With roughly one week to go, my inbox is filled with WPC Connect requests to meet with great partners from all over the globe. I have a strategy plotted on how I am going to get the most from the conference. We are fortunate to have a few others attending from Peters & Associates so we will divide and conquer on sessions that are relevant to our business.  I look forward to making new friends—and seeing a few old ones as well.

 
The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is all about preparing for the next fiscal year with Microsoft, but it’s also about networking. There are a variety of options—beyond Connect sessions—happening afterhours for attendees to establish working relationships with other partners and Microsoft representatives. For instance, WPC Partner Award-winner SoftwareONE returns to the scene of their first WPC party, held at a local establishment called the Loose Moose. The SoftwareONE party is now legendary—definitely a must-attend event for other partners. I highly suggest going to regional parties and receptions, too. And make it a point to hit your respective lounges at the Solution Innovation Center.  
 
The opportunities to meet other partners are practically endless: meals, events, parties, sessions … Frankly, just about everywhere! Be sure to take advantage and network—you never know who you may run into!
– Ric​