It was delightful to meet so many of you in Washington, DC during the 2014 Worldwide Partner Conference a couple of weeks ago. I hope you had a successful, productive, and fun time there, and that you left the event energized and ready to move forward in this mobile-first, cloud-first world.
To help you keep track of the many announcements and resources that were released leading up to and during the conference, I’ve put together a list that includes links to where you can get more information about each topic.
Announcements and your opportunities
“The [cloud] sales cycle doesn’t stop until we get deployment, usage, and consumption.” – Kevin Turner, Day 1 Vision Keynote
- New cloud performance competencies for Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure will be available to partners in September 2014:
Small Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency – focus on Office 365 for SMB customers
Cloud Productivity competency – focus on Office 365 for enterprise customers
Cloud Platform competency – focus on infrastructure and software as a a service solutions built on Microsoft Azure
- First-year fees for entry into the new silver cloud competencies will be waived, and primary eligibility will be based on your ability to drive active customer usage of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure.
- New Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program offers partners like Managed Service Providers, ISVs, hosting providers, and distributors the opportunity to package their solutions with Microsoft cloud offerings, beginning with Office 365 and Windows Intune.
- Microsoft Azure Certified is a new logo certification program that gives Microsoft partners new opportunities to promote and sell their applications and services on Azure.
- Microsoft Azure was added to the Open Licensing program on August 1, and Managed Service Providers can leverage their enterprise agreement via the Azure management portal to add Azure services into their offering portfolio.
- Technologies highlighted during Satya Nadella’s Vision Keynote included Office Delve (previously Codename Oslo), Project Siena, and Skype Translator.
- Windows Apportals provide you with a new service offering that simplifies app management, deployment, updates, and build. Download the new Apportals guide to learn how your customers benefit and how you can get started. Sign in with your Microsoft account associated to MPN membership to access the download.
- The Internet of Things is a rapidly growing opportunity for partners, and was heavily discussed at WPC 2014. Get the new “Create the Internet of Your Things” campaign from the Partner Marketing Center.
- The CityNext initiative at the end of its first year: an update from Laura Ipsen, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector.
Where to watch keynotes and sessions on demand
“So I wanted to start with a big thank you. I have worked in so many products throughout my 22 years at Microsoft. And there's been one thing constant about this: They have pretty much all been partner led. That is at the core of what we have done as a company. We've always built products and experiences that lend themselves for this great partner model of ours and this great ecosystem.” – Satya Nadella, Day 3 Vision Keynote
- WPC 2014 Vision Keynotes featuring Phil Sorgen, Satya Nadella, Kevin Turner, and other executives are available on demand on the Digital WPC website.
- The WPC 2014 US Keynote featuring Jenni Flinders, Judson Althoff, and partner, customer, and industry guests is available on the US Partner Community YouTube channel. Also, read our companion blog post, on the future of the cloud for partners.
- WPC 2014 session recordings are available on WPC Connect to conference attendees in Sessions > Session Resources. For non-attendees, go to Content > Videos or Content > Documents.
Registration is open for WPC 2015
It’s never too early to start thinking about the next WPC! WPC 2015 will be in Orlando, Florida from July 12–16. Early registration is open now—for a limited time only, pay $1,695 for your all access pass.