At this point, everybody acknowledges that cloud is changing the market. It’s been exciting to see the number of Small to Midsize Business (SMB) partners embracing the cloud, as these partners are making the investments necessary for their continued success. With public cloud spending forecasted to exceed $100B by 2017, Microsoft is committed to helping partners on each step of their journey to the cloud so that all of our partners can fully capitalize on this industry transformation.

 
We’ve heard from many of you that moving your business to the cloud has presented a number of challenges, such as making the initial move with the least impact, knowing where to go for assistance, and maximizing business efficiency once you’re migrated. At Microsoft, we consistently look for ways to help our number one resource—our partners—take full advantage of all opportunities. This means ensuring we’re providing you with the tools, resources, and assistance needed to help develop a strong and highly profitable business in the cloud.
 
To help you meet the challenges and optimize the opportunities of moving to the cloud, we’ve created an initiative called Cloud SureStep. We built Cloud SureStep around three core pillars that help partners follow a path that aligns to their maturation about the cloud—starting with learning about the cloud and then delivering more detailed tools and assets as partners establish and grow their cloud capabilities.
 
Cloud SureStep is the one-stop resource built within our MPN website to help our partners establish, grow and thrive in the cloud. SureStep puts resources such as whitepapers, product information and access to relevant training, as well as ways to connect with communities, including our Office 365 partner Yammer group and the Office 365 Technical Blog, in one place. Learn how to develop sales processes that lower your cost-of-sale while increasing sales volume, drive high levels of demand through digital marketing and generate services revenue. Whether you’re just starting your journey or are already active in selling, Cloud SureStep will help you maximize profitability for your business.
 
I’m very excited about Cloud SureStep and its potential to help partners. Currently, we have assets for both Office 365 and Windows Intune in the Microsoft Partner Network, and over the next few months we’ll be incorporating Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.
 
Cloud SureStep represents a tremendous opportunity for partners to learn as they move forward in their cloud business transformation. Not only does it highlight the strategy and tactics for building a successful online services business, Cloud SureStep embodies Microsoft’s commitment to collaboration with our partners. I invite you to get started today by visiting: http://aka.ms/cloud-surestep.