Microsoft Inspire is just two months away and as more incredible sessions are being announced every day, our team is getting ready to bring the most inspiring content and networking opportunities you’ve ever experienced to this year’s flagship partner event. To show just how excited we are, we want you to hear it directly from our execs and regular contributors to the blog. Here’s a little insight into the top 4 reasons our team is looking forward to Microsoft Inspire this coming July.
What to Expect at Microsoft Inspire
Opportunities to engage with industry leaders and new partners and clients abound at Microsoft Inspire by participating in insightful panels and productive workshops, seeing hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors showcase their solutions, and connecting with partners and Microsoft through numerous networking activities all focused on helping you grow your business.
“I’m looking forward to hearing from our partners about how their innovations are being used by customers. Our partners are endlessly inventive and are bringing big ideas to market every day – I love hearing about the stories and understanding them more deeply so that we can see how we place those partner solutions in front of the customers who can benefit the most, and connecting partners with their own ecosystem so they can grow and scale.”
– Gavriella Schuster, Corporate VP, Microsoft Worldwide Channels & Programs
A few of the featured speakers for this year’s event include the inspirational John Quiñones, social selling expert Jill Rowley, technology insider Mary Jo Foley, D&I expert Dr. Tony Byers, and renowned business advisor Carol Roth.
When asked about what she is most excited about for this year’s Microsoft Inspire, Carol Roth shared that she is thrilled to speak on the subject of why most technology companies fail when selling to small businesses (and how you can be a success). While Carol is an inspiring speaker herself, she expressed her equal excitement to learn from and engage with others at the event.
“I’m particularly excited for Denise Branch, and her discussion about engaging men as allies to help further empower women in tech. And, of course, Sarah Peullemeulle, talking about how partners can move from a local model to a global reach.”
– Carol Roth, Business Advisor, Small Business Expert, Entrepreneur and Host of Office Small Business Academy
The Microsoft Inspire session catalog is full of excellent opportunities to hear, learn and collaborate with some of the most influential players in the Microsoft partner ecosystem. With a diverse range of on-point sessions (like Artificial Intelligence in Advertising, Digital Transformation in the Public Sector, and Educating Your Workforce on IoT), you are sure to fill your calendar with great conversations and inspiring content.
Regular blog contributor and digital marketing guru, Jennifer Tomlinson said her ideal takeaway from this year’s event is more insight into how the Microsoft team can help partners grow their business and create more successful customer experiences.
“This year, more than any other, is really the year of the partner and their customers. I want to see how Microsoft Inspire can help our partners be successful in the ways they want to grow. I think this year partners will find a strong team from Microsoft to help them navigate the opportunities.”
– Jennifer Tomlinson, Microsoft Channel Marketing Evangelist
Of course, you can plan to meet with some of the most influential professionals you will speak with all year at Microsoft Inspire. Plan to find new ways to collaborate and co-sell with fellow partners and Microsoft employees at the conference. Be sure to check out the variety of networking and discussion groups, welcome receptions, and networking events over the course of the event.
“Microsoft Inspire is a great event each year to have an opportunity to engage with current and new Hosting & Managed Service Provider partners. With the cloud spend of customers beyond infrastructure and focused more on hybrid cloud, managed services, security, and applications, I’m looking forward to meeting with partners and discussing how we continue to provide and scale a joint proposition in these areas to address customers’ needs.”
– Aziz Benmalek, WW VP Hosting & Managed Service Providers
Need more reasons to attend Microsoft Inspire? Check out the infographic below to explore even more of what you’ll find at Microsoft Inspire:
Time and again, we hear from attendees that Microsoft Inspire provides incredible ROI for attendees.
“Microsoft Inspire provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with partners around their businesses and listen to what’s top of mind for driving growth in the Cloud. I love listening to Partners around their obstacles and finding solutions to help them drive profitable cloud businesses.”
– Melissa Mulholland, Microsoft Cloud Profitability Lead
If you’re still waiting to register for Microsoft Inspire, now is the time to register! Prices increase May 2nd, so grab your All Access pass as soon as possible. Airline discounts for attendees are now available as well and, if you need a hand presenting a business case for attending, click here for a prewritten business justification letter to simplify your pitch.
What are you most excited for at Microsoft Inspire? Share your thoughts in the comments below.