Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Events are Changing … FreemanXP is thinking about the Future

FreemanXP - Events of the Future and Change (Marc Pomerleau) Today I heard a great presentation from FreemanXP’s Marc Pomerleau.

He started off with an interesting take on one of my favorite ways to think about the oldest profession.

"Events may be the second oldest profession in the world"

This line always makes me smile. Because it’s not what you may have heard.

More that Made me Smile

Marc got us thinking with some very interesting facts, figures and pictures. He engaged us as an audience by sharing points about the rise of Kentucky Fried Chicken in China, Access to Mobile Phone coverage in Djibouti, and the seemingly innocuous connection between income and protein consumption. I’m not going to go into every point. I recommend finding where Marc is speaking next and hearing the way he expounds upon The Event of the Future.

One of the pictures he shared was from the election of The Pope in 2005 and 2013.
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This was not a presentation that was exclusively focused on what the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) could become. Of course, we got to that. But, before we went there a lot of conversation and thinking points were covered on what an event could be.

Marc talked about a lot of different types of events across several different industries – healthcare and emergency medicine were featured prominently. Some of the goals of The Event of the Future include insuring that the following points are addressed holistically:

  • Technology
  • Diversity
  • Learning

He also spoke about the way events are changing from the traditional older formats where success was measured by growing bigger. To get us thinking about how events can be MUCH better by getting people involved. Formats where people want to engage and where they don’t just show up for the rubber chicken and free drinks.

"It's not how big your booth is anymore" ~Marc Pomerleau

No longer is it about the Tchochkes. Instead The Event of the Future will be based on experiences.

Which is right inline with the direction Microsoft is taking.
As noted in my post about The Experience Economy.

My Other Favorite Quote from Marc

I really liked this quote because it aligns nicely with another post I recently wrote about What we can learn from 40 Years of SNL.

"You don’t need to be the Sage on Stage
… You can Be the Guide on the Side"

What made me smile about this line was that it’s important to remember that you don’t always need to be the person in the limelight. Sharing, guiding and mentoring others has it’s own rewards.

 Peter Thiel - 4 Social TraitsWorking Hard for Every Partner

Thanks to Kati Quigley and the incredible team she has assembled to create an incredible experience for Microsoft Partners at the Worldwide Partner Conference. Kati and her team are working hard to insure every Microsoft partner gets the most out of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC).

If you haven’t registered yet … start here:

Microsoft WPC 2015 - Innovate. Engage. Transform. Lead‎

I am really happy to be part of the Microsoft WPC planning committee and proud to be working with the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) to put time and effort into thinking about partners and the way they will experience The WPC

See you in Orlando. Look for and attend my sessions too.

Image Credits: FreemanXP


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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 is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. 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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Experience Economy … Brought to you by Microsoft

image In the past Microsoft encouraged their employees and partners to stay true to the Microsoft product stack.

As a former Microsoftie I have followed this model and mantra for years.

However, in the last year or so … there has been a shift.

No surprise … this shift is strongly tied to the new CEO. The addition of Satya Nadella is a good thing for Microsoft, and it’s good for customers and partners too.

I’m very happy to see Microsoft is embracing

The Experience Economy.

On-Prem, In the Cloud, or Hybrid?

In this day and age … It doesn’t matter.

In The Experience Economy every thing is open and fair game. If you want to try different devices and services it now encouraged. There is a new focus on experiences.

In case you missed the post by Julia White on the Evolution of SharePoint. Julia is the General Manager for the Office Product Management team at Microsoft. But, the real focus on was on Experiences.

Some of the next experiences (that are starting now) include:

  • Windows 10 – Coming to a PC Near You
  • BYOA – Bring Your Own Applications
  • Apps Everywhere are The Next Big Thing
  • The New Mobile (see this New York Times article)

How about you?
 

What Do You Want To Experience?

Image Credit: Minh Uong / The New York Times


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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 is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. 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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Microsoft Keynote at the SPTechCon – Transparent Hybrid Clouds

image It’s always great to see Arpan Shah speak. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with him across several of his roles at Microsoft – from early SharePoint days through Microsoft Project and now in his current role with Office 365.

Today, Arpan leads the Office 365 Technical Product Management Group at Microsoft. He shared that his early days in tech started in Austin at Trilogy Software. It was great to hear his thoughts and see what his team is up to at Microsoft these days. Hint: It’s all about the Clouds … Seamless & Transparent Clouds

"A great hybrid deployment is when the users don't know it's hybrid"
~Arpan Shah

He covered a wide range of topics related to where Microsoft is heading with Office 365 and with a few other projects too. He highlighted a few specific areas with a lot of emphasis on the shift to the cloud. One point in particular was spot on and very much in line with the thinking of the new Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, specifically:

Microsoft is committed to bringing the cloud to you.

A Few Key Points

Data, IT Control, Ship Cross Plat, Delve, Office 365 video (this is a HUGE), RMS and Roadmaps

I’m not going to re-cap every point he made in monstrous detail here. I’ve captured the parts that I think are relevant and salient to both customers and the world I primarily live in … Partners.

  • Data – The goals are to Minimize Disruption while Insuring Security. There is an emphasis in Encryption at rest & Encryption in transit. There is a strong connection to roadmaps here (the last point below).
  • IT Control – Microsoft has put a lot of effort and focus on MDM - Mobile Device Management & MAM - Mobile App Management
  • Shipping Cross Platform – As many have noticed Microsoft has recently shipped Office for IPad, IOS, Android, iPhone, and yes … Windows 10
  • Delve – For those that don’t know … It's a search thing. In a sense it’s a Knowledge Network revisited. It is driven by SharePoint security and can be turned off by end users or admins. The goal is to become a pervasive experience
  • Office 365 Video (AWESOME) – Microsoft is in the Content Delivery Network (CDN) business with the release of Azure Media Services. Just buy SharePoint storage to get started.
  • RMS – Rights Management Services is back. For those that have tried it in the past you may remember it was hard to setup. It’s much easier to setup and manage in the cloud. The focus is on Data Loss Prevention (DLP). Key Point: Microsoft is looking across all content … not just documents.

Roadmaps Are Public Domain

image Microsoft wants you to know what they are up to. What they are thinking. And, most importantly Microsoft wants to make it easy for you to know what is happening in the world of Office 365.

They have made it VERY EASY. Check out the roadmap. It is updated regularly.

Pro Tip: Set a reminder on your (Outlook) calendar to check on the roadmap weekly

Best Line and Nuance

Microsoft is changing the way they think about customers and the cloud. Which translates directly to how Microsoft thinks about customers and partners. I’m very happy to see this shift and I think customers are too. The shift is subtle and nuanced. I’m sure you see it right away.

Old: Microsoft is bringing customers to the cloud.

New: Microsoft is committed to bringing the cloud to you.

Summing Up

At the end of Arpan’s session he showed a really slick polling app that he was able to deploy in real-time from his Office 365 environment. Which ties to the theme of "A great hybrid deployment is when the users don't know it's hybrid" because they are seamless and solutions focused.

Which also ties to a broader theme of BYOA - Bring Your Own Applications

Microsoft is enabling the rise of partners and end customers to Bring Their Own Apps with them from department to department and job to job.

I think Microsoft is at the leading edge of this effort by what they are doing within Office 365. They are making it easy to embed and enable solutions from disparate sources to drive the business forward. By putting in Controls for IT and adding RMS, MDM and shipping cross platform I think Microsoft is set to enthrall their current 1+ billion users and capture their next 1 billion users.

For more on BYOA … see what my CEO said in Information Week.

I’m looking forward to how Microsoft embraces the partner community. I was very happy to see Arpan at the SharePoint TechCon event and I hope to see him and others from the Microsoft partner facing efforts at future SPTechCon’s and other non-Microsoft events. If shows a lot of commitment to the partner community and helps customers know that Microsoft cares about the partners as much as they care about them.

What do you think?

  • Did you attend Arpan’s keynote?
  • What were your takeaways?
  • What would you like to see Microsoft continue to do in the SharePoint & Office 365 ecosystem?

Inquiring minds want to know. Drop a comment here.


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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 is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. 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.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Quick Re-Cap of the SPTechCon Panel --- The Future of SharePoint

WP_20150209_10_41_06_Pro 1 This morning there was a panel discussion about SharePoint at the Crossroads.

We heard over an over again … Focus on the Business. Focus on Solutions.

Of course, we also heard about cloud, on-premise and the formerly verboten word … Hybrid.

“SharePoint is not just a product anymore. It's a set of solutions. Cloud, hybrid and on-premise need to be cohesive. 2016 will clarify and unify this.” ~ Joel Oleson, BA Insight

We also heard a lot about Integration.

“Microsoft solidified that the cloud is different. Group Collab is no longer just about a team site. Yammer and Exchange are no longer just Social and Mail Lists. They become GROUPS as a whole.” ~Dan Holme, IT Unity

 The Panelists

There were a lot of great points brought up by the panelists. The panelists included some of the luminaries of the SharePoint world, including something I want to see more and more of in the coming months and years. Of the six panelists there was one woman. It was the always fabulous @WonderLaura aka Laura Rogers.

Hint: We need more visibility and representation by the Women in Technology.The SharePoint world is graced with more than a few incredibly talented and respected leaders. Let’s get them on stage.

 The only way to achieve everything is ... In the cloud.  ~Dan Holme, IT Unity

The 10 Second Summary, Recommendation and Insight from Each Panelist

  • Todd – I know I have a job for more than a couple of years
  • Laura - Integration Possibilities – We are seeing how Exchange, Lync, Azure, SharePoint and all technologies blend together
  • Marc – Is happy to see organizations allow us to solve problems. It's not about the tech. It's about solutions. There are more options today. Which allows for even more solution scenarios
  • Joel - There is a new Microsoft. There is some retooling to stay relevant – learn azure, scripting, hybrid.
    • The Hybrid of the future is about Integration.
  • Dan - Investments in hybrid. It's no longer on-prem or cloud  ... It's both.
  • Rob - Get comfortable doing JavaScript integration

Best Line: Delivered by Marc D. Anderson in response to something Rob WIndsor said about maturity:

"I'm older than you, so ..."

imageGreat Job to David Rubenstein for moderating. Thanks to the SharePoint TechCon crew and the speakers for creating a fun and enlightening panel.
 

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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 is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. 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.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Why I’m Riding the Windows 10 Wave

imageI’ve worked in the Microsoft ecosystem for going on 20 years.

Both directly as a Microsoft Employee and as a Partner.

I honestly thought I’d stay at Microsoft forever. I really liked working for the company and especially enjoying The Three Best Things of working for Microsoft. But, nothing lasts forever.

With the new Microsoft mantra of being a Cloud First, Mobile First company being espoused by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella I am seeing a lot of momentum turn back towards Microsoft. Not the least of which is the momentum of the stock price.

For the past 10 years I have worked in the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem. I have been fortunate to spend time with many partners and also work with other platform players … notably SAP and also with Google, Salesforce and Oracle. What I’ve learned from these experiences is that the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem is a great place to be.

It’s not always easy, but I give the team credit for constantly seeking to improve it.

I’m looking at Phil Sorgen, CVP for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group and especially at the team of incredible professionals he works with to make it happen. He has stepped up, very much like Satya Nadella has, to lead the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem. It’s a tough job --- trying to please and cater to a collection of partners that sometimes have conflicting goals.

image One of the notable standouts I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working with is Kati Quigley. She is the Senior Director of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Community and she also has the enviable role of being the WPC Experience Ambassador.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Kati and her team for a few years. She is one of the reasons I am Riding the Windows 10 Wave. I always look forward to working with her and her team on The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (aka WPC). Which is happening in Orlando this July. It’s where Partners Meet Opportunity.

  • The Next Tidal Wave
    • 20 years ago Bill Gates wrote his famous Jump on the Internet Tidal Wave email … ushering in a era for Microsoft. It was a Bet the Business decision. It truly tilted the tables.
  • imagePlatforms and Productivity
    • This is the The New Era for Microsoft. Under Satya’s watch I see this, and it seems so does the market, as the next Bet the Business decision.
  • The New MPN

Catch the Windows 10 Wave

If you want to stay ahead of the curve … start paddling now to catch the Windows 10 Wave.

Image Credit: Brian Gable


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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 is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. 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.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Let's call the NFL what it is ... A Capitalistic Endeavor

imageThe NFL is an almost perfect example of capitalism. It's Capitalism at it's finest. Well, perhaps it's really more of an example of Crony Capitalism. It's an almost perfect example of it.
Crony capitalism - A term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials.
I originally was thinking that the NFL is a Cartel. While there are some similarities and points of comparison (as noted below) ultimately the NFL is an example of a capitalistic endeavor. The NFL enjoys a a non-profit status. Which affords the league some discretion when negotiating.
Cartel – An organization of a few independent producers for the purpose of improving the profitability of the firms involved.
In this post I’ll cover a few points that have come up in the past few days:
  • Is the NFL a cartel?
  • The NFL Non-Profit Status
  • Why Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner) makes 51 times more than the lowest paid employee (aka NFL player)
  • DeflateGate and Congressional Hearings
  • And … Can the world live without the NFL?
Full Disclosure: I am a fan of capitalism. Some of this may come off as a rant. That’s not my intent. I hope it spurs conversation and thinking.

Comparing the NFL to OPEC
Most everyone knows that OPEC is a cartel. For those that don't ... OPEC is the cartel that controls the flow of oil from the Middle East. As we have seen in the past few weeks with the drop in gas prices at the pump there is no guarantee that cartels can always succeed. This is especially true when another form of supply becomes available. In OPEC’s case … it’s the rise of shale production.

There are some similarities between OPEC and the NFL. However, unlike OPEC there will likely never be another major supplier of “American Style Football” that will replace the NFL. Yes, there are a few competitors, but by the definition of a cartel I think the NFL has utilized it’s power, it’s non-profit status and if’s influence to insure they never grow too large to be a worry. The NFL has something else to worry about … an alternate supplier. The likely alternate supplier is soccer (aka futbol).

The big question to be answered is ... Can the world live without the NFL? 

Is the NFL a Cartel?
  • I think the answer is yes. But, not in every sense of the definition.
  • The NFL currently can only manage the Supply.
  • They slap fees and fines onto teams for "breaking the rules" yet these are merely band-aids and just a bit of sleight-of-hand to make the masses think there are real changes taking place. Guess what? It's a facade.
Supply and Demand
Cartels seek to control Supply. Of course, they can't always control demand. But, in a world where demand is ever present they can rest assured that Demand will continue to increase or at least stay at a steady state. This is not always a guarantee. As noted above with OPEC and Shale. The NFL faces a decreasing demand … from Millennials and Gen Z. These two will likely kill the NFL.
  • The only thing that is going to change the behavior of the NFL is to decrease the demand.
  • Currently there is an almost insatiable desire for football and more football.
  • Guess What? The NFL has the public eating out of their hand. For now.
Should the Non-Profit Status be ripped from the NFL?
A friend mentioned / suggested this on Facebook the other day in relation to the NFL scandal of the week “DeflateGate” and while I think there is some merit to this it won’t matter in the long run. The NFL has bigger problems. So, would ripping the Non-Profit status have an impact?
  • Would it make any difference?
  • Not likely.
  • There are multi-millionaire and multi-billionaire owners with a lot at stake. The non-profit status is just a factor that allows the league to do what they want. To appoint who they want. To have scapegoats when they need them. The scapegoat in this case is paid very well and goes by the title of NFL Commissioner.
Will there be congressional hearings about this DeflateGate?
  • They will probably be proposed. Whether they actually happen is anyone's guess. Personally, I hope not. Congress doesn't do much else. This is the least of their concerns. Congress should focus on things that matter to the country. Not on things that impact multi-billionaire owners of sports teams. But, again ... this flashes back to Crony Capitalism.
  • It's really nothing more than a sideshow
  • As Mack Sigman often says ... look for the news they AREN'T talking about.
Why does Roger Goodell make 51 times more than the lowest player in the NFL?
  • Crony Capitalism
  • Scapegoatism
  • Because the NFL can do whatever it wants.
Who does Goodell report to?
Answer: The NFL Owners. If Roger Goodell can pull down $44M for being “the face” of the NFL and taking the heat for the Scandals of the Week … more power to him. As a capitalist he is making it happen. Sure, his handlers are parading him around like a marionette, but if he can live with himself … more power to him. His handlers (aka the NFL team owners) are the true Crony Capitalists here.

Clearly, they have figured out how to keep themselves out of the limelight and prop up a front man. The current front man happens to be Roger Goodell and he’s pulling down a hefty salary for it. More power to him. Crony Capitalism at it's finest.
  • Clearly the owners are willing to pay him an exorbitant sum to be their scapegoat.
  • It's working.
  • His $44M compensation package is 51 times higher than the lowest paid NFL player. Why?
    • The lowest paid NFL player in 2012 was an $863,414 average annual salary
What would change the behavior of the NFL?
  • A decrease in demand.
  • Millennials are killing the NFL - As I had written about earlier in Will Millennials Kill Football?
  • Fear. The fear of the declining power of the NFL is driving more public outreach.
What the NFL is realizing --- based on all the PR efforts they have been spinning out over the past few years (Play 60, Certified Coaches, etc.) they know the NFL needs to do something to change perception. Before it's too late.
Nothing will change, until something changes.
~Unknown
The Big Difference between OPEC and the NFL?
Currently the world cannot survive without oil. The same cannot be said about the NFL.

As a Capitalistic Endeavor the NFL will fight to remain relevant and to keep the cash flow coming in. Just as it should be in any capitalistic endeavor. Can the NFL make the necessary adjustments to remain relevant? It will depend upon the NFL’s ability to maintain and/or grow demand. I think the NFL needs to make more than a few changes in order to insure the future of the league.

It remains to be seen if any real change comes from the NFL, but if I were to be playing the odds in Vegas I'd say there will be no immediate changes. The NFL has the public eating out of it's hand.

While the other hand is in the public's pocket extracting cash for stadiums, exorbitantly priced tickets and any other concessions they feel that can extort (err, I mean extract).



















Monday, January 19, 2015

It’s not Partnering, It’s Personal – Part 3

Lisa Harper ---They WON at the NFC Championship game  (18 Jan 2015)This is the face of shock, surprise and awe.

This is the face of Lisa … The Super Fan.

Part 3 of this story involves the crazy come from behind win that the Seattle Seahawks pulled off against the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship.

Lisa Was There!

Thanks for Representing the 12’s.

If you read Part 1 and Part 2 you know I mentioned my friend Kevin McMillen of Ryantech and how he reminded me that:

Partnering IS Personal

It started with a phone call. Kevin called to ask if I thought a mutual friend at Microsoft would be interested in some tickets he just happened to have.

As it turns out. She WAS interested. And she was available.

As you can see by the pics she made the best of it by snagging pics with Warren Moon, Blitz and her 12th Mate (aka her husband). She helped make the magic happen that allowed the Seahawks to secure a hard fought victory with just a few minutes to go.

Way to Go Lisa. I’m so glad Kevin was able to help you get to the NFC Championship.

Congrats to all the 12’s and of course to the Seahawks. Good luck in Super Bowl 49.

PS --- Kevin … Who will you surprise next?

Lisa Harper --- Space Needle with 12 flag at the NFC Championship game (18 Jan 2015)  

Image Credits: Lisa Harper, Microsoft, NFL Football. Seattle Seahawks, Space Needle


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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 is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. 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.