This year’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) will take place in Orlando, Florida between July 12 -16. This is by far the most favourite part of my role at Microsoft, as I get to host the Microsoft Australian Partners who travel over to the USA. WPC is my chance to ensure you all know how special you are to the Microsoft Team.
WPC rallies over 14,000 of Microsoft Business Partners from 140 countries across the globe, all of which sell customised Microsoft products across many different industries and business segments. It is 4 days and nights of networking and conferencing, which can involve many sessions, meetings and a massive amount of new connections, I try and ensure this all runs like clock-work for the 180+ Australian’s attending. Everything is planned breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks are all utilised to ensure you get the most out of your 4 days.
There are many things I love about WPC, from sitting in the keynote presentations with Australian Partners to learn about the roadmap and latest product innovations to building connections with new partners and finally reconnecting with partners who I have not seen in a while.
This year I am most looking forward to hearing about Microsoft’s vision for the future from both Satya Nadella and Kevin Turner as well as helping partners discover new business opportunities to increase their profitability.
I am always pleasantly surprised by the value I personally receive from attending WPC it gives me a clear view of your business and how our direction fits in with your business direction and your needs. I love it when you learn about the benefits of working with Microsoft and most of all I love it when partners connect with other partners to make new business opportunities.
Finally let’s not forget about the hundreds of business and product sessions you get to choose from each day, the many evening networking events that are held throughout the city, the hundreds of Partner exhibits and Microsoft exhibits on the Expo floor, there is something for everyone to take part in and learn from.
This year’s celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is going to be extra special. In addition to great food, live entertainment, exciting rides, and fireworks, you’ll be able to take advantage of photo opportunities with a host of your favourite Disney characters. We’ll have the park to ourselves for the whole evening, so come ready to enjoy a fun-filled night of celebrating our partnership!
I hope to see you in Orlando.