imageAs you have probably heard many times, Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 is coming up July 10-14th, and I couldn’t be more excited! Worldwide Partner Conference is definitely one of my favorite events of the year, not only for getting to see partners from around the world that I have had the pleasure to interact with, but also getting the opportunity to meet so many new partners each year. One group that is always fantastic to hear from is all of the Worldwide Partner Conference award winners. Speaking of the award winners, today is the opening day of the 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference awards submission timeframe, so be sure to get your submissions in! And no procrastinating like last year! Yeah, you. You know who I ‘m talking to. Get your submission/submissions in right away. Smile

So what 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference awards are there? What do winners and finalists get? How can you enter? Here’s a quick look at the information for you:

Winners and Finalists receive:

  • Customized logos and web banners that help you showcase your company as an honored Microsoft partner
  • Custom public relations templates to help promote your distinction
  • Trophies (winners) and plaques (finalists) to proudly showcase your success
  • Congratulatory letter from Microsoft executives
  • Photo opportunities with Microsoft executives at WPC 2011

Winners receive: (If you’ve ever been to either of these, they are fantastic opportunities for you!)

  • Invitation to come on stage at WPC 2011 in Los Angeles this July. Public recognition in front of your peers, customers, press, analysts, and Microsoft executives.
  • Microsoft WPC 2011 Partner Award winners are invited to an exclusive Awards celebration July 12, during WPC 2011, where you’ll have the opportunity to network with Microsoft executives and strengthen relationships with Microsoft business groups.

How do you enter:

  • Head out to the Digital WPC site and click on the “Awards” link in the green navigation bar:

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What are the awards available to enter for:

  • We have a full document showing award categories, descriptions, eligibility and questions preview on the Digital WPC Awards page
  • Here is a quick list of the 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference awards for you:

Microsoft Partner Network Competency Awards

  • Application Integration Partner of the Year
  • Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year
  • Authorized Distributor Partner of the Year Award
  • Business Intelligence Partner of the Year
  • Content Management Partner of the Year
  • Data Platform Partner of the Year
  • Desktop Partner of the Year
  • Digital Marketing Partner of the Year
  • Dynamics CRM 2011 Solution of the Year
  • Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year
  • Dynamics ERP ISV Solution of the Year
  • Dynamics ERP Partner of the Year
  • Hosting Partner of the Year
  • Identity and Security Partner of the Year
  • ISV/Software Industry Partner of the Year
  • ISV/Software Line of Business Partner of the Year
  • Learning Competency Innovation Partner of the Year
  • Learning Competency Marketing Acceleration Partner of the Year
  • Mobility Business-to-Business Application Partner of the Year
  • Mobility Business-to-Consumer Application Partner of the Year
  • Mobility Partner of the Year
  • OEM Hardware Reseller Partner of the Year
  • OEM Hardware System Building Partner of the Year
  • Portals and Collaboration Partner of the Year
  • Project and Portfolio Management Partner of the Year
  • Search Partner of the Year
  • Server Platform Partner of the Year
  • Software Asset Management Innovation Partner of the Year
  • Software Asset Management Market Acceleration Partner of the Year
  • Software Development Partner of the Year
  • Systems Management Partner of the Year
  • Unified Communications Innovation Partner of the Year
  • Unified Communications Market Acceleration Partner of the Year
  • Virtualization Partner of the Year
  • Volume Licensing Partner of the Year
  • Web Development Partner of the Year

Sales Excellence Awards

  • Exceptional Sales Management Partner of the Year
  • Innovative Customer Advocacy Partner of the Year
  • Outstanding Sales Operations Partner of the Year
  • Sales Specialist of the Year

Emerging Technologies & Innovation Awards

  • BizSpark Partner of the Year
  • Dynamics Cloud Business Excellence Partner of the Year
  • Dynamics Marketplace Solution Excellence Partner of the Year
  • Online Services Commercial Partner of the Year
  • Online Services Solution Partner of the Year
  • Private Cloud Partner of the Year
  • Sustainability Partner of the Year
  • Technical and High Performance Computing Innovation Partner of the Year
  • Visio Partner of the Year
  • Windows Azure Platform ISV Partner of the Year
  • Windows Azure Platform SI Partner of the Year

Microsoft Country Awards

  • Microsoft Country Partner of the Year

Vertical, Industry and Segment Awards

  • Alliance ISV Industry Partner of the Year
  • Alliance Partner of the Year – Advanced Infrastructure
  • Alliance Partner of the Year - Application Platform
  • Alliance Partner of the Year – Innovation
  • Communications Sector Partner of the Year
  • Corporate Account Virtualization Data Services Partner of the Year
  • Dynamics Distribution Partner of the Year
  • Dynamics Financial Services Partner of the Year
  • Dynamics Manufacturing Partner of the Year
  • Dynamics Professional Services Partner of the Year
  • Dynamics Public Sector Partner of the Year
  • Dynamics Retail Partner of the Year
  • Public Sector, Education Partner of the Year
  • Public Sector, Government Partner of the Year
  • Public Sector, Health Partner of the Year
  • Public Sector, Public Safety and National Security Partner of the Year
  • Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year

Addition information on the awards for you: (that you can also access on the Digital WPC Awards page)

Good luck to all of you in your quest to bring home one of the 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference awards. Now stop reading this and get your nomination together!  Winking smile

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