Ian Hameroff | Exchange Partner Community

Group Product Manager for Microsoft Exchange Partner Marketing team, Technologist, Gadget Geek, and Seattle Sounders FC fan(atic).

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  • Blog Post: Introducing Your Messaging PSP Activation Kit: Now with Even More Partner Readiness Goodness!

    Pop quiz : How many of you--especially those of you who have a PSP (a/k/a Partner Solution Plan ) with Microsoft--were aware we publish a great set of content and tools to help solutions partners (like SIs) deliver on our joint go-to-market objectives? Good to see all those hands raised! Now, for the...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on Partner Opportunity with Email Security

    Earlier in October, we kicked off a new series to spotlight the range of great opportunities Exchange can bring to your business. One of the objectives of these “Spotlight on" Partner Opportunity” posts, is to demonstrate how the advanced capabilities--or what I like to call the “Hero Workloads...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on Partner Opportunity with Voicemail

    Continuing our series that spotlights fellow Exchange partners who are spotlighting the range of great opportunities Exchange can bring to your businesses, this edition focuses on Voicemail. Voicemail (a/k/a Voicemail with Exchange Unified Messaging ) can truly save your customers both money and time...
  • Blog Post: #ExchangePartner: The Latest Trend in the Exchange Partner Ecosystem

    Hashtags, as defined by our friends in the Twitterverse , are “used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet.” Others, like hashtags.org , add that hashtags “are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets.” I like to think of them as mini-communities within the...
  • Blog Post: New Business Opportunities Now Available for Download

    Hopefully by now you’ve all heard the news that Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (or “SP2” as it is better known around the the halls of Buildings 31 and 32) is available for download . As Kevin Allison, general manager of the Exchange customer experience team, shared in the aforementioned EHLO Blog...
  • Blog Post: So, You Want to Host Exchange?

    This happens to be the title of one of the highest rated sessions we had in our Business Productivity track at this year’s WPC . This Interactive was led by Michael van Dijken , a top subject matter expert on hosting Exchange and a member of my member of my Exchange Partner Marketing team. As evidenced...
  • Blog Post: VIDEO: Hey, Exchange Partners, Show Me How You Built Your Business

    A few months ago, I read a great article by Wired magazine’s editor-in-chief, Chris Anderson , about how video is the next (or, perhaps, the current) big engine to share ideas and fuel innovation versus other mediums like the written word. This article really resonated with me, including the examples...
  • Blog Post: Hollywood may have just ended awards season, but we’re just getting started.

    Believe it or not, WPC2011 is just around the corner and the “Partner of the Year” awards are a big part the road to L.A.  Kristin, who is my breadth partner program lead (which includes driving our Unified Communications presence at WPC), has written a guest post to get you prepped for submitting...
  • Blog Post: Top 3 Things to Check Out at the WPC11’s Solution Innovation Center

    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...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on Partner Opportunity with Notes Migrations

    Yesterday it was the snow that kept your humble blogger home. Today, an icepocalypse has displaced the snowpocalypse that kept Pacific Northwest folks stranded these last 36 hours. To capitalize once more on the added bandwidth a “work@home” day offers, I thought I’d continue our ongoing “Spotlight on...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Content to Kick Start a Happy New Year!

    Remember that post I did a short while back about the Messaging PSP Activation Kit ? Good! (If not, I’ll give you a few minutes to click the above link and get up to speed). In the spirit of a more predictable and frequent cadence of content updates to the kit , we kicked off 2012 with another refresh...
  • Blog Post: Doing the Math: Reflections on Lotusphere 2012, Seattle Snow, et al

    First off, I’d like to wish all of you a very belated happy New Year! May your 2012 be a year of filled with good health, lots of happiness and plenty of business prosperity! I fully realize that I’ve been a bit behind on my blogging thanks to the post-holiday dig out. But, as luck would have it, the...
  • Blog Post: Hot Off the Presses: BlackBerry Support for Office 365 in Beta

    Great news, Office 365 fans! Earlier this morning--very early for your humble blogger based here in Redmond, WA -- Research in Motion (RIM) announced that an Open Beta (a/k/a public beta) has been launched for their new BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365 . Can I get a “Woo-hoo...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft MVP Shares Initial Thoughts on HP E5000

    The recently disclosed HP E5000 Messaging System for Exchange Server 2010 (or, as we call it around the hallowed hallways of building 31: “The E5000”) is one of the really cool projects my team gets to work on this year. Taking the best of what our two companies do–delivering the hardware and software...
  • Blog Post: Envelope Please. And, the Winners Are….

    The “Partner of the Year” awards are perhaps one of my most favorite parts of the run up to each year’s WPC . “Why’s that, Ian?” you may ask. It’s pretty simple, yet so rewarding (no pun intended). Each year, I get the chance to review a batch of award submissions and get a glimpse into the amazing things...
  • Blog Post: Wow, Is WPC11 Really 9 Days Away!

    Happy Friday, everyone! I can’t believe we’re just a little more than one week away from the main event ! WPC11 is quickly approaching, and I am looking forward to heading down to Los Angeles see all of you. To date over 14,000 have registered to attend and that’s quite impressive. I’m not surprised...
  • Blog Post: VIDEO: Partners Share How They’ve Built Their Exchange Businesses

    Who doesn’t like videos? One only needs to take a look at the stats from comScore’s recent online video rankings to confirm this as fact. They shared that “171 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in January for an average of 14.5 hours per viewer.”   Dang, that’s a lot of small...
  • Blog Post: Missed WPC11? We DVR’ed It For You!

    WPC is certainly a gift that keeps on giving! Align these lines, I am pleased to share with you the video replay from Julia White’s Exchange general session (a/k/a BP04 – Dollars, Euros or Yen: How Exchange Brings You Growth Opportunities from On-Premises to the Cloud) is now available. Just swing by...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Your New Messaging Competency!

    While it may seem more prevalent than I’ll make it out to be, it’s not everyday you get to launch something. So, when you get to start off your Monday morning with the fantastic news that something you and your team has been working on for a better part of a year is now live and launched, you feel a...
  • Blog Post: New Series: Spotlight on Partner Opportunity with Archiving

    We received a lot of fantastic feedback (via this blog and face-to-face at events like WPC and Partner MS101 ) about what kinds of resources would be most useful for you as you build and grow your businesses with Exchange . One of the common themes of late has been “yeah, I get you want us to invest...
  • Blog Post: Off to the Races – Submit Your WPC Awards Entries

    Great news! As of Friday, March 18th you can start submitting your WPC award nominations.  Here’s Kristin again to share some more details: Following up to my post from last week that provided an overview of this year’s WPC Awards, the window for self-nominations is now open. This year, we are focusing...
  • Blog Post: If It’s Friday, It’s Time to Meet Michael!

    As I mentioned in my very first post earlier this week, I’d like to use this blog to give you a glimpse into the team that’s here on the Redmond campus passionately supporting your businesses as you seek out opportunities to resell, implement, support, and/or extend Exchange 2010 and Exchange Online...
  • Blog Post: Are You Ready to be Pinpointed?

    Great news! Earlier this week, we officially launched a brand new customer facing partner page on our microsoft.com/exchange site!! As you may recall, this site was previously a mishmash of a static list of ISV partners we stood up around the Exchange 2010 launch in November 2009 , and a link off to...
  • Blog Post: It’s Alive! BlackBerry for Support for Office 365 Goes GA

    A short while back, in October 2011, I shared an update on a new cloud service that RIM had launched to provide BlackBerry support for Office 365. To avoid you having to step into the Wayback Machine , here’s that post: Hot Off the Presses: BlackBerry Support for Office 365 in Beta Well, this morning...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Evolution of the Unified Communications Competency

    Believe it or not, this month I celebrated my one year anniversary in my role leading the Exchange partner marketing team . Man, a year can go fast when you��re having fun! While I’ve been working in the Exchange product management group for nearly 4 years, these last 12 months have afforded me some amazing...