Posts

Workestrate Now a Stratos Cloud Alliance Partner

Workestrate, A Kansas City based CRM Partner, joined Stratos Cloud Alliance to provide customers a suite of cloud based Microsoft products through its robust Microsoft Cloud Solution Marketplace delivered by SCA to help Microsoft customers procure and implement cloud solutions.

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

“By partnering with the SCA, Workestrate can leverage SCA CRM leadership, history, and provide local expertise in Kansas with the resources of a nationally recognized CRM partner.”

Workestrate, serves Kansas City area firms that are growing and need to digitally transform their businesses with customers in the Cable and Telecommunications, Franchising, Insurance, and Manufacturing industries.
Read the Full release

 

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.

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

“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.

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

“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.

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.

Learn about free steps to become a Cloud Service Provider and start building your Dynamics 365 practice »

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.
Check out Resource 365 »

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.

$72 Billion in Opportunity – eXtreme365 Con

Dynamics 365 and its complimentary apps represent a $72 billion opportunity, according to Microsoft. The eXtreme365 Conference is wrapping up in Long Beach, Calif., where Microsoft has shed a lot of insight into the future of Dynamics 365, particularly for Dynamics Partners. Jeffrey DeMaria from the SCA team snapped a photo of this slide which brakes down the Dynamics 365 opportunity by user role…

extreme365 dynamics 365 opportunity

$72 Billion Dollars in Opportunity for Dynamics Partners broken down by user role, according to Microsoft. Learn more about partner tiers for starting a D365 practice…

In one session, Microsoft  Dynamics 365 CTO Mike Ehrenberg urged partners to start positioning their practices to offer a full suite of applications and not just Dynamics ERP or CRM. “We want [business solutions] to work together, but we want to make it easy to buy and implement just what you want and bring a [solution together] that aligns with the business areas,” he was reported saying by MSDynamicsWorld.

Of course many Dynamics CRM and ERP resellers remain reluctant to invest any resources or time into a D365 practice.

To dramatically reduce risk and eliminate costs for VARs, Microsoft has partnered with the Stratos Cloud Alliance to enable partners to get started selling D365 and add-on apps. With zero upfront membership costs, sales enablement, eLearning resources and a customizable cloud app marketplace, SCA offers turnkey solutions for starting a Dynamics 365 practice. Here is a picture of me presenting the why, what and how of the D365 Cloud Service Provider program for partners. You can access a similar presentation I did with MSDW, See D365 Partner WebCast »

extreme 365

In addition to great learning experiences at eXtreme365, it was great to be in sunny Southern California just before the holidays. Once again, Stratos Cloud Alliance was joined by a “Princess Leia” impersonator and a programmable R2D2 replica. The conversation around Dynamics365 is getting more exciting with each event we go to. We spoke to many partners and customers who are curious and eager about the opportunity. If you missed it, here’s a video recording of Joe Corigliano and Ron Huddleston Keynotes from eXtreme365…

The digital transformation of the Dynamics Channel is in full swing and change is creating a lot of excitement. At SCA, we’re looking forward upcoming events in the Dynamics channel as change seems to come at a faster pace every day.

Here are some more pics from eXtreme365 2017 in LBC.

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 »

 

See more slides from UG Summit

VIDEO: How SCA Helps You Start Your Dynamics 365 Practice