Our Director of Partner Sales, Ron Luchansky, is making the rounds at Microsoft’s World Partner Conference 2013 this week in Houston, TX. And according to Ron, one thing’s for sure: “Clouds” are very much top of mind with partners, and with Microsoft!
Of course, being the leader in hosting Microsoft Project Server / PPM, CRM and SharePoint solutions, we’ve been delivering cloud advantages to our partners, enterprise customers and government agencies for nearly a decade now. It’s great to see Microsoft fully on board with the cloud – giving us platforms like Azure and applications that are increasingly tuned to live in the cloud. This makes our job of hosting Private Clouds for customers much more straightforward, especially when enterprises need more dedicated solutions and applications integration than Microsoft’s Public Clouds for PPM and Dynamics CRM are delivering.
In an effort to gauge just how important the cloud is to Microsoft and its partner community, I reviewed a couple of keynotes and compared the frequency of some of the terms used. I’ll admit that it’s an unscientific survey, but I think it’s very telling nonetheless. Between Steve Ballmer’s (CEO), and Tami Reller’s (CMO) keynote presentations on July 8th, there were no fewer than 58 mentions of the “cloud” – 36 by Ballmer alone! Here’s a little chart that highlights some of the most used concepts and product terms used in their presentations.
Tami Reller Keynote: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Speeches/2013/07-08WPCReller.aspx
Steve Ballmer Keynote: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Speeches/2013/07-08WPCBallmer.aspx