Microsoft chose StratusLIVE because of our deep-rooted commitment to the nonprofit sector – we’re one of just a few such representatives – and because, in Microsoft’s words, companies like StratusLIVE “demonstrate an ability to develop innovative technologies, methodologies, and outstanding customer service.”
As with all Microsoft partners, we’re tasked with tailoring Microsoft’s many complex, cloud-based enterprise technologies to meet the diverse and growing demands of today’s nonprofit industry. And in keeping with Microsoft’s rigorous partner standards, we must do so with cost-effective, flexible solutions.
This presents StratusLIVE with an enormously important responsibility – and opportunity – to represent the rapidly evolving needs of the nonprofit sector. This is particularly true today, with Microsoft’s launch of the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator and the Common Data Model for Nonprofits, two critical initiatives aimed at helping nonprofit organizations leverage Microsoft technologies to drive greater impact and to create open data standards for improved interoperability and transparency.
“The launch of the Common Data Model for Nonprofits is an unprecedented step that aligns software providers like Microsoft with nonprofits and donors to encourage interoperability and data transparency. The Nonprofit Accelerator brings together solutions built with and for nonprofits by our innovative and global partners [like StratusLIVE] who are committed to collaboratively designing systems that embrace shared data standards to deliver true end-to-end solutions for nonprofits.”
– Justin Spelhaug, General Manager, Microsoft Philanthropies –
Microsoft also sees our partnership as a means to better serve our existing (and future) nonprofit customers, since we not only play a role in influencing design and development choices, but also introducing those new tools to customers.
The net result of all this mutual digital backscratching? A suite of technologies that enable our nonprofit customers to easily navigate between the Office products they already know and our StratusLIVE donor management, CRM, and other nonprofit tools. That is the very definition of win-win.