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Marching Orders 2019: Leverage Microsoft Resources

What are the top steps Microsoft partners can take to help their businesses succeed in 2019? We put that question to top experts, including Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft.

It's 2019, are you ready to give customers what they're craving? Customers have sky-high expectations of both Microsoft and our partners. We all need to rise to the challenge to meet customers' needs. The good news is, with our technology and your expertise, IP and services capabilities, we have the perfect ingredients for success.

In 2019, Microsoft is calling for partners to up their competitive edge through collaborative innovation as we develop even more effective resources and investments for our partners to win in the market. The demand for cloud and other emerging technology is high, and the innovations from Microsoft -- coupled with the incredible partner leadership in our ecosystem -- present both opportunity and a responsibility to delight our customers with solutions that drive their digital transformation.

The creativity of Microsoft partners never ceases to amaze me. We're seeing major trends in partners building unique value that addresses customer needs, particularly around industries and verticals. This added value is accelerating the way customers drive forward on digital transformation. In 2019, we want to make sure partners that have unique IP -- particularly ISV organizations focused on packaged solutions -- are getting their applications into Microsoft's Appsource and Azure Marketplace. Doing so makes their offerings more discoverable and helps drive the co-sell motion that connects with the full partner ecosystem. With all of the opportunity ahead of us, partners need to be where customers can see them. Change is happening. So now is the time to take advantage of the unmatched exposure available in Azure Marketplace and Appsource.

The past year has been full of fast and furious change for our partners and Microsoft, as technology and the demands of customers continue to grow. Together, Microsoft and our partners have been more flexible and responsive to the market than ever before. It's exciting to see the resulting momentum in partner engagement and co-sell; cloud adoption and spend is growing by double digits, and CSP growth is in the triple digits. But this growth can only be sustained through commitment and partnership from both Microsoft and our partners. Our unique advantage is you, and the value you bring to customers.

Gavriella Schuster is corporate vice president of the Microsoft One Commercial Partner (OCP) organization. At Microsoft since 1995, Schuster has held top worldwide partner leadership roles for Microsoft since May 2014.

Posted by Gavriella Schuster on January 17, 2019


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