Happy Monday (not to be confused with the Happy Mondays of the Madchester music movement in the 1980s and 1990s, as featured in a great movie called “24 Hour Party People”…perhaps now is a good time to mention I logged a bunch of hours at our recent Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) this last few weeks)!

Okay, back to the business at hand: WPC11 is just 4 weeks away!

And, with less than a month to go, here are a few details on our Exchange and Lync activities in the Solution Innovation Center (a/k/a Expo).

Your journey through the Expo begins with a swing by booth #136, where you’ll get to see demos of our productivity technologies including Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint, and, of course, Exchange and Lync at our Business Productivity Booth. We’ll have some of our top sellers from the frontlines of our Microsoft field organization manning our Exchange and Lync kiosks and ready to walk you through some killer demos and answer all of your questions. My team and I will be stopping by to make sure we get a chance to meet as many of you as we can as you make your way through the expansive Solution Innovation Center.

But, wait!

There’s (always) more!

Once again, we’ll have our Partner Solution Theater in the Business Productivity Booth. This year, we’ve lined up a nice sampling of your fellow Exchange and Lync partners to walk through how they are building their businesses on the Microsoft productivity stack. Be sure to check out these sessions as you peruse the kiosks:

Monday, July 11

  • 12:00 – 12:20PM, Quest Software
    Solidify Unified Communication Deployments Across the IO Model and Learn about Quest’s Other Solutions
  • 12:30 – 12:50PM, BT
    Lync as a Managed Service – A Review of Lync Solutions from BT
  • 1:00 – 1:20PM, Binary Tree
    Maximize your Exchange Migration Opportunities with E2E
  • 3:30 – 3:50PM, Enabling Technologies
    Three New Ways to kick your LYNC up a Notch!
  • 7:00 – 7:20PM, HP
    Exchange Partner Opportunities with the HP E5000

Tuesday, July 12

  • 12:00 – 12:20PM, Illuminari Tech
    Productivity Appliance - Lync UCS3000 "Solution-In-A-Box”
    12:30 – 12:50PM, Concord Technologies
    Adding Fax to Exchange 2010 or Office 365
  • 5:00 – 5:20PM, NET
    Integrated UI simplifies management and configuration when deploying Lync SBA

Wednesday, July 13

  • 12:00 – 12:20PM, Polycom
    Transforming UC with Polycom and Microsoft: Real World ROI for You and Your Customers
  • 12:30 – 12:50PM, infoWAN Datenkommunikation GmbH
    Building a 10,000 Seat Secure and Scalable Exchange 2010 Environment

I think you’ll find these sessions extremely informative as you think through your go-to-market plans for the upcoming Microsoft fiscal year. I really dig the 20 minute “snack sized” approach to these presentations, as they are a great complement to all of the great content you’ll soak up in the keynotes, breakouts and interactive sessions.

And, be sure to check out the Lync device wall, where you’ll witness the great breadth of headsets, speaker phones, IP phones, and other devices that are interoperable with Microsoft Lync. This is one impressive sight, which you may have gotten a glimpse of during the Lync 2010 launch or at one of our recent events.

We see you guys are taking to Facebook and Twitter and sharing what you’re most excited to learn at WPC as an #ExchangePartner and #LyncPartner! Keep ‘em coming; we love this stuff! If you haven’t already posted your ‘most excited to learn tidbit’, do so by the 24th to be eligible to win a pass to “THE PARTY” of WPC. Check out my previous post for more details.

Ian
Group Product Manager
Exchange Partner Marketing