Furthermore, Microsoft Inspire showcases the opportunities ahead and indicates what trends and strategies Microsoft is going to follow. Here are our main takeaways:
The Microsoft Security Competency is now generally available. For more information click here.
Azure Cloud Migrations
Microsoft is promoting competencies and tools to drive customer workloads to Azure.
The effort includes:
- Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure
- Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure
- Data Warehouse Migration to Microsoft Azure
- Modernization of Web Applications in Microsoft Azure
- Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure
Azure Migration Program
Moreover, the new Azure Migration Program (AMP) offers proactive advice and tools to help any customer to engage with a partner to move workloads to the cloud. There are more novelties regarding Azure Cloud Management. A new tool called Azure Lighthouse was presented, that is supposed to automate and scale cloud management. By using cross-customer management features manual operational tasks can be reduced and customer management can be scaled.
The Azure Migration Program is initially exclusive to Azure Expert MSP providers such as SoftwareONE, who has a highly skilled team specialized in Cloud migrations to support any customer in their Cloud Journey.
Partner Marketplace Tools
More pricing models will surface in Microsoft’s marketplace starting in July 2019.
Key efforts include:
- monthly and annual SaaS billing
- custom-metered billing options; standard contracts
- free SaaS trials that convert to paid engagements.
Data and SQL Server
90% of all the data we have today has been created in the last two years. To cope with this new set of conditions Microsoft is building a limitless data estate. Amazing capacity is needed to move petabytes of data. As a result, Microsoft is completely rethinking what a database looks like and it has led to SQL Hyperscale.
Dynamics 365 ISV and Vertical Market Milestones
The business application and automation platform now features a Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator and two new integrations for Dynamics 365 that address the automotive and financial services industries. In addition, the Business Applications ISV Connect program is generally available.
There are over 2 billion front line workers and 70% feel they don’t have the tools to do their jobs effectively. Microsoft Teams allows for chat, meetings, and collaboration using the richness of Office tools and process workflow. New integrations include support for contact centers, compliance recording and cloud solution providers.
Hololens 2 is bridging the boundaries between the physical and virtual world. It now has twice the field of view, improved comfort, and allows you to build applications out of the box that take advantage of Mixed Reality. For more information click here.
Enabling Partner Services
Gavriella Schuster announced the Azure Marketplace has expanded to over 12,000 applications and services while generating over 350,000 leads per month. The rapidly expanding Marketplace has generated new streams of direct revenue for many partners and it is activating new opportunities through Microsoft directly and CSP licensing.
Schuster also announced that Microsoft sellers will be incentivized to drive partner services. Microsoft is also seeing accelerated growth through CSP generating over $4B in sales to over 3.5M customers. They plan to move CSP onto the modern commerce platform in an effort to accelerate and mobilize the delivery of Azure services to their customers.