WPC 2009 Wrap-Up

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) concluded Thursday with regional keynotes (regional = country) and the justly famous WPC Closing Party.

During the U.S. regional keynote, Robert Youngsjohn, President of North America Sales and Marketing discussed yet another reorganization occurring at Microsoft at the field-level within the Enterprise and SMS&P sales segmentations.  Honestly, it's very confusing and you really need to see the slides to understand the reorganization completely (slides are available at Digital WPC). Basically everyone has a new title, so if you felt that you had a handle on Microsoft acronyms, back to school you go.

I attended the Central Region luncheon where they announced the regional (in this case, regional = west/central/east) award winners.  I am so proud of the recipients of the first four awards handed out, as they are all Bamboo Partners! Pointbridge won in the Competitive Win category; Sogeti won in the Customer Experience category, Inetium won in the Sales Excellence category and Aztec Systems won in the Excellence in Market Focus category.  Congratulations to all!

The WPC 2009 concluded yesterday evening with a party which managed to combine Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras.  Hall G of the conference center was converted into a Mardi Gras-themed party.  We enjoyed the sounds of Playing for Change for a final time.  We watched artists paint, mimes mime, ice sculptures glow, stilt-walkers walk and many, many conference attendees have a fabulous time.  Participation in this conference not only allows us to hear from Microsoft on their great innovations rolling out to market, but it also gives us the opportunity to meet some amazing people from all over the world. I met attendees from Sweden, Brazil, South Africa, Germany and many other countries, all with the same mission in common: how do we leverage this great technology from Microsoft to enable our customers to succeed?  We might not have all the answers, we don't know what we don't know - but we will all continue to collaborate, build best practices and keep on moving forward. If there was one common theme this week, it was the power of partnering. Bamboo Solutions is certainly proud to be a part of the Microsoft partner ecosystem.




See you next year in Washington, D.C.!

Posted Jul 17 2009, 05:00 PM by Jill Kunkel | Edit this post

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