For the next few days that’s going to change.
For the next few days the WPC is here.
For the next few days Partners will talk with other Partners.
Partners will also connect with their counterparts at Microsoft.
Humans will collaborate with humans.
WPC Is Here!
On Sunday, July 12th the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) begins in Orlando. This is the largest Partner-to-Partner event in the world. At least as far as I can tell. There are other large events that bring together customers and partners. But, the WPC is unique in that it’s just partners.
Partners Get a Unencumbered View
Microsoft will share their plans for the next fiscal year. Which just began on July 1st. Microsoft’s relatively new CEO, Satya Nadella, will take the stage for the 2nd time ever at WPC.
Last Year – Satya spoke for an hour with no notes! Impressive!
This year everyone wants to hear about what’s coming, what’s new and what partners can expect from Microsoft in Fiscal Year 2016 (aka FY16)
Partners also want to hear from Microsoft’s Channel Chief Phil Sorgen. This is Phil’s 2nd year at WPC too. Partners want to know they have a place and that Microsoft has a plan for them.
Pro Tip: Go to the IAMCP booth on the Expo Hall floor. Meet with the people staffing the booth.
They are all partners and they are also on the board and/or active members in the IAMCP community. If you don’t know the IAMCP you should – the IAMCP helps partners work with partners and understand what Microsoft is
What do you want to hear about?
- Enterprise Social
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Collaboration Plans – SharePoint 2016, Office 365, Delve
- Something Else?
We will inevitably hear something about all of these. Machine Learning, IoT and Collaboration are all tied together. Microsoft and Microsoft partners are likely going to be building some amazing technology in the coming months and years to highlight how people and machines can work more effectively together. But, for the next few days … it will be Humans Collaborating With Humans.
Perhaps a little about the recent announcements with a corporate de-org and the $7.6B write off. I’m trying not to read too much into these announcements before hearing Satya and Phil talk about them directly. Here is a good post about this on SeekingAlpha.
Drop a comment here. Or, better yet … find me in the DigitalWPC.com – WPC Connect Tool and setup a meeting.
See you in Orlando!
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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.
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