Hello partners!

Happy new year! I hope each of you rang in the new year with family and friends. With the new year in full swing, our WPC team is gearing up and focused on WPC in July. With cloud solutions being such a big bet for Microsoft, you can count on it being a leading topic at WPC 2013 in Houston. Customers have a tremendous interest in the economic benefits and operational efficiencies surrounding cloud computing, which means it continues to be of huge interest to partners, too. That’s why we’re including cloud as one of our key focus areas at WPC.
In Toronto, we shared that cloud revenue grew more than 100 percent across most Microsoft offerings in all geographies. As Steve Ballmer pointed out in his WPC 2012 keynote, we understand that it’s going to be a hybrid world, with customers investing across computing models. By delivering solutions for private, public, or hybrid clouds, Microsoft cloud solutions enable you to help your customers move to the cloud on their terms—with the capabilities and resources that suit their business needs. It’s hard to find another cloud offering in the industry that’s as comprehensive as Microsoft’s.
But what does that mean for right now? First, you can pre-register for WPC 2013 to ensure you’re one of the first to learn about new announcements and what the future of the cloud means to your business. Pre-registering now means you’ll save US$300 on an all-access pass.
Then, if you’re new to the cloud, learn more about being a Microsoft Cloud Partner through the Cloud Essentials program. There’s no cost to join, and the benefits offer exceptional value. To start, you get 25 internal-use licenses of Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Best of all, our research indicates that partners who deploy and use their Cloud Essentials partner software benefits are three times more effective in selling cloud solutions. To me, that means there is no better time to take the plunge.