Our own Grant Thompson, Chief Storytelling Officer on the Tour de Cloud roadshow and Solutions Architect at MG Technology Group, is at Microsoft Ignite this week. On Monday morning, Microsoft announced a new partnership with Adobe.

Azure is now the preferred cloud platform for Adobe cloud services and Adobe is now the preferred provider of cloud based creativity tools.

adobe azure announcement

The significance of this relates to Dynamics 365 (CRM). As Microsoft Azure grows and expands capabilities - including analytics, it is set to be one of the most powerful sales, marketing and business tools available. Adobe has the leading suite of creative tools.

This partnership will create a platform for data-driven sales and marketing capabilities.

"The two companies are collaborating on data integrations to ensure customers can easily work across Adobe Marketing Cloud and Dynamics 365 business applications, leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning and advance analytics. Customers will be able to use these integrations across Adobe and Microsoft solutions. The underlying data models will be extensible to enterprise customers, as well as third-party developers and partners, which will foster innovation and development across a shared ecosystem."

Once again I see the cloud bringing two tier enterprise solutions to the SMB affordably. Dynamics integrates with Office 365 and also has the ability to easily integrate with social media, email and other marketing channels.

IMPORTANT: If you are attending Ignite in Atlanta, Grant is hosting a community roundtable at 4pm Eastern on September 28th in room C206. Meet him outside. This is your chance to offer community feedback that will be communicated to Microsoft via the back channel - where stuff really gets done

 Be sure to attend the Tour de Cloud workshops being delivered across the USA this fall. Grant is the lead instructor. More details at www.tourdecloud.com - editor 

SQLSoft3, SMB Nation, and Microsoft, have turned October and November into SQLSoft3’s Microsoft Azure Extravaganza with FREE Azure Webinars, deals on Guaranteed-to-Run Azure classes, and Azure certification assistance with discounted Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers.

The biggest challenge that people have, besides pronouncing the word "Azure" correctly, is finding a way to get a leg up

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, September 29th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Anthony Graziano at SherWeb

Microsoft recently announced important changes to the Online Services Advisor (OSA) program. 

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Martin Merrell

Whether a system is virtual or physical shouldn’t matter to your backup and disaster recovery solution. But you need to protect your organization’s systems, applications, and data regardless of where they live.

By Pete Engler

With today’s emphasis on “modern” marketing, we’re told we need to understand who and where our prospective clients are so that we can help guide the decision-making process. Is it really possible to influence your customer’s buying decision? Who are your customers, and where do you find them? As a technology reseller, you’ve likely tried to answer all of these questions in an effort to increase sales. Here are some basic considerations for reaching and influencing your buyers.

Ben Austin, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Continuum Managed Services

Managed services providers (MSPs) are trusted advisors to their clients. By acting as virtual CIO (VCIO), safeguarding the health of IT environments and maximizing the ROI of their clients’ IT budgets, MSPs are responsible for increasing the business efficiency and profitability of the organizations they serve. This relationship is often started with the implied trust of a customer that their MSP will deliver as promised in the sales cycle.

New technology allows rapid boot of backup images directly on VMware ESXi hosts

            DRAPER, Utah, -- Aug. 30, 2016 -- Global backup and disaster recovery leader, StorageCraft® Technology Corp., announced the release of StorageCraft VirtualBoot™ for vSphere, a new technology that makes the recovery of data and systems exponentially faster and more efficient.

Downtime and ransomware are ever looming IT threats. And expensive ones too.

The cost the of server, application and network downtime costs enterprises $700 billion a year.

Advocacy Organization Will Promote Innovation & Competiveness

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today, GovEvolve, a new advocacy organization, announces it has given technology businesses a new platform to promote public policies that encourage innovation, competitiveness and government IT modernization.

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, August 25th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Tim Carlsen

No slide deck. No presentation. No agenda. Just the best damn webinar you’ll attend this year!

Back in the early Windows Small Business Server (SBS) days, Trend Micro made a significant commitment to developing solutions and branding around SBS. In no small part it contributed to the multi-fold growth Trend Micro has experienced over the past 15-years. I certainly appreciate its community commitment because year-in and year-out, community members could depend on Trend Micro to suit up and show up.

Now it feels like déjà vu. Trend Micro is going big in the Office 365 community this year. It starts with strategic direction at the top management level. Seeing the momentum of Office 365 growth at 70% year-over-year in Microsoft FY2016 it’s easy to see why Trend Micro is placing bets on this community.

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Here is what you can expect from Trend Micro’s Office 365 push moving forward.

  1. Community involvement. Trend Micro is again appearing more and more at numerous community events. These include our own Tour de Cloud events starting in mid-September.
  2. Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). A couple of years ago as Office 365 was building momentum, Trend Micro was the only major security ISV at the 2014 WPC and I wrote about it hereThe context was reintroducing Trend Micro to the community because with the demise of SBS and the early stages of Office 365 growth, there was a perception we’d lost touch with Trend Micro, even if briefly. 
  3. Long-term Commitment. When Intel acquired McAfee it essentially rebuffed community outreach efforts to engage in sincere and mindful ways with the working men and women of SMB Nation, focusing on the Big Boys and Distis. Fast forward the movie and McAfee is gone, a victim of Intel arrogance. That misstep underscores that Trend Micro is doing right by the SMB Nation tribe right here right now. 

Bottom line: Learn more about Advanced Threat Protection for Office 365 and File Sharing here

Thu, Aug 18, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Tim Carlsen

In late May, we delivered Part I of our MSP webinar series (which can be viewed here).

Register to join us for Part II with an intense focus on the sell-side of MSP mergers and acquisitions.