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WPC 2016 Reflections

It’s been several months since Microsoft’s latest Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2016) ended this past July in Toronto. Naturally, it’s common to want to immediately blog about the latest announcements that are fresh in one’s head. WPC, like many of Microsoft’s larger events, is adept at inspiring excitement and enthusiasm, no question. The sheer volume and scale of content across a wide spectrum of software and services categories in the Microsoft portfolio, accentuated with rock concerts and festivities, help to hammer home the sense that what you’re experiencing is important to the overall roadmap of the future – both for Microsoft and for its partners.

 

chris-strong-1-1.pngThis year, I wanted to try and take a different approach to reflecting on WPC. Rather than join the masses of bloggers providing an immediate reaction and rundown, I thought I’d wait a few months to let the announcements and proclamations sink in, see many of them come to fruition in an actual go-live state, and see what sort of initial uptake happens in the market. After all, what good are these flashy announcements if they don’t end up leading to tangible outcomes that are felt in the industry.

 

The CSP ecosystem is certainly continuously improving upon this, and we continue to work towards entering that model as it matures. Microsoft certainly has seemed to give it their full attention, and the months since WPC have revealed an ever-increasing emphasis on ensuring that Microsoft and its partners work together to help organizations have the easiest path to the Cloud from a purchasing and provisioning standpoint.

 

Overall, after looking back on what Microsoft’s actions have been since WPC this year, it’s clear to us that they remain laser-focused on following through on their desire to be a “Mobile first, Cloud first” company. We’re still waiting to see some of the announcements made come to fruition, such as the Surface-as-a-Service offering, but for the infrastructure-related aspects of Office 365 and Azure there has absolutely been continued progress and attainment of the goals that Microsoft has set for themselves and their partners.

 

Virteva, for our part, has also tried to remain diligent in focusing our attention and efforts on keeping pace with Microsoft, and allowing us to capitalize on the new functionality with our customers to help them achieve more. There’s plenty more to come out of Azure and Office 365 in the time between now and the next WPC (renamed Microsoft Inspire), and at a pace that the industry truly hasn’t seen in some time. We’ll be right there at the forefront to allow our customers to benefit from this unparalleled Cloud ecosystem as it inevitably continues to expand across the market.

 

The Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program also carries much potential, and the ensuing months since WPC have done nothing to dissuade us from that thought. In one panel discussion, “The modern, profitable cloud partner: Optimize your operations and deliver customer lifetime value,” Microsoft’s Brent Combest noted that the CSP platform was built with the partner in mind, so that ultimately partners can make the experience for customers as painless as possible. 

 

We were lucky enough to have our own Sales Executive, Craig Schmidtke, on the panel to help contribute to the discussion around how Microsoft partners can really help Microsoft’s customer succeed in the Cloud. Craig went into some detail around what Virteva has been able to do within this new landscape, including the nuance of bridging into partnerships with other software providers such as ServiceNow, that have helped make these Cloud transitions come together seamlessly. As Craig also reiterated several times, the primary goal in mind is the simplest, most efficient, and most effective means of procuring and setting up Cloud-based services and assets in Azure and Office 365. It all boils down to that. Click here to view the video or download the PowerPoint presentation.

 

The CSP ecosystem is certainly continuously improving upon this, and we continue to work towards entering that model as it matures. Microsoft certainly has seemed to give it their full attention, and the months since WPC have revealed an ever-increasing emphasis on ensuring that Microsoft and its partners work together to help organizations have the easiest path to the Cloud from a purchasing and provisioning standpoint.

 

Overall, after looking back on what Microsoft’s actions have been since WPC this year, it’s clear to us that they remain laser-focused on following through on their desire to be a “Mobile first, Cloud first” company. We’re still waiting to see some of the announcements made come to fruition, such as the Surface-as-a-Service offering, but for the infrastructure-related aspects of Office 365 and Azure there has absolutely been continued progress and attainment of the goals that Microsoft has set for themselves and their partners.

 

Virteva, for our part, has also tried to remain diligent in focusing our attention and efforts on keeping pace with Microsoft, and allowing us to capitalize on the new functionality with our customers to help them achieve more. There’s plenty more to come out of Azure and Office 365 in the time between now and the next WPC (renamed Microsoft Inspire), and at a pace that the industry truly hasn’t seen in some time. We’ll be right there at the forefront to allow our customers to benefit from this unparalleled Cloud ecosystem as it inevitably continues to expand across the market.

 


 

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