Every year at Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), we hear feedback from partners all around the world that one of the greatest parts of WPC is the opportunity to make connections with other WPC attendees. Whether they are connections with existing contacts you know already but haven’t seen in awhile or new connections with people that you are just meeting for the very first time. They can be connections with peers from other partner organizations attending WPC or connections with people from Microsoft. Regardless of what type of connections they are, the ability to meet and connect with others at the conference never fails to be an annual highlight brought up unanimously by WPC attendees, and I expect this year will keep that trend going!
To help enable more connections to be made, in person as well as online, we have once again this year launched the WPC Connect Tool which enables WPC attendees to see, find, and connect with other WPC attendees. This year we have a new WPC Connect Tool, which provides expanded features and capabilities within it, including:
Once you are in the “Attendees” section, you can search for other attendees by:
And you can filter total attendees by the following items (and conduct your search within these):
Groups: Another nice feature on WPC Connect this year is the concept of Groups. When you click on the “Groups” link:
you can see existing groups, view members of the groups, and join those groups if they are of interest to you. Here is a quick view of some of the groups listed right now:
Inbox: With the ability to connect via messaging on WPC Connect, your “Inbox” is where you can find and manage your communications:
As you can see, you can view “All conversations” you are part of, your “Private Only” conversations, as well as “Public Only” conversations you are part of.
Discussions: Join in on some existing discussions among WPC Connect members or start your own for others to join.
By simply clicking on the “Discussions” tab, you will have the ability, as you can see above, to start a new discussion, search discussions (including the ability to filter), and join discussions taking place already.
This is just a quick overview of some of the things you can do with WPC Connect. Be sure to head out there yourself and give it a spin to see how you can start customizing your WPC 12 experience and connections today. There is one very important item to remember about WPC Connect though… The only way to participate in WPC Connect is to join WPC Connect! So be sure to head on out to the WPC Connect site today, complete your profile (so others can learn more about you, your company, etc., then start building your connections today!
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