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Microsoft Encourage 2022: Unlocking new companion alternatives, options for hybrid work and extra

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As we kick off the digital gathering for Microsoft Encourage 2022, it’s a super time to mirror on the significance of our companion ecosystem. Every year we host an occasion to have a good time the work our companions do, and to acknowledge the affect they’ve throughout enterprise and {industry}.

Microsoft has greater than 400,000 companions who make use of greater than 22 million folks around the globe. Our applications mirror a dedication to shared success. Along with our companions, we are able to obtain extra.

In that spirit, we have a good time the winners and finalists of our 2022 Microsoft Accomplice of the 12 months Awards, which acknowledge excellent successes and improvements by companions in over 100 nations and in all kinds of classes, together with Trendy Work, Azure, Enterprise Purposes and Social Influence. Every year, award recipients are chosen primarily based on their dedication to prospects, the affect of their options and their exemplary use of Microsoft applied sciences.

We’re making modifications to permit companions to maintain driving progress and construct on their success. A number of the main themes we’re addressing in our bulletins this 12 months embody:

  • Driving progress and profitability by way of partner-focused platforms
  • Powering innovation by way of modernization and migration
  • Serving to prospects streamline their safety throughout platforms
  • Delivering the digital crucial in hybrid work

All of immediately’s bulletins are designed with companions and prospects on the heart – options and applications to assist them develop their enterprise, remodel the way in which they work and preserve safety throughout the cloud. Highlighted under are a number of of the updates we’re asserting at Microsoft Encourage.

Unlocking alternatives for unbiased software program distributors (ISVs)

With demand for cloud options estimated to exceed $1 trillion by 2025, software program suppliers have by no means been extra essential in supporting our mutual prospects. Right now at Encourage, Microsoft is unlocking alternatives for our companions by investing in new applications, advantages and sources to assist all ISVs – massive and small – meet buyer wants, innovate sooner and price effectively, go-to-market and develop a thriving enterprise.

We’re asserting new advantages with the ISV Success Program, to assist ISVs innovate quickly, construct well-architected purposes, publish them to our business market and develop their gross sales. At present in personal preview, and broadly accessible in fall 2022, this system is meant to be the pathway to ISV success within the Microsoft Cloud Accomplice Program.

Software program suppliers can make the most of this newly enhanced profit bundle to construct throughout the Microsoft Cloud and get entry to cloud sandboxes, developer tooling, technical and enterprise sources and a devoted neighborhood. Members can get entry to just about $128,000 in advantages to make the most of productive, fashionable and revolutionary developer instruments to speed up software program manufacturing. Moreover, Market Rewards has been built-in into the ISV Success Program to assist simplify the trail for ISVs.

We’re making ongoing enhancements to our business market, our platform for digital promoting and international commerce. Margin sharing is now usually accessible by way of market and we’re asserting a partnership with Deal with.io to assist ISVs scale and attain Microsoft prospects, simplify promoting and speed up income within the business market.

These new advantages, alongside Microsoft’s industry-leading 3% market transaction charges, permit ISVs to construct, promote and thrive on the Microsoft Cloud.

We’re additionally introducing new {industry} designations for ISVs, which will probably be accessible later this 12 months. These designations differentiate options primarily based on their demonstrated efficiency with prospects, technical maturity and buyer success. We’re beginning with healthcare, retail and monetary companies. Companions can be taught extra concerning the designations and be part of the co-design classes throughout Encourage.

 Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty

Governments around the globe are accelerating their digital transformation, creating alternatives for social and financial progress and enhancing companies whereas supporting the authorized laws, wants and pursuits of their citizenry. To that finish, Microsoft is asserting Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty, designed particularly for the federal government sector.

This new resolution permits public sector prospects to construct and digitally remodel workloads within the Microsoft Cloud whereas assembly their compliance, safety and coverage necessities. Public sector prospects can harness the total energy of the cloud together with broad platform capabilities, resiliency, safety, and scale, whereas having larger management over their information, residency, and transparency to its operational and governance processes.

To find out how companions may also help governments make the most of this resolution, learn the weblog put up from Corey Sanders, Company Vice President, Microsoft Cloud for Business and World Growth Crew.

Digital Contact Heart Platform

Constructing a greater customer support expertise is prime of thoughts for each our companions and their prospects. Reaching out for assist ought to be an environment friendly, frictionless incidence. The brand new Digital Contact Heart Platform brings collectively a number of Microsoft merchandise, together with Nuance – which Microsoft acquired earlier this 12 months – Dynamics 365, Energy Platform and Microsoft Groups, into an open, extensible and collaborative platform to assist create a seamless expertise for customers who’re in search of assist – regardless of the channel.

ISVs can use the platform to construct contact heart experiences that work for his or her shoppers, from smarter chatbots, to sooner stay chat bins, to intuitive AI options. The objective is to create extra customized engagements throughout digital channels, the place prospects don’t should repeat info and companies can work to develop deeper relationships with their prospects, and cut back prices, which might solely be supplied by consolidation and automation.

Azure House Accomplice Group

The subsequent paradigm for cloud computing brings collectively the probabilities of area with the facility of the cloud. Organizations throughout myriad industries are using satellites and different area applied sciences to carry connectivity anyplace and unlock new insights through area information.

To assist our thriving ecosystem of area companions, we’re asserting the Azure House Accomplice Group, which can allow companions to ship essentially the most complete and revolutionary choices for our joint prospects and the way forward for area computing. Our new, differentiated ecosystem of companions spans area operators, producers, techniques integrators, information suppliers, ISVs, startups and extra.

Making hybrid work work

As hybrid work has turn into simply work, the problem for organizations is to steadiness worker calls for with flexibility for enterprise wants. We’re collaborating with our companions to assist prospects perceive the brand new patterns of labor driving the long run, together with enabling hybrid work, bringing collaborative experiences into the circulate of labor and constructing a digital worker expertise.

We’re delivering new capabilities in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Groups that allow folks contribute each time and wherever they’re working. Excel Reside permits folks to work collaboratively on workbooks straight throughout the Groups assembly window. Collaborative annotations give members the flexibility to attract, kind or react to shared assembly content material through Microsoft Whiteboard.

Microsoft Viva is an worker expertise platform that makes use of quite a lot of instruments to extend productiveness, well-being and collaboration at work. The brand new Viva Interact app helps organizations construct connection and neighborhood, and supplies workers with private expression instruments, similar to the flexibility to create and share video posts by way of the brand new Tales characteristic. Tales are brief movies or photographs that individuals put up to their Storyline, offering a enjoyable, acquainted method for folks to remain linked with colleagues throughout their group.

Home windows 365 celebrates one 12 months

Throughout Encourage, Home windows 365 will mark its one-year anniversary. Over the course of the 12 months, the product has continued to evolve, with a number of new options, like point-in-time restore (which lets directors “flip again the clock” on a Cloud PC) and Autopatch (which automates Home windows updates to enhance safety) for immediately’s fashionable office.

Right now’s bulletins symbolize Microsoft’s continued funding in serving to our companions develop their enterprise, higher serve prospects and align extra carefully with the cloud transformation we’re seeing throughout industries. The updates outlined on this weblog are simply the tip of a complete slate of recent choices and updates.

To be taught extra about bulletins being made at Encourage, you’ll want to watch the keynote speeches from Satya Nadella, Nick Parker and Judson Althoff. You may also discover the product particular blogs outlined under for a extra granular view of the information and be taught extra about how this know-how is getting used immediately.

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