Microsoft is proud to be putting on it's annual Worldwide Partner Conference and wants to invite you to come get the most of your experience. This year the conference will be held state-side in Houston, TX from July 7-11. You will soon find out that WPC is the go-to place where top Microsoft Partners can get the roadmap and inspiration to activate and drive joint business. In one word, WPC is where partners go to get: MORE.
The best-of-the-best Microsoft partners know that WPC is where you have the most opportunity to connect one-on-one with Microsoft experts. While here, you can kick-off the U.S. SMB Sessions on Thursday, July 11, with a keynote from Cindy Bates, VP of U.S. SMB&D. In these sessions, you will hear about Microsoft's vision for next year & beyond! You will also get a chance to learn about programs and resources, before anyone else, to drive higher profits. The value add doesn't stop at speaking sessions and training seminars through--as an attendee of WPC 2013, you not only get to network with Microsoft SMB executives, but your peers as well to help drive your business. Here are testimonials from a few of our top partners:
“Only at WPC do we gain access to the Microsoft executives and business groups that help shape our vision and define our business goals. We attend year after year because it sets the table for our success. There’s no other event like it.“ -- Bill Hole, The Hole Group
"WPC is the most important conference of the year for us because it gives us great strategic insight into Microsoft’s focus areas. We credit this conference with giving us an edge in positioning ourselves to take advantage of new opportunities (e.g. cloud, etc.). It’s also a great way for us to strengthen our relationship with Microsoft." -- Ro Kolakowski, 6th Street
"As Microsoft has fine-tuned it’s convention strategy over the years there are two key conferences to attend. WPC for business people and Build for developers. Every year our companies attend both but feel that WPC is the most important because of the face to face time we get with Microsoft executives. In addition, we spend time networking with other partners and always leave WPC with a takeaway in the form of a new idea or new partnership opportunity. WPC is the place to be." -- Kevin McMillen, Ryan Tech, Inc.
To get the inside scoop on our product and technology roadmap and discuss industry trends in Big Data, Cloud, Mobility, and Social -- Register for WPC 2013 today!
If you register soon, you can take advantage of the travel discounts that are associated with this conference. If you have any questions or want to inquire about being nominated for a West Region WPC 2013 Partner Award, please email WestAwards@microsoft.com or your Partner Territory Manager.
We hope to see you there!
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It's undeniable that attending these kinds of events give you a chance to network with top Microsoft Partners, but it's important to remember the subjectivity in "top Microsoft partners". I recently read some other blogs where .NET and Microsoft professionals complained about how Microsoft partners were ranked against each other, it was quite interesting and I ended up doing a brief article on it (shameless but relevant plug coming up): http://www.erp-associates.com/community/1099/50-most-competent-microsoft-partners-according-to-rcp/
One contributor to this discussion argued that 25 competencies across 18,000 employees reflected a poorer performance than 8 competencies across 30 employees, but that performance of partners was ranked by number of competencies rather than ratio. Just my opinion!