Our Nimble team has just returned from attending Inspire 2017, the Microsoft Partner conference formerly known as the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). It was a tremendously productive conference, and we are beyond excited. Microsoft did an amazing job of introducing their One Commercial Partner initiative of Putting Partners First during the keynote presentations and related breakouts, roundtables, and exhibition hall presentations.
Highlights included the Microsoft Partner Networking Reception held at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and the United States Partner Celebration held at the brand new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. They were elegant forums for our Nimble team to network and lobby on behalf of our unique CRM solution for Office 365 with some of the top Microsoft Partners and Resellers worldwide.
Microsoft Partners are “Inspired” to Resell Nimble
Microsoft featured Nimble as an approved Office 365 ISV for Microsoft MSP/CSPs/VARs to start bundling and selling together. Microsoft resellers immediately saw the value that Nimble adds to Office 365 to help customers grow sales and profits. Microsoft provided us booth time to showcase and introduce Nimble to Microsoft partners and to form partnerships.
Nimble is fully committed to helping other Microsoft reseller partners to modernize their sales and marketing to become even more successful with our cloud CRM. It was great to meet many great Microsoft MSPs and discuss Nimble’s vision for how we can drive more Microsoft business through the Nimble Social Sales and Marketing CRM Application. Our vision was well received by both MSPs and Microsoft managers who were excited about future collaboration opportunities.
Our head of Strategic Partnerships and VP of Sales and Business Development Dwight Foster working with the Microsoft Office 365 team and talking about how we help Microsoft partners modernize their sales and marketing.
Nimble Launched a Microsoft Reseller Program
Nimble announced the launch of a global Nimble Solution Partner Program to address the growing market need for our simple, affordable CRM for Microsoft Office 365 and Google Gsuite users. The program provides resellers, distribution partners, consulting firms and systems integrators with the materials and support they need to deliver a leading small business social sales and marketing CRM solution or service to their customers.
Nimble also announced that Kevin Turner has joined Nimble to lead Strategic Partner Development. Showing a strong commitment to a scaling a world class partner program Nimble has brought on board a CRM Channel industry veteran Kevin Turner to lead Strategic Partner Development. Before joining Nimble, Kevin Turner was one of the principal at Model Metrics, a Salesforce consulting company with over 1,000+ Salesforce deployments that Salesforce acquired for ~$100M. Prior to Model Metrics, Kevin Turner was a partner for a Top Ten GoldMine Reseller.
Nimble Launches New Free Add-in for Microsoft Office 365 and Outlook Desktop/Mobile
At Inspire, we also announced our new Nimble Contacts add-in for Microsoft Office 365 and Outlook desktop and iOS. It is both a freemium and paid add-in that delivers instant social business insights on people and companies. Based on the premise that it should be easier for people to connect authentically in today’s over-connected world, Nimble synchronizes individual emails, calendars and contacts into a shared team relationship manager enriched with rich social and business profiles for O365 and Outlook users everywhere they work.
A Lot of Work, But Also A Lot of Fun!
To give you an idea as to how much fun Microsoft partners and our team had at this event, we have included below a picture of Michael Spoont, the CEO of IV4 – top CSP Partner and 2016 Microsoft SMB Cloud Partner of the Year for the Northeast. As you can see, he is decked out in early 1970’s costume to fit in with his role at the event.
Michael Spoont – CEO of IV4 at the Microsoft Partner Dating Game at Inspire 2017.
Nimble VP of Sales and Business Development Dwight Foster and Boomerang CEO Alex Moore at the Microsoft Partner Dating Game at Inspire 2017.
The Keynotes Were Amazing And Featured A Cameo of Our Nimble CEO, Jon Ferrara
The keynotes by Satya Nadella (Microsoft’s CEO), and Ron Huddleston (Corporate Vice President One Commercial Partner Organization), were especially informative on the vision for Microsoft and its partner relationships going forward. We were also thrilled to be a featured sponsor and have our CEO Jon Ferrara featured in a brief introductory video with a quote during the keynote.
Microsoft Plans to Put Partners at the Center of $4.5 Trillion Transformation Opportunity
“Digital transformation is a wave of business innovation fueled by cloud technologies like the Internet of Things, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and data. Driving our customers’ businesses forward through digital transformation has opened an estimated $4.5 trillion market opportunity”, says Judson Althoff – Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Business in this blog post.
Putting Microsoft MSP, CSP & ISV Partners First
Ron Huddleston, CVP of One Commercial Partner, shared his vision of Putting Microsoft Partners First by bringing together partner-focused teams from across the company into one organization. One Commercial Partner harnesses Microsoft partners expertise and knowledge – technical, marketing, business development, and programs. It brings together the things that work so that every partner can benefit, regardless of size, business model, or geography. Build-with, Go-To-Market With and Sell-with.
Microsoft Announced a New Program for ISVs
Microsoft announced a new program for ISV partners called ISV Cloud Embed which will make it even easier for them to purchase Dynamics 365, Power Apps, Microsoft Flow & Power BI as embeddable “building blocks” to modernize existing business applications, and build new ones.
Modernize your sales and marketing with social
Nimble CEO Jon Ferrara spoke about the power of personal branding and the ways it can help you achieve your passion, plan, and purpose in life to grow your business. He covered how to build self-sustaining brands and networks filled with prospects, customers and their influencers. Jon closed with two talks: “How to Nurture Business Relationships” and the “Secrets of Turning Your Contacts Into Gold”.
Press Coverage of Nimble at Inspire 17
Nimble Launches Add-in for Microsoft Office 365 and Outlook, Delivering Social Business Insights on People and Companies https://bit.ly/2unMCNS
Nimble Launches Partner Program to Address Growing Market Demand for its Award Winning Social Selling CRM https://bit.ly/2uj2JLJ
Customer Think – Nimble & Microsoft Are Getting Closer
Disrupt TV – Interview with Nimble CEO, Jon Ferrara
CRN – 10 Coolest Cloud StartUps of 2017 So Far
CRN – Microsoft Soft Launches SAAS Marketplace by Partnering with Nimble
CRM Talk Podcast: Jon Ferrara, CEO of Nimble discusses Social Selling the Nimble Way
Channel Pro Network: Nimble Launches Add In To Microsoft Office 365 & Outlook
Alan Lepowski Enterprise Software Analyst with Constellation Research – Nimble Add-in to Office 365 Review
LA business Journal – Nimble Add-in Makes it Easy Manage Relationships in Microsoft Office365
CRN – Nimble CRM, Nimble Launches Partner Program to Address Growing Market Demand for its Award Winning Social Selling CRM
Destination CRM – Free Nimble add-in delivers contact and company background details to Office 365.
More About Nimble
Nimble works for you everywhere you engage: inside Office 365 & Outlook desktop, Outlook Mobile, Microsoft Teams, and Dynamics CRM. We build your CRM for you by connecting your team’s Office 365 contacts, emails, and calendars into a unified relationship manager enriched with the business insights you need to effectively engage.
Our Add-in for Microsoft Outlook enriches contacts with social business details for more effective engagement. Add it to your Outlook.com or Office 365 inbox today to use Nimble in Outlook. Available for Outlook Desktop, Web, and iOS.
Nimble – The #1 Rated Social Sales and Marketing CRM
Nimble has been named best CRM in Market Leadership, Ease of Use and Satisfaction by many experts including: Nimble Named 2017 CRM Watchlist Winner, Nimble Named a Winner in 2017 CRM Watchlist for a Third Year, Joining Salesforce and Microsoft, Nimble Named #1 CRM by G2 Crowd for Customer Satisfaction in Latest 2017 CRM Rankings for the Fourth Year in a Row, Nimble Tops Satisfaction Ratings in G2Crowd’s Spring 2017 Small-Business CRM Software Grid Report.