Couldn’t make it to our annual Ingram Micro Cloud Summit held in Boca Raton, Florida this year? Here’s a compilation of the top 3 highlights that you need to know right now:
#1 Ingram Micro Announces Formation of CloudBlue, A New Cloud Platform Division
Ingram Micro has announced the launch of a new, independent software division, CloudBlue. The commerce platform enables service providers of any size and a wide variety of business models to automate, aggregate and monetize their own cloud and digital services as well as those from third-parties. CloudBlue also enables ISVs to take their offerings to market almost instantly across the entire multi-service provider ecosystem with the company’s industry-leading cloud commerce and anything-as-a-service (XaaS) platform.
“Creating a dedicated and independent CloudBlue division enables us to accelerate our focus on helping service providers succeed in the as-a-service, cloud-first economy,” said Nimesh Davé, Executive Vice President Global Cloud, Ingram Micro. “More and more businesses are experiencing a breaking point in the digital modernization of their organizations and need a flexible and secure platform to sell and scale their cloud offerings while delivering an exceptional service experience.”
#2 Ingram Micro and Microsoft Announce Strategic Partnership
Ingram Micro Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced a strategic partnership to help businesses build, scale and monetize cloud and digital services. Under the new agreement, Ingram Micro’s CloudBlue commerce platform will operate on Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft will co-sell the CloudBlue platform to new service providers joining Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.
“Our partnership with Ingram Micro, and their commitment to Azure, will ensure our partners have access to a great set of tools to help accelerate the return on their cloud investments,” said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft. “The trusted Azure cloud platform, combined with our CSP program and CloudBlue’s expertise in supporting service providers’ cloud operations, will enable our customers to maximize their investments in the cloud and grow their businesses.”
#3 The Cloud Awesomeness Roadmap: Four Stages of Cloud Services
Channel partners must embark on a four-step journey when it comes to building a cloud services business, according to Senior VP Renée Bergeron. The statement comes hot on the heels of a profile analysis on 45,000 Ingram Micro Cloud partners, which revealed that most partners have nascent, first-stage cloud businesses.
Termed the Cloud Awesomeness Roadmap, the stages include build (60 percent of partners), breadth (30 percent), depth (9 percent) and scale (1 percent). At the most awesome end of the roadmap are the rare 1 percent of scale partners who sell 10 or more cloud solutions and IaaS, bringing in four times more pipeline.
“Most people will tell you, “Don’t worry, cloud is a journey.” But, let me be very clear. I want all of you to be very worried about where you are on this cloud awesomeness road map,” Bergeron said. “Then I want you to focus that fear on reaching a new level of cloud awesomeness.”