SBS Group Announces Partner Tiers for New Stratos Cloud Alliance Program

The Stratos Cloud Alliance assists technology partners in selling Microsoft Cloud Solutions to their client base.

SBS Group has announced the partner tiers for their new Stratos Cloud Alliance program. SBS Group is designated as an indirect provider through Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. Formerly called a Tier-2 Distribution Partner, an indirect provider connects Microsoft and resellers of Microsoft’s cloud solutions including Dynamics 365.

Technology partners will be able to partner with SBS Group to help ease the complexity of selling Microsoft solutions. There will be three tiers, or partner levels, for interested technology partners to consider and choose from: Cloud Agent, Cloud Partner and Cloud Merchant.

The Cloud Agent tier is for partners with limited internal resources or who want to offer their customers cloud services as a value-add to their core business. Cloud Agents bring their customers to Stratos, who takes care of the onboarding, billing, administration, and support. The Cloud Agent will receive a recurring commission through the life of the account. The Cloud Partner tier is a true distributor model for partners who want to build a practice based on Microsoft business solutions. Cloud Partners directly manage the entire customer lifecycle including pricing and billing with Stratos providing customer support. Some of the benefits for Cloud Partners include an increased recurring commission and their own co-branded online marketplace. The Cloud Merchant tier is a true distributor model for partners who want to invest in a practice based on Microsoft business solutions as a core business focus. Cloud Merchants directly manage the entire customer lifecycle including pricing, billing, and first tier customer support. Cloud Merchants also have their own custom marketplace with access to Stratos’ entire suite of CSP products bearing their brand as well as receiving a recurring commission. All partner tiers are powered by best-in-class e-commerce capabilities and include dedicated partner teams and support services designed to simplify onboarding and streamline the partner experience.

The Stratos Cloud Alliance (SCA) features a comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft Cloud Business and Productivity Solutions, ISV Products and Tools, and Partner and Customer Services. The SCA offers value-added features and benefits for ERP and CRM resellers, Managed Service Providers, Accounting and Consulting firms.

To learn more about the Stratos Cloud Alliance, visit: http://www.dynamics365partner.com.

About SBS Group
SBS Group is a national Microsoft master VAR (Value Added Reseller) with Gold level competency in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM). Over the past 30 years, they have been recognized as Microsoft Partner of the Year, Inner Circle Member and Microsoft President’s Club member multiple times. The company is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey and operates offices across North America. For more information, please visit SBS Group’s website at http://www.sbsgroupusa.com. Follow us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sbs-group, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/sbsgroup and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SBSGroupUSA.


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SBS Group Becomes an Indirect Provider through Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program

SBS Group is launching the Stratos Cloud Alliance to assist technology partners in selling Microsoft Cloud Solutions with a focus on Microsoft Dynamics 365.

SBS Group announced it is now an indirect provider through Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. Formerly called a Tier-2 Distribution Partner, an indirect provider connects Microsoft and resellers of Microsoft’s cloud solutions including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft PowerBI, and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

The CSP licensing model helps companies sell Microsoft cloud solutions to their customers. Indirect providers own the entire billing process and directly manage support of services to customers, which drives new business value through the cloud.

The Stratos Cloud Alliance (SCA), SBS Group’s new program, will be able to drive customers to Dynamics 365. SBS Group has vast experience with Dynamics having operated in the Microsoft ERP and CRM spaces for over 30 years. The Stratos Cloud Alliance will leverage that knowledge and experience to provide superior Dynamics 365 implementation, training and support services for technology partners to resell. Additionally, the Stratos Cloud Alliance will offer unique partner enablement services, giving partners the option to develop, market, and deliver their own Dynamics 365 solutions and services.

“We serve several communities including customers, partners, independent software vendors, and Microsoft,” said James Bowman, President and CEO of SBS Group. “It is our mission to deliver innovative solutions that serve the evolving needs of these communities. Seven years ago, we pioneered the Master VAR program, enabling other Dynamics partners to grow their businesses. Last year, we led our Microsoft Dynamics community into the ‘cloud’ when we launched one of the first online Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Marketplace focused entirely on Dynamics solutions. We are leveraging these experiences in launching the Stratos Cloud Alliance. This program will help ERP and CRM-focused partners in their digital transformation process and enable Managed Service Providers (MSP’s) and IT-focused solution providers to expand their solution portfolios for their customers.”

Stephen Boyle, Vice President, U.S. Partner at Microsoft Corp. added, “Microsoft is very excited to add SBS Group to its portfolio of indirect CSP providers. SBS Group is a good example of the value CSP provides Microsoft channel partners to provide Microsoft Cloud services to its customers. The company’s depth and experience with Dynamics will be a tremendous asset in delivering the real value of our intelligent business applications to the channel and most importantly our shared customers.”

The SCA features a comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft Cloud business and productivity Solutions, ISV products and tools, and partner and customer services. The SCA offers three flexible partner models (including a white-label option) with value-added features and benefits for ERP and CRM resellers, Managed Service Providers, Accounting and Consulting firms. All partner tiers are powered by best-in-class e-commerce capabilities and include dedicated partner teams and support services designed to simplify onboarding and streamline the partner experience.

To learn more about the Stratos Cloud Alliance, visit: http://www.stratosalliance.com/.

About SBS Group
SBS Group is a national Microsoft master VAR (Value Added Reseller) with Gold level competency in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM). Over the past 30 years, they have been recognized as Microsoft Partner of the Year, Inner Circle Member and Microsoft President’s Club member multiple times. The company is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey and operates offices across North America. For more information, please visit SBS Group’s website at http://www.sbsgroupusa.com. Follow us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sbs-group, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/sbsgroup and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SBSGroupUSA.


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What is the Point of AXIO Core Financials with Dynamics 365 for Operations?

At first glance, it just doesn’t make sense that SBS Group (or anyone for that matter) would create a third-party solution to enhance financial management for one of the world’s most noted financial management solutions.  I’ve had several potential clients ask about this and my answer is always the same:  It is about helping our customers realize business value faster.

When a business invests in technology, they expect tangible results.  Whether they’re aspiring to enhance operational performance, improve the customer experience or capitalize on new opportunities, the goal is to provide genuine business value in the least amount of time.  The days of waiting for smart technologists to reverse engineer generalized solutions to the needs of individual companies over the course of months and years has been put to pasture by the advent of cloud computing.

We’ve implemented ERP solutions for thousands of companies and have learned a thing or two about the kind of configurations, enhancements and customizations that different types of buyers will need.  We put that knowledge to use with every engagement, and in the case of AXIO Core Financials, we start well in advance of the engagement.

After all, Microsoft did their part. They created Dynamics 365 for Operations which is arguably the most robust ERP platform on the market today.   It is an extremely flexible, scalable Cloud ERP platform that takes advantage of the entire Microsoft Office and server stack.  It is up to our team to bend, balance and bedazzle the solution so that it operates as if it were created exclusively for each customer…and to do it quickly and efficiently.

“Bedazzling Dynamics 365 for Operations” with AXIO Core Financials

So how exactly do you bedazzle financials?  Well, you begin by understanding who you’re bedazzling it for.  AXIO Core Financials is designed to help larger, enterprise-level organizations who require universal integration of finance across any number of countries, companies and other entities. We often work with professional services firms who have operations and projects around the world and distribution companies with complex ownership and revenue management structures.  Complex operations require special attention to the setup of even the most fundamental system components.  AXIO Core Financials includes:

  • Multi-company, multi-currency management.
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • General Ledger
  • Fixed Assets
  • Procurement and Sourcing
  • Product, Inventory and Warehouse Management
  • Banking and Advanced Credit Management.
  • Regulatory support
  • Human Resource Management
  • Advanced commissions management.
  • Excel Budget Importing
  • Master Data Management Import Templates
  • Pre-Defined Business Process Flows w/ Swim-Lane Diagrams
  • On-Screen and In-App Task Guides
  • Content-Sensitive Help and Training Material

AXIO Core Financials enhances global scalability, compliance with GAAP, IFRS, Sarbanes-Oxley, and DCAA requirements and spans all the important back-office processes in your firm to give you unparalleled insight and control of all critical financial functions.

Sample Screen-Shot of Bank Management Workspace

AXIO Core Financials Bank Workspace with Dynamics 365 for Operations

Sample Screen-Shot of Credit and Collections Workspace

AXIO Core Financials Credit and Collection Workspace with Dynamics 365 for Operations

Faster Time to Value

By leveraging best practices and lessons learned over more than 30 years to create AXIO Core Financials, our team has been able to decrease the related Dynamics 365 for Operations implementation by an average 30-45%. And, our clients get a much-improved experience with fewer frustrations and confidence knowing that their solution has been vetted and approved by the Microsoft AppSource Team.

AXIO Core Financials on Microsoft AppSource

Learn more about AXIO Core Financials on our website or see it in Microsoft’s AppSource along with other SBS Group solutions like AXIO Professional Services for Project-Oriented firms.

Best regards,

Robbie Morrison
Chief Solution Strategist, SBS Group

About Robbie
Robbie Morrison has spent nearly 20 years helping customers build and deploy elegant technology and business solutions.  From start-ups to enterprise-class organizations worldwide, his knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem and products helps SBS Group customers maximize ROI on technology investments.  Robbie

Today, Robbie serves SBS Group customers in his role as Chief Solution Strategist where he provides thought leadership and manages the development of B2B solutions.  Robbie received his MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.
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SBS Group to Present Microsoft Dynamics 365 Webcast with Redmond Partner Channel

The webcast will discuss SBS Group’s new solution for the partner community, the Stratos Cloud Alliance.

SBS Group, a leading information technology services and consulting firm, will be presenting a webcast with Redmond Channel Partner focused on the changing marketplace known to the technology partner community. The webcast will occur Wednesday, March 29 at 12 p.m. ET.

The webcast, entitled “Drive More Revenue and Customer Stickiness with Dynamics 365 – The Opportunity for IT Solution Providers and MSPs,” will focus on the impact of Dynamics 365 on technology partners. The speakers will overview the market potential for Microsoft Cloud Business Applications, breakdown the elements of Dynamics 365 from a business opportunity perspective, introduce the features and benefits of the Stratos Cloud Alliance, and demonstrate how businesses can capitalize on the exploding market for Microsoft Cloud business solutions.

The speakers for the webcast are Joseph Longo, Scott May and Dave Wallen. Longo is the Chief Operating Officer at SBS Group, Scott May is SBS Group’s Director of Channel Programs, Stratos Cloud Alliance, and Dave Wallen is the Marketing Director at SBS Group. The three speakers bring over sixty years of Dynamics experience combined.

Registration for this webcast is free. To register, visit https://rcpmag.com/webcasts/2017/02/sbsgroup329-drive-more-revenue-and-customer.aspx?partnerref=sbs.

The Stratos Cloud Alliance (SCA) is SBS Group’s new program for technology partners looking to expand their breadth of solutions while minimizing investment. The SCA features a comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft Cloud Business and Productivity Solutions, ISV Products and Tools, and Partner and Customer Services. The SCA offers three flexible partner models (including a white-label option) and all partner tiers are powered by best-in-class e-commerce capabilities and include dedicated partner teams and support services designed to simplify onboarding and streamline the partner experience. To learn more about the SCA, visit http://www.dynamics365partner.com.

About Redmond Channel Partner
Redmond Channel Partner, a part of 1105 Redmond Media Group, is an independent advocate for Microsoft partners. The publication offers these partners advice on how to expand their businesses, develop fruitful partnerships, build a services-oriented business, work more closely with Microsoft, develop and market unique areas of expertise and satisfy customers. Redmond Channel Partner provides news, in-depth analysis, and hands-on information for IT directors, managers, developers, administrators and partners in the Microsoft community.

About SBS Group
SBS Group is a national Microsoft master VAR (Value Added Reseller) with Gold level competency in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM). Over the past 30 years, they have been recognized as Microsoft Partner of the Year, Inner Circle Member and Microsoft President’s Club member multiple times. The company is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey and operates offices across North America. For more information, please visit SBS Group’s website at http://www.sbsgroupusa.com. Follow us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sbs-group, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/sbsgroup and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SBSGroupUSA.


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SBS Group to Present Microsoft Partner Webcast with MSDynamicsWorld.com

The webcast will discuss the impact of Dynamics 365 on the Dynamics partner community and their new program, the Stratos Cloud Alliance.

SBS Group, a leading information technology services and consulting firm, has announced they will be presenting a webcast with MSDynamicsWorld.com focused on the impact of Dynamics 365 on Dynamics partners. The webcast will occur Thursday, March 30 at 12 p.m. ET.

The webcast, entitled “The Dynamics 365 Market Disruption: How Dynamics ERP Partners Can Meet the Challenge” will emphasize the need for Dynamics partners to adapt to today’s marketplace in order to succeed. Attendees will learn about the challenges that recently entered the marketplace, mainly Dynamics 365, and some of the options partners have to overcome these challenges. Additionally, SBS Group’s new program, Stratos Cloud Alliance (SCA), will be presented and discussed.

The presenters for the webcast are Joseph Longo and Scott May. Longo is the Chief Operating Officer at SBS Group. May is the Director of Channel Programs, Stratos Cloud Alliance at SBS Group. Both presenters bring a wealth of Dynamics partner experience.

Registration for the webcast is free. To register, visit http://ow.ly/eld5309RCHW.

The Stratos Cloud Alliance (SCA) is SBS Group’s new program for Dynamics partners looking to expand their breadth of solutions while minimizing investment. The SCA features a comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft Cloud Business and Productivity Solutions, ISV Products and Tools, and Partner and Customer Services. The SCA offers three flexible partner models (including a white-label option) and all partner tiers are powered by best-in-class e-commerce capabilities and include dedicated partner teams and support services designed to simplify onboarding and streamline the partner experience. To learn more about the SCA, visit http://www.dynamics365partner.com.

About MSDynamicsWorld.com
MSDynamicsWorld.com, a GuidePoint Media publication, is the leading global independent authority covering the world of Microsoft Dynamics. MSDynamicsWorld.com is the Microsoft Dynamics community’s resource for news, expert advice, tips, best practices, white papers, case studies, and analysis.

About SBS Group
SBS Group is a national Microsoft master VAR (Value Added Reseller) with Gold level competency in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM). Over the past 30 years, they have been recognized as Microsoft Partner of the Year, Inner Circle Member and Microsoft President’s Club member multiple times. The company is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey and operates offices across North America. For more information, please visit SBS Group’s website at http://www.sbsgroupusa.com. Follow us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sbs-group, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/sbsgroup and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SBSGroupUSA.


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