Get all the important Microsoft details for the month.
To stay current with the latest updates happening with Microsoft, one of the leading vendors for our managed service provider (MSP) partners, we’ve started a monthly Microsoft webcast that will keep MSPs up to date with Microsoft and how these updates will impact their business.
Our first webcast was held on March 6. Be sure to catch the first of our Microsoft webcast series, launching April 3.
Pax8 acquires Microsoft Dynamics services company Bam Boom Cloud
The latest company to join the Pax8 family is Bam Boom Cloud, an award-winning Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central services organization. This acquisition will allow our MSP partners to easily add new services and offerings.
Pax8 and Bam Boom Cloud are a match made in heaven — Bam Boom is the Global 2022 Microsoft Partner of the Year: Dynamics 365 Business Central, while Pax8 has won the Microsoft Customer Experience Award, Microsoft Indirect Provider Award, and Microsoft Modern Workplace for SMB Award. Together, we’re excited to offer a Microsoft one-stop shop for our partners and to allow them to offer their customers all things Microsoft.
By leveraging Bam Boom’s Microsoft Dynamics expertise, you can increase your average contract value on Microsoft 365 by 600% on top of increased customer adds. Additionally, partners transacting all Microsoft clouds see on average 20% faster growth year-over-year than partners transacting just one cloud. Dynamics 365 helps drive more Microsoft Azure cloud consumption, as well as Power Platform and Microsoft 365 upselling. And partners transacting Dynamics 365 are growing the fastest in the channel and have the lowest churn.
The latest with GDAP
Microsoft is upping its security and compliance efforts by introducing granular delegated admin privileges (GDAP). It’s an evolution of DAP (delegated admin privileges) that offers partners extraordinary control over who and how tenants are accessed by staff.
GDAP lowers security risks by enabling custom roles and access time limit constraints. By being able to assign users and groups to specific relationships, you can ensure that only those team members authorized to do so can access designated environments.
Microsoft will begin transitioning active and inactive DAP relationships to GDAP on May 22, 2023. For any relationships that have transitioned to GDAP, DAP relationships will be removed 30 days later. They will pause the transition for June to close the fiscal year.
GDAP is now live in the Pax8 Marketplace. Net new Pax8 relationships have the option to implement GDAP using the GDAP tool on the Microsoft Tools page. Partners can establish GDAP between Pax8 and their new customer in the provisioning tasks when establishing the customer tenant with Pax8. Only partner admins and primary partner admins can generate GDAP relationship requests.
Microsoft 365 Business Premium helps clients power up their productivity with unified security
Offering Microsoft 365 Business Premium is a great way to provide a cost-effective and highly efficient solution for small- to medium-sized businesses to keep employees connected regardless of physical location, while also safeguarding data and protecting against cyberthreats. Business Premium has multiple subscription terms for partners to offer, allowing businesses to grow and scale at their own pace.
With Business Premium’s Teams app, colleagues can collaborate in real time through chat and online meetings, share files, and co-author documents — all in one place. Business Premium helps protect against unwanted access, with advanced identity features and conditional access policies to ensure that only authorized employees have access to data. Its AI-powered malware scanning technology automatically scans attachments and links, and automatic updates apply the latest security features to all employee devices on a defined schedule. It can help protect sensitive data with data loss prevention policies that can help your organization identify and protect business-sensitive information, and encryption and access rights help ensure that only intended recipients can view message content. Finally, Business Premium’s mobile device management features help organizations secure and manage employee-enrolled mobile devices like iPhones, iPads, Androids, and Windows phones.
Offer a fully funded security assessment through Pax8 and Microsoft
For our North America partners, we are providing a way to offer free, customized, repeatable security evaluations valued at more than $2,000 per engagement. By offering a security assessment, you can drive sales conversations with relevant insights around environment optimization and security, close sales cycles up to 50% faster, and amplify deal size by 55%.*
Once selected for this program, you can begin to elect customer environments for assessment, and you may also run this assessment for your own environments. You’ll walk away with a detailed report with key takeaways to present to end customers in scope and consultation sessions.
Pax8 and Microsoft provide tech and support for nonprofits
At Pax8 we believe it’s critical to help our MSP community best guide and implement solutions that drive profit, reduce risk, and streamline process, and that those functions should be equally available to the nonprofit community. To facilitate that process, we are providing education and enablement opportunities for our MSP community to engage and serve these nonprofit customers.
One study found that 48% of charities lack basic digital skills. Microsoft offers donated and discounted cloud solutions for nonprofits to help you fill the gap and serve this fast-growing sector. With Pax8 migration services and events like Hands on Labs, Bootcamps, Tool Demonstrations, and self-paced learning in our Academy, nonprofits can secure their environments in the cloud. Furthermore, Pax8 Azure credits and free security assessments help make cloud solutions possible for nonprofits of all sizes. Learn more about how you can play a key part in your nonprofit clients’ success.
Microsoft to apply FX rates in EMEA
Microsoft has announced adjustments to global pricing. Starting April 1, 2023, pricing for Microsoft Cloud products will be adjusted in the following currencies:
- GBP: +9%
- DKK, EUR, and NOK: +11%
- SEK: +15%
Products in the Pax8 Marketplace will automatically include the FX rate adjustment for impacted regions. You’ll see one price (with the USD price and FX combined) when checking out.
Early bird pricing for Beyond ends March 31
It’s your last chance to take advantage of early bird pricing for Beyond 2023, a three-day immersive experience centered around innovation and community. Hosted by Rob Rae, the event features speakers such as Peyton Manning and Jim Lee, Vice President, US Global Partner Solutions and Sales at Microsoft.