Microsoft supports partners in taking small businesses to the Cloud

Launch of small business competency within the MPN to drive Cloud implementation

Microsoft Corporation will be offering Cloud services support and training for its partner ecosystem.

It accompanies the recent announcement regarding the implementation of its Small Business competency within the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN).

With small businesses as the segment focus, the new competency aims to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Cloud services.

According to IDC, Cloud Services will create nearly 14 million new jobs globally and 125,000 within Australia, and generate a yearly revenue of $1.1 trillion by 2015.

“Microsoft is investing enormous amounts in the Cloud, and we have made it clear that products will be built Cloud-ready,” Microsoft Australia SMB and partner group director, Evan Williams, said.

“As a result, we are going to have our partner ecosystem trained, and invest behind them so they can work with small businesses to take advantage of Cloud technology.”

Williams attributed the move to the opportunities presented by Cloud computing, as outlined by IDC research.

“The promise is that Cloud will free up IT resources and therefore make space for innovation to drive business revenue,” he said.

He said the benefit of the competency for partners, who can attain it via the training programs, will come in the form of revenue streams as they shift from IT to business decision making.

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