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Microsoft Inspire 2022: Chief Partner Officer Nicole Dezen Says It’s ‘Never Been A Better Time’ For Partners

Wade Tyler Millward

'With increasing customer demand, our R&D (research and development) investments and go-to-market capabilities, we will help you unlock new opportunities for growth,’ Microsoft Chief Partner Officer Nicole Dezen says.

Microsoft Partners And Social Impact

I'm so proud of Microsoft’s commitment to enabling inclusive economic opportunity and a more sustainable future. We all have a role to play and there are so many ways to get involved.

Through the Microsoft 'Build for 2030’ initiative, we're enabling partners to build and bring solutions to market in support of gender equality, accessibility, sustainability, nonprofits and communities helping to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

I look forward to seeing you at the next global partner hackathon this September and seeing your innovations that will make a difference.

To support increasing demand for social value procurement and supplier diversity, we're making it easier for customers and Microsoft sellers to discover diverse and social impact tech suppliers in our ecosystem through Marketplace and referrals.

We’ve rolled out the ability for partners to provide social impact and diversity business attestations across 16 countries. And you can now share that information through Partner Center.

We're committed to improving representation in our partner ecosystem. Two years into the Black Partner Growth Initiative, we’ve grown this community to more than 1,000 partners, issued more than $10 million in working capital loans and provided executive training and mentorship to partners.

When we do this together, we can drive change at massive scale and have lasting impact. I welcome you to join us in our journey.

I'm going to close where I started. Microsoft is the best partner for growth. Betting on the Microsoft Cloud positions you to win in the market. We are the platform for growth and the open cloud platform of choice. We have the most valuable ecosystem and tech for partners to differentiate and advance your own values, and we’re committed to helping you thrive and grow.

The last few years have taught me a lot about the power of technology and what it can do when backed by determination, empathy and grit. I'm so encouraged by our potential to deliver big impact for the world through technology.

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Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at

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