Sunday, March 6, 2011

Two Big Opportunities for Microsoft Partners

In the next few weeks there are two very important opportunities for Microsoft partners to participate with key executives in Redmond and get first hand information about the direction and strategy of the company. I encourage you to make this investment of time and join one or both of these events. It is not often that we can interact directly in this manner - so don't let it pass without your attention. Far too often partners complain they have no part in the discussion, or are not informed of what is happening. You can't use either excuse if you don't get involved and participate.

Microsoft Partner Network Interactive Leadership Forum

March 10, 2011 - 7:00-8:30 am Pacific Time

Presented By: Eric Ligman - Microsoft Director of Partner Experience

Jon Roskill - Corporate Vice-President, Worldwide Partner Group

Julie Bennani - General Manager, Microsoft Partner Network

Ross Brown - Vice-President, Worldwide Partner Sales

Karl Noakes - General Manager, Microsoft Partner Strategy & Programs

Join the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group leadership team for an interactive partner forum webcast on the Microsoft Partner Network. During this session, we will be discussing topics, questions, concerns, misconceptions and more that we have heard from partners around the world regarding the Microsoft Partner Network to help address and answer these for you, the Microsoft partners. This session will also include an open forum Q&A session where you will be able to ask questions of the leadership team regarding the Microsoft Partner Network.
This session will be moderated by Eric Ligman.

A sample of some topics included:
• Small business focused partners in Microsoft Partner Network
• Which is right for you: Action Pack, silver competency, or gold competency?
• Microsoft Partner Network and market awareness
• Revenue requirements in Microsoft Partner Network
• Partners, cloud, and Microsoft Partner Network
• And more…

Register for the event here.

Join the Conference at this attendee URL:
• Toll-Free (Within US & Canada): (877) 505-6621
• Audio Pin: 7912

Session #2 - Meet the US Partner Team for HTG members only

We heard your feedback and wanted to introduce you to a few people at Microsoft who live and think about Microsoft partners each and every day.

Why? Because our relationship with our partners matters. We know that we can’t meet all of you individually, so we’re going to put technology to work and invite you to join us on a Meet the US Partner team held via Live Meeting on Monday, 4/4 from 2:00 -3:00 pm cst. We want you to know that we value the relationship we have with our partners and want to make sure you know who to contact and when. Some of the team members who are eager to meet you include:

• To Partner Communications Lead – Diane Golshan
• Microsoft Partner Network Lead – Sharon Collins
• Compete Lead – Alistair Cloke
• Incentives and Solutions Incentive Program (SIP) Lead – Hany Adeeb
• Partner Capacity Lead – Michael Pearson

And a few more of our key partner leads who care about the success of our partners.

Check with your Microsoft HTG Champ or watch the newsletter or portal for the live meeting logon information. I would be glad to send you the invite as well if you drop me an email.

Two great opportunities to connect with the people who make things happen at the largest vendor for most of us. Don't let this slip between your fingers! See you on the calls!!

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