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Microsoft FY21 Focus - A Partner’s Viewpoint

Tuesday, July 28, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pavan Jangid
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By Munesh JadounFounder and CEO of ZNetLive and RackNap

With the onset of COVID-19, businesses have undergone a transformational change in the way they transact. Working from home has become the norm, a business continuity plan is no longer optional and conserving cash has become imperative.

Organizations that have embraced digital technology have a better chance of surviving the pandemic, compared to the rest. All of these have played into Microsoft’s decision to focus on certain solution areas, announced at Microsoft Inspire 2020. The 4 main focus areas for Microsoft this year are:

  1. Remote working
  2. Business continuity solutions
  3. Secure environments
  4. Cloud migrations

Democratization of technology is key for the future. Anyone who has a business idea should have a capability to build business applications, which will help them to achieve their potential. Any common man should be able to build apps, without having to know coding skills. Microsoft is going to focus more on “low code, no code” solutions with more emphasis on PowerApps. This can help solve pressing challenges and problems for the customers.

Microsoft is also offering more avenues for partners to take their solutions to customers by way of a new Modern Commerce experience. Commercial marketplace from Microsoft is a step in the right direction to taking this vision forward.

There is a renewed push to focus on helping partners to build their own IP, offer managed services and co-sell that with Microsoft sellers.

The all-new digital Microsoft Inspire experience has been no less inspiring than a physical event. Considering the circumstances, I think Microsoft has done remarkably well in being able to communicate this vision and strategy to its partners and customers via this event. There is no better time to be in a technology space than now. Microsoft Inspire 2020 was a very memorable experience.

Microsoft’s focus for FY21 aligns with the areas in which partners really want support. They want to be able to help their customers to run their business seamlessly in times of crisis and Microsoft has listened.

With this, I conclude my digital experience at Microsoft Inspire 2020 and until next time – stay safe, and stay inspired.

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