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Cloud services providers

1 - How Microsoft Sees Partners' Roles in the CloudHow Microsoft Sees Partners’ Roles in the Cloud

Microsoft is bringing its partners deeper into the cloud fold with a slew of new Azure and Office 365 offerings and programs.

2 - Microsoft's Top Six Priorities for 2016Microsoft’s Top Six Priorities for 2016

The tech giant’s top priorities for 2016 are driving digital transformation, accelerating cloud adoption, propelling Windows 10 enterprise deployments, generating SQL Server 2016 growth, driving independent software vendor and systems integrator momentum, and making experiences come to life through hardware solutions.

3 - Size of the Microsoft Cloud ChannelSize of the Microsoft Cloud Channel

Some 17,000 partners participate in the Microsoft Cloud Service Partner program. Microsoft partners helped sell more than 3 million cloud seats in 2015.

4 - Microsoft's Best Cloud PartnersMicrosoft’s Best Cloud Partners

Microsoft’s best cloud partners generate $5.87 for every $1 of Microsoft cloud services sold. Microsoft now has 3,500 employees dedicated to the channel.

5 - Microsoft Cloud MarginsMicrosoft Cloud Margins

Microsoft Azure partners have seen a twofold increase in revenue. Gross margins on Azure for partners are 65%. Margins are 40% higher than peers less invested in the cloud. Microsoft Azure margins are 19% higher than for solutions on rival cloud platforms.

6 - Microsoft 365 MomentumMicrosoft 365 Momentum

There are 70 million users of Microsoft Office 365, a 55% growth rate year-over-year. The next major update will provide built-in security, such as advanced threat protection, advanced e-discovery and Customer Lockbox capability.

7 - Windows 10 MomentumWindows 10 Momentum

In advance of the Aug. 2, 2016, first anniversary of the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft plans to add support for Windows Hello visual authentication, Credential Guard tools, data mining tools, improved pen functionality and advanced threat protection tools.

8 - Microsoft as a Managed ServiceMicrosoft as a Managed Service

Microsoft is also preparing a new Microsoft Surface-as-a-Service offering as a managed service. The company is also making Operations Manager Suite and Enterprise Mobility Suite available as a service to partners.

9 - Microsoft Lead-Gen EngineMicrosoft Lead-Gen Engine

Microsoft delivers more than 1 million referrals to its best partners a year. The company plans to unify its and partners’ online marketplaces via a single management console that will make it possible to centrally populate digital profiles.

10 - Focus on ISVsFocus on ISVs

Microsoft plans to allow its gold independent software vendor partners to go to market using the Windows logo. Microsoft plans to improve cooperation between its ISVs and traditional partners to accelerate cloud service adoption.

11 - Microsoft Education and TrainingMicrosoft Education and Training

The new Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program credits individuals for their expertise, regardless of how they gained that expertise. The company has created an Open edX on Azure platform to help partners establish a profit-generating learning-as-a-service business. The first MPD program is focused on data science.

12 - Making the Partnering Process SimplerMaking the Partnering Process Simpler

Microsoft has simplified the paperwork for the application certification process to enable more partners to become certified and take advantage of program resources.