News Round-up: Power BI Premium, new Office 365 tools, plus digital transformation insights

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Resource Spotlight

Take a deep dive into insights from our latest Cloud & Hosting Annual Survey. Our new whitepaper summarizes the findings and shares important statistics about customer demand for Digital Transformation.
Download the PDF: “Digital Transformation Opportunity for Service Providers, Beyond Infrastructure.”


Solution Updates

Microsoft accelerates modern BI adoption with Power BI Premium

Microsoft is taking the next step in its commitment to empower people and organizations with access to critical intelligence with more flexibility and capabilities: introducing Power BI Premium. Read this blog post to see all the features, including:

  • Flexibility to license by capacity
  • Greater scale and performance
  • Power BI apps
  • Extending on-premises capabilities
  • Embedded analytics

Another important update allows providers to maintain BI assets on-premises with Power BI Report Server. This enables deployment and distribution of interactive Power BI reports completely within the boundaries of the organization’s firewall.

Power BI Premium will be available in CSP on General Availability. For more details check it out at Power BI Premium webpage.

Microsoft Customer Manager now available in Office 365 Business Premium

Outlook Customer Manager, the latest app included at no extra cost in the Office 365 Business Premium plan, helps small businesses manage customer relationships more effectively. It provides a complete view of interactions with each customer, helps track tasks and deals in progress, and surfaces timely reminders. One can stay on top of customer relationships right from Outlook, with no need to install or learn separate tools.
Learn more about Outlook Customer Manager

Sales & Marketing News

Office 365 Sales Tools Available

These new Office 365 tools will help direct and inside sales teams prepare for customer conversations.

  • Office Boxes: Direct Sales Account Executives will appreciate this customized web tool they can use while selling Office 365, with information updated to suit your organization’s needs. Customize the Office Boxes tool for your salesforce so they have the latest Office 365 SKU information.
  •  Talk Desk: Inside Sellers can use Talk Desk to save time and demonstrate expertise while on the phone with customers. Create digital scripts, search common objections, and use self-guided training material.


Partner News

New Service Provider Stories

Learn how other service providers around the globe are building and growing offerings. Our new Partner Showcase Page highlights stories from around the world, featuring Hosting & Managed Service Providers delivering innovative solutions to customers.

Featured Story: Learn about Pegaso Tecnologia’s smart business solution to utilize SQL for success.

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