WPC 2010 was Microsoft’s largest partner conference ever with over 14,000 attendees from 130 countries. WPC provided an opportunity to meet with partners, congratulate and celebrate our partners’ successes, and share our business priorities for the upcoming year at our UC Pre-Day and WPC sessions. Walking away from WPC, there is a legion of Systems Integrators, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Resellers, Telco and Hardware partners readied and excited to help customers like you realize the full benefits of Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Communications Server ‘14’.
It is evident our partners are not only expanding their Exchange and Communications Server practices, but partners are also investing in Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office, enabling you to take advantage of our full productivity offerings. Cloud, cloud, cloud was the theme of WPC, and partners were eager to learn how to bring Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) to your organization.
We hosted over 350 partners at our UC Pre-Day. Conference highlights include Stephen Elop’s vision keynote featuring a demo by Kirk Koenigsbauer, Chris Caposella’s value keynote, and breakout sessions from Kirk Gregersen and Julia White. Ian Hameroff and Gary Danoys teamed up to present an interactive session highlighting Exchange Online and how Microsoft and our partners are winning against IBM and Google. Jamie Stark’s session on deployment opportunities for the forthcoming release of Communications Server ‘14’ was standing room only, and partners were eager to learn about how CS “14” can be used to replace, enhance or add to a customers’ PBX. Watch keynotes and breakout sessions at www.digitalwpc.com.
A growing set of partners are realizing new business opportunities by developing applications on our Communications Server platform. Yancey Smith, Director of Communications Server Product Management, moderated a panel of six CEBP (communications enable business processes) application developer partners including Geomant, Clarity Consulting, Convergent, Post CTI, Wortell and Evangelyze. The panel focused on Communications Server ‘14’ as an extensible platform for building CEBP applications to further streamline business process..
Finally, Polycom, Aastra, Brocade, ClearOne, and Dialogic announced partner solutions along with a joint release from Polycom and BT.
Our team is excited to kickoff this fiscal year with a strong partner ecosystem that is activated and eager to deliver our unified communications solutions to you. Partners are coming to the cloud with us and are ready to advise you on how to take advantage of our growing cloud portfolio spanning Exchange Online, Office Communications Online, SharePoint Online, all the way to Windows Azure and Windows Intune.
For more information, visit digitalwpc.com and whymicrosoft.com.
Kristin Murray, UC Partner Marketing