by Vince Menzione, General Manager, Partner Strategies for US Public Sector

Public Sector at WPC14We are happy to be hosting you in Washington, DC! Or, what my US Public Sector partner team calls “home.” I look forward to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference every year, and this year is extra special. Let me share why.

WPC provides you with the opportunity to meet with US Public Sector executives in small groups, attend the Public Sector executive panel, roundtables, and networking sessions, and to network with other Public Sector partners and Microsoft attendees to discuss the opportunities.

As you know, it’s a cloud first, mobile first world. Government agencies, health care providers, and academia are moving quickly to adopt cloud computing and mobile technologies to enhance their connections with their citizens, patients, and students and educators. A rich agenda for Microsoft in public sector has been prepared for WPC 2014 to engage each other and discuss the market environment.

Make an appointment with your Microsoft Public Sector team at WPC! Below, I’ve provided you with a comprehensive look at public sector-related sessions and activities. To add sessions to your WPC Schedule, sign in to WPC Connect and go to Sessions > Session Scheduler. Expand the Customer Segment section on the right, and select Public Sector. You can choose to add all sessions to your schedule or add just the ones that most interest you.

If you’re not yet registered for WPC, you can see the Public Sector session abstracts and speakers in the Session Catalog by expanding the Customer Segment section on the right and selecting Public Sector.

Featured Public Sector Activities

Public Sector Executive Panel and Roundtables

Tuesday, July 15

  • Executive Panel Discussion (session CL375) from 9:00AM–10:00AM
  • Roundtable Discussion (session BD373) from 10:30AM–11:30AM
All WPC attendees with a public sector focus are invited to interact with the Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector executive team in a panel session and Q&A. They will share their priorities for the upcoming year and answer your questions.

Then, participate in roundtable discussions hosted by public sector industry experts. More than 20 roundtable discussions will occur simultaneously on a variety of topics such as Microsoft CityNext, cloud offerings, opportunities in healthcare, education, and Windows 8 and Office 365 devices and services.
CityNext – Key to the City Lounge in The Commons 
Open during Expo hours
WPC 2014 marks the first anniversary for Microsoft CityNext, and we’ll be showcasing public sector solutions that partners have built along with interactive experiences in the “City Center” lounge area in The Commons. Join the fun with the “Keys to the City” game—grab a map and “tour” the booth, getting a stamp for each kiosk visited. Your completed map is your “key” to earning chances to win prizes.
Modern Marketing in a Cloud First, Mobile First World

Tuesday, July 15, 1:30PM–2:30PM
Marriott Marquis

Space is limited. Register here.

Join Microsoft US marketing leaders at the Modern Marketing in Cloud First Mobile First World discussion.

Keynote by Gavriella Schuster, General Manager of Business Strategy for the Microsoft Partner Network

Public Sector panelists, who will share marketing priorities and customer insights,  include: 

  • Colleen Tyler, Senior Marketing Director for Government and Health
  • Lydia Smyers, Senior Marketing Director for Education

Schedule of Breakout and Interactive Sessions

To add sessions to your WPC Schedule, sign in to WPC Connect and go to Sessions > Session Scheduler. Expand the Customer Segment section on the right, and select Public Sector. You can choose to add all sessions to your schedule or add just the ones that most interest you.

Tuesday, July 15

For all partners serving Public Sector customers
  • CL375  Executive Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • BD373   Roundtable Discussions
Big Data Track
  • BD370  Accelerating Partner Success in Generating Big Data, Open Data, and BI Opportunities
Cloud Track
  • CL376  Accelerating Partner Success and Driving Customer Flexibility, Scale, and Value
Mobility and Devices Track
  • MD385  Accelerating Partner Success and Transforming Customers with Enterprise-Grade Mobile Devices and Solutions

Wednesday, July 16

Big Data Track
  • BD371i  Health Analytics – Leveraging the Latest Technologies to Lighten up your Solution and Accelerate your Growth
  • BD372i  Big Data in Government – Up Close
  • BD374  Using OSINT and Open Data in Delivery of Big Data Predictive Analytics & BI Solutions to Public Safety Agencies
Cloud Track
  • CL376  Accelerating Partner Success and Driving Customer Flexibility, Scale, and Value
  • CL3798i  The Cloud Platform –Making it Real in Health
  • CL379i  Cloud First in Government – Up Close
Mobility and Devices Track
  • MD385  Accelerating Partner Success and Transforming Customers with Enterprise-Grade Mobile Devices and Solutions
  • MD386i  Tablet 2.0 in Health –What is the Right Approach? 
  • MD387i  Mobility & Social in Government – Up Close
  • MD388i  Mobility Strategies for Success in Public Safety, National Security, and Defense
Leadership Track
  • LS380i  Microsoft CityNext Up Close 
  • LS185  Microsoft CityNext: Going to Market with Partners in Cities with Government, Health, and Education
  • LS381  Worldwide Public Sector Education Strategy, Priorities, and Programs 
  • LS383  What’s Next for Microsoft CityNext?
  • LS384  Making Money in the New World of Free

imageLeadership Track – Government Policy Discussions

Monday

  • LS695 – Growing your Business and the Local Economy with Microsoft
  • LS141 – Procurement Reform at the Federal Level: What Changes Are Coming?

Tuesday

  • LS697 – What do Government IT Purchasers Want? How to Position Your Business for Government Sales
  • CL680i – Helping Grow Your Cloud Business: Overcoming Privacy and Security Blockers in post Snowden World
  • LS121 – IP Theft and Cybersecurity

Wednesday

  • LS118 – Growing your Business through Civic Engagement
  • LS126 – Delivering Smarter IT in Government – Where Do You Fit In?

The networking, connection, and content delivered at WPC 2014 will provide you and members of your team with incredible business-building and professional growth opportunities. Interested in getting to know the Public Sector team better? Schedule a meeting using WPC Connect. Our entire team are profiled and happy to meet.

Safe travels, and I’ll see you at WPC 2014 in DC next month!