At Microsoft’s Inspire 2021 partner conference this week, many solution providers are hearing for the first time from the company’s recently appointed channel chief, Rodney Clark. A 23-year Microsoft veteran, Clark moved into the role on April 1, succeeding Gavriella Schuster. Clark, whose other title is corporate vice president of global channel sales at Microsoft, is scheduled to give a series of talks at the virtual Inspire 2021 on Wednesday and Thursday—starting with his keynote address at the start of the conference Wednesday. During the keynote, Clark discussed a range of topics including Microsoft’s efforts to provide an “effective digital path” for partners and Microsoft’s investments around partner technical capabilities—as well as the investments and partner opportunities in areas such as Azure data analytics and AI, business applications and security.
What follows are five key statements from Microsoft Channel Chief Rodney Clark at Inspire 2021.