Bryson Named New Microsoft U.S. Channel Chief

Microsoft this week announced Tyler Bryson as the replacement for the departing David Willis to run the company's U.S. channel operations.

Bryson is officially corporate vice president of the U.S. One Commercial Partner organization. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 21, 2021 at 9:34 AM0 comments


PC Market Caught Fire in Q4. Well, in All of 2020

The PC market was on fire in the fourth quarter.

In its quarterly tracking of worldwide PC shipments, IDC reported preliminary numbers of 26.1 percent year-over-year growth to 91.6 million units. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 11, 2021 at 10:04 AM0 comments


Microsoft: Partner 2021 Priorities are Remote Work, BC/DR, Security, Cloud Migrations

In the holding pattern that is early 2021, Microsoft's priority guidance to partners for the new year is for more of the same.

Microsoft channel chief Gavriella Schuster detailed her view of partner priorities and opportunities this week in a blog post that largely echoed earlier guidance from Microsoft Inspire, the annual July partner conference that helps kick off Microsoft's fiscal year. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 07, 2021 at 9:50 AM0 comments


U.S. Channel Chief Willis Leaving Microsoft

Microsoft U.S. Channel Chief David Willis announced Friday that he would be leaving Microsoft in January after 28 years at the company.

He didn't use the word "retire" in a blog post on the official U.S. Partner Blog, and some of his phrasing left open the possibility that he might emerge as an executive somewhere in the future. However, Willis suggested that his focus in the near future would be on family time, leisure activity, travel and volunteering. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 04, 2020 at 1:47 PM0 comments


Sirius Buys Champion Solutions Group, MessageOps

Sirius Computer Solutions snapped up Boca Raton, Fla.-based solution provider Champion Solutions Group and Champion's cloud practice, MessageOps, which was one of the pioneering toolsets for Office 365.

With the acquisition, Sirius expands its national IT solutions integration business into the southeastern United States and strengthens its Microsoft cloud capabilities in both Microsoft/Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 02, 2020 at 9:45 AM0 comments


Nadella Puts Microsoft Teams at Center of Earnings Call

Microsoft released its first quarter earnings on Tuesday afternoon, reporting revenues of $37.2 billion and earnings of $1.82 per share. The company beat analyst expectations on the back of strong cloud growth.

However, the centerpiece of the Satya Nadella-led earnings call on Tuesday evening was the Microsoft Teams collaboration platform, which keeps surging to new highs due to COVID-19-related remote work. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 28, 2020 at 10:14 AM0 comments


Pandemic Translates to Booming Quarter for PC Sales

The PC market boomed in the third quarter, with pandemic-related buying producing growth rates at levels not seen for a decade.

Market researchers from IDC, Gartner and Canalys all released their growth estimates this week. The three firms told similar stories -- heavy purchasing on the consumer side, robust activity around Chromebooks and education, and very strong growth in the United States. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 14, 2020 at 9:55 AM0 comments


Rubber, Meet Road: Products Hitting GA at (or Around) Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft declared about two dozen products ready for general availability (GA) -- and thus production deployment -- this week during the Microsoft Ignite conference. The products ranged from elements of the high-profile Project Cortex to Azure SQL for edge deployments to major and minor components of Microsoft's three clouds.

A virtual event this year, Ignite kicked off on Tuesday morning with a keynote from CEO Satya Nadella and was scheduled to run through Thursday. Microsoft typically treats Ignite as a major launchpad for IT pro- and IT management-focused products and services across its enterprise portfolio with some developer, education and government tools and products thrown into the mix. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 22, 2020 at 9:42 AM0 comments


Microsoft Launches WVD Advanced Specialization

Microsoft on Tuesday launched an advanced specialization for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), giving partners access to a new badge that highlights expertise in the newly essential area of supporting remote workers.

Advanced specializations layer on top of competencies within the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) as a way for partners to demonstrate Microsoft-sanctioned certification of their specialized skills. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 15, 2020 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Quest Buys Binary Tree

Quest Software this week added to its already full quiver of Microsoft modernization tools with the acquisition of Binary Tree.

While Quest already had capabilities for migrating to Office 365 within its broad existing toolset, Binary Tree brings sophisticated tooling for second-generation cloud migrations -- handling the complex requirements of enterprise cloud-to-cloud migrations necessitated by M&A and other concerns in a maturing market. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 03, 2020 at 11:40 AM0 comments


It's a Wide-Open SaaS-y World in the Public Cloud, For Now

The public cloud is a predominantly Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market, with the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) elements gaining steadily in SaaS' rear view.

Oh, and that SaaS market is still wide-open, even as the IaaS/PaaS sector becomes more consolidated by the year. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 18, 2020 at 11:26 AM0 comments


Microsoft Earnings Up 13% in Q4

Microsoft revenues were up 13% in the fourth quarter as the company continued its growth amid the pandemic and associated economic headwinds.

Revenues for the quarter, ended June 30, hit $38 billion. Diluted earnings per share decreased 15%, to $1.46, in part because the company took a $450 million charge in the quarter for its late-June move to permanently shutter the Microsoft Store physical locations. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 22, 2020 at 3:31 PM0 comments