Microsoft Australia Education Partner Summits 2014

In the first week of August we are running half-day partner training events for Microsoft Education partners in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

This year’s education ICT buying season is almost underway, and it promises to be like no buying season in history. There are significant changes in the market including a shift to BYOD, a growing move away from institutional purchase towards students buying devices from retailers, and the devolution of the decision making from systems to schools and parents.

All of these provide unprecedented opportunities and challenges for the existing business model of many of our education partners.

We’d like to invite you to attend a half day event in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth to learn how your business model can evolve, and how Microsoft can help you to grow your education sales.

The Education Partner Summit is an opportunity to get deep insight into the changing dynamics of the schools sectors from the Microsoft Education team.

Education is one of the biggest IT markets in the country, and increasingly a competitive and critical market for Microsoft and our partners, with key organisations seeing the long term value of winning the institution and seeding their brand through these schools to reach teachers, students and parents. The combination of the consumerisation of IT, technology adoption at younger ages, the accelerating desire for 1:1 computing, and BYOD are requiring schools to continue to take more innovative approaches to learning in the classroom.

The agenda is specifically focused on meeting the needs of sales and marketing personnel in Microsoft partners who want the most effective messages and strategies to grow in a transformed marketplace. With traditional revenue streams being disrupted by increasingly fragmented decision making, the Education Partner Summit will focus on ensuring that you walk away with the information you need to develop an effective and profitable strategy to serve your customers and grow your business, with practical sales resources, and understanding how you can leverage your Microsoft relationship and the resources of the Microsoft Education business to sell alongside you.

The day will benefit sales and marketing teams dealing with schools, TAFEs and Universities. Additionally, the seminar will provide valuable insight to product marketing and development teams who are looking to identify new product and service opportunities within the education sector.

Venues and dates

For each half-day event the agenda will include:

  • Overview of the education market and changes happening today
  • Deep dive into the Office 365 Education suite, and how partners can use it to deliver educational solutions for schools
  • How to position Windows devices for education customers, and the supporting programmes available for partners and customers to support improved educational outcomes from their investments, including the new “Microsoft in the Classroom” and “Expert Educator” programme
  • Updates on the Microsoft Academic Licensing programmes

We will be hosting the summits in the following Microsoft offices next month:

  • Sydney - 4th August 2014 - 12:30PM to 5:30PM
  • Brisbane – 5th August 2014 - 8AM to 12:30PM
  • Melbourne – 6th August 2014 - 8AM to 12:30PM
  • Perth – 8th August 2014 - 8AM to 12:30PM


We’ll shortly publish a registration link for the Microsoft Partner Network, but click the link below to register your interest, and to receive a registration link and a placeholder request for your calendar by email.

Make a dateRegister now for your local Education Partner Summit event

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