Microsoft Inspire and Cloud Enablement Desk

Several of you have reached out and asked me when the next Partner Hot Sheet Training Post will go live, we are three weeks away from the next Hot Sheet Training post. The team are busy setting up a great range of training courses for you to attend. In the meantime, I want to share with you all, two of my favourite topics within the Microsoft Partner Network.

The Microsoft Partner Network offers its members a wealth of resources to help partners grow their cloud businesses, and we know navigating these resources can seem overwhelming. Below are two of my favourite resources.

Microsoft Inspire

Last month, I had the pleasure of spending a week in Las Vegas with members of the Australia Partner community for Microsoft Inspire. If you’re new to the partner community, Microsoft Inspire is an annual conference where partners from all over the world come to discover what’s ahead for the next fiscal year, get a jump start on their digital transformation, network with partners, share best practices, and heaps more. To learn more about Microsoft Inspire:

Cloud Enablement Desk

The Cloud Enablement Desk offers partners a guided experience in which a Microsoft specialist identifies your business needs and connects you with the right resources and benefits to build your Microsoft practice.

When you engage with the Cloud Enablement Desk, you get access to a Microsoft specialist for six (6) months to help you navigate the Microsoft Partner Network, decode your benefits and work toward achieving the milestones that will help you scale your cloud practice. From technical skilling, assistance going to market, or anything in between, Cloud Enablement Desk specialists are there to support the unique needs of your organisation.

Examples of Cloud Enablement Desk engagements include:

  • Assistance with how to earn a Gold Cloud Competency and maximise its benefits
  • Onboarding your solution to the Microsoft Marketplaces
  • Setting up and optimizing your referrals profile
  • Facilitated and unlimited one-on-one access to 300-400 level technical resources for pre-sales, proof-of-concept, and deployment assistance
  • Co-Sell onboarding and tool setup

Are you excited, and do you want to get started today?

First, make sure you meet the requirements, which vary based on the level of engagement you’re requesting. To engage with the Cloud Enablement Desk, you must have a Microsoft Partner Network ID. To meet one-on-one with technical and/or marketing experts, you must at least have an Action Pack Subscription or ISV Starter Kit. To onboard to Co-Sell Ready status, you must meet the Co-Sell Ready requirements.

Once you’ve met these requirements, fill out the Partner Nomination Form to nominate yourself for an engagement. For more information about the Microsoft Partner Network and the membership types referred to above, visit

You can also visit the Cloud Enablement Desk site to learn more about the requirements and submit your nomination to engage in the program.