For those of you who joined us for Tuesday’s Microsoft Partner Network for Small to Midsize Business (SMB) Partners webcasts where we shared the roadmap for Partners serving the Small Business segment in MPN, you probably noticed that our strategy since my “Can you believe it? The end of SBSC and a shift away from the SMB market” post here on the blog has been refined. Now that the webcasts are completed, I am putting up this post to bring you the information you have been asking for to ensure everyone is clear on where we are, how we got here, and where we are going.
As you know, we constantly look for input and feedback from our customers and Partners on many items, including this one, and have been for some time. In fact, many of you received personal outreaches from me directly since the “Can you believe it? The end of SBSC and a shift away from the SMB market” post looking for even more direct input from you. In my earlier post I mentioned, “We’ve worked diligently to ensure that we have solid opportunities for our SMB focused Partners to partner with Microsoft, no matter their size.” This guiding principle, combined with our continued focus on customer and Partner feedback led to these further refinements.
Here is what we have heard and what we know:
Decisions we have made based off the information above:
As I stated in my April 20th post, “The Microsoft SBSC designation is absolutely living on and Microsoft’s commitment to the SMB Market, and the Partners around the world that serve this market, is as strong as ever, if not stronger!” This remains unchanged and hopefully you can see that our refinements above are being made to embrace this principle even more.
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER, LinkedIn, and RSS and see “What I’m thinking” Global Partner Experience Lead Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights