MSDW Podcast: Scott May & Rod Donovan on the evolution of Power Platform opportunities for Microsoft partners

September 8 2021

This episode is sponsored by Stratos Cloud Alliance, Velosio’s Microsoft partner program. Visit www.dynamics365partner.com to learn more about their partner offerings.

Microsoft has been moving the Power Platform forward steadily over the last few years, both by expanding the platform and by deepening the tools and capabilities in each of the services. At the same time, the messaging from Microsoft about the suite has evolved, with encouragement for citizen developers and promises that professional developers and partners have a place in this ecosystem. Those dynamics of customer self-service and partner guidance may seem at odds, but the reality is that, like the rest of the Microsoft business applications stack, expertise comes from investments in skills development and from the time and experience gained from real world projects. While users may be able to get started themselves with Power Platform by building small scale apps or flows, the reality, say my guests Scott May and Rod Donovan of Stratos Cloud, is that partners are already becoming the trusted resource for most customers in more advanced scenarios. And, they believe, that opportunity will only grow, making Power Platform one of the best opportunities for new client engagements going forward.

 Show Notes:

  • 2:00 - What's the reality of the Power Platform's value today?
  • 4:30 - Rod's experience helping Microsoft customers and partners to ramp up on Power Platform expertise and usage
  • 8:00 - Ways Stratos Cloud is getting partners interested in Power Platform opportunities like App in a Day or Dashboard in a Day
  • 11:30 - Observing Microsoft partner reactions to Power Platform around the world
  • 15:30 - Different models partners can use to engage with customers on the latest technology
  • 20:00 - The difference between being a Power Platform dev shop vs a well-rounded business apps service provider
  • 22: 00 - Microsoft's role in supporting Power Platform projects and deployments
  • 28:00 - Business apps growth in Microsoft earnings, and how Power Platform elements is becoming more closely tied to Dynamics 365 products
  • 32:00 - The most exciting new opportunities with Power Platform around licensing updates, RPA, and more
  • 33:30 - What partners can do next to ramp up engage with clients

About: Stratos Cloud Alliance is the Microsoft CSP Indirect Provider that provides all the sales support, enablement, and services a partner needs to build a profitable cloud solutions business with Microsoft Dynamics 365. With over 33 years’ experience implementing Dynamics business management solutions, Stratos Cloud offers partners a comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft Cloud Business and Productivity Solutions, ISV Products and Tools, Customer Services, and flexible Partner Programs supporting transformation at the pace and investment level that is right for you.

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