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.