Hello partners!

I am in the midst of traveling this week in Brussels attending the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) European Leadership Summit 2013.
For those of you who do not know, the IAMCP is a non-profit organization that provides Microsoft partners with a unified voice for feedback to Microsoft, a vehicle for sharing best practices, and, most importantly, an easy entry point into the essential partner-to-partner networking that makes Microsoft partners so successful. We welcome you to visit IAMCP.org to see if membership is right for you! Also, check out the post that Ulises Aguilar Nahle, IAMCP WW President, wrote earlier this week about the collaboration and intersection points between IAMCP and WPC.
Like Microsoft, the IAMCP also places a very high value on community—it is one of the organization’s four core pillars. Yesterday, I attended Youth, the key to Spain’s future, which served as an important forum for dialogue with a focus on the key priorities of developing ICT skills, employment, and entrepreneurship. There continues to be strong sentiment to push the dialogue further and work on innovatively solving the unemployment crisis Spain faces. The priorities discussed at this summit will also be focus areas and discussion points that are woven throughout WPC, as many partner companies and our industry as a whole continue to try to overcome these challenges and meet the needs of today.
Before attending this summit, I traveled to Madrid where I met with local area leads who conveyed their enthusiasm and excitement about WPC with me, despite economic challenges. They are focused on the insights that partners will hear about in Houston and the value of networking that this event offers. Just this afternoon, the session catalog for WPC became available. I invite you to begin taking a look at our initial offerings – with more to come. Our sessions at WPC this year will incorporate our four core pillars including topics on cloud, mobility, big data, and social enterprise. I’m excited about the focused approach we’re taking this year to develop content that resonates with the needs of your business and our industry.
As we work to foster networking before, during, and after the conference, I hope you’ll take some time to engage with partners via WPC Connect.  Next week, we will be launching WPC Partner Pursuit – a gamification experience in WPC Connect. Be on the lookout for launch announcements early next week and begin completing your profile and interacting with other members of the community. Remember, you don’t have to be registered yet for WPC to participate!