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2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

July 10 - 14  |  Toronto, Canada

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Welcome to Orlando, partners!

As over 15,000 members of the Microsoft partner community traveled to Florida from over 135 countries, the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference started bright and early on Sunday morning with the annual International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) Golf Tournament. While getting a jumpstart on the week’s networking, partners and Microsoft employees played rounds of golf in the summer sun in support of Microsoft Youth Spark partner, Year Up. The organization received US$5,000 in support of their goals to empower low-income young adults to become professionals in just one year.

An early focus on partner profitability and success

Partners packed the room to dive deep into where new opportunities for revenue exist and how best to take advantage of them with Jen Sieger’s session Learn what successful cloud partners know about building a profitable cloud business with Microsoft. This hyper-focus on enabling partner success, grounded in the consistent commitment from Microsoft to its partners, was a constant theme throughout the week. With hundreds of sessions, networking opportunities and technologies to explore, WPC can be daunting for those new to the event. Thankfully, for those who were attending WPC for the first time, the always popular First Time Attendee (FTA) Orientation brought together a panel of alumni attendees to discuss their tips and tricks for maximizing one’s investment of time and energy while at the conference. Attendees left the session inspired by the possibilities and better equipped for the week’s myriad activities.

A warm welcome to The Commons

To kick off the week’s networking, the Welcome Reception in The Commons offered partners the perfect informal setting to meet and to plan. Attendees met the many sponsors and exhibitors both from within Microsoft and from partners, explored the regional lounges, and had fun taking photos and videos in the Social Hub. The excitement for the upcoming Vision Keynotes was palpable as partners connected over light refreshments and prepared for the week ahead.
Welcome to WPC 2015!

Phil Sorgen,Corporate VP and Microsoft Worldwide Partner

Kati Quigley
WPC Experience Ambassador
12 July 2015

Hello Partners! It’s finally here! I am pleased to personally welcome you to the 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference here in Orlando. Our team has been working hard all year to create an incredible event for you. I’m excited for you...

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Highlight at Microsoft WPC 2015: IAMCP members playing golf at the annual tournament.

IAMCP members playing golf at the annual tournament

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about opportunity with WPC

Partners loved the Social Hub’s Tweet vending machine

Group at Microsoft WPC 2015 discussing Social Hub’s Tweet vending machine

New attendees learning the ropes to make the most of WPC

Two women welcome attendees to the Microsoft WPC 2015

Microsoft and Orlando welcomed partners in style

Microsoft  2015 Partner of the Year Kati Quigley

"The energy and sense of community at WPC inspires me to continue to find new ways to connect partners with each other as well as Microsoft throughout the year. I love being at WPC catching up with partners I know, meeting new ones, and hearing their success stories as well as their challenges. Their passion for Microsoft is incredibly motivating to me."

Kati Quigley, WPC Experience Ambassador, Microsoft

Microsoft  2015 Partner of the Year Kati Quigley

Empowering and investing in partners

The first day of the conference started with just the right rhythm as Recycled Percussion took the stage, energizing the audience with their percussive performance. After Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Group, welcomed partners to WPC and recognized the 2015 Partner of the Year Awards winners, CEO Satya Nadella took the stage to outline how Microsoft and partners together continue to empower every person and every organization around the world to achieve more.

With exciting announcements for productivity like Project GigJam and Windows 10, a live demonstration of the disruptive new Hololens technology, and more, Monday’s Vision Keynotes set the stage for an inspiring week. Watch all the Vision Keynote videos from Monday, July 13 on demand.

At the end of the keynotes, the thousands of attendees heard the exciting announcement about where next year’s conference will take place and had the opportunity to register throughout the week at the lowest possible price.

The networking and learning begins in earnest

After the day one Vision Keynotes ended and as a follow-up to the FTA Orientation, first time attendees joined WPC alumni at the FTA Luncheon where they could ask in-depth follow-up questions and meet with mentors—volunteers who, true to the spirit of the partner community, dedicate their time to helping their peers make the most of the event and their partnership with Microsoft.

For many, the day consisted of attending sessions to bring valuable and actionable insights back to their companies. Among the most popular were Is There Life Beyond Infrastructure? Create Your Own IP to Sell, and Start Now! and the ISV General Session: the Internet of Things and the rise of intelligent machines.

Community: the root of successful partnerships

Community is at the core of what makes the Microsoft Partner Network unique. During her session Microsoft partner programs and opportunities, Gavriella Schuster, General Manager of Worldwide Partner Marketing and Programs, announced new investments in and changes to partner programs and support based on feedback from the partner community—all to make it easier and more profitable for partners to do business with Microsoft. In The Commons, community continued to be at the center of the conversation. The Community Hub featured prominent partner communities throughout the day, including the Janes of Digital Power Networking event for Women in Technology as well as the IAMCP Prometheus Awards ceremony in which partners recognized shared achievements with one another and with Microsoft.

Empowering partners to drive business transformation for our mutual customers

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, discusses Microsoft WPC opportunities

Phil Sorgen
Corporate VP, Worldwide Partner Group
13 July 2015

Today, we announced several new technology innovations and partner investments that will enable our channel to deliver on customer demands in today’s increasingly digital business world – including the expansion of the Cloud Solution Provider...

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Orlando convention center, site of 2015 Microsoft WPC

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about opportunity with WPC

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Microsoft Windows 10 demo on social media at WPC

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Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft

"What has remained constant is our commitment to this partnership and WPC is where we come each year to celebrate the success we have together and also reaffirm that commitment."

Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft

Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft

Discovering solutions, creating partnerships, and fostering innovation

The Orange County Convention Center hummed with activity during the second day of WPC as partners attended a full line-up of sessions and networking events. Partners continued to explore new and innovative ways to expand their businesses in Selling is not enough: going beyond “speeds and feeds” for profitability with Patrick Schlight, Senior Director, US Channel Development at Microsoft, and Tiffani Bova, VP & Distinguished Analyst at Gartner Research.

Delving into the paradigm shift occurring in modern marketing, the panel The Art of Storytelling was one of the week’s most highly-rated sessions as partners learned how to craft stories around Microsoft technology. Many partners have already shared their journeys and you can explore these inspiring, life-changing success stories from partners making a difference in the world today.

A toast to shared achievements and future successes

WPC wouldn’t be possible without our exhibitors and sponsors. On Tuesday morning, Phil Sorgen, Executive Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Group, walked through the Expo Hall to personally meet and thank many of the partners present there. Throughout the day, attendees watched demos, gained valuable knowledge through hands-on experiences, and discovered new solutions as they walked the Expo Hall floor.

As the day’s scheduled sessions came to a close, The Commons filled with eager networkers and partners looking to refresh and relax before evening events at the final WPC Happy Hour, which included a special toast at the Community Hub Theater for the Women in Technology community.

Evidence of partnership in action at WPC 2015

Godiva chocolates for guests of Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

Gavriella Schuster
General Manager, Worldwide Partner Group
14 July 2015

I am constantly impressed by the work our partners are doing and all the ways they are helping our mutual customers achieve more. Being here at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando has only reinforced that; it’s been great to hear about...

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Man presenting new avenues for profitability at Microsoft WPC 2015

Hard at work discussing new avenues for profitability

Partners explored the Expo Hall to discover new partner solutions built on Microsoft technology.

The regional lounges buzzed all day with excited partners looking to expand their businesses

Sponsors at Microsoft 2015 WPC

Partners explored the Expo Hall to discover new partner solutions built on Microsoft technology

Winning the opportunity together and owning tomorrow

Wednesday morning got off to a rocking and rolling start as popular alternative rock band American Authors opened up the day’s Vision Keynotes, beginning a line-up of invigorating speakers. Immensely popular was the address from Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs, whose keynote on the trusted cloud put Microsoft and its partners at the center of the security and privacy debates happening in societies around the world.

Partners took center stage for customers as well, as the recent IDC study outlined the immensely profitable opportunity for the Microsoft channel in the coming years. Reaffirming Microsoft’s status as a partner-centric company, Gavriella Schuster announced even more investments in and expansions of partner programs to help partners reap the benefits of the expanding IT spend in the marketplace.

The WPC 2015 Vision Keynotes closed with a rousing, motivational address from Microsoft COO Kevin Turner. “We are the new Microsoft,” he said before thanking partners for all of their outstanding achievements and challenging the community to focus on four core pillars for FY16: owning the cloud, winning with Windows 10, competing to win, and obsessing over customer satisfaction. Watch all the Vision Keynote videos from Wednesday, July 15 on demand.

Support and empowerment from partner peers

What would WPC be without partners coming together to meet and inspire one another to achieve more? The growing Women in Technology community did just that at Wednesday’s WIT Luncheon where Tiffani Bova, VP & Distinguished Analyst at Gartner Research, spoke to a room packed full of partners, culminating a week full of WIT events focused on providing not just sound business advice but also personal and career support.

The biggest and best Partner Celebration—ever

To wrap up the third day of WPC, the Microsoft partner community headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® for an absolutely unforgettable Partner Celebration. With the park reserved exclusively for attendees, thousands of partners enjoyed live entertainment, DJs, rollercoasters and rides, and, of course, the chance to pose for pictures with a host of cherished Disney characters.

As the fireworks burst overhead and the balmy Florida breeze blew through the park, partners raved about the experience, saying it was their favorite Partner Celebration yet.

Vision Keynote recap: We’re committed to our partners’ success

Audience at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference to hear Gavriella Schuster

Gavriella Schuster
General Manager, Worldwide Partner Group
15 July 2015

I hope everyone at today’s Vision Keynote or watching the live stream enjoyed the experience as much as I did. It’s such an honor to speak to our partner community, to share your amazing successes, to discuss our investments and plans for the...

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Audience at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

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WPG executives Phil Sorgen and Gavriella Schuster focused on how Microsoft invests in and supports partner

Wednesday’s keynotes from WPG executives Phil Sorgen and Gavriella Schuster focused on how Microsoft invests in and supports partners

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 Microsoft COO Kevin Turner talks about how Microsoft and its partners are achieving more together

Listen to Microsoft COO Kevin Turner talk about how Microsoft and its partners are achieving more together

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Women in Technology networking and celebrating one another at their annual luncheon.

Women in Technology networking and celebrating one another at their annual luncheon

Gavriella Schuster, General Manager, Worldwide Microsoft  Partner Marketing and Programs

"Simply put, we're here to help you increase your value, decrease your cost, and make it easier to do business with us."

Gavriella Schuster, General Manager, Worldwide Partner Marketing and Programs, Microsoft

Gavriella Schuster, General Manager, Worldwide Microsoft  Partner Marketing and Programs

Focusing on local prospects for profitability

As the week came to a close, partners had their final meetings in WPC Connect, attended repeat sessions for what they missed earlier in the week and honed in on regional opportunities. The Regional General Sessions provided a closer look into local possibilities and pitfalls, and provided critical information for those looking to expand into new regions or solidify their markets at home.

WPC may be over, but the opportunity is still ahead

As attendees from around the world prepared to take their learnings, new contacts, and happy memories back home, the message was loud and clear: the Microsoft partner ecosystem provides a distinct competitive advantage for the community—and Microsoft is committed to strengthening that advantage with cutting-edge innovations and new investments in partners.

With tools like Connect for following up on new connections, viewing session resources on demand, and continuing conversations online, the opportunity is just a few clicks away.

Customers want partners, Microsoft knows partners

Two people  listening to Darren Bibby VP, Channels and Alliances Research, IDC at Microsoft WPC

Darren Bibby
VP, Channels and Alliances Research, IDC
15 July 2015

The IT industry is at an exciting time right now, for customers, for vendors, and especially for you, Microsoft channel partners. IDC forecasts that $2.1 trillion USD will be spent on IT purchases worldwide in 2015. Third platform spending...

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Three presenters discuss the state of business in home regions with Microsoft

Exploring the state of business in home regions

Microsoft Worldwide Partners enjoying time together on Thursday evening of Conference

The meetings continued well into Thursday as partners acted on the insights they had gained throughout the week

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference attendees honored on stage

After a long week, partners recognized and celebrated their accomplishments

Welcome to Orlando, partners!

As over 15,000 members of the Microsoft partner community traveled to Florida from over 135 countries, the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference started bright and early on Sunday morning with the annual International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) Golf Tournament. While getting a jumpstart on the week’s networking, partners and Microsoft employees played rounds of golf in the summer sun in support of Microsoft Youth Spark partner, Year Up. The organization received US$5,000 in support of their goals to empower low-income young adults to become professionals in just one year.

An early focus on partner profitability and success

Partners packed the room to dive deep into where new opportunities for revenue exist and how best to take advantage of them with Jen Sieger’s session Learn what successful cloud partners know about building a profitable cloud business with Microsoft. This hyper-focus on enabling partner success, grounded in the consistent commitment from Microsoft to its partners, was a constant theme throughout the week. With hundreds of sessions, networking opportunities and technologies to explore, WPC can be daunting for those new to the event. Thankfully, for those who were attending WPC for the first time, the always popular First Time Attendee (FTA) Orientation brought together a panel of alumni attendees to discuss their tips and tricks for maximizing one’s investment of time and energy while at the conference. Attendees left the session inspired by the possibilities and better equipped for the week’s myriad activities.

A warm welcome to The Commons

To kick off the week’s networking, the Welcome Reception in The Commons offered partners the perfect informal setting to meet and to plan. Attendees met the many sponsors and exhibitors both from within Microsoft and from partners, explored the regional lounges, and had fun taking photos and videos in the Social Hub. The excitement for the upcoming Vision Keynotes was palpable as partners connected over light refreshments and prepared for the week ahead.
Welcome to WPC 2015!

Phil Sorgen,Corporate VP and Microsoft Worldwide Partner

Kati Quigley
WPC Experience Ambassador
12 July 2015

Hello Partners! It’s finally here! I am pleased to personally welcome you to the 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference here in Orlando. Our team has been working hard all year to create an incredible event for you. I’m excited for you...

Category: WPC News

Highlight at Microsoft WPC 2015: IAMCP members playing golf at the annual tournament.

IAMCP members playing golf at the annual tournament

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about opportunity with WPC

Partners loved the Social Hub’s Tweet vending machine

Group at Microsoft WPC 2015 discussing Social Hub’s Tweet vending machine

New attendees learning the ropes to make the most of WPC

Two women welcome attendees to the Microsoft WPC 2015

Microsoft and Orlando welcomed partners in style

Microsoft  2015 Partner of the Year Kati Quigley

"The energy and sense of community at WPC inspires me to continue to find new ways to connect partners with each other as well as Microsoft throughout the year. I love being at WPC catching up with partners I know, meeting new ones, and hearing their success stories as well as their challenges. Their passion for Microsoft is incredibly motivating to me."

Kati Quigley, WPC Experience Ambassador, Microsoft

Microsoft  2015 Partner of the Year Kati Quigley
Green building with atrium for Global WPC Green building with atrium for Global WPC

Your path to opportunity

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference | July 10 - 14, 2016

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