Microsoft’s Environmental Partner Team at the Worldwide Partner Conference

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Posting on behalf of Kat Willson:

Hello!  My name is Kat Willson and I am a member of Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability Partner Team.  I am writing from Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), taking place this week in Washington D.C.  We thought this was a good opportunity to tell you a little about what we do and why we are here. 

We focus on working with Microsoft’s partners to develop and deliver energy efficiency solutions.  We have over 640,000 partners worldwide.  They have a long history of innovation and developing software solutions that change the way we live and work.  And many of them are now focused on innovating for Energy and the Environment.  Our team is supporting these partners by connecting them to the technologies, resources and tools they need to succeed in building solutions in this space and taking them to market.

As our team began building our plans, the first thing we wanted to know was how many partners were already working in the Energy and Environment space.  We did some research on our partner community and were very encouraged to find literally thousands of partners around the world engaging their customers with energy efficiency solutions and services. 

Our team and our partners are focusing on two broad solution areas.  First, we think about Green IT, which in our view is about making IT itself more energy-efficient.  Our partners are making a difference today by delivering solutions that help control the energy consumed by PCs, servers, mobile devices, and the data centers that enable the cloud.  A few examples of partners delivering Green IT solutions today would include OSIsoft, who is joining us on stage here at WPC to talk about their PI System®, and 1E, developer of the NightWatchman solutions, who received Microsoft’s 2010 ISV/Software Solutions Innovation Partner of the Year Award here at WPC.   Second, we think about IT for Green, which is about applying IT to other aspects of the global economy.  Our partners are developing new solutions for our homes, workplaces, vehicles and transportation systems that will help us manage how we use energy.  IHS, for example, offers a complete portfolio of environmental management solutions, from EHS and chemical management software to strategic consulting services for climate change management in a cap and trade environment.

In Washington D.C. this week, more than 9,500 partners from 129 countries are gathering to learn how partnering with Microsoft, and with each other, can help them innovate new solutions for customers.    We will be here all week talking to partners about what Microsoft is doing, learning about the solutions they are developing, and hearing first hand of the challenges their customers are facing.  If you are attending WPC, please take the opportunity to come meet us!  We present session BL06 in the Business Leadership track called “Advance Growth and Innovation in Energy and the Environment” on Thursday, July 15th at 11:15 am Eastern time.

We look forward to seeing you at WPC!  If we don’t get to see you in D.C., If we don’t get to see you in D.C., please visit us at our Partner page or feel free to send your thoughts, feedback or suggestions you think can help make a difference to me at

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