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Microsoft Azure CSP: Is It a Ponzi Scheme?

A Ponzi scheme is defined as "a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned by the organization."

Ok, so Azure CSP is not a Ponzi scheme, but it has its challenges, and Microsoft has been working to tweak the programme to make it more favourable to the end customer.


In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about Microsoft Azure CSP not being fit for purpose. Critics say that the program is not driven by value for the client or what they need, but by multiple partners in a chain who are looking to make a commission. Microsoft has made several changes to Azure CSP over the years in order to allow customers to escape their original partner. Is this really a good arrangement for the customer?

In many cases, customers were locked into Azure CSP with a specific partner and were unable to move to another one without incurring heavy migration costs. This has left many customers feeling trapped and frustrated, especially when they discover that their current partner is not meeting their needs. Azure CSP has the potential to be a great solution for customers, but Microsoft needs to make some changes to ensure that customers are not left feeling trapped and unable to move to a new partner.


How did Microsoft change Azure CSP for partners?

Microsoft has made several changes to Azure CSP over the years, and it seems like they're trying to fix the program. The first change was to Azure CSP's pricing. Azure CSP used to be a lot more expensive than it is now. The second change was to the commission structure for partners. Microsoft has reduced the commission that partners can earn, and in many cases, they have removed it entirely.

The third change was introducing the Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA) to Azure CSP. With Azure EA, customers can get Azure CSP at a lower price, and they don't have to go through a partner.

The fourth and final change was Azure Migrate. Azure Migrate is a free tool that helps customers move their on-premises workloads to Azure. This means that customers can move to Azure without having to go through a partner.


So, what does this all mean for the customer?

These changes show that Microsoft is trying to address the concerns about Azure CSP not being fit for purpose. By reducing the price and making it easier for customers to move to Azure without going through a partner, Microsoft is making Azure CSP more attractive to customers.

Azure CSP is still a relatively new program, and only time will tell if these changes are enough to make it successful. For now, it seems like Microsoft is committed to making Azure CSP work for customers.


What do you think about Azure CSP?

To get the full story about the changes that are taking place with the Azure CSP and key dates involved read our full article here:

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