I've been doing some thinking and figured I would ask the blogsphere.... How would you combine all of these different assets to enable our customers and partners to change the world? It seems like we have a lot of stuff (facilities, patents, technologies, experts, training, and other) that could be combined in some way, but I haven't been able to really pull it all together to come up with a cohesive plan.
Physical Buildings: Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC), Microsoft Innovation Centers, Microsoft Home, Microsoft Center for Information Work,
Patents: Microsoft’s patents and technologies that are available for licensing are available via our Intellectual Property Licensing: http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/ip/
Expertise: Architect Evangelists (many are at the Microsoft Technology Centers), Technology Architects (many are at the Microsoft Technology Centers), Consultants in Microsoft Services, Microsoft’s Solution Integration partners, and Microsoft’s Regional Directors.
Education: The materials from the following resources all touch on “explaining and teach our technologies” which is needed before a solution can be created. Microsoft IT Academy, ISV Community Days, MSDN, TechNet, MS Learning, The ISV Show
Existing “Inclusion” Programs: Empower for ISVs, Emerging Business Team (EBT), Opportunity Management Center (OMC), Community Investment Programs, Microsoft Research’s Inspire Program, and Microsoft Research’s Request for Proposal (RFP) process
I am open to suggestions, just e-mail me at Brian.Groth@microsoft.com. I can't promise that I will reply to everyone, but I will certainly try.