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Meet the Microsoft Partner-Influencer Team!

The Influencer Team, comprised of Executive-level players at Microsoft Partner organizations and nominated by Microsoft SMEs, have united with Microsoft to help enable you, our Partners, to succeed in your businesses. Whether that be supporting you in your transition to the cloud, helping you ensure customer success, relaying important Microsoft Partner announcements, supporting regional events and more – the Influencer team is here to help.

 

Throughout July, the influencers will be introducing themselves and their areas of expertise in this forum below. You can reach out to the Influencer Team here on the Microsoft Partner Community and connect with them through social channels to ask questions or to stay up-to-date on the latest Microsoft Partner information.

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Hi All!

 

My name is Zaun Bhana and I'm the Managing Director of Leap Consulting based in Perth, Western Australia. We're an IT strategy and managed services provider focused on helping mid-sized firms navigate digital disruption. See how many buzzwords I got in that one sentence? Smiley Happy

 

Just like you we're a Microsoft Partner (for nearly 14 years now). I was part of the SMB PAL programme before this and I have also served as a Facilitator and Advisory Council member for HTG Peer Groups.

 

I'm passionate about helping others grow and discover their potential. Mostly this is around having your business work for you and not the other way around. Sometimes it's as simple as helping people identify their next step or asking the right questions.

 

As a "non-tech" my background is sales, marketing and operations so my strength is sharing with you all the wonderful mistakes, errors and experience along with hopefully the odd nugget of success.

 

Looking forward to helping the community grow!

 

 

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Hi Everyone,

 

I'm Chris Dunning the CEO of TechQuarters, a CSP based in Vauxhall, near the centre of London. We focus all our efforts on moving SMB organisations to the Microsoft Cloud. We then we support them with our Managed Services Team and also provide a User Training Video Portal and App solution for Office 365 Adoption, called 365 Cloud Academy.

 

The 365 Cloud Academy is also a channel product with other Microsoft Partners around the Globe reselling it into their Office 365 client accounts.

 

We've recently been helping clients with their Digital Transformation journey and also advising on GDPR solutions, which is quite topical at the moment.

 

I have been involved with Microsoft Partner Advisory Councils in the UK and US, with a focus on Office 365 for a few years now. I love the way Technology is changing all the time, with so many great innovations. I'm looking forward to seeing where is goes now. I used to be a tech, then ops, then sales, so have a bit of a mixed bag of experience.

 

I've become more vocal on LinkedIn of late with TechQuartersTV videos created in our own studio, which has been so much fun! Feel free to connect and I'm also chrisdunning1 on twitter.

 

Best

 

Chris

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We are so excited to have you join Microsoft Partner Community as an expert in the areas you outlined in your post - Welcome!

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Welcome Chris! So excited to have your expertise in Digital Transformation & GDPR - both are very hot topics for our partner community. 

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Hi everyone! I'm Jenn Martin and I'm the Global VP of Sales for BitTitan where I've been for three years. BitTitan provides Managed Services Automation, transforming Technology Services Providers into Modern Managed Services Providers. We create let ITSP's focus on what they do best; a world where you can focus on what makes you successful. We’ve worked with over 50,000 IT service providers and Microsoft partners worldwide in the last 10 years, and we’ve helped to make their Office 365 and Azure businesses more successful. Basically, our whole business is helping you be a more successful Microsoft partner.

 

We have significant experience and content around how to optimize and automate your processes specifically around O365 and Azure. Ideas on best practices, how to launch a new service, leverage automation to drive profit, and build a managed service around O365 or Azure. 

 

Feel free to reach out if there is anything I can do to help! Looking forward to working with the community.

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Hi Everyone, my name is Reed Wilson and I am the CEO of PTG, out of the US. PTG is a regional managed services provider with a focus on customers in the 50-150 employee count.

We've grown primarily based on our digital marketing efforts and that is something that I am extremely passionate about (and always trying to learn how we can get better). I love hearing what other partners are doing with marketing and am always willing to share our marketing best practices, and most importantly, marketing efforts that were a total flop.

I've also learned all the wrong ways to grow and build a recurring revenue business, so if recurring revenue is something you are trying to build I'd be happy to share our lessons learned over the past 10 years. Smiley Happy

PTG has been recognized on the Inc 5000, the MSP Mentor 501, and one of 25 the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for the last four years. We are also active in HTG Peer Groups so I believe in the power of community.

I lol forward to connecting in this community!
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My name is Ravindra Kini (Kini).  I am the Founder DIrector at Affordable Business Solutions (ABS), Dynamics Partner in India since 2005.  Being one of the early partners offering Dynamics on the cloud, we have today built Industry Vertical Solutions addressing various Industries, including the NGO.  In fact, one of our Projects delivered at Akshaya Patra Foundation was presented at the WPC in the year 2014 at Washington DC.  I will be around this time too.  Looking forward to meeting with other partners to share our experience, collaborate and co-create value . 

Wilson,  I would be keen to meet with you and exchange notes to understand the various aspects in growing business in different geographies.....the digital marketing way. Smiley Happy

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Hi all,

My name is Per Werngren and I have been funding and running a number of IT companies - most of them have been Microsoft Partners. My last gig was to develop Idenet from a professional services company to a significant North European Hosting Provider that had a super strong partnership with Microsoft. I sold the company last Spring and now I'm focusing on helping other Microsoft Partners in Europe and USA to find their mojo as well as being an investor in companies with high growth potential.

My funniest and most emotional job was to lead the development of the IAMCP from four to 44 countries and a revenue in deals done by our members of $10BN. As worldwide President of the IAMCP for five terms I had the pleasure to lead a wonderful global team of strong and highly talented individuals that all made a successful job!

Based on my experience from the IAMCP and the meetings with Microsoft Partners across the globe, I've developed the well-known P2P Maturity Model which is a great framework for how to structure your P2P development and increase maturity in four stages over ten business functions. For me this was a great way of giving back and to spread the knowledge with no financial personal gain (resources available for free at www.p2pmaturitymodel.com). I'm pleased to see that the P2P Maturity Model has become a standard for P2P development in the Microsoft ecosystem and I welcome YOUR stories about how you have used it (and also any questions that you might have).

 

Regards, Per

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Hi, Everyone!

I am grateful to be a part of this awesome crew! I'm Dux Raymond Sy and I serve as CMO & Public Sector CTO of AvePoint - we help migrate, manage and protect SharePoint and Office 365 data. 

I've been involved with the Microsoft ecosystem for over 15 years now  - apart from the Partner Influencer program, I am honored to be a Microsoft Regional Director (RD) and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) as well.

On top of gettiing in the technical trenches and working with the latest Microsoft Cloud technologies, I am passionate about   non-traditional and creative thought leadership marketing like this, this and this.

In addition, I love exploiting social media to help grow business and personal brand. I've had the great opportunity to share my tips and tricks in past Microsoft  events - here's one from WPC 2015 y'all can check out: When to use what? How to leverage relevant social media channels

How can I help you with influencer marketing or elevating your social strategy? Let me know.

I look forward to hear from you!

Thanks,
Dux

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Carl Mazzanti and I am the owner of eMazzanti Technologies headquartered in Hoboken, NJ. We are an IT consulting and managed services firm with a newly acquired digital marketing and design firm, Liqui-Site! We work mainly with SMBs, but our sweet spot for a customer can have anywhere from 10 - 250 people.

My background is in Sales and it still plays a large part in my day to day life at the head of eMazznati Technologies. I am very passionate about assisting businesses reach their true potential through the power of technology! Nothing makes me happier than to nurture a business and watching it grow under our care.

eMazzanti Technologies has been recognized by Inc 5000 (7 years), MSP 501, NJBiz, Ernst & Young: Entrepenuer of the Year (Finalist), and won the Microsoft Partner of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2015. I'm part of PAC and IAMCP and eagerly looking forward to the Microsoft Inspire event! If anyone is looking for any assistance on growing their business or partnering let me know!

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Hey Partners!  

My name is Laszlo Foldesi, working for Systemfarmer. Our company is based in Hungary, CEE, focusing on Digital Transformation in the SMB sector with 15 people today. Started as a Google Apps company with 4 people, and transformed to Office 365 ~5 years ago.  

Now we are providing Solutions based on costumers needs, built on the Microsoft Cloud like Office 365, Dynamics, EMS and Azure. I am proud that I have a professional team who is helping my job daily both on technical, sales and marketing side.  

On my personal business side, I am passionate about business efficiency and improvements. I am focusing now on marketing and core business strategies.  I started as a techie and I can say I was lucky that I always could find my way in my company to try myself out and transition to different areas. On marketing side I am  always trying to find the best ways and tools to improve ROI (or just to be able to have some vision), and I am not afraid of trying out new things and ways. And I am definitely not afraid of failing during my days!

I am happy to help you on how to start marketing with an acceptable budget, what tools to use, how to measure your campaigns and how to track your customers. Also happy to share my experiences, how I failed what I learned during my years.  

# "An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field" Niels Bohr - So keep going!

See you at Inspire, Laszlo

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Hi everyone - end of July already and what a great month having attended Inspire to catch up with old freinds and new and to touch base with all the other great Partner Influencers!

My name is Stuart Nielsen-Marsh working for Pulsant.  Our compnay is a leading provider of privayte and public cloud solutions underpinned by highly resilient networks that supports more than 4,000 mid-tier and enterprise customers from our 15 UK datacentres. Our services are powered by enterprise-class technology, delivered by exceptional engineers who create comprehensive and innovative hosting solutions that deliver value to our customers. Our consultative approach ensures we design and build flexibility within our delivery model that adapts as your business grows. We are very focussed right now on launching our Azure Stack services as MS approaches GA for Stack at the end of August!

On a personal level I have over twenty years of experience in the software, consulting and professional services industry, a track record of customer centric growth, leading business innovation and change. I have spent the last few years running cloud services businesses, as well as adoption, integration and strategy implementation, having been involved in various Cloud start-ups and projects in both enterprise and SMB companies. As a Microsoft Partner Executive, Partner Influencer I'm always happy to discuss planned cloud services strategies and to present or provide consulting in this area.

Most recently I've been driving a core Microsoft strategy, leading the transformational changes required to modernise a traditional hosting company into a modern hybrid cloud service provider and this was the focus of my recent presentations at Inspire this year..

So always happy to help out where I can, and if you are a new (or exsiting) CSP and are looking for some help in how to engage or improve your managed cloud services feel free to reach out.

Stuart

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Hello from Seattle! 

I am the Founder-in-Chief of Blue Rooster, and like many of my peers on this thread, knows what it takes to build a company from ground-up, starting as a Professional Services firm with 65 employees; Microsoft Gold Partner doing business Globally and oh so much fun! We took a big pivot in 2014 and built Rise Foundation, the first Intranet in a Box product; 100% SaaS based solution. The intellectual property for Rise Foundation, the patent pending and trademarked SaaS-GUI for Office 365 and SharePoint created by Blue Rooster, was acquired in 2015.

Today I work closely with Microsoft Partners move to the cloud - it's a big process and one of my goals is to make it easy for all of you partners making the jump.  When we were starting out in 2013 with the IP product, there were zero referenceable materials for SaaS pricing, MRR, churn and all the buzz words that were coming on to the scene. Reach out if you need any help with what you are doing, always free to make time for a company doing great work. I will post some great links in the coming days with more content. 

In the mean time, if you want a great case study on a company that is doing extremely well in the SaaS world, check out www.bindtuning.com. An amazing transformation story about pivoting from traditional EA sales to SaaS based selling. The products, team and founder help make it look easy, but this is a company doing serious ground work in the Office 365 and SharePoint space! 

Reach out if you need another perspective!

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Hi everyone -- my name is Paul Woods and I am the founder of Adopt & Embrace.  We are a adoption & change management partner working to help organisations create more inclusive modern workplaces across Australia and New Zealand.  We love working with everyone outside of IT to help them unlock business value from Office 365 Microsoft 365, and devices like Surface Hub.

I am really excited to be a Partner Influencer, and more than happy to share with the community.  Specifically, if you want to explore the opporutnity for your firm around adoption and change management (and how you can leverage that opportunity to get in front of decision makers that can drive more of your core business?)... get in touch!

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Hello from Washington, DC!  Now that Inspire has left town it's back to business and politics as usual.

I am Steve Hall and I'm the CEO of District Computers.  We're an IT consulting and managed services provider focused on helping small to mid-sized businesses grow and operate more efficiently and securely.

We're a 15+ year Microsoft Partner, and I, like many of my peers here was part of the SMB PAL program before this.  I also sit on the WPC/Inspire Partner Engagement Board (2013 - Present) and I have been a speaker at several of Microsoft's major conferences in years' past.

I love partners and partnering.  I look forward to helping you engage and build stronger relationships with Microsoft and other partners whereever they are.

Outside of my "Microsoft Partner Life (#MPL)" I a father of 3 boys and an avid sports fan who's still trying to compete with athletes 15 years younger in basketball Smiley Happy.  I enjoy outdoors and coaching kids (basketball and American football) also.

I look forward to being active here and hopefully we will engage here or in person some day (maybe Inspire next year in Las Vegas?).

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Greetings from sunny Brisbane, Australia! It's winter here, but I can't complain about blue skies and 23C/73F. You need to read this in the voice of a kiwi accent though and I still support the All Blacks.

I'm a systems administrator/architect at heart, having grown up in the server room of large banks and government departments. I have a Windows NT4.0 Core Technologies certificate, a PCLP certification in Lotus Domino R5 & I'm fluent in troubleshooting SMTP. Here ends the history lesson!

For the past 12 years I've been working with SMBs as a Managed Services Provider. I'm now focussing on virtual CIO services as co-founder of The Missing Chair. This pivot has a story behind it too, as we've shifted to address a more pressing probem in the SMB space.

You might already follow me on Twitter, or maybe you've seen some articles I publish online as a freelance writer, or you've seen me speak on stage. You can find my public profile & activities here at Soniacuff.com which have earnt me a Microsoft MVP title.  

I'm passionate about what SMBs can do with the right use of Microsoft Cloud technologies. I love talking about where technology can make a difference, in conjunction with a change of habits and/or business processes. And I also have a heart for the challenges that we face as Microsoft Partners. It's an exciting world, as concepts like AI and the Future of Work have entered the scene, and there are amazing opportunities to cut through the hype and achieve amazing results for our customers.

  

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You're not the first person I've seen speak highly of the HTG peer groups and I know a few members here in Australia.

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That's a great resource, Per and a good reminder that I should look at what the Australian IAMCP chapter is up to these days.

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Love the business name!

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Note: Paul Woods is very humble and undersells himself. Having worked with him personally I can verify that Paul and his team ROCKS!

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G'Day from sunny Sydney in Australia. My name is Melanie Unwin and I'm a Brit living in Sydney having settled here 4 years ago (so talking about the weather comes very naturally to me!)

I'm Co-Founder and Director of Marketing-as-a-Service provider Mogrify - in short we work with partners to help move their marketing from the traditional ad hoc marketing campaign approach to building an 'always on' marketing engine. Our services cover marketing strategy, content creation, social media, events management, web design and more!

In terms of my experience, I first co-founded a digital marketing training business in the UK and US (which we sold last year), then worked in a Consultancy in Australia before setting up my own business after seeing a HUGE gap in the market for an organisation that works with partners from creating their marketing strategy to actually implementing it (and everything in-between). We love working with Microsoft partners - every business is unique and we are inspired every day by our customers, some of which are literally changing the world with their technology solutions!

Look forward to interacting on this forum and others as part of this program. 

 

 

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Hi there,

I am Emile Stam, your partner influencer in The Netherlands. In my daily life I am the marketing and communications manager at Open Line.  Open Line is a managed cloud services provider and CSP. As managed services provider we offer datacenter and cloud services both on premise as in the public cloud (azure and Azure Stack). A true hybrid cloud provider with a focus on trusted services. I am proud to say that we have a 100% outsourcing recommendation score and the highest amount of superfans in The Netherlands. This score was given by our customers as a result of the Giarte Outsourcing Performance Survery in 2017. The reason why I mention this score is because this score only partly depends on our technical skills, but largely is given because of the way we deliver our services. We focus on customer experience and customer relevance on top of the traditional service levels. A different approach where we add a face to our services that the customer knows and trusts.

Where Microsoft offers excellent solutions to the world in order to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, I truly believe that they need us (you and me) to do so. Microsoft offers a great foundation for us as partners to empower our customers, but also our companies, to achieve more.

In the past six years I have worked closely with Microsoft and found it to be a second home. The trick is to find the right persons and information. The reality is that this needs work and I am here to help you, when help is needed. In a fast world, the world we live in, there are numerous initiatives and new companies every single day. What you will see is that Microsoft will be the ecosystem enabler of the future. But to do so, they need to know you. So don't be shy, just knock on the door. If they don't open, we are there to help you and share out best practices.

Looking forward to meeting you,

Emile

Creative, as always....
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Hi Everyone

I'm Dave Seibert the CIO of IT Innovators located in California in the U.S. Our business model is hybrid providing both on-premise and cloud services to our clients.   IT Innovators is a 20 year Solution Provider, MSP, and Cloud with focus on SMB and Security.   I have 35 years in the industry and have been involved with Microsoft since the original DOS 1.0.

I'm engaged in our community in various roles including a Microsoft MVP, IAMCP SoCal Board, ProTier Peer Groups, HTG Peer Groups, SMB Technology Network, SMB TechFest Quarterly Technology Conference, Gartner Research Advisor, IAMCP Microsoft Strategic Team, and SoCal IT Pros. I was part of the prior Microsoft worldwide Partner Area Leads, Local Engagement Team, and the Microsoft U.S. SMB Partner team.

I've been blessed with recognition as ChannelPro Top 20 US Industry Visionaries, VAR Guy Top 50 US Channel Influencers, SMB150 Top 150 Global IT Influencers, Top 100 Most Visible Channel Leaders, MSPmentor Top 250 Managed Services Experts and Microsoft US Partner of the Year finalist. I also enjoyed being an Imagine Cup International judge.

Having both a technical and business background, I look forward to being a contributor and helping others reach your next level. Let's all chat and partner together.

 

Thanks and connect with me on www.LinkedIn.com/in/DaveSeibert99

Dave

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