What a week! More than 17,000 attendees packed a convention center in Washington D.C. to hear Microsoft’s latest direction and connect with partners and ISVs from around the globe. Microsoft wasted no time getting down to business and delivered a week full of new initiatives and reinforced strategic direction for partners to execute. I walked away convinced Microsoft has the right vision to help customers – and Quest is positioned perfectly to deliver on that promise. We’ll look at three inspiring reasons why this is true, but first, let’s dive a little deeper into what Microsoft discussed.
No doubt Microsoft has transformed itself into a cloud business that supports customers on their journey to the anywhere, everywhere organization and employee. While that’s not news, what is new is how Microsoft views the differences among different size companies in different industries.
Empowering employees to better engage customers means understanding their businesses and pain points. Helping customers optimize operations and offer transformative products demands domain expertise. That’s why Microsoft is organizing around six priority industries – retail, financial services, government, manufacturing, healthcare and education.
This shift resonated with attendees, as Microsoft pointed out this approach applies across the business, from product teams to sales teams. From a selfish perspective, I couldn’t be happier, as we have more than a decade of experience in solving problems for customers in these specific industries. This reinforces Quest’s position as a prime ISV to capitalize on these initiatives and help customers everywhere.
When you add those reasons to our long pedigree of serving customers in the industries Microsoft is focusing on – you’ll see we are a dependable partner. We’re looking forward to working with more partners and supporting them as they help customers make their way to the cloud.