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ERP Consulting, LLC Joins Stratos Cloud Alliance

ERP Consulting, LLC, a 25-year ERP software professional services firm, joined Stratos Cloud Alliance, an Indirect Microsoft Cloud Service Provider specializing in Dynamics 365, to better deliver a suite of cloud based Microsoft products, announced SCA today.

As an SCA Cloud Partner, ERP Consulting, LLC now offers a robust Microsoft Cloud Solution Marketplace supported by SCA to help Microsoft customers procure and implement cloud solutions.

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“We are excited to partner with Stratos to offer cloud ERP to our customers,” said Michael Taranto, President of ERP Consulting.

ERP Consulting, LLC, serves Ohio and the Service Management and Job Cost industry, focusing on service and implementation.

Custom Software & Support Joins SCA to Deliver D365

Custom Software & Support, a Cleveland based technology reseller, joined Stratos Cloud Alliance to start offering Dynamics 365, Office 365 and other cloud solutions through a comprehensive Microsoft Cloud Solution Marketplace supported by SCA.

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“Our new cloud marketplace offers a great opportunity to our customers with a robust catalogue of solutions to help them tailor their Microsoft Cloud suite and embrace digital transformation,” said Len Snelly, President of Custom Software and Support. “Through our partnership with SCA, we are excited to deliver the best in cloud services for Dynamics 365 and other solutions to new and existing customers.”

Custom Software and Support, serves the Northeast Ohio and Columbus areas providing ERP solutions and customization to the SMB market.

Kopis Now a Member of Stratos Cloud Alliance

Kopis, a South Carolina leader of Enterprise Software and Cloud services, joined Stratos Cloud Alliance, an Indirect Microsoft Cloud Service Provider specializing in Dynamics 365, to better deliver a suite of cloud based Microsoft products. As an SCA, member Kopis now offers a robust Microsoft Cloud Solution Marketplace.

Learn more about selling Dynamics 365 and other cloud solutions when you join Startos Cloud Alliance »

“Our partnership in the Stratus Cloud Alliance is simply the next step toward being a full-service provider for our clients,” said Andy Kurtz, Founder and CEO of Kopis. “We are constantly looking for ways to be able to solve more problems for our clients, to provide them more information about their business and to offer more solutions as a whole. Being a part of the Stratus Cloud Alliance helps us do just that.”

Kopis serves the southeast United States, focusing on Microsoft Dynamics ERP, Business Systems, Business Intelligence and Cloud Services.

About Kopis
Founded in 1999, Kopis began as a technology consulting and custom software development company. Today, Kopis is one of South Carolina’s leading enterprise software and cloud services companies and an anchor in the technology community. With locations in Greenville and Charleston, S.C., Kopis provides services for a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to successful start-ups. Kopis services include: software development, Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, business intelligence, mobile app development and SQL managed services.

4 Technology Trends for SMBs

By 2020 the conversation around cloud will no longer be ‘public’ vs. ‘private’ because it will just be how business is done and how IT is provisioned, according to a recent whitepaper from Microsoft: Four technology trends helping SMBs thrive in a digital world.

One of the key trends to keep in mind in 2018 is that cloud computing is no longer just a buzz word. It is becoming the foundation on which businesses are built and grown. As adoption continues to accelerate, ERP customers expect affordable, go-anywhere systems that will grow alongside their businesses.

Microsoft is meeting this demand with Dynamics 365, Office 365 and other cloud based solutions. Of course Microsoft relies on its Partner community to deliver industry specific knowledge and functional expertise to the end users’ implementation.

The Indirect Cloud Service Provider program allows Dynamics Partners to continue to focus on IP and expertise by delivering turnkey D365 practices to resellers. Learn more about getting started as a D365 CSP reseller.

“71% of strategic buyers cite scalability, cost and business agility as the most important drivers for using cloud services,” according to Gigaom Research data found in the whitepaper.

While a stalwart on-premise ERP customer base will continue be present, traditional providers are in a better position than ever to translate their expertise in the cloud to open new lines of revenue a help grow recurring revenue for the business, without a complete re-organization of business.

A key takeaway here is that 2018 will likely be the year that Dynamics channel stops looking at cloud as disruptive technology and start considering the new standard. This represents an opportunity worth $72 billion according to presentation at eXtreme365 this year.

7 Emerging Finance Trends

Technology was identified by business executives as the most important external force shaping businesses, according to a recent whitepaper published by Microsoft. Seventy-five percent of CFOs reported spending 50% or more of their time on strategic aspects of their business according to the whitepaper.

Get more great stats like this when you download the whitepaper on 7 Emerging  Finance Trends…

As we see the technology space change extremely rapidly, we also see dramatic change in the role of corporate financial leaders, many of whom are Dynamics end users.

“The responsibilities of finance leaders have evolved to encompass everything from business strategy to operations to IT risk management. The role of finance now permeates all areas of business as its influence continues to grow,” said Microsoft in the paper.

In the paper you will be able to explore seven emerging trends in finance that will help empower finance professionals to drive performance, better assess and manage risk, and drive corporate strategy and growth for their business. There are a lot of great stats in this whitepaper for general industry knowledge and it will help you conceptualize how Dynamics helps financial pros solve problems and meet new and emerging challenges head on.

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Resource 365: What to Know About Resource 365

resource 365 tiltWith Microsoft’s Indirect Cloud Service Provider program, getting started with Dynamics 365 is easier than ever for Partners and enables traditional ERP resellers to easily generate recurring revenue in the cloud with almost no upfront investment. However, one thing you will need to invest is a bit of time. We have released Resource 365 to help you minimize your time investment for kick starting your D365 practice.
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Resource 365 is a concise library of resources and instructions to help partners quickly consume the necessary knowledge and take the proper steps to start generating new revenue in the cloud with D365 and Office 365.

Becoming a Microsoft Cloud Service provider through the Indirect CSP program means all the heavy lifting is done for you by Indirect CSPs like Stratos Cloud Alliance.

As a CSP with Stratos Cloud Alliance you will also be able to sell a suite of other apps and products, including Azure with a cloud marketplace customized for your website.

Enrolling as a CSP is FREE. To learn more about enrolling as a CSP see the first steps at Resource 365.

The SCA Onboarding process brings multiple moving parts together in a systematic experience to help partners quickly launch a Microsoft Cloud Solution Marketplace.  As a strategic go-to-market partner, SCA helps partners launch a D365 practice within 30 Days.

Come back soon as we will be posting updates about the content found at Resource 365.

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Microsoft’s CSP Program: The Why What and How for Dynamics Partners

Want to know more about becoming a “Modern Partner”? Watch this Stratos Cloud Alliance webcast to learn why you need to move to a CSP model sooner rather than later. Get an overview of the CSP program, including options for Dynamics partners. See how you can smoothly transition to a CSP model with the Stratos Cloud Alliance.
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“Microsoft has made it crystal clear that the CSP program is the acquisition vehicle of choice for partners. What’s not clear to Dynamics partners are the details around the program, options for participating, and a roadmap for how to make the transition to what Microsoft is calling ‘the modern partner.'” — MSDynamicsWOrld

In this presentation the SCA team highlights our “SD2T” Program, designed to create seamless entry paths into the cloud market with a turnkey Dynamics 365 practice for Dynamics Partners. With SCA, partners get a branded e-commerce marketplace and full service capabilities with sales enablement resources to get your practice up and running in just 30 days.

D365 Apps – Intelligent business applications

You can generate new revenue streams with D365 Apps when you start selling Dynamics 365. Did you know you can easily implement a Microsft Dynamics 365 marketplace on your website when you partner with SCA, Microsft’s only indirect cloud service provider working exclusively with Dynamics 365? Learn more about the SCA Partner Marketplace for D365 apps »

This video shows how D365 Apps bring CRM and ERP capabilities into intelligent applications that work seamlessly together across marketing, sales, operations, customer service and field service. Learn about integration of Office 365, as well business applications for HoloLens and IoT devices with Dynamics 365.

 

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Dynamics Learning Portal for Dynamics 365

dynamics learning portalDo your people know the ins-and-outs of Dynamics 365? Well regardless of your knowledge level, you and your team can bone up on D365 really easily with the great resources Microsoft offers through the Dynamics Learning Portal.

With the Dynamics Learning Portal you can build your own learning plan for a step-by-step experience with video tutorials, click-throughs and more. Learn the product at your own pace and start selling Dynamics 365 with expertise.

Log in to the portal with your Microsoft ID at the following URL… https://mbspartner.microsoft.com/

While you’re learning the product, you can start selling Dynamics 365 through Microsoft’s Indirect Cloud Service Provider program. As Microsoft’s exclusive D365 Cloud Service Provider, Stratos Cloud Alliance enables Dynamics Partners to kick start their D365 practices with cloud infrastructure, marketing and sales enablement tools including a D365 eCommerce Marketplace customized to your website.

What’s in the Dynamics Learning Portal?

The Dynamics Learning Portal is full of great Partner training resources for D365 and more:

  • Custom Learning Plans – Build plans based on role and capabiltiy
  • Exam Preparation – access multiple courses and instructor-led training to help you pass certification exams.
  • Collaborate – Connect through online workshops and learning events near you
  • Lab Environment Access – Learn through hands-on labs
  • Course Transcripts – keep a record of your education with printable transcripts of your coursework

UG Summit and Role Based Intelligence

Digital transformation of the business technology channel is accelerating and financial leaders and operations officers are asking for more business intelligence features in their enterprise resource planning solutions than ever. A session at UG Summit Conference in Nashville offered a presentation slide that does a good job of illustrating what this change looks like from the perspective of financial and operations leadership roles. Stratos Cloud Alliance’s Jeffrey DeMaria was there to snap the photo below. You can see some of the upcoming 2018 A.I. features for Dynamics 365 in this Dynamics 365 A.I. blog post »

In essence the digital transformation enables proactive applications to help officers and managers do their jobs better. For example: In addition to traditional financial management through budgeting and spending constraints, intelligent financial systems forecast revenue and allocate resources for growth. Where apps were only expected to report on profit and performance, they are now expected to drive shareholder value through growth and cash flow.

Here is a breakdown of the above slide and key considerations by role for financials and operations apps:

CFO

  • Close my books faster
  • Optimize my assets and create new revenue
  • Maximize our compliance growth and profitability

COO/VP Mfg

  • Deliver ontime, in full and on target
  • Optimizize supply chain
  • Anticipate and avoid maintenance related disruption

VP Retail

  • Create personalized shopping experiences
  • Engage customers seamlessly across every channel
  • Have the right merchandise at the right place and the right time

Chief People Office

  • Find and attract top talent
  • Engage people and teams to deliver best results
  • Develop effective leadership succession

Learn about how to Move to Modern and kick start your Dynamics 365 practice in 30 days or less »

 

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