cloud, Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), IoT and Blockchain. The tweet chat was sponsored by HCL technologies and was hosted via their CIO Straight Talk Twitter handle.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation

The Cloud of Tomorrow
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December 07, 2018
In mid-November this year I was part of a panel of global Cloud experts and engaged in a Tweet chat to discuss the future of the Cloud. In this the Cloud of Tomorrow tweet chat session we discussed the emerging technologies within the Cloud Computing ecosystem and how the Cloud is evolving from just

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cloud, Digital Transformation, IoT

Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
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September 19, 2018
In today’s world of Cloud Computing creating Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)based applications is becoming a reality for organizations of all sizes. Cloud providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Oracle et. al.  are providing infrastructure, Cloud-based serv

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Tags: AI

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
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September 14, 2018
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning recently have become the buzzwords in today’s IT and the Cloud Computing era. It has now become possible even for smaller size companies to dabble in this field due to the advent in technology and availability of resources through the Cloud computin

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation

What is Cloud Computing?
Digital Fawad
September 06, 2018
This blog post will answer the very basic question of what is Cloud Computing? This infographic post defines and explains Cloud Computing along with its uses and benefits. Along with that is also details the top three most used services in Cloud Computing including Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). For more information on these three popular services check out my other blog post too. Three deployments models for Cloud services including Private Cloud, Public Cloud and Hybrid Cloud are also detailed.

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Tags: Cloud

Stop wasting money in the Cloud
Digital Fawad
April 07, 2018
Cloud costs and spend is going up for SMB and Enterprise customers across the board as companies initiate experiments in the Cloud to moving from experimentation to setting up and migrating production workloads. Along with this increase in Cloud investment, proportionately the Cloud spend waste is also going up. In this post we are going to outline some common Cloud utilization scenarios which may lead to cloud spend waste. Along with that we will also offer guidance and recommend some tools to optimize Cloud costs.

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Tags: Cloud

1 Book
Digital Transformation using Emerging Technologies: A CxO's guide to transform your organization
Amazon
May 07, 2021
This book is a CxO's guide to enabling Digital Transformation, to transform their organizations, using key emerging technologies including Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, and Blockchain. The book explores trends, business use cases, strategy considerations, challenges, and the future of these technologies to help you utilize them during your digital transformation journey. Azure Cloud services and tools are referenced throughout the book to provide usage examples.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

1 eBook
Enterprise Digital Transformation: A concise guide to understanding and successfully transforming your organization
Amazon
February 17, 2020
Understand the What, Why, How and Who of Enterprise Digital Transformation. Learn about key factors, issues, challenges and pitfalls along with recommendations on how to successfully lead the transformation in your organization.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

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