Microsoft Partner Network news includes tools, investments and programs.
Microsoft global channel chief Gavriella Schuster today shared Microsoft Partner Network updates on investments and new partner program offerings. In lieu of the company’s annual state of the partner ecosystem update, cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Schuster addressed partners via her blog.
This latest Microsoft Partner Network news focuses on current as well as future direction. It comes in addition to resources and program updates that help partners navigate the pandemic. The updates address partner program updates and enhanced tools. The vendor’s investment strategy addresses several areas of partner opportunity, such as Teams, security and Azure migration. Schuster also discusses recently launched offerings and addresses global partner impact.
“The Microsoft partner community is a powerful ecosystem. For decades, it has been and continues to be at the center of how we bring technologies and business transformation to customers in markets around the world,” Schuster said. “Today, Microsoft partners are playing a critical role helping companies everywhere adjust to a new way of working. The remote work, business continuity solutions and services they’re delivering during this global pandemic will be the foundation of workplace productivity moving forward.”
Here’s a closer look at the Microsoft Partner Network program updates underway.
Schuster outlines enhanced tools and says more will follow.
Partners are now onboarding to Partner Center. It is a centralized experience for partners and a single place to manage their relationship with Microsoft, their customers and other partners. With streamlined processes into one place, it makes it easier for partners to do business with Microsoft.
On-demand support is one of the new ways Microsoft wants to give partners quicker and easier access to Microsoft support. The goal is to better help partners solve challenges and meet customer needs.
To further support its commitment to shared growth and profitability, Microsoft is enabling partners to access co-selling programs so they can accept and share referrals from Microsoft (first-party solutions) and other partners.
Here are some of the digital transformation areas where Microsoft sees strong partner opportunity and is making investments.
Schuster reminds partners of two recently launched offers, the Adoption and Change Management Advanced Specialization and the Teams Practice Development Playbook.
The Microsoft global channel chief also shares partner success stories. These vignettes highlight partners addressing scientific and business continuity needs related to COVID-19.
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