Power Platform and the Definition of Done

One of the sessions at D365 Saturday Philadelphia this past weekend was “Managing a D365 CE Project” by Jennyfer Hogeland, it was a great session. On one of her slides she described “Definition of Done”, and that phrase stuck in my head.

Are you brave enough to ask your customers how you are doing?

I am currently in the software consulting business supporting Microsoft’s Power Platform. As you may know, I write about it a lot, but for this post I wanted to veer off a little bit from my typical subject matter. Instead I wanted to talk about customers, and their experiences with …

Steve Chats with Gavriella Schuster

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I caught Gavriella Schuster, first thing in the morning, on her first day back at work of 2019. Gavriella is a Corporate Vice President for Microsoft, who has been looking after Partners for decades. She heads up the One Commercial Partner organization. …

How I.T. can create value exceeding their expense

In a recent post, I referenced this post that I wrote 6 years ago. I thought I would go back and record it, unedited. Let me know if you agree that it sadly still applies to many companies even today. Originally published – May 22, 2012

Dynamics 365 – Account Based Marketing

When you have been around as long as I have, you will have seen “The Next Big Thing”, many times. An article caught my eye they other day about “Account Based Marketing”. Now, I don’t know if this is the next big thing or not, but it seemed interesting, and …

Dynamics 365 – Refactoring RapidStart and Sellers Sell

This is a continuation of my post “Dynamics 365 – A Partner’s Journey from Salesforce“, if you did not like that one, then you probably won’t like this one either. When we last left off, Microsoft had requested that we consider turning ourselves inside-out

Dynamics 365 – No Bench Warmers in SMB

Most of the Microsoft Partners that focus on SMBs, are themselves SMBs. No SMB, whether Customer or Partner, can afford to pay for skilled people who mostly sit on the bench. The new, nimble SMB partner is more like a football coach, calling in Special Teams, or free agents as …

Dynamics 365 – A Partner’s Journey from Salesforce

So it’s Christmas morning, gifts have been opened, and family won’t be arriving for several hours yet, so I go to write. As I think about the great year wrapping up for us, and look forward to the even more promising year to come, I find myself reflecting on our …

Dynamics 365 – When will it finally be Finished?

I am returning from a small Dynamics partner conference in Newport Beach. One of the recurring themes at this conference, particularly when a Microsoft representative stood before us, was pelting them with questions similar to: “When will Dynamics 365 be finished?”. I was not one of those asking that question, …

Dynamics 365 – A new lane on the Cloud Highway

As a traditional Microsoft partner, you can probably remember the good ol’ days. Steady, predictable, the kinds of things you could build a nice business on, in your own time. For customers, you were more like the utility company. Necessary, but unseen. But then the cloud crashed into everything.

How Partners will succeed with Dynamics 365

I recently wrote a post titled “Dynamics 365 – How Partners will Succeed Post-CRM“, and as I often do when I see it pop up elsewhere, I read it again. As I was re-reading, two things became very clear; first, this is a damn eloquent writer, but second, it was …

Dynamics 365 – Welcome to the Microsoft Amusement Park

For the longest time, the only ride in the Microsoft Dynamics Amusement Park was the Lazy River ride. A few years ago they added their first roller-coaster, and they are about to open their first Super Coaster. Hang on, it’s gonna be a wild ride!

The Microsoft Cloud Partner Margin Squeeze

Just a few short years ago, Office 365 launched. At the time, selling the product required genuine knowledge, and migrating to the product required genuine expertise. There was significant partner margin and incentives on the sale of Office 365, as well a nice margins on deploying it. Those days have …