Hello partners! It is incredible to think that we are now just eight weeks away from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. As the event draws closer, you’ll be hearing more from me about what to expect and opportunities that will create value for you and your business. I am so pleased to be leading the team for this dynamic event and am looking forward to meeting many of you in Toronto. I will be your guide and ambassador to ensure that your experience is the best possible.  It’s going to be a memorable week in Toronto!

 

 
One of the biggest reasons to attend the Microsoft Worldwide Partner conference this year is the dynamic Microsoft leaders who will be conveying their vision for the road ahead. I know that partners like you, representing businesses of all sizes, are interested in getting a firsthand look at what Microsoft’s competitive strategy is and how you can compete to win big.
 
The value keynotes at WPC signify new growth opportunities and perspective. It is these moments that define how you’ll begin to mold and solidify your own strategies for success for 2013 and beyond. I am looking forward to hearing from Peter Davidson, a 15-year veteran with leadership in channel sales, business development and product management who will share with us his viewpoint on commercial distribution strategies. Doug Kennedy, Vice President of Microsoft Dynamics Partners and Existing Customer Service Programs, will communicate the business opportunity that Microsoft Dynamics represents to help you increase your growth. Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Office Division, Kirk Koenigsbauer, will give us his perspective of the company’s full productivity portfolio.
 
It is these opportunities to hear from Microsoft’s key executives that I know will generate energy and enthusiasm for what’s ahead. Businesses of all sizes want to know how the cloud can make a difference in their growth and success. This is why Marco Limena, Vice President, Business Channels, Worldwide Operator Channels, will be so engaging to listen to. His talk will highlight how accessing the power of the cloud across platform, applications, and desktop management can help customers.
 
Lutz Ziob, General Manager of Microsoft Learning, will represent his vision for how the use of training and skills development via innovative learning products can help you maximize the use of Microsoft technologies to realize their full potential. Recently, Laura Ipsen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector joined Microsoft. With her energy and enthusiasm, she will discuss how forward-thinking programs are helping public sector organizations provide efficient and effective services to their citizens.
 
For SMBs, the cloud represents a pivotal way to connect with new customers and better serve existing ones. This is one reason why hearing from David Smith, GM of Worldwide Small and Medium Business Sales, will be a great way to understand how Microsoft is accelerating VL and Cloud sales. Thomas Hansen, Vice President, Worldwide Small and Medium Businesses will also highlight how businesses can compete on a level playing field with much bigger competitors.
 
I know that by hearing from these and other Microsoft executives, you’ll come away with a clear understanding of what the Microsoft roadmap means to you, your customers, and your business. You see, this is what WPC is all about: hearing about what’s next, connecting with others, sharing best practices and putting the building blocks of success together to grow your business.
 
As we continue to solidify more details about WPC, I look forward to sharing with you key value highlights via my blog. I can’t wait to connect with many of you in Toronto!
 
Best,
 
Kati​