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Welcoming Satya Nadella: the channel partner perspective

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You’ve surely read the news by now: Microsoft has a new CEO.
There were a number of things about Satya Nadella that piqued our interest, including his love of poetry and passion for learning. But most significantly to our customers and partners is this: Mr. Nadella comes directly from Microsoft’s cloud division.

Our President, Michael Gold, was asked to comment by The VAR Guy on what Mr. Nadella’s appointment means from our perspective as the largest independent hosted Exchange provider (and as the provider of the industry’s leading Partner Program).

Here’s what Mike had to say.

“For SMBs and our channel partners, Intermedia provides a one-stop shop for cloud IT services that include many Microsoft products—in fact, we’re the world’s largest independent provider of hosted Exchange. So we look forward to Satya Nadella’s leadership at Microsoft because he’s as deeply enmeshed in the cloud as we are.

“Microsoft is licensing its software to service providers like Intermedia, who then deliver cloud services to SMBs and partners. Nadella’s appointment reflects the sea change in IT consumption, and we’re excited to see where Microsoft goes next.”

The article also quoted Intermedia partner Jeff Carnejo of Blue Ridge Internetworks. Here’s his perspective:

“As an Intermedia Gold Partner, I build my managed services business around Intermedia’s hosted Exchange and other Intermedia-managed Microsoft services. It’s a win-win-win partnership: My business and my customers benefit from the best software in the world, supported by the best partner program in the industry.

“So I’m eager to see how Satya Nadella, with his cloud background, will evolve Microsoft’s cloud ecosystem to allow me to deliver even greater value to my customers.”

Congratulations to Satya Nadella!

About Kirsten Barta

Kirsten Barta is Sr Marketing Communications Manager at Intermedia