Microsoft Announces Cloud Solutions Provider Programme To Help Smaller Companies Move To The Cloud

By Regina Whenu

At the recently concluded Worldwide Partner Conference , Microsoft announced expansion in the services that our Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) partners offer to small-and-medium business customers.

This gives customers access to a range of cloud-based tools bundled into one simple bill from a single vendor, who becomes their hands-on partner in cloud computing. The new offerings now include Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, in addition to Office 365, Windows Intune andEnterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) .

According to a Deloittesurvey , small to medium businesses who use cloud technology experienced a 26 percent faster growth rate and 21 percent higher profit than companies that don’t utilise the cloud. And two-thirds of all SMBs surveyed believe that the cloud allows them to beat their competitors.

But despite knowing the advantages, many SMBs have not yet moved to the cloud.

“In the age of cloud and mobile, many small to medium businesses find themselves in a catch-22 situation. They know they have to leverage these technologies, but with so many options, how do they know which exact solutions are best for their business?” says Oluwamuyemi Orimolade.

Many SMBs know they’ll benefit from moving to the cloud – the ‘why’ is clear. To answer the ‘how’, finding the right partner is important.

“Cloud solution partners are vital in helping SMEs choose the right tools for specific business goals. First, SMEs need to define what their exact goals are – too often they jump into the cloud without a clear understanding of what it is they want cloud computing to help them achieve.” Orimolade added.

With a partner managing these tools, business owners can focus on tasks that really matter, like acquiring new customers and increasing profit margins.

Local partners understand local needs
Microsoft’s partners are experts at helping SMBs understand how to make sense of the best solutions for their business, as they have a solid understanding of the local environment.

Get clear guidance on how to support mobile workers

Supporting mobile workers is also a fast-growing priority for SMB’s in the Middle East and Africa region. According to the IDC , SMBs that experience revenue growth are 54% more likely than average to have made supporting mobile workers a priority.

Mobile devices and mobile management services untether people from their desks, freeing them to work on the go — whether that’s en-route to a customer meeting, during a daily commute or even just from the balcony or a different room in the office.

SMBs may understand the concept, but need help with the practical steps to support this new way of working.

Being a small business is no longer a disadvantage. Middle Eastern and African SMB’s of all shapes and sizes have access to leading technology and best practices.