Microsoft Director of Business & Sales Operations - Eric Ligman

Eric Ligman, Microsoft Director of Business & Sales Operations Blog

Top 20 recommended small business sessions for Partners attending Worldwide Partner Conference

The second Annual Small Business Symposium is now officially in the books, and in a little under five hours, Worldwide Partner Conference will be kicking off.  As a reminder to those who did not get a copy of the presentations from today in the Network Lounge or at the reception last night, session content from the Symposium will be posted to CommNet and to shortly following the conclusion of the event.

One of the questions we receive from Small Business Partners quite often is, “What sessions should Small Business Partners go to during Worldwide Partner Conference?”  If you attended the Small Business Symposium today and opened up the “Conference Guide” that was in your name badge holder, we provided a list of the “Top 20 recommended small business sessions for Partners attending Worldwide Partner Conference” in there.  For those of you who did not attend the Symposium or who missed that list, I am providing it here for you:

July 10th

          1:30 – 2:30

o    Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services: Revealing Untapped Opportunities to Grow Your Revenues (NI004)

o    Office Business Applications: New Opportunities on the 2007 Microsoft Office System (IW012)

          3:00 – 4:00

o    Drive SB Sales with Business and Technology Assessments (NI002)

o    Compete to Win!  Winning in the New Online World with Small Business (SM004)

o    Winning the Web with Microsoft SQL Server Express and MySQL Compete (DM002)

          4:30 – 5:30

o    Prepare for “Titan” – Part 1: Build Business Value and Revenue Opportunities with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and the Microsoft Integrated Stack (MBS003)

o    Security: Impact and Opportunities with Microsoft Windows Vista (SEC003)

o    Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: The Leader’s Role in Development, Engagement, and Retention (BL001)

July 11th

          1:30 – 2:30

o    Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Solutions: Making It Real (IW009)

o    Partner-To-Partner Networking: A New Paradigm in Relationship Building (BL006)

o    Microsoft SQL Server Codename “Katmai” Overview and Launch Plan (DM003)

          3:00 – 4:00

o    Silverlight: light Up the Web (CDS006)

o    Growing Opportunity for Exchange and SharePoint Security: Microsoft Forefront Server Security Solutions (SEC005)

o    How to Navigate the Mobile Partner Ecosystem: Panel Discussion (MOB005)

          4:30 – 5:30

o    Prepare for “Titan” – Part 2: Build Business Value and Revenue Opportunities with Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM and Software Plus Service (MBS008)

o    Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server Codename “Longhorn”: Delivering Value Together (AI003)

July 12th

          1:30 – 2:30

o    Windows Mobile: BIG Revenue in Small Business (MOB007)

o    Online Marketing Makeover for a Fully-Loaded Sales Pipeline (SM020)

          3:00 – 4:00

o    Marketing and Selling Your ISV Solution with Microsoft in the SMB Market (ISV010)

o    Prepare for “Titan” – Part 3: Compete and Win in the CRM World (MBS011)

Also, be sure to:

  • Visit the Small Business Partner “Yellow” Lounge. This lounge is a gathering place for connecting with people who care about small business as much as you do. The Lounge is located across from Lobby F, near the 14th Street entrance to the Convention Center. Come chat with Microsoft about small business technologies and network with your peers.
    • I will also have extra copies of the, “Small Business Desktop Advantage and Volume Licensing Sales Kit” available in the Yellow Lounge for those who did not get one today or those who want a few extra copies for their staff.  In addition, when you see me at the Conference, be sure to mention you saw the “Less than Coffee” Blog post to get your FREE “Less than Coffee” Starbucks cards.

  • Wear your Yellow T-Shirts and join us for breakfast in the Yellow Lounge on Tuesday, July 10 from 7:00 – 8:30 AM. Grab some breakfast, meet other Partners, and then we’ll walk over to the first General Session Keynote as a group to show everyone the strength of the small business partner community!

  • Join us for the Small Business Reception in the Yellow Lounge from 5:30 – 7:30 PM on Tuesday, July 10.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights