“The hackathon gave individuals with varying skills and abilities, from multiple departments across Liberty Group, a hands-on experience with a powerful set of tools,” notes Lange. “And there was a real sense of enthusiasm about how they could use the technology going forward, as citizen developers.”
The winning ideas are already streamlining key processes at the financial services company, and staff who took part in the hackathon are applying their new technology skills in their own business areas. “I can see that our partnership with Microsoft will only continue to grow,” enthuses Liberty Group’s Marais. “I’m really looking forward to the future.”
“We were excited to collaborate with Microsoft on this project,” says Thys Janse van Rensburg, General Manager: Western Cape at BUI. “Power Platform opens the door for all kinds of meaningful innovation. When people feel empowered to create, test, refine and even improve upon their ideas, then great things are possible,” he concludes.