Many partners have expressed that they cannot afford to attend WPC due to the cost or the fact that they can’t take that much time out of the field.  There is good news!  A new 2-day pass has been announced.  Partners, if you were looking for a cost-effective way to attend WPC, this is your opportunity and this is THE year to attend with all the changes to the partner network!  When you register be sure to use the special promotion code in the invite below.


As of last night, June 3rd, NCA partners who are flying out of Minneapolis, can book a ticket for $315 on AirTran.  There are also still rooms available ranging anywhere from $179 - $209 and up.  However, a lot of the less costly options are quickly disappearing.  Basically, here’s the breakdown for a partner from Minneapolis to attend WPC for 2 days.


2-Day Pass           $   995

Airfare                  $   315

Hotel                     $   440 (2 nights @ $220/night)

TOTAL:                  $1,750


This is a savings of $1,200 over the cost to attend the entire event!


ACTION REQUESTED – sign up for WPC today then hop on WPC Connect and start entering in your daily schedule; try and connect with as many people as possible during WPC!


As always, let me know if you have any questions regarding this information.


Cheers to a great year!!

Lisa Hughes

North Central Area PTM




You're Personally Invited to WPC


At WPC 2010, you will receive numerous opportunities to network with other partners and Microsoft employees; gain a valuable understanding of Microsoft’s new cloud strategy; and learn information about new products and programs that will be announced at the conference.


As a result of partner feedback, we are offering several different options for attendance this year including the, recently announced, 2-Day Pass:

·          2 Day Pass* - $995. Note: This pass can only be used for Wednesday –Thursday only. To take advantage of this special offer, enter PT2DJT6M into the registration code field.

Can you attend the conference for only two days or want to bring additional team members for a shorter time span at the conference? Are you interested in doing a deep dive on driving business with your SMB customers? This is the perfect option for you. Attend Wednesday and Thursday to participate in sessions focused on the SMB space.  Additionally, you are invited to join me for the US Central Region Awards & Strategy Session as well as a special Disti TPAM Managed Partner Appreciation Luncheon.


I will be attending WPC and would love the opportunity to meet with you in person and would be happy to facilitate introductions with other Microsoft attendees who you are interested in meeting with. I’m looking for your commitment to attend this year’s conference. I’m asking that you please let me know as soon as possible whether you or another member of your team plan to attend.


Below I have highlighted some of the available sessions for taking advantage of the 2-Day pass option*.  This is, by far, the best deal if you are wanting to attend and may not have the availability or resources to attend for the whole week.

*more sessions available on




Multiple Attendee Discounts
Take advantage of registering three (3) to ten (10) representatives from your company and receive a US$400 refund for each registration. Learn more at

Can't come for the whole event?

·    All Access/Full Conference Pass - $1795

·    2 Day Pass* - $995

·    1 Day Pass - $650 (I recommend you attend Thursday for the US Track if you select this option)

·    Hands-On-Labs Pass - $295

·    Expo Only Pass - $150

·    Business Leadership One Day Event Pass - $595.

To learn more about each of these options click here

WPC 2010 Expo
Showcase your business to 10,000 Microsoft partners from around the world at the WPC Expo. Download the brochure and visit




2-DAY PASS - U.S. partner tracks and sessions are now posted on the conference website! Check out what's being offered to help you grow your business with Microsoft.




Wednesday, July 14th: A few Sessions to choose

Annuity and Renewal Come to this unique interactive session to learn how to position the Microsoft Open Value Licensing Program to maximize your sales potential.


Igniting the “S” In SMB- New Cloud Offerings for the Innovative Small Business This session is for cutting-edge partner sales teams intending to demonstrate the value of voice, data, presence, and business productivity resources available in the Cloud.


The Art of Improving Business Insight with SMB Customers The database is an essential ingredient of the solutions that small to medium business (SMB) customers purchase, and Business Intelligence is just one of the ways you can sell the database with your customers. With Microsoft’s platform, you can help your customers implement BI reports faster and at a lower cost.


Windows Intune: Amplify, Simplify, Satisfy PC Management in the Cloud  Microsoft recently announced Windows Intune, a new solution that brings together cloud services for PC management and malware protection, a Windows 7 upgrade subscription, and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. In this session, learn how Windows Intune can help you grow your business while providing greater value to your customers at a lower cost to you.


Telecommunications in the Cloud: What It Means for Service Provider Operations If you’re a service provider working with communication companies and want to know industry trends, this is the session for you. An industry analyst talks to partners about how the move to cloud and online services is impacting the telecommunications industry.




Thursday, July 15th: A few Sessions to Choose

US Central Region EPG and SMS&P FY11 Strategy and Awards
Join Central Region EPG and SMS&P regional vice presidents for an engaging hour as they showcase some of our partners’ best practices and most compelling success stories and provide a high-level strategy for maximizing your partnership with Microsoft in FY11.


Through Disti tPAM Managed Partner Appreciation Luncheon Exclusively for Disti-tPAM managed partners, in this roundtable session and appreciation lunch we’ll review FY10 results, celebrate wins, discuss go-forward plans, and provide you a unique opportunity to interact with our executive team in an open tPAM managed partner Q&A session.


Best Practices in Increasing Profit and Reach in the Emerging Cloud Computing Marketplace Attend this session to learn how you can increase profit and reach in the emerging SaaS and Cloud Computing market place. Hear best practices from partners and Microsoft experts who are leading the charge.


FY11 Small Business Conversations Find out what pain points Small Businesses consistently express to Microsoft and the corresponding conversations Microsoft is planning to have with these businesses in FY11 that will address these pain points and solve their technology needs.


Grow Your Business with Business Intelligence Learn how the top spending priority for CIOs four years running is maximized by the use of our latest launch products, Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.


Introduction to Microsoft's US Local Engagement Team Microsoft has developed an innovative approach to help our partners thrive in this challenging economic environment. Come hear how partners can extend their reach and increase revenue by teaming up with a variety of other companies to multiply their marketing impact.