I’m so pleased that so many of you are participating in our Microsoft Partner Connect Series, thanks for investing your time with us, and I hope you find this round up useful as well.
Many of you will have seen Satya Nadella’s presentation about our third quarter results. As he said we have packed two years of digital transformation into two months – and that’s all partner powered, so thank you.
Microsoft is committed to keeping you up to date and fully supported through this challenging period. To keep us all connected we have created a dedicated forum to allow us to keep the conversation going.
Supporting Resilient Operations
It’s time to start thinking about how we support customers as they transition from crisis management to resilience. We’ve recently put a framework together that identifies the nine key areas that we think we need to focus on and explores the sorts of solutions that are needed – now more than ever.
We want to help bring together the best partner solutions in these nine key areas and work alongside partners as you develop solutions to take to market.
Support for your business and customers during this time
In the last two weeks we have continued to see new offers land to support your business.
We have a series of new Business Applications Emergency Response offers available for partners. These have to be completed by 15 June 2020 and funds are limited. Learn more on how you can leverage these fundings.
On May 4 we introduced new discount promotions for Office 365 E1 and Microsoft 365 Business Basic to offer these products for no cost for the first 6 months of their monthly-billed, annual subscription for new customers. These promotions will replace the current Office 365 E1 trial offer discussed in a previous partner connect, Learn more by reviewing the Microsoft Partner FAQ.
Microsoft Partner Program Updates
A reminder about some of the support concessions that are available to help you at this time as well as reminders of what you need to be aware of:
- Microsoft Fast Track is assisting organisations set up remote working – we can support you with deployment resources and also remote engineering to help with data migration.
- Software renewal deferral – we’ve introduced a 90-day grace period which is especially relevant to competency extensions, details can be found in Microsoft partner center.
- It’s important to make sure you are aware of changes to the partnership agreement – especially around security and keeping customer data safe details can be found in Microsoft partner center.
Skilling your team
- We’ve pivoted our Get Traction E workshop programs to digital – there will be sessions on 12th and 26th May with important support for you around business continuity. The live workshop will give clarity on where to focus partner leadership team attention during these unprecedented times.
- Leverage virtual instructor training programs and webinars to boost your team’s skills and prepare them for Microsoft certifications. We also have a wealth of non-technical training on the Microsoft partner center. If you have resources on the bench this is a great time to upskill your team and be ready to differentiate.
Publishing on Marketplace
In the last Microsoft Partner Connect Series, we explored how Microsoft Marketplace was a great way to get your products and solutions in front of customers and prospects all over the world, boosting your profile and distribution opportunity.
In this session we provided a ‘how to’, on using Microsoft partner center to publish on marketplace, Matt Furse shared some handy links at the end of the session.
We’re here to help
As always, I’m so impressed and humbled by the efforts of our partners, helping customers through this challenging time – please continue to share your stories with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, thank you to all our partners for the work you are undertaking and your commitment to customers at this difficult time.