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:
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With Dave Seibert of IT Innovators
With Dave Seibert of IT Innovators
With Joe Moore and Curtis Hicks of Center for Computer Resources
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:
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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Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER, LinkedIn, and RSS and see “What I’m thinking” Director, Worldwide Partner Experience Microsoft Corporation This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights