Sandra Koutzenko
Director of Training Services
United Kingdom
Growing Together - How We Can All Create New Microsoft Business Applications Talent

Session Abstract

We all know that the lack of talent is a big obstacle for growth in the Microsoft Business Applications area, and we all agree on the necessity to fix this - regardless of our roles within the industry. Many BizApps Partners say that their main success blocker is the lack of talent. Experienced consultants are also feeling the strain of being unable to find trained and reliable collaborators. Yet, we seem to be going around in circles and repeating the same partners where companies are poaching the same talent from each-other. What we need is a mindset shift from us all in the community. We all want to grow the talent pool, and we can all contribute small elements to making it happen - whether we are consultants working individually or representatives of companies in the Microsoft ecosystem. This session offers concrete, yet easy steps everybody in the BizApps industry can take to participate in creating net new BizApps talent, and ultimately, ensure this growing community can truly thrive. Session agenda: - What makes now an essential turning point for creating net new talent in BizApps - How companies can easily implement net new talent creation programs that will be successful and rewarding, - How experienced BizApps consultants can take small steps to make a big difference (inspiring others to train, mentoring new talent) - How to address common challenges / objections to creating new talent rather than hiring experienced consultants - Taking action - identifying one small step you can take now to make a difference

Sandra Koutzenko

Sandra is a strategic leader specialised in developing talent in the Microsoft Technology sector, with a particular focus on Microsoft Business Applications. She believes in offering solutions that create sustainable success for everybody in this dynamic, ever-growing area. Over the past 9 years, she has been creating and delivering products and services supporting companies in the Microsoft space to hire, train and nurture well-needed talent. She has also been actively encouraging and guiding individuals with their training journey in the Microsoft Business Applications world. In her capacity as the leader of 365 Talent Portal's Microsoft Learning Partner Practice, Sandra has also developed an expertise that spans beyond talent development and into the more intricate aspects of Microsoft Partner Practice building. She is now an advisor, content creator and speaker on topics that span Microsoft training methodologies and paths, Microsoft Business Applications talent strategies, and ways to build and grow successful Microsoft Business Applications Partner Practices.

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