It’s more like T-minus the hours rather than the days until The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC14) kicks off in Washington, DC on Sunday!
So, how am I preparing? I’m reading post after post from veteran “WPCers” with their tips and tricks for a successful Conference. I guess it’s my turn to jump on the bandwagon. Speaking of bands: We get to see Paramore and Neon Trees during the Partner Celebration this year. Ain’t it (going to be) Fun!
So, this will be my 9th consecutive WPC in which I have worked for a total of seven different companies during that time span; all Microsoft partners (mostly ISVs) building their businesses on Microsoft technology. And although I have represented several organizations, the long term partnerships and friendships I have built transcend beautifully throughout each organization and role I have held. This mega Microsoft partner ecosystem still scales down to representing a very small world at the end of the day.
This year I am pleased to bringing Fpweb.net’s Partner Program “The Fpweb.NETWORK” into the spotlight.
Two reasons to attend a Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference:
- Networking: This goes without saying, but this is the place to find that great partner relationship.
- Hearing from Microsoft: This typically involves looking at the year in review and what’s to come. From technology roadmaps to the programs that they have developed to support innovation and mutual business growth, Microsoft has it covered through keynotes and sessions.
A few things I am looking forward to at WPC next week:
- Hearing from Satya Nadella and Phil Sorgen. This is their “coming out party” as I’ve heard it referenced many times.
- Catching up with friends and partners, both old and new. (Even the ones based in St. Louis that I freakishly only get to see when we are out of town at WPC.) New meaning my personal challenge of connecting with at least two new people per session/event/party I will attend.
- Watching the FIFA 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina to kick off the Conference. In similar fashion to WPC10 in Boston when Spain took the title and we watched from an old fire station turned Pub.
- Figuring out how I will juggle five different places I want to be at once on Tuesday night!
- Witnessing the attendee response to our new approach to the traditional swag at the Conference. Be sure to stop by our booth #829 in the Expo to see what I mean.
Three tips to help make this WPC14 a success:
As I pack my suitcase this weekend, it will be full of comfortable shoes. My number one tip: wear comfortable shoes. You will walk a lot. You will stand a lot. You will dance a lot. You will thank me!
My number two tip: Don’t be shy. You’ve invested a lot of time and money to attend this Conference. Everyone attending really does have a similar agenda, so the more you can share a smile, extend a handshake or bend an ear – the greater chance of meeting that person that can lead to that next great partnership.
My number three tip: Stop by the Fpweb.net booth #829 in the Expo Hall and say hello. Find out what it’s like to work with us. Share your feedback and/or suggestions in how we can mutually move the pendulum of SharePoint adoption.