Julie Golding

Microsoft Inspire, July 15-19 in Las Vegas, Nevada, is where the world meets to transform business. It’s also where you can attend a variety of sessions, workshops, and Corenotes to learn directly from Microsoft executives and product experts about the developments shaping our industry. Microsoft Inspire 2018 promises to deliver the most exciting experience to date, because of the opportunity to meet and learn alongside Microsoft employees with the co-location of Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready. Microsoft Ready will bring over 22,000 members of our Microsoft field sales, marketing and technical teams to Las Vegas during the week of Microsoft Inspire.

I’m happy to announce that our Microsoft Inspire Session Catalog for 2018 has launched, and I invite you to take a look at the early sessions that are being planned. The catalog can be searched by industry, technology, business focus and competency, to help you identify learning opportunities that are most relevant to your business. The sessions listed now are just the beginning. We are continually updating the catalog with new sessions, so I suggest you bookmark the page and return on a regular basis.

For additional insight into the learning experience you’ll find at Microsoft Inspire, you can watch sessions from last year and download full PowerPoint presentations.

Sessions for every learning style

One of the remarkable things about Microsoft Inspire is that there are so many different kinds of learning experiences, including breakouts, general sessions, hands-on workshops, immersive sessions, theater sessions in The Commons, panels, and discussion groups in which you can share best practices and ideas with your peers. The session catalog can be filtered by session type to help you find the experience that best fits your preferred learning style. You will also join Microsoft employees from your region in our shared Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready Area General Sessions, where you can learn about region specific Go-To Market strategies, local programs and roadmaps, and much more.

Our priority areas for session content

Based on a review of business and technology trends, and on your feedback from last year’s conference on the topics of greatest importance to you, this year’s content will have a special focus on:

  • Key solution areas
  • Industry verticals
  • Partnering with Microsoft
  • Business Leadership

Key solution areas: Learn how you can leverage the latest developments in technology to build the strongest possible customer solutions in four featured areas: Data and Artificial Intelligence, Business Applications, Applications and Infrastructure, Modern Workplace.

Industry Verticals: Join the Industry team at Microsoft Inspire to learn how you can leverage your solutions and the breadth of our technology portfolio to help customers in industry verticals address their unique customer challenges.

Partnering with Microsoft: Our partner support team will focus on helping you build a more profitable partnership with Microsoft, building your cloud practice, the Cloud Solution Provider program, partner support programs and incentives, Go-To-Market strategies, and much more.

Business Leadership: Experts in the fields of business leadership, sales, and marketing will present topics such as, “The Customer Revolution: Driving customer-centric change across your organization,” Harnessing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, Advanced Communication for Sales Professionals,” and “Social Selling Tactics to Attract, Engage and Convert.”

Register and begin planning your learning journey

Register now for Microsoft Inspire and then visit the session catalog regularly to find sessions that address your particular business challenges. When the Session Scheduler tool launches next month you will be able to register for sessions and add them to your personal itinerary. In addition to all the sessions and other learning experiences, Microsoft Inspire is where you can:

  • Network with partners, industry leaders, and Microsoft experts to build relationships that can lead to exciting new business opportunities.
  • Be inspired at Corenotes delivered by Microsoft executives, innovators, and business and IT experts.
  • Socialize with Microsoft partners and Microsoft employees from your region at Shared Area Celebrations
  • Visit The Commons to explore innovative solutions from Microsoft, partners, and exhibitors in the Microsoft Showcase, Expo Hall, and Community Hub.
  • Join the entire Microsoft global community on Wednesday, July 18 for our shared One Celebration at The Las Vegas Motor Speedway to enjoy an evening of fun and camaraderie, featuring entertainment by an internationally acclaimed, Grammy-winning musical artist.

I look forward to sharing all of this and more with you at Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas!