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Our partner ecosystem is at the forefront of bringing this powerful mission to life and it’s the One Commercial Partner (OCP) organization that will drive the transformation of this ecosystem to accelerate cloud growth for all partners and Microsoft.
Partner Technology Strategist (PTS):
The PTS is at the forefront of our digital transformation efforts for our partners. The PTS plays a critical role in working with partners to align their technology roadmaps with Microsoft's technology priorities, working with them to build new solutions that enable customers to realize the vision of Digital Transformation. The PTS is a Credible Technical Advisor to Partners C-Suite technical and practice management executives sharing a compelling technical vision leading to Partners committing to building new practices based on Microsoft’s technologies. PTSs align partners technology roadmaps with Microsoft’s technology priorities and ensure the partner is ready to bring new solutions to market that drive significant growth in partner and Microsoft revenues.
The PTS is a strategist yet stands out because of their ability to provide insights, develop big ideas, and identify new market opportunities for partners on advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Open Source, Blockchain, Security & Compliance, Power Platform, GDPR and IOT that drives consumption for Microsoft Cloud Platforms (Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365).
The PTS works in partnership with the Partner Development Manager (PDM) through the `Build-With’ stages of the Partner Life-cycle engaging with Global Advisory firms or Global Systems Integrators.
Microsoft welcomes and embraces your individuality! The ideal candidate for the PTS role can come in many forms. This individual is a person who is passionate about technology and one who possesses a strong subset or combination of the requirements listed below.
We embrace flexible working as a core principle of reinventing productivity, and you’ll have flexibility to work from different locations, such as your home office, Microsoft offices around the country, or customer sites.
Building own Market Acumen: Understands market trends, market opportunities, compliance by reading, attending webinars, conferences delivered by Industry thought leaders such as Gartner, Forrester, IDC
Strategic Technology Advisor: Joins the Strategic Technology Advisory/Planning groups of partners, contributing with insights that influence the technology roadmaps and investments towards Microsoft and away from key competitors
Strategic Alignment: Identifies and consults on the strategic alignment of partners towards Microsoft’s technology priorities and their technical readiness to address solution gaps as part of Industry solution mapping and capacity planning
Envisioning: Presents in Digital Transformation/Envisioning Workshops targeting Partner CIO/CTO’s envisioning solutions to capitalize on identified market opportunities
Technical Readiness: Works with the Go to Market (GTM) team to invest in key Partners’ Technical Readiness workshops executed by Partner Enablement roles in the GTM team
Technology Roadmap: With the help of cross-team technical resources including architects and industry specialists, defines the technology roadmap for new solutions, seeking technical commitment and investment from Partner CTOs, CIOs, and Practice managers to invest in the solution
Building Partnerships: Envisions the important interdependencies of 3rd party solutions, services and equipment, as well as Partner-to-Partner (P2P) motions for better together strategies among different partners and partner types
Enablement Planning: Accountable for building the technical enablement plan for partners leveraging the One Commercial Partner (OCP) Services Framework including On-boarding, up/cross skilling, Bootcamps, trainings and meeting certification requirements
Enablement Delivery: Seeking the help of Technical Architects, Industry specialists and Engineering teams for the delivery of workshops, Bootcamps, trainings necessary to build the technical skills and expertise of partners
Partner Engagements: Oversees the success of Proof of Concepts, Architecture Design Sessions, Hackfests by coordinating Technical Architects to lead the execution, responsible for partner engagement in these activities
Pre-Sales Orchestration: Leads cross-technology team orchestration through the first mile and the first 1-3 deals, for a new offering or practice area to ensure partners are ready. Sees partners in action, giving feedback about ways to develop their skills, practices and methods
Technical Events and Community Contribution: Attends Digital Transformation/Technology conferences such as Build. Participates in technical panels and user groups, provides insights, and contributes to work that is shared across communities such as MSDN and Channel9
Experiences Required: Education, Key Experiences, Skills and Knowledge:
Deep understanding of digital transformation business drivers, cloud platforms, emerging Cloud trends and their impact on customer opportunities.
6-10+ years of related experience in technology solutions/practice development, Cloud / Infrastructure technologies required. Knowledge of MS platform preferable, project management, technical Sales and technical account management.
Strong Technical knowledge on one of the three Microsoft Cloud Platforms (Azure, M365, D365) and ability to articulate the value proposition of Microsoft Cloud services to partners.
Proven track record of building deep technical relationships with CXOs and building cloud consumption share in Hosters or Managed services providers.
Experience of working for a Microsoft services partner or an advisory firm and understanding the impact of partner ecosystem for Cloud Business.
Strong understanding of industry plays and how technology can address some of the industry challenges
Experience in building new practices and solution offerings on a public cloud.
Extensive experience of managing virtual teams across functions and geographies.
Inclusive and collaborative - driving teamwork and cross-team alignment.
Strong partner relationship management and solution development skills.
Strong executive presence including communication and presentation skills with a high degree of comfort to large and small technical audiences.
Problem solving mentality leveraging internal and/or external resources, conflict resolution, and follow through with partners.
Technical BS degree, Computer Science or equivalent work experience.
Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.
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