How to partner with Microsoft research

IAMCP Spain lead Michiel van Vliet prepared a great research about best practices in collaboration with Microsoft based on 20000 interviews and questionnaires, including 5000 Microsoft employees.

A brief of a research by Michiel van Vliet: https://payhip.com/b/3E0j
The full version is available at: https://payhip.com/b/n2zi

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Winners in the 2018 IAMCP Member Awards Program – Announced at MS Inspire

The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners is proud to honor the top partners in the IAMCP global community for achieving partner-to-partner (P2P) excellence with solutions that drive customer value.

Full text at the official page

The 2018 Winners

Congratulations to all the winners.

Worldwide Winner:

Wintellect

EMEA:

Gold: Mint Management Technologies

Silver: PE Dintsis

Bronze: Technology Associates

USA:

Gold: Wintellect

Silver: CEM Business Solutions

Bronze: ActionPoint

Canada:

Gold: Point Alliance Inc.

Silver: ITCloud.ca

Bronze (TIE): Dapasoft

Bronze (TIE): Optimus Information

LATAM:

Gold: Corporativo IT

APAC:

Gold: TechGyan

Silver: Metisc

Bronze (TIE): Unissoft Technology Co. Ltd.

Bronze (TIE): RackNap

How successfully transform with Microsoft

A book by Michiel van Vliet (IAMCP Spain President) united and analysed about 20000 opinions (including 5000 by Microsoft employees).

You can download the book in epub, mobi (Kindle) or pdf format from www.refreshroadahead.com.

Michiel says:

The idea to write this book originated during Microsoft´s Inspire event in July 2017, formerly called the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Microsoft just announced a new organizational structure and I decided to write an article on LinkedIn analyzing the reorganization and what it would mean for partners.

In less than two weeks’ time, I had over 20.000 views and more than 5.000 of those came directly from Microsoft employees. There had been many rumors and there was much secrecy around the reorganization. Other partners at the conference suggested that I write a book to help them, so during my holidays in August 2017 instead of reading books, as I normally do, I started writing one.

The latest book you can find on engaging with Microsoft dates to 2009.[1] Originally the subtitle of this book was a ´practical´ guide to successful business partnering with Microsoft but I soon figured out that what was needed for this book to be useful was to create something that would not be completely out of date in one fiscal year. Therefore, I have tried to stay away from short term and very timebound tips and tricks as much as possible and have tried to take the long view.

Additionally, I wanted to write a book for partners without it being a marketing outlet for Microsoft. I hope that because I am personally living and driving the transformation at the company I work at as a CEO this might give some additional credibility compared to what you can get from other sources.

Microsoft wants you to transform as a partner and they explain the why and sometimes the what, however they come short on the how as very few field people in Microsoft have lived through what it takes to transform as a company. Transformation is hard, painful, and costly. You will see several examples in this book. Some partners had to reduce their staff by over 50 percent to transform, others built completely new businesses.

This book will help you understand how to build or transform your business together with Microsoft. This book is intended to be helpful both to companies that want to start to work with Microsoft and existing partners that want to improve the outcomes of their business working with Microsoft. For existing partners, it is important that I dive into how things were before just to put some of the changes into perspective. I hope that for the new partners this doesn´t become too complex or boring.

One specific call out I would like to make is that this is not just a book for alliance or channel managers.  If you want to be successful in a partnership, you cannot abdicate the strategy and the management of that partnership to the alliance person. It needs to be a top down and bottom up approach. This book is for CEO´s, CMO´s, Practice managers, CTO´s and partner roles. Everybody in your organization that has something to do with Microsoft can benefit from reading this book.

One of the feedbacks I expect is that there is too much detail in this book. Why can´t Microsoft just assign me a single point of contact that can help me with my engagement? Interestingly enough Microsoft has just done away with that end-to-end single point of contact in their fiscal year 18 and our view is that that will not change in FY19.

If you want to be successful with Microsoft, you must understand in detail the Microsoft strategy, organization, culture, roles, incentives, and scorecards. You must understand the Microsoft way of doing things.

I hope you enjoy the book and feel free to connect on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/-mvv-/ or on Twitter @michielvvliet.

The aim is to make updates to the book anytime Microsoft is making major changes in strategy, business models, Go to Market models or organizational structures which will normally happen early July when Microsoft starts its new fiscal year.

Happy reading!

 

IAMCP Announces Finalists in the 2018 Global Partner-to-Partner Awards Program. Official Press release

International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners Congratulates All Finalists in the 2018 IAMCP Member Awards Program. Winners and Runners-Up to be announced at Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 17th at 4 PM.

REDMOND, Wash. – June 28, 2018 – The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners is delighted to recognize the top partners in the IAMCP global community for achieving excellence in partner-to-partner (P2P) solutions that drive customer value.

“Partners continue to drive innovation by taking advantage of the new opportunities that digital transformation and cloud technologies enable,” said award committee chairperson and former IAMCP President, Gail Mercer-MacKay. “Microsoft continues to build the best platforms for partners to invent new solutions that enable enterprises to thrive. Our IAMCP partner ecosystem encourages brilliant minds to work together where all of us can achieve more than what any of us could achieve individually.”

Partners submitted applications that identify the innovation, methods and new solutions they are co-creating to help customers compete. Solutions submitted include cloud computing, marketing innovation, collaboration and messaging, data analytics and business intelligence offerings. Regions represented include APAC, LATAM, EMEA, US and Canada. Through partnering, IAMCP members are shaping how businesses go to market around the world.

Finalists include ActionPoint, FMT Consultants, T4S Partners, AssureSign, New Horizons Learning Group, C3 Integrated Solutions, Bond Consulting Services, CEM Business Solutions, Dynamic Consultants Group, General Networks, ITK Solutions Group, Nerdio, Wintellect, Profisee, Queue Associates, Inc., Spektra Systems LLC, Metisc, VeriPark, Corporativo IT, Point Alliance Inc., DSCi, Full Contact Selling, Dapasoft, IT Cloud Solutions, Optimus Information, SherWeb, RackNap, TechGyan, Unissoft Technology Co Ltd., Mint Management Technologies, Exclaimer, Insight Technology Solutions AB, Acando AB, AccTech Systems, PE Dintsis, Connecting Software KG, PE Bredikhin, CAD R&D Progress, The Cloud Factory, Technology Associates, DAQUAS, Mercato Solutions Ltd., Kabel, Appxite, 1ClickFactory, Trustmarque, Hilal Computers Bahrain and Netsol Technologies.

The finalists have been recognized with logos to acknowledge their accomplishment. Regional and global winners will be announced in a special ceremony at Microsoft Inspire 2018 in Las Vegas. Due to the high number of entries, there will be gold, silver and bronze winners this year.

 

About IAMCP

The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) is the leading independent global organization for business networking in the Microsoft partner eco-system with 100+ chapters in over 40 countries around the world. IAMCP members represent the trusted, independent voice of the Microsoft partner community.

Microsoft Partners that are part of the IAMCP community typically enjoy significantly higher revenues and higher margins than their counterparts outside of the community. Members benefit from P2P relationships with other trusted members to generate these higher margins and deliver exceptional solutions and services to their customers. The IAMCP Member Awards Program Launched in 2015, the IAMCP Awards Program is designed to encourage and recognize Association members for the outstanding, innovative and creative products and services they deliver through trusted P2P and channel relationships. Winners and finalists benefit from increased recognition through press and social media. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony to be held during Microsoft Inspire 2018, which this year is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Be Recognized at Microsoft Inspire – Win a 2018 IAMCP P2P Award

Dear IAMCP colleagues,

Do you have an innovative partnership (P2P) and customer story?

Get recognized at Inspire 2018 by your peers and by Microsoft.

It’s never been easier to share your success. We’ve made the entry SUPER SIMPLE.

Click here to tell your story now. Deadline is May, 29th.

Together, IAMCP partners are accomplishing amazing things! Tell us about the value you’ve delivered, how your customers have benefited, and how your company has grown because of partnering.

We want to celebrate YOU in Las Vegas!

Enter now.

Gail Mercer-MacKay
IAMCP Awards Chair