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Cloud 1-2-3 Academy for SMB Partners: Build a Profitable Cloud Business – City Tour and Virtual Workshops

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imageAccording to IDC research, cloud-oriented partners experience, on average, 1.6x the gross profit and 2.4x faster growth than other partners. If you are a partner that serves SMB customers and interested in understanding how to capitalize on this opportunity and optimize your current business model to include cloud services, Cloud 1-2-3 Academy is for you.

Whether you are new to the cloud or have closed a few cloud deals already, Cloud 1-2-3 Academy will help you make decisions about your business model to help you maximize revenues in the long term.

Cloud 1-2-3 Academy objectives:

  • Understand the impact of cloud adoption on your P&L statement and cash flow
  • Develop a strategy to maximize your profit over the next four years
  • Engineer your sales and marketing plan to build cloud sales capacity and achieve maximum ROI on your marketing investments

You can read more about optimizing your business for the cloud in a recent blog post by Josh Waldo, Senior Director for Cloud Partner Strategy worldwide.

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Attend in person and/or online

Cloud 1-2-3 Academy in-person events are coming to eight cities across the United States. You’ll learn from Microsoft cloud business experts via a financial model simulation that demonstrates the impact of your business decisions on your cash flow. At these events, we’ll also introduce the sales and marketing actions you need to take as a leader in your organization to drive towards a cloud-optimized business model. All participants receive a comprehensive financial model template, handbook, and exercise workbook. It is recommended that you also register to participate in the 6-week online series, which is complementary to the in-person events.

Even if you cannot join us for an in-person event, register for the 6-week online series, which has the same course objectives.

Courses listed below are on the Partner Learning Center. To register for these events, you must be a Microsoft partner. If you are not associated to your company’s Microsoft Partner Network profile , follow the steps here.

City tour schedule

Wednesday, March 19 Atlanta, Georgia REGISTER
Thursday, March 20 Detroit, Michigan REGISTER
Tuesday, March 25 Boston, Massachusetts REGISTER
Thursday, March 27 Bellevue, Washington REGISTER
Monday, March 31 Chicago, Illinois REGISTER
Thursday, April 3 New York, New York REGISTER
Thursday, April 10 Minneapolis, Minnesota REGISTER
Wednesday, April 16 Sunnyvale, California REGISTER

Online series

Even if you cannot join us in one of the eight cities listed above, register for the Cloud 1-2-3 Academy six-week online series, which has the same course objectives.

The time commitment for this course includes a one-hour online introduction to the financial modeling tool, five weekly one-hour webcasts, and a two-hour assignment each week. Each session builds on the elements of previous sessions. No advanced business acumen or cloud experience is required, although it is helpful.

Webcast #1
Cloud Financial Model Overview
Tuesday, April 1 REGISTER
Webcast #2
Changing Buyer Behavior and Expectations
Tuesday, April 8 REGISTER
Webcast #3
Cloud Business Model Optimization
Tuesday, April 15 REGISTER
Webcast #4
Engaging the Prospect
Tuesday, April 22 REGISTER
Webcast #5
Accelerate the Sales Cycle
Tuesday, April 29 REGISTER
Webcast #6
Nurturing the Prospect
Tuesday, May 6 REGISTER
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