Microsoft Inspire 2019: Live Blog Days 1-4

Microsoft Inspire 2019, the technology company’s annual worldwide partner conference, wraps up today in Las Vegas.

The conference arrived at a key time for Microsoft and its partner ecosystem. The cloud services and software provider caused a firestorm last week with proposed partner program changes that would have ended certain partner perks. But Channel Chief Gavriella Schuster ultimately backtracked in a bid to quell partner concerns ahead of the conference.

Microsoft has been working overtime at Inspire 2019 to stay on message and assure partners that the company’s Azure cloud services, Office 365, Microsoft 365 and cybersecurity efforts remained aligned with partners.

Stay tuned to this live blog tracking day-by-day, hour-by-hour updates from the conference in Las Vegas.

Here are the updates from Day 1, Day, Day 3 and Day 4:

1. Microsoft Co-Sell Momentum: The program has generated $9.5 billion in annual contracted partner revenue since launching roughly two years ago.

2. Cybersecurity Training: The Microsoft Security competency is now generally available.

3. Azure Cloud Migrations: Microsoft is promoting competencies and tools to drive customer workloads to Azure. The effort includes:

  • Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure;
  • Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure;
  • Data Warehouse Migration to Microsoft Azure;
  • Modernization of Web Applications in Microsoft Azure; and
  • Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure.

4. Partner Marketplace Tools: More pricing models will surface in Microsoft’s marketplace starting in July 2019. Key efforts include:

  • monthly and annual SaaS billing;
  • custom-metered billing options; standard contracts; and
  • free SaaS trials that convert to paid engagements.

5. Azure Cloud Management: A new tool called Azure Lighthouse gives partners a “single control plane to view and manage Azure at scale across all their customers.” It sounds like a solid step forward. But let’s be honest. The Azure cloud service launched nearly 11 years ago — way back in October 2008. Lighthouse should have launched far sooner.

6. Azure Migration Program. The new Azure Migration Program (AMP) offers proactive advice and tools to help partners move customer workloads to the cloud.

7. Dynamics 365 ISV and Vertical Market Milestones. The business application and automation platform now features a so-called Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator and two new integrations for Dynamics 365 that address the automotive and financial services industries. In addition, the Business Applications ISV Connect program is generally available.

8. Microsoft Teams: New integrations include support for contact centers, compliance recording and cloud solution providers.

9. Access Control: Nucleus Cyber‘s NC Protect solution now utilizes MIP labels to “enhance conditional access and data security controls in Microsoft platforms to guard against insider threats, sensitive data misuse, unauthorized sharing and exfiltration,” the company asserts.

10. Office 365 and Email Security: Vade Secure, the email security company backed by Datto founder Austin McChord, has announced availability of Auto-Remediate for Vade Secure for Office 365. The new feature extends Vade Secure’s AI-based threat detection and mitigation capabilities, providing MSPs and small businesses with comprehensive, continuous, and automated protection before, during, and after the attack, the company claims.

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    Dave Seibert:

    Joe. Great coverage of Microsoft Inspire. Allow me to contribute (2) solutions on the Hub show floor that are driving innovation; Microsoft Autopilot and Microsoft WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop). Autopilot leverages InTune and WVD runs on Azure. Autopilot allows both SMB/enterprise to quickly deploy or re-provision endpoints. WVD is not your father’s Remote Desktop. It is more advanced and allows multiple sessions per instance. Both are game changers.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hey Dave: Thanks for pointing out the WVD developments. Certainly big news. Gotta admit: I’ve been a desktop as a service/virtual desktop skeptic… waiting and waiting for Microsoft to develop the killer solution since they now have their own public cloud and still control Windows itself. We’ll be watching to see if WVD becomes a hit with partners.


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