NEWSLETTER

May 2018

Latest SCA News:

We just released Stratos Management Portal 4.8, the latest version of our partner portal, with new features and enhancements like GDPR compliance.
 
 
This month we have been continuing our roadshow tour Making Money with Microsoft D365 Business Central, with stops in Dallas, Atlanta and our final stop coming up in Columbus on May 23. If you are in the Columbus area, we'd love to have you join us for this free event on available resources to help partners make money with D365.
 
 
We recently implemented a monthly web meeting to connect with all of our partners to keep you up to date with most current changes in the Microsoft Dynamics cloud space and to give you a chance to ask any questions. Next month our meeting will feature a guest speaker, Anthony Stein with Ascentium Capital, to discuss the Ascentium Lease Calculator solution and businesses technology financing options for your clients. Join us Thursday, June 7 to learn more.
SCA Roadshow 2018: Making Money With D365 Business Central
Join Scott May for a roundtable discussion near you to learn more about the D365 market, challenges partners face and an intro to programs for resellers and ISVs.
 
 
 
 
Partner Learning Events

Azure Migrations: Apps, Data, Infrastructure
May 17, 10:00 am Learn More
 
Getting Started with Azure: Demo
May 22, 9:00 am Learn More
 
Microsoft Build Azure Takeaways
May 23, 10:00 am Learn More
 
 
 
The Latest SCA Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program Brochure
Learn about your options to capture cloud revenue as a Stratos Cloud Alliance member.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Recent SCA Blog Posts:

Staying Relevant Through CSP

With the resources of an Indirect CSP Partner like Stratos Cloud Alliance, businesses who rely on Dynamics to generate revenue and want to take advantage of the Dynamics 365 and Azure opportunities are able to ramp up quickly, focus on their investment and digitally transform at a more controlled pace.
 

Dynamics Channel Changes: Adapting & Staying Profitable

The channel has seen major changes to Microsoft’s partnering model, creating hurdles for some partners, but changes like these have been necessary for Microsoft to keep pace with their competitors and meet new market demands. Programs are in place to help partners adapt.
 
 
 
Partner Win Story With SCA
Finding the Right Fit in CSP

A Dynamics NAV Partner in the Microsoft Cloud Service Provider program with about 40 clients recently concluded that their CSP partner was not a good fit for their organization and were looking for a new partner to provide cloud infrastructure, sales enablement and support. After chatting with our team they joined SCA and are moving their existing licenses over to deliver higher levels of service to their clients.
 

Dynamics 365 News From Around the Web

MICROSOFT ON THE MOVE ON DAY ONE BUILD 2018 WITH BIG EDGE IOT, AI, AND MIXED REALITY EXPANSION
(Forbes) CEO Satya Nadella led off the Day 1 keynote and didn't waste much time launching into the topic of civic responsibility for tech companies (citing the need for privacy and ethical AI). Read More »
 
UPDATING DYNAMICS 365 V8.1 ORGANIZATIONS TO THE LATEST VERSION
(Mircrosoft) Administrators of all Dynamics 365 (online) organizations running version 8.1 must schedule an update by May 18, 2018. The date for the update should be on or before July 31, 2018. Read More »
 
HOW TO DEVELOP WITH NAV AND DYNAMICS 365 BUSINESS CENTRAL EXTENSIONS USING REAL-TIME COLLABORATION
(MSDynamicsWorld) As part of its news push around Build 2018, Microsoft announced that Visual Studio Live Share is now in preview. The new features are intended to support developers. Read More »
 
THE FUTURE OF MICROSOFT: HOW WINDOWS IS CHANGING TO WORK WITH EVERYTHING
(TheVerge) I was at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond a week before the Build developer conference, and I wanted to know what was going on with Windows after a reorg split the team into different divisions. Was Microsoft really preparing itself for a world without Windows? Read More »
 
MICROSOFT EMBRACES ANDROID AND IOS, EXTENDS TIMELINE FEATURE
(ZDNet) At this week's Build developers conference, Microsoft shows off new features designed to connect its cloud-based services more tightly to mobile devices running iOS and Android. But will developers see an opportunity? Read More »

 
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Stratos Cloud Alliance is a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Indirect Cloud Service Provider, delivering turnkey Dynamics 365 marketplaces to Microsoft solution providers and managed service providers. SCA was created in 2017 by Velosio (formerly SBS Group), a leader in Microsoft business solutions for over 30 years, a pioneer of the Master VAR program, and an innovator in cloud services. Our team members are passionate in our commitment to Microsoft Corporation, the Microsoft Partner community, and our joint customers. We are committed to delivering the best in cloud services and support and providing all our stakeholders with a world-class customer experience.
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