I am off to Houston on Sunday – and with the first site visit for planning – what a great time to revisit the two of the top partner benefits of attending WPC: business-building opportunities, and the opportunity to see what’s next for Microsoft. That’s what you can read in my first pick on this fine Thursday:

  • Kati Quigley’s post on the key objectives for WPC13, where we’re focusing on creating an experience that allows partners to position their businesses to reach their full potential by extending their business reach and opening new revenue streams.
  • For my second pick, a regular favorite in this weekly round-up, Training Spotlight focuses on the New Office. Ivan Lumala, Worldwide Partner Cloud Skills Development Manager, offers tips in his post to help you explore the new trends within the new Office and Office 365, as well as guidance on how to market and sell the new Office so you can serve as a trusted resource for your customers.
  • Last but certainly not least, number three is penned by Julie Bennani, General Manager, Microsoft Partner Network. Her timely post on Windows Server 2012 demonstrates how Windows Server 2012 is at the heart of Microsoft’s Cloud OS. She also offers competency roadmaps, the IDC study on the partner benefits valued at $320K, and training resources to help partners maximize their customer opportunities within the cloud. 
As a bonus to this week’s three, to tie together WPC with Julie’s post that touches on Microsoft’s Cloud OS, this is a good time to flashback to Satya Nadella’s WPC12 keynote, where he talks about this in Toronto.
So I’ll be off to Houston and hope you’ll join me for WPC 2013 so you can be part of our biggest and most successful event yet. US$300 savings can still be yours by registering right now! Seize the moment for Houston.