I’d like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to all of you who attended the 2014 Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. this week! 16,000 attendees from over 140 countries gathered to discuss Microsoft’s commitment to partners and how partners are betting big on—and winning big with—Microsoft solutions. We cannot wait for the innovation that the future will bring as we focus on accelerating our partnership in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.
On Wednesday night, we celebrated the success of this partnership at the 2014 Partner Celebration. The energy from Paramore and Neon Trees was infectious, and you could feel the strength, energy and courage we have in the Microsoft partner ecosystem. What a fantastic way to culminate our week together!
Before you head home, help us to make this event even better by filling out your evaluations through the WPC 2014 Mobile Application or WPC Connect. These evaluations aren’t just for us—for every session evaluation we receive, Microsoft will donate US $1 to YouthSpark, and for every overall event evaluation, Microsoft will donate US $5. It’s a simple way to make a big difference for youth around the world. You can also donate directly to the Partners for Good Challenge here.
Here’s a recap of the highlights of WPC 2014:
During Monday’s Vision Keynote, we heard from COO Kevin Turner, Channel Chief Phil Sorgen, General Manager of the Worldwide Partner Group Gavriella Schuster, and other top Microsoft leaders as they discussed Microsoft’s clear and differentiated vision for the future in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. We announced investments in Microsoft solutions to increase your opportunity for success and strengthen your partnership with Microsoft.
Tuesday focused on the specific ways partnering with Microsoft has grown partners’ businesses. Using some outstanding partnership examples, we demonstrated how big bets can mean big wins as a Microsoft partner. Learn more about partner achievement and Day 2’s announcements here.
CEO Satya Nadella took the stage on Wednesday to advocate for "courage in the face of opportunity.” There truly is incredible opportunity ahead. Your feedback, commitment, and innovation have strengthened our collective success during the long history of our partnership, and together we will do more and achieve more as we reinvent productivity. As Phil Sorgen said yesterday in his keynote address, "There is a place for every one of you in this future. There’s so much opportunity—let’s go win it together."
I was delighted to attend the IAMCP Women In Technology Luncheon on Wednesday. Cheryl Cook, Vice President of Global Channels & Alliances at Dell, delivered a powerful message to over 400 attendees. Cheryl encouraged all of us to exemplify what she terms the “5 C’s”: Competent: be the best you can at your job; Confident: trust your instincts and be authentic; Competitive: don’t settle for mediocrity; Collaborative: work with others and build your network, and Community: get involved.
I also want to recognize the tremendous presence and contribution from the IAMCP at WPC 2014 this year. We are so inspired by these partners, who work actively to improve their communities and strengthen their partnerships.
Yesterday, partners attended the Regional Keynotes to learn about goals specific to their locations worldwide. We are thrilled to have seen such a diverse representation of countries this year, and are excited to see what collaboration results from partners who have connected across borders.
I also want to say a brief congratulations to our Social Hub drawing winners! At Sunday’s Welcome Reception, Joy Belinda Beland, Daniela Prieto Morales, and Fabio Cazzaniga each won US $500 Microsoft retail store gift cards.
We look forward to seeing you at WPC 2015 in Orlando, Florida! The best price of US $1,595 is valid only through Sunday, July 20, 11:59pm Pacific Time. I’ll be there—will you?