I’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.
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.
Updated: There is a new Sheriff in Town and she has One Name!
Adding the story about Gavriella (and Kati too):
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- 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.
- Platforms 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
- This week we saw the launch of the New Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) site. If you haven’t seen it yet … now is the time.
Catch the Windows 10 Wave
If you want to stay ahead of the curve … start paddling now to catch the Windows 10 Wave.
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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.