Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Voices for Innovation … Is your voice being heard?

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Is your data protected?

Are you sure?

What state, local and federal government activities are going on that could impact the access and sovereignty of your information?

Whether it’s your personal information or your professional data streams. Microsoft is working to insure your data is safe, to make sure you are aware of and able to take action on activities at all levels of government.

Microsoft is working with and through the Voices for Innovation (VFI) organization to Educate, Advocate, and Network on behalf of citizens and businesses.

From the VFI website:
Voices for Innovation (VFI) is a Microsoft supported community of technology professionals and everyday Americans who help advance technology, IT job growth, and businesses of all sizes. As empowered citizen advocates, we work together to shape public policies for our 21st century digital economy and society.

Webinar on Feb 11

imageMicrosoft VP of US Education, Margo Day, will be delivering a webinar on Feb 11th. The topic is Policy Challenges and Partner Opportunities in U.S. Education

Sign up here and tune in on the 11th at 10am PST

My Notes from the Trails video inviting you to join VFI and IAMCP:

Notes from the Trails - Voices for Innovation from Jeff Shuey on Vimeo.

Take Action

Don’t forget to follow the leaders of VFI

Getting Started

If you are active with the Voices for Innovation team … fantastic.

If you aren’t yet … there is no better time to get involved.

Go to the VFI website and sign up for the newsletter. Jonathan Friebert - @Friebs on Twitter – and his team put out a weekly newsletter that helps insure you know what’s going on and what you can do about it.

What other ways are you involved?

  • Are there other areas that VFI should be involved with today?
  • What are the hot issues for your business?
  • What challenges does you industry face related to data access, data sovereignty, fixing the talent gap, and Cybersecurity overall?

Drop a comment here and we’ll see what we can do. I can’t make any promises, but together we can bring ideas, issues and concerns to the forefront.

Image Credits: Voices for Innovation, Microsoft

clip_image001Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2. He is currently the consulting with Microsoft and partners to drive Community Engagement and Alliances.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Encourage a STEMWIT near you

Half the population of the world can, will and has already done amazing things.

imageSome of the greatest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math accomplishments have been envisioned and achieved by … gasp .. women.

Encourage a STEMWIT near you.

Now is the time to help women to know that they can and should continue these efforts. There is much more to STEM and STEMWIT efforts that just writing code. However, coding is a good place to start.

Beyond the BroGrammer Mentality

I heard this term on The Daily Show from Reshma Saujani,  the founder of Girls Who Code. By her own admission she is not a coder. However, she explains her commitment to help Girls Who Code in the video.

Girls need to see other girls getting into coding.

Are you encouraging a kid near you to do amazing things?

Bonus points if it’s a girl.

Women in Technology is NOT new

Women in Technology is something that has been around for many years. Some of the best and most pioneering efforts were envisioned, accomplished and published by women.

Something changed along the way. Yes, there are still a lot of women doing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But, there is more of a Bro mentality these days. This can change. This should change. Change starts with you.

Encourage a STEMWIT near you.

In case you haven’t figured out this quasi-portmanteau … STEMWIT is a combination of STEM and WIT. And means … Encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Women in Technology.

All About the Code

Nope. It’s not all about the code.

Even though some of the earliest coders were women. Notably,

imageOf course, there have been incredible women in STEM (and STEAM) efforts over the course of history. To the well known accomplishments of Marie Curie’s pioneering efforts with X-Rays to lesser known and popularized efforts of countless women.

Ten women that you may have only heard of in passing or haven’t heard of at all are highlighted in this great article by the Smithsonian - Ten Historic Female Scientists You Should Know.

Why Do I Care?

As a father of a teenage daughter I have always encouraged her to consider the sciences. As an engineer I encourage anyone that wants to get involved in STEM (or STEAM if you prefer – see my post on STEM or STEAM – The Answer is the Same). As the President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter I am actively involved in the Seattle WIT chapter (which is supported by the IAMCP and Microsoft).

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How Can You Get Involved?

There are a lot of ways to get involved and give back. Everything from supporting local DECA efforts to joining your local IAMCP chapter (Join Us) and becoming involved in the WIT chapter efforts. We have regularly scheduled meetings all over the world. The Seattle chapter meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month – You are Invited (read more)

Let’s Connect

If you want to know more or connect with me to ask any questions or get involved please contact me directly. My contact details are below for social networking channels or send email to jeff@nunalu.com

For more information on IAMCP and IAMCP WIT efforts go to: http://www.iamcp-us.org/ and http://www.iamcp-us.org/?page=WomenInTechnology

For more information go to Girls Who Code - http://girlswhocode.com/

Image Credits: NASA, IAMCP, Microsoft

clip_image001Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2. He is currently the consulting with Microsoft and partners to drive Community Engagement and Alliances.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

You Are Invited … IAMCP Seattle Chapter Meeting

Partnership PuzzleAre you a Microsoft Partner?

Are you thinking of becoming one?

Are you selling in the cloud?

Do you want to?

If yes to any of these questions … I’d like to personally invite you to the next IAMCP Seattle chapter meeting. Register here!

The First Meeting is FREE!

You do NOT need to be an IAMCP member.
However, please register so we know you are coming

Tell a friend too. If you know partners in the Seattle area that you think can benefit from a few more deals … tell them. (click to tweet)

Mea Culpa! I have corrected the Registration link

Fixed Link (click me): There was a problem with the way I setup the registration a few weeks ago. If you tried to register and had a problem … please try again. Worst case … send me an email to jeff@nunalu.com to let me know you are coming.

Different Kind of Meeting

This month we are going to try something a little different. We will all sit around one table. So, instead of a traditional presenter / audience setup we will share a running conversation where we will ask four questions.

  1. Who are you?
  2. What is your Business?
  3. How can we help You?
  4. How can you help Us?

The idea is to help us understand your business and see how we can mutually help each other. It may be directly or via a trusted referral. Bring your ideas and let’s see what we can to … together.

Special Guest Speaker

imageThis month we have a special gues speaker in Microsoft’s Jen Sieger. She is the leader of the Cloud Partner Profitability team. She has helped hundreds of partners get started in the cloud.

Follow her on Twitter here.

She will be sharing a few tips and tricks for growing a profitable business in the cloud. I personally would like to thank her for taking the time to share her expertise with our local IAMCP Seattle chapter.

Video Invitation (directl link)

I shoot a lot of Notes from the Trails. This was the first one I shot in 2016. It’s my personal invitation for you to attend the first IAMCP Seattle chapter meeting of 2016.

Please register if you can make it. If you cannot register please drop me a note at jeff@nunalu.com as there may be something funny going on with the registration link.

I hope to see you on Thursday. And, if you cannot make it this time … Mark Your Calendar for the 3rd Thursday of every month.

In the meantime … I wish you Good Partnering.

Also, if you haven’t registered for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Click on the image below to go to the registration site and take advantage of the discounts.

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clip_image001Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2. He is currently the consulting with Microsoft and partners to drive Community Engagement and Alliances.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Were you watching the leaderboards?

IAMCP - Jon Rivers (Marketing Monarchs) - WPC 2015 Leader BoardIf you have been to any of the Microsoft partner events in the past 12 months there is one name that consistently dominates the leaderboards.

It was Jon Rivers of Marketing Monarchs.

He is the king of posting before, during and oftentimes after these big Microsoft events. The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Orlando and the Microsoft Convergence event in Atlanta are great examples.

There is a reason Jon is a Social Ambassador. He understands what it takes to get the word out and does a great job of keeping the people at the event and the people watching from afar informed.

Comically … he was banned by Twitter for a little while during both of these events. Even though he and Microsoft gave Twitter a heads up that he would be posting a lot of content. Such is life!

Making It Easy to Stay Informed

Jon is an expert on the Microsoft Dynamics suite of products. He’s also helping the IAMCP and Microsoft efforts to get the word out using social media and speaking sessions.

WP_20150714_016He’s a speaker too. His session on using LinkedIn at the WPC in Orlando was a standing room only crowd. His content resonated and the questions from the audience showed they were engaged and interested. He might even share the content with you if you ask nicely.

Now he can help you … Jon started a company to help Microsoft (and other) partners get the most out of social media exposure. He’s making it really easy to work with him and based on the work I’ve done with him I can highly recommend him. His ability to understand your message and morph it into a form that can maxmize exposure using Social Media is unparalleled.

Marketing Monarchs is LIVE!

imageIf you haven’t met Jon yet you can follow him on Twitter. And, when you are at the next Microsoft event look for Jon on top of the leaderboards.

While I’m thinking about leaderboards …

Have You Registered for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Yet?

The next WPC is happening in Toronto in July 2016. The registration pages are live now. Discounts are available for early signups. Get registered today using this link or click on the image below.

I hope to see you in Toronto. Jon Rivers and I will both be there. Where I’m sure he’ll be at the top of the leaderboard again.

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As always please feel free to reach out with any questions you have about partnering with Microsoft and building your community of raving fans.

clip_image001Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2. He is currently the consulting with Microsoft and partners to drive Community Engagement and Alliances.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Pike Place Market gets better with each visit

imageIn a slight departure from my usual posts. This is a mini-love letter to the Seattle landmark … the Pike Place Market.

Every time I go to Pike Place Market I get the chance to see, smell or touch something new. Every time!

If you’ve been … you know!

WP_20151220_11_39_56_ProIf you haven’t been … make sure the market is part of your next (or first) visit to Seattle.

Today we took a bit of a walkabout from the Marriott Waterfront hotel. Since we were coming in from the Alaska Way level (just across from the Seattle Aquarium) we climbed the steps and started on the lower levels.

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Where to Start?

There is so much to see and do. Whether it’s gray and rainy day or glorious sunny day there is always a lot of activity at Pike Place Market. From the famous guys throwing fish to Punk Rock Donuts to the classic old world newsstand.

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The Obvious Places

The first Starbucks retail store, the fishmongers and the fruit vendors. You can’t miss these.

To the less obvious, but right on the the main drag. Watch the Beecher’s Cheese team making cheese. Step in to try some samples too. Try the “crystal finish” cheeses. You will want more. Trust me!

Don’t miss the Macaron’s at Le Pannier and the Pierogies at Piroshky Piroshky and the cookies at the Three Girls Bakery.

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Heads Up: It’s Pike Place Market. It’s not Pike’s Place.

There is also the (in)famous Gum Wall --- which was just recently cleaned. Where they removed some 2000 pounds of gum off the walls. Don’t worry … you can still put gum on the walls. This is a tradition that is sticking around (pun intended).

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Go Downstrairs for the Full Market Experience

There are restaurants, stores and curiosities in the lower levels. Don’t miss these. Everything from magic stores to book stores to candy shoppes to places that pretty much defy description. Just take a walk on the lower levels. You’ll see what I mean.

Take the trip from the bottom up (like we did today), but if you start at the top make sure you journey down at least one level. You will not be disappointed. There are several access points. Just look for the signs that say Lower Level.

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Pike Up!

If you really want to get involved join in the Pike Up efforts. I learned about it from, of all things, a commercial on TV.

A friend I worked with at Microsoft, Francois Ajenstat, was talking about his and Amy Morgan’s commitment to Pike Up! and becoming Piggybackers.



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Who’s Rachel? 

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At various places you will see a pig. That’s Rachel.

She is the mascot and symbol of the market.

You’ll see decorated pigs and some that are naked bronze pigs. The main “Rachel” is at the corner just below the main “Pike Market Center” sign (the one on the top of this post). Stop and take a few pictures with her. She’s not shy.

One of the Pike Up! options is to get your own hoofprint which will be in Pike Place Market for a long time.
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There is a Rudolph Rachel on the roof with a red nose and three ReinPigs following. There’s also a Santa Rachel near the Pike Up donation station.

No matter what you do at Pike Place Market you will likely see, smell and get to touch something different every time.

Today we got to meet a 14 year old Golden Retriever at the Magic Shoppe. We got to chat with a funny proprietor of a small, independent book store (I have a rule --- you can’t leave a book store without buying something), and we got to see a kid try to use chopsticks for the first time.

We also got to smell the nuts roasting, the pierogies being baked and the always deliciously enticing scents at a French bakery.

When you are in downtown Seattle take a few spare moments to walk around the Pike Place Market. Don’t forget to check out the lower levels. Ya never know what you might find.

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What’s the one thing you always do when you visit?

I’m not going to ask for your parking secret, but if you want to share that and your other Pike Place Market tips in the comments feel free.

See you at the market!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cut the Crap … that’s what Dana would say

Get Dana's Book!
I had the pleasure of meeting up with a colleague from my Microsoft days recently.

Her name is Dana Manciagli and she has a great philosophy about researching, applying, and getting hired for your dream job. It’s simple. She says:

Cut The Crap

And she has written a book with this same somewhat provocative title. It gets your attention … which is exactly what it’s supposed to do. She also has a weekly blog that highlights points about what it takes to get hired today. Her focus is primarily on the candidate today.
She also has thoughts for hiring managers. Which I believe is the topic of her next book.
You can get the full scoop (pun intended) of what Dana is up to on her website.

Women In Technology


Dana is also active in the IAMCP WIT chapter. Where she shares her thoughts and gives back to the community.

She is also active in the STEMWIT efforts that the IAMCP WIT chapter of Seattle is driving. More information can be found about WIT here on the IAMCP site.
Key Point: Although this group is named Women in Technology there is still a place for men in the meetings and the activities. So, if you are a guy and interested in helping drive awareness, education and inclusion please consider checking out you local WIT efforts.
STEMWIT Support

Dana and the IAMCP WIT Seattle chapter are active at Highline School efforts for educating high school and other school aged kids that are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Here’s my take on my take on STEMWIT Efforts
Be on the lookout for Dana at WIT Events and beyond

It’s always great to catch up with Dana. Even if it’s just for a few minutes. Her energy, her passion and her presence are infectious.

In case you missed her at CenturyLink Field she was very actively involved in the NFL’s breast cancer awareness month efforts. She was highlighted on Seattle’s KING5 television station where she shared her commitment to the cause.

To find out more about what Dana is up to take a look at her website and if you have used some of her ideas to Cut The Crap and get hired please share your thoughts here or let Dana know directly.

In case you can’t tell … I am a huge fan of Dana. 

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you … whether you are a guy or a girl … at WIT activities around Seattle or wherever we may meet.

If you want more information about IAMCP, WIT, or STEMWIT please feel free to connect with me directly.

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Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2. He is currently the consulting with Microsoft and partners to drive Community Engagement and Alliances.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

You are Invited ... Notes from the Trails

imageMost people know me as a partner, channels and business development guy. Which I am.

However, I also participate in a radio show on the first Monday of every month.

Guess what? That’s tomorrow!

I shot a little video invitation for you.

You Are Invited!

It’s free and dare I say fun. Every month I do a segment called Breakthrough Byte. This month I’ll be talking about The Computer in Your Pocket. Yes, I will be talking about Windows Phones and Continuum.

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For those that have been following along they know I am a Windows Phone enthusiast. Even though it may not always seem like it … I do want the platform to succeed.

Windows Phones and The Future

My Breakthrough Byte segment will not focus exclusively on the Windows Phone platform, but there is a development from the past few months that does play a significant part in this months segment. Microsoft announced a product called “Continuum” early in 2015. They have showed it a few times and I wrote about it here Is this the Microsoft Surface Mini? – where I make a prediction about what will happen with the platform. Hint: It’s a Tilt the Tables play.image

Thanks for Keeping it 100
There are two people I know that are so beholden to the Windows Phone platform that I think they may have written something about the devices and platform in their wills. Yes, I’m talking about David Gersten and John Kelso. Both are great guys and I truly do appreciate their passion and their willingness to keep me honest.

Tune-in to Learn More

I will also be doing a special segment as I fill in for Don Cooper, the Sales Heretic, as he takes care of some family business. I’ll be doing a segment on Mindset - Are Your Internal Conversations Killing Your Sales.

imageOf course, as with every month, there will be a long form featured interview with an author led by Michele Price. This month it’s Bill George, the author of:

Discover Your True North

Notes from the Trails

Here is a little video invitation I shot for you from my local Mtn Biking trails.

I usually do these mid-way through my ride in my local forest. Enjoy!

See you on the radio tomorrow!

Let me know how we did. We do this radio show for you. I’m always looking for great ideas to share. If you have something you think would be good for a Breakthrough Byte segment drop a comment here or ping me via any of the channels below.

Thanks for listening!

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Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2. He is currently the consulting with Microsoft and partners to drive Community Engagement and Alliances.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog

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