Microsoft is aggressively building out blockchain services in Azure with help from financial, traditional and ISV partners.
Expect a year of continued focus on Azure, Office 365, Windows 10, LinkedIn/Dynamics and the attempt to find a new niche in the mobile space.
Controversy swirls around the new name Microsoft slapped on the event formerly known as the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). The structure, focus and audience, however, should feel familiar to any attendee of previous WPCs.
The landscape inside Microsoft is in flux as the company reorganizes its sales structure. For partners, the chaos presents both threat and opportunity.
A lot of money in the pockets of the major MSP tools companies means investors see opportunity, and opportunity means winners and losers -- and open conflict.
Microsoft's evolving container approach doesn't necessarily deliver digital nirvana, but it is breaking new ground.
Besides answering questions about valuation, tax advisers can help partners settle the many other tax obligations that are part of selling any IT services company.
Done right, hosting can be very profitable for partners, but it's hard to compete with the mega-vendors without taking a co-location approach.