This week we had the pleasure of having Microsoft’s new channel chief Phil Sorgen join our IAMCP Seattle chapter meeting. Phil’s been in the role for coming up on a year now and he’s been out chatting with partners and Microsoft teams about how we’ll all grow the partner community together. Phil is a self-described story teller and in his 18+ years he’s got a lot of stories to tell. His experience in working with end customers and with partners is impressive and I’m glad to see and hear Phil’s commitment to making it easy to work together with a Partner First Approach.
If you don’t know Phil … you will. As the (relatively) new channel chief he is getting out there and talking with the partner community. He has several videos posted on the Microsoft Digital WPC site to learn more about his philosophy on partnering. We were lucky enough to hear it first hand this week. Thanks Phil for making the time to meet with the IAMCP members and guests.
Also, a big thank you to Microsoft’s Kati Quiqley and Heather Doran for helping us to coordinate Phil’s time.
|Your IAMCP Seattle Board|
and Microsoft’s Phil Sorgen
IAMCP’s PACE Pillars
Are you a Microsoft Partner or thinking of becoming one? If yes, there are a few things you should consider doing right away.
- Joining IAMCP
- Goto IAMCP.org – Click on Join Us or Chapter Search – find a chapter in your region and get started.
- The Meeting is Free - If you are in the Seattle area please join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Microsoft Civica offices. Lunch and Parking are free. The Information you will hear and the partners you meet may help you with your next deal.
- If you aren’t in the Seattle area --- go to IAMCP.org and look for a chapter in your area (or start one)
- Attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)
- WPC happens in Washington, DC on Jul 13-17. Register here.
- Use the WPC Connect tool to meet partners and Microsoft team members
- Go to the IAMCP Booth at WPC.
- Grow your network - Grow your business
- Checking out these videos for First Time Attendees (FTA’s)
- Two of these are from me – one for FTA’s and one with Microsoft’s Arnie Mondloch
- Another one from Jeff Hilton
- And there are many more that can help you understand the value of partnering within the Microsoft Community.
- BONUS: If you are an FTA – come to my session at WPC. I’ll be presenting with Julie Simpson and Jeff Hilton to share a few tips for First Time Attendees. Our session is at 1pm on Sunday … just before the FIFA World Cup finals start.
I hope to see you at the next IAMCP meeting and in Washington, DC. Find me in the WPC Connect tool if you would like to meet. My contact details are also below. As the Treasurer of IAMCP and a Board Member of the IAMCP US organization we want to help Microsoft partners engage more effectively. My day job is as the Director of Strategic Alliances for Gimmal – where we help customers maximize their investments in SharePoint and SAP by extending Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Yammer, and OneDrive. I’m open to conversations about WPC, IAMCP, and Work topics. If you have questions I’ll help you find the answers.
See you in DC.
Image Credit: Shannon Perry (thanks for being our photographer this week – your Windows Phone took great shots)
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, K2 and currently he is the Director of Strategic Alliances atGimmal. Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+
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