Microsoft Türkiye General Manager - Levent ÖZBİLGİN: “ Endpoint security tools and server protection (solutions such as Defender for End point, Defender for identity) are at the top of the agenda of our government customers in Türkiye”

Microsoft Türkiye is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Türkiye this year. Microsoft Türkiye has already generated a comprehensive ecosystem consisting of 10 thousand business partners and almost 350 employees in Türkiye. From government customers to students, Microsoft technologies are widely used. In this context, we conducted an exclusive interview with Microsoft Türkiye General Manager, Levent ÖZGİLGİN, to learn about the latest developments on the Microsoft side and its operations in Türkiye.

Date: Issue 127 - December 2023 Update: February 23, 2024

Defence Turkey: First of all, thank you for sparing time for our readers. Can we start our interview with a brief summary of your personal journey with Microsoft Türkiye after leaving Ericsson in September 2020?  

Levent ÖZBİLGİN: After gaining 20 years of experience in the information technology and telco sectors, I transferred to Microsoft Türkiye as General Manager in 2020. Since then, I have been leading the Microsoft Türkiye team, which guides the digital transformation journeys of our customers, business partners, start-ups and software developers with Microsoft technologies. I can say that the only thing that was different for me in this position was to take office in the middle of the pandemic. It was a new experience for me and my colleagues to start working together without meeting anyone in person. However, in a company that produces technology to overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic, our job was not very difficult.