Here we are, just under a week from the kickoff of WPC 2010 in Washington D.C. and the excitement levels here in Redmond are off the charts! With the incredible number of partners registered to join us this year (can we say ‘record-setting’ numbers?) for WPC 2010, it is bound to be the best WPC we’ve ever had. With this, and as I have done in years past, I wanted to be sure to post up a list of some of the great SMB focused information we have coming to you this year at WPC 2010 so that if you are focused on SMB, you know ahead of time a bunch of the sessions and other resources you should be checking out prior to joining us.
First, what would WPC be without the famous/infamous “Yellow Lounge?” This year the Yellow Lounge has a PREMIUM location just outside the EXPO, by the Windows Lounge and the BPOS Lounge. The Yellow Lounge serves as a central meeting point for our SBSC members, resellers, Disti and SMB partners. The Yellow Lounge will be open:
To help make it easier for you to locate the Yellow Lounge at WPC 2010, here is a map (to the right) showing you where it is (click for full size):
So, what about SMB focused sessions at WPC 2010? We have Reseller and SMB tracks at WPC 2010 this year! To help you identify these sessions, I am providing list below, by day, that show these sessions you will want to add to your schedule for WPC 2010 (I’ve also included the keynotes below as well since there will be some fantastic information included in those that you will want to catch):
Sunday, July 11th
Monday, July 12th
Tuesday, July 13th
Wednesday, July 14th
Thursday, July 15th
As you can see above, there is a ton of SMB focused content this year at WPC 2010 and that is just the structured items! (Of course, I’d HIGHLY recommend that “Annuity and Renewal” session on the 14th at 2:30 ;-) ) As you know, one of the very valued pieces of WPC every year is the peer to peer interaction and connections made while at WPC. As such, be sure you are taking advantage of WPC Connect and the WPC Connect Wall to locate people you want to schedule meetings with for introductions, follow-ups, etc. Plus, with the way the WPC Connect tool works now, you can setup a meeting wherever you choose, not just at the assigned WPC Connect tables.
I look forward to seeing you all next week at WPC 2010!
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER, LinkedIn, and RSS and see “What I’m thinking” Global Partner Experience Lead Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights