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  • Blog Post: Perspectives on WPC15 by Westcoast Cloud Services Director, Mark Davies

    By Mark Davies Westcoast Cloud Services Director So, another Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC) comes to a close. As usual it was a big mix of keynotes, breakout sessions, partner meetings and evening party/networking. This was a quiet year for big announcements, but Windows 10 and their...
  • Blog Post: WPC15 Day 3 Recap: Achieving More Together

    Following the plethora of announcements made on Monday day 3 kicked off with Kevin Turner stating "It's an exciting moment to be in technology.” He was alluding to the fact that current IT industry environment is one of continuous disruption. Spurred on by the cloud transformation,...
  • Blog Post: Gavriella Schuster on Future Investments And Innovations in the Partner Programme

    We caught up with Gavriella Schuster, General Manager, Worldwide Partner Group, at WPC, where she provided insight into the investments and innovations being made across the Microsoft Partner Network in FY16. You'll see developments in the areas of Training, Certification, Marketing and Resourcing...
  • Blog Post: ‘Society Brands – adding tangible value to good intentions.’

    Hugh Milward, Microsoft UK’s Director of Corporate Affairs, today spoke to many partners at WPC15 UK Regional Session about the value of having an effective Society Brand. Although similar in some respects to Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR, the purpose of a Society Brand is actually...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Our Long Term Business (Guest blog)

    By Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft UK As we move at speed into a cloud first, mobile first world, our primary focus is inevitably on how we bring in the next quarter and next fiscal. But it’s often harder, at market rather than corporation level, to consider the longer...
  • Blog Post: UK IAMCP @ WPC15 - Benefits For Your Business

    You maybe aware of the UK International Association of Channel Partners (IAMCP for Short) but not necessarily aware that they have refreshed a lot of the benefits that you gain access to when you become a member. We caught up IAMCP UK President, Dan Scarfe, and asked him to explain why partners should...
  • Blog Post: WPC15 Day 1: Transforming today's business together!

    Day 1 of the Worldwide Partner Conference kicked off with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reinforcing our mission: To empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. "Together with our partners we are transforming the business world for the next era." The keynote...
  • Blog Post: New Competencies Support Mobile First Transformation

    A key component of the Microsoft Partner Networks success is its ability to constantly evolve, shifting its shape to market trends and new business requirements. The announcement of two new competencies to support the ‘Mobile First’ element of our 'Cloud First, Mobile First' strategy...
  • Blog Post: You Are At The Intersection: Public Sector And Partner Opportunities in FY16

    With a plethora of exciting projects across a range of transformational technologies really standing out this year, combined with continued momentum towards the move to the cloud, we have a lot to celebrate. With Microsoft now positioned in the upper-right leaders quadrant in Gartner's recent...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud & Hosting Provider Opportunities (Guest Blog)

    By Matt Eckersall, UK Hosting Director, Microsoft UK I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to our broad Partner community for a strong close to FY15 and equally strong rally at WPC 2015! As we are hearing this week, FY16 promises to be an exciting, transformational year for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: WPC 2015 - The UK Lounge

    The UK Lounge is the place for you to catch-up on work, have meetings, network with Microsoft employees and partners or simply take a break recharging both yourself and your tech. You will find us in the Commons Area of Orange County Convention Centre, there will always be someone from the UK team manning...
  • Blog Post: Pack Your Selfie Stick

    At WPC there will be two chances to win a Surface Pro 3 this year. Selfie Competition Last year we ran a selfie competition at WPC and the results were hilarious, inspiring and wonderful. This year we are running the competition again, we can’t wait to see the photos that capture WPC 2015...
  • Blog Post: WPC 2015 - UK Party

    If you've attended the Worldwide Partner Conferences you'll know the UK Regional Party is popular. Not only because of its creativity but we’ve heard it’s the best place for informal networking at WPC! We are happy to announce this year’s UK Party theme will be: 1950s...
  • Blog Post: Shuttle Schedule for WPC at Orlando Florida

    Shuttle Schedule Once you’ve arrived in Orlando this July for our biggest partner event of the year, WPC, you will find that the city is quite spread out. We will be putting on a shuttle service throughout the event, to help you get around. We have several different routes, going the regional...
  • Blog Post: Onwards to Orlando! Where the magic happens (Guest Blog)

    The countdown to Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner conference is on and with only 12 days to go, the excitement is building! This year’s chosen location is the home of magic, mystery and mythological creatures with Walt Disney World Resort and Universal, there is no better place for inspiration...
  • Blog Post: Your Route to Success @ WPC15: Harleys, Poolside Networking, Exec Insights, Lounge Recharging and more

    We’ve had a lot of interest from partners asking for details related to the UK Activities at this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference. I'm happy to say we’re now in a position to share how these UK activities will overlay on top of the already fantastic conference agenda, providing...
  • Blog Post: We’ve Made It....To WPC (Guest Blog)

    By Nicola Boswell – Cloud Product Manager at Westcoast Limited So after all the hype and build up, we are finally here in Orlando and what a first couple of days it's been! For all the ladies out there (and some men), I hope you bought your hair straighteners because the humidity is causing...
  • Blog Post: Is selling public cloud enough, what about hybrid-cloud? (Guest Blog)

    Everywhere you look cloud is something that needs to be considered. My dad, who still has an ancient laptop (6 years old), can barely run Chrome, brought up on our last call that he needed to get into “the Cloud” to protect his important data. The way he brought it up was with such seriousness...
  • Blog Post: Webinar: Why Attend WPC? You could Win $500 Discount off Your Ticket!

    We are hosting a partner facing webinar on the benefits of WPC 2015 @ 10am on April 16th. There will also be a prize draw giving away 2x$500 discount codes to partners who attend the call. So well worth joining if you're still undecided about attending this years conference. View competition terms...
  • Blog Post: WPC15 Partner Celebration at Disney Hollywood Studios

    This year’s WPC Partner celebration will take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Enjoy the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Years while you network with thousands of your peers. In addition to great food, live entertainment, exciting rides, and fireworks, you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Spread the cost of WPC 2015: Introducing Payment Plan

    Understandably, the cost of attending WPC can be a big hit but there is a place for all partners, both big and small, at the conference. That’s why we want to make registering as flexible as possible. If you’re concerned about cost, our WPC Payment Plan lets you pay incrementally for your...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Partner Conference Flash Sale: $100 Discount for 48 hours

    Save $100 on your all-access pass to the biggest Microsoft partner event of the year. For 48 hours* only from February 25-26, you’ll save US$100 when you register for an all-access pass for WPC 2015. Register today to secure the connections you want, the insights you need, and the partnerships...
  • Blog Post: Save $100 on a Worldwide Partner Conference 2015 All Access Pass

    It’s that time of year for the partner event of the year: the WPC 2015 holiday sale is here! For only 48 hours* from December 17-18, you can save US$100 when you register for an all-access pass for WPC 2015. It’s that simple—just register during those days and you’ll automatically...
  • Blog Post: (Guest Blog) Want a friend in Washington? Get a Smartphone or a Scotsman!

    More than a week after the Microsoft WPC14 in Washington, sorry DC, I am still buzzing, and disrupting the office with photos, stories and strategies. It was my first time at a WPC event and first time in DC, so what are my takeaways? Firstly if you are going next year; prepare, prepare, prepare...
  • Blog Post: The week that was.... by Linda Rendleman

    I hope that those of you that attended WPC last week are fully recovered but also energised from what was an exciting and jam packed event. As my first WPC in my new role as partner and business development lead for Microsoft, it really brought home to me the power of partnering and how when Microsoft...