Microsoft Channel Chief: We Have 16,000 Cloud Partners
The channel media spent most of last week chasing new Microsoft Channel Chief Jon Roskill during Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 (WPC10). Roskill and Microsoft’s executive team say more than 16,000 partners now back BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite), Microsoft’s cloud platform for Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. But where does Roskill want partners to head next? He shared some perspectives at a press conference, which The VAR Guy captured in this FastChat video…
… As The VAR Guy has stated, Roskill is busy listening to partners, seeking feedback about Microsoft’s various cloud efforts. Roskill and his team say BPOS now has 16,000 registered partners. But only about 8,000 of those partners have sold BPOS to two or more customers, according to Gretchen O’Hara, senior director of Microsoft’s channel cloud strategy.
The VAR Guy wonders: How many BPOS partners have pushed beyond 1,000 seats of recurring revenue opportunities? Hmmm… Our resident blogger still seeks the answer to that question.
In the meantime, this FastChat Video offers a look at Roskill speaking to the media during WPC10. He covers new efforts such as Azure Appliance (for private clouds) and various tools to get VARs started in the cloud. Here’s what Roskill had to say:
What’s next from Microsoft? The VAR Guy will be listening for more Microsoft Cloud chatter at HostingCon in Austin, Texas this week.