Last week we hosted a record-setting 16,000+ attendees in Toronto for our Worldwide Partner Conference 2012. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE Worldwide Partner Conference and it is my favorite week of the year here at Microsoft! I thoroughly enjoy having the opportunity to connect in person with so many of our partners from around the world, whether it is seeing partners I haven’t seen in awhile, partners I’ve had the chance to connect with via social media but have not met in person before, or meeting partners I am meeting for the very first time. Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference brings these opportunities to life, and for the past couple of years, I have been posting my “Fantastic People of WPC” posts just after Worldwide Partner Conference to share pictures of just some of the fantastic people (partners, press, analysts) I had the opportunity to meet, see, and spend time with while at WPC12. Here is this year’s collection of some of the Fantastic People of WPC12:

(You can click on any picture below to view them in larger size)

ChrisMcMillen
With Christopher McMillan
(@CEEKTechnology) of Ceek Technology
JustinPirie
With Justin Pirie
(@JustinPirie) of Mimecast
ScottBekker
With Scott Bekker
(@ScottBekker) of Redmond Channel Partner
MJFoley
With Mary Jo Foley
(@MaryJoFoley) of ZDNet
PaulSpain
With Paul Spain
(@PaulSpain) of Gorilla Technology
VARGuy
With Joe Panettieri 
(@TheVARGuy) of the VAR Guy
JohnKrikke
With John Krikke
(@JohnKrikke) of Onward Computer Systems
RichGibbons
With Rich Gibbons
(@RichFromBechtle) of Bechtle
PeteZarras
With Pete Zarras
(@PZarras) of Cloud Strategies LLC

DaveSeibert
With Dave Seibert of IT Innovators

ChannelPro
With Joel Zaidspier of ChannelPro SMB
(@ChannelProSMB)
PeterElls
With Peter Ells
(@PeterElls) of Software ONE

CurtHicks

With Joe Moore and Curtis Hicks of Center for Computer Resources

SMBPals
With the FY13 SMB PALs
TimCarney
With Tim Carney
(@TechmoTim) of EBT Solutions

KenoldLouis
With Kenold Pierre-Louis
(@KenoldP) of Slalom Consulting
AngusFox
With Angus Fox
(@Nuxnix) and Elaine Murray (@ElaineLibMurray) of applicable
AndyTrish
With Andy Trish
(@AndyTrish) of NCI Technologies
MPNLiveDay1
With MPN Live Day 1 guests: Darren Bibby of IDC
(@darrenbibby), Angus Fox (@NuxNix) of applicable, and Jennifer Mazzanti (@JMazzanti) of eMazzanti
JustinSlagle
With Justin Slagle
(@JustinSlagle) of QuickStart Intelligence
SinclairSchuller
With Sinclair Schuller
(@SSchuller) of Apprenda Inc
AkiAntman
With Aki Antman
(@AkiPekka) of Sulava
LizaSisler
With Liza Sisler
(@LizaSisler) of Perficient
GuyGregory
With Mary Jo Foley
(@MaryJoFoley) of ZDNet and Guy Gregory (@GuyGregory) of The Final Step
BethDavis
With Beth Davis of D&H and Bill Hole
(@TheHoleGroup) of The Hole Group
BirgerSteen
With Birger Steen
(@BirgerK) of Parallels
MitchGarvis
With Mitch Garvis
(@MGarvis) of SWMI Consulting Group
KevinMcMillen
With Kevin McMillen
(@RyanTechKevin) of RyanTech
EricMantion
With Eric Mantion
(@CaptGeek) of Intel Corporation
RyanRedmond
With Ryan Redmond
(@CRMGurus) of Customer Dynamics
DrewMilam
With Drew Milam
(@DrewMcM) of Branch Banyan Inc.
MPNLiveDay2
With the cast of MPN Live Day 2: Josh Waldo
(@JoshuaWaldo) of Microsoft, Larry Walsh (@lmwalsh2112) of The 2112 Group, Danny Burlage (@DannyBurlage) of Wortell
MarkCrall
With Mark Crall
(@MarkCrall) of Storage Craft
PhilippeMoufflet
With Philippe Moufflet
(@PMoufflet) of BostonCSE
CarlsonColomb
With Carlson Colomb
(@CarlsonColomb) of Level Platforms
JamisonWest
With Jamison West (
@jamisonwest) of Arterian
ArlinSorenson
With Arlin Sorensen of Heartland Technology Solutions
(@HTGMembers)
ApexDigital
With Justin Coffey
(@ApexJCoffey) and Jason Lambiris (@JasonLambiris) of Apex Digital Solutions
KurtSippel
With Kurt Sippel of Applied Tech and Matt Makowicz
(@MMakowicz) of The York Group
ChuckTraywick
With Chuck Traywick of Infotronics
BrendaLuper
With Brenda Luper
(@BLuper2) of Franklin Moves
BillHersh
With Bill Hersh of D&H Distributing
MPNLiveDay3
With the cast of MPN Live Day 3: Justin Pirie
(@JustinPirie) of Mimecast, Jef King (@jefkingabc) of Agile Business Cloud, Pam McClelland (@PamMcClelland) of SolidSoft, and Ross Brown (@Hey_Ross) of Microsoft
Fab5
With Jean Alexander of ASCII Group, Ken Thoreson
(@KenThoreson) of Acumen Management Group, Eric Rabinowitz (@ERabino) of Nurture Institute, Jeff Hilton (@KnowledgeCircl) of Knowledge Circles, and Erik Frantzen of B2B Contact
JeffCohn
Jeff Cohn of Sage Computer Associates
DavidLee
With David Lee
(@DSLee) of Digivie Communications Inc.
DaveSobel
With Dave Sobel
(@DJDaveET) of Evolve Technologies
KartikShah
With Kartik Shah
(@KBI911) of Bitscape Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
JamesKeefner
With James Keefner
(@CloudFactors) of CloudFactors LLC
PetriSalonen
With Petri Salonen
(@DrSalonen) of TELLUS International, Inc
ZionTrend
With Kenneth Ahanaonu of Ziontrend Systems Ltd and Chucks Okoye of Chuxel Computers Limited
JulianOh
With Julian Oh of Britec Compter Systems
BuckleyMoneyPenny
With Naomi Moneypenny
(@NMoneypenny) of ManyWorlds and Christian Buckley (@BuckleyPlanet) of IAMCP
UlisesNahle
With Ulises Aguilar Nahle
(@UAguilar) of e-Nfinito
TiffanyWI
With Tiffany Wallace (Ingargiola)
(@TiffanyWI) of New Horizons
SparksAustin
With Corey Roth
(@CoreyRoth) of Infusion, Dennis Brink (@DennisBrink) of T4G, Tiffany Wallace (Ingargiola) (@TiffanyWI) of New Horizons, Sally Parks (@Sparks_Austin) of New Horizons

Speaking of terrific, how about the city of Toronto that hosted our Worldwide Partner Conference 2012! Thanks to Photosynth on Windows Phone for enabling this picture from the partner celebration:

TorontoSkyline

Thank you again to all of you who joined us in Toronto for Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 and for helping us set a new all-time attendance record, making WPC12 the LARGEST Microsoft conference! Also, thank you to all of you who joined us virtually throughout Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 online through Digital WPC as well as through social media. I also appreciate all of the RTs, mentions, +1’s, + Klouts, etc. of my content that I posted last week.

Since one of the great values of Worldwide Partner Conference is the connections you can make with others, be sure to make the most of the connections you made. Remember that partner you had lunch with who told you all about the interesting things they are doing that are complimentary to your offerings and would be a great partnership? Call or email them right now. Did you hear something intriguing on MPN Live from one of the guests? Follow up with them. Did you get to meet the “Fantastic People of WPC12” above? Reach out via social media (I’ve included their information) and say, “Hi.” Whatever you do, capture the opportunity you have to expand your network, connect with your peers, and embrace the amazing opportunity that lies ahead for as Microsoft partners!

Now, it is off on the journey of our FY13 fiscal year and all of the phenomenal things that will be coming online to make this an incredible year together with our partners everywhere! I can’t remember a more exciting lineup and set of offerings that we have had coming to market in a 12-18 month window than where we are now and I look forward to taking this journey with all of you, driving our joint success all the way to WPC13 next year in Houston!

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