It’s been just 165 days since many of us gathered in Houston for the 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference, with many more watching online at www.digitalwpc.com. On the main stage, we heard from our Executive Vice President, Satya Nadella, who spoke about the next shift with the enterprise computing platform. He shared insights on the opportunity ahead and on how we’ll be investing in new services to help partners accelerate business by better serving their customers.

 

Earlier this month, Satya brought to life many of the opportunities he referenced at WPC. He introduced a wave of new enterprise products and services to help partners better enable our joint customers to seize the opportunities of cloud computing and overcome today’s top IT challenges together. These products and services include:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2
  • Visual Studio 2013 and the new .NET 4.5.1
  • Release a second preview of SQL Server 2014
  • For big data analytics, later this month we will release Windows Azure HDInsight Service, an Apache Hadoop-based service that works with SQL
  • Microsoft will offer Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers access to discounted Windows Azure prices
Many partners who attended WPC were able to explore in detail the opportunity to expand their business in the cloud  with representatives from the product groups and make informed decisions on when and how to expand. As a consequence, they have seen their business evolve to take advantage of the enterprise Cloud OS. We have seen huge appetite for guidance on how to embrace the Cloud – The IDC Paper “Successful Cloud Partners” released at WPC  is heading towards being the most downloaded document ever from the MPN Portal, and it continues to be downloaded in large numbers every week. Are you missing out? Download it now as you may be missing out information that will help you make the best decision for your business.
 
Opportunities and resources for Partners
 
Here in the Worldwide Partner Group, we continue to expand and evolve our services for you, our partners, all geared toward helping you understand how to take advantage of our investments. We invite you to check out new Cloud OS information on the MPN Portal going live this week.
 

Here is a quick summary of the opportunity and some pointers on how to take advantage of the new changes coming to the Microsoft Partner Network in January.

 

 
Opportunity
Customer Opportunity
MPN Competency (January)
Transform the datacenter
Respond to changing business needs with the power of a hybrid cloud infrastructure
Data Centre
Unlock insights on any data
people with robust BI tools to get business insights faster and easier — all through the tools they use every day
Data Platform
Data Analytics
Enable modern business applications
Boost the impact of your new and existing applications. Quickly extend applications with new capabilities and deploy on multiple devices
Application Development
Empower people-centric IT
Work from virtually anywhere on the device of their choice and gives you a consistent way to manage and protect it all.
Devices And Deployment
 
You’ll find a list of materials on the Microsoft Partner Network – Partner Marketing Center – to assist you generate demand and close more sales for each of the customer opportunities above, including overall vision and customer conversations.
 
Working together, we continue to focus on creating innovative solutions that drive profitability and sustain competitive advantage. As we continue to build trust and thriving relationships, our joint commitment to partnership will serve as a singular and powerful reminder to our customers that working with a Microsoft Competent Partner is the best decision they can make to thrive.
 
Karl​