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IAMCP Communicator June 2015 Edition
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IAMCP Communicator 
June 2015 Edition

 IAMCP Countdown to WPC!

On behalf of IAMCP, I am delighted to welcome you to the IAMCP Communicator June edition.  With the countdown on to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, this edition features information to help you get the most from your time in Orlando.

Over the last year, I’ve had the honor of working with an amazing team to build this year’s IAMCP presence at WPC. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for their creativity, enthusiasm and dedication to designing an exceptional member experience in Orlando.  Here is just a snapshot of the events the team has put together:

• Exclusive Executive Networking Breakfast at Disney Golf – Get a jump on the week early Sunday morning to meet key Microsoft Execs and IAMCP Members from around the globe.
• 2015 WPC Charity Golf Tournament - Since you are already up for breakfast, consider staying and playing with us.  No matter if you are Rory, Tiger, Tigger or Gail – This event is a lot of fun, benefits Year Up and will have surprises too.
• IAMCP Welcome Party - following the WPC Welcome Reception on Sunday, join us for connection, conversation and cocktails (thanks to our sponsors - JFor access, go to the IAMCP Lounge during the Welcome Reception to obtain an entry pass.
• Executive Roundtables - Check out the Business Leadership section for details about our 6 executive roundtable sessions planned and how you can get involved.
• WIT Luncheon, Panel, Happy Hour, Meeting - The IAMCP Women in Technology lead at WPC!
• IAMCP All Hands Meetup - Join our members in the Community Hub Monday July 13th at 3:30pm to engage with our Leadership Team and to see what’s in store for IAMCP.
• Awards – Stay around after our meeting Monday to participate in the IAMCP Member and Prometheus Awards presentations – congrats to the winners!

Keynotes, meetings, booths, breakout sessions and more, deliver endless learning and business opportunities for IAMCP members. Leverage the IAMCP community calendar of events to make the most of every minute.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of IAMCP working with Microsoft to build a community of partners. Today we continue to bring the best partners together to leverage joint strengths in delivering world class solutions to clients while enhancing ties to Microsoft. Whether this your first WPC or you are a WPC veteran, my wish for you is to get the most of what the event has to offer.  Build your plan early, seek out your IAMCP counterparts and get ready for the magic that is Worldwide Partner Conference!

Steve Hall

WPC Panel Discussion: Blurred Lines - Building Partnerships and Alliances in a Polygamous World
NetApp and Cisco are two multi-billion dollar organizations who both partner and compete head-to-head for deals. Thousands of technology organizations sell solutions that run on multiple devices, multiple platforms and multiple environments. While going to market with partners is even more important than ever, defining the rules of engagement has become complex. Find out more about the no-holds barred new world of partnering at the WPC Panel Discussion featuring moderator Gail Mercer-MacKay, President of the International Association of Microsoft Partners; Maria Olson, Sr. VP Global and Strategic Alliances, NetApp, and Cynthia Johnson, Sr. Director, Data Center Solutions, Cisco.

Business Leadership - WPC Executive Roundtables - Exclusive Opportunity
IAMCP members are offered a unique opportunity as Microsoft senior executives and industry experts share strategies, insights and thoughts about the future of Microsoft technologies and the opportunities for partners.  Join Phil Sorgen, Gavriella Schuster, Jennifer Heard, Kelly Thomas Nojaim, Jennifer Tomlinson and Mary Jo Foley at these special events. Space is limited so please pre-register early to avoid disappointment.



The always active IAMCP WIT group has big plans for WPC.  Get these sessions on your calendar:

IAMCP Women in Technology - A Panel Perspective (Tues, 14th July, 2015 - 2.30 to 3.30 PM) - A panel of female leaders from key partner companies and Microsoft will discuss their roles in the technology field at various stages in their careers.  Read more...

Fancy a Lemon Drop Martini? Happy Hour Meet and Greet with Gavriella Schuster. Drop into the  IAMCP WIT Lounge for this informal session with Gavriella and her Partner Leadership team, Kati Quigley, Director, Partner Channel Marketing and WPC Business Owner, Karen Fasio, Director, Partner Channel Marketing, and Niamh Coleman, Director, Business Strategy (Tues, 14th July, 2015 - 5.00 to 6.00 PM). Read more...

IAMCP Women in Technology Luncheon (Wed, 15th July, 2015 - Noon to 1.45 PM) - register here for an opportunity to hear from Tiffani Bova, VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner Research and support the charity, Year Up.

Illuminating Women in Technology (Wed, 15th July, 2015 - 2.30 to 3.30 PM) -  this session is an opportunity to hear what's happening worldwide, meet community leaders, network and learn how to start a successful WIT group in your region. Read more...


 A Look Behind the Scenes

Attendee experience is the focus for any Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Have you ever wondered how Microsoft puts on such an event for so many people?  Read more to find out what goes on behind the scenes.

Know Before You Go

The IAMCP WIT team recently hosted a “Know Before You Go” webinar featuring experienced Microsoft and Partner speakers offering their best advice on how to navigate WPC.  From preparation to networking to dress code, Shann McGrail offers up a quick tip summary of the session in this blog. A recording of the session can be found here.


Celebrate IAMCP Award Winners

Join the celebration and recognize IAMCP Members as well as the exceptional Microsoft staff committed to Partners during the IAMCP Member and Prometheus Awards Ceremony.  The event will take place on Monday, July 13th in the Community Hub Theater (The Commons) at 5.00-5.30 PM following the IAMCP All Hands Meetup.

A Very Special Thank You 

Before setting off for Orlando, I want to shine the spotlight on our sponsors and on behalf of IAMCP, extend our sincerest gratitude.  The support of these organizations have enabled us to plan the exciting IAMCP agenda and create the best possible member experience at WPC.  Thank you for your contribution and partnership!  

IAMCP Sponsors:

BitTitan, Tech Data, Cisco Systems Inc., Plantronics, Data Masons Software, InterDyn BMI, Queue Associates Inc., {e}Mazzanti Technologies, DiCentral, Dell, Enfusen, Global Knowledge, Kubisys

IAMCP WIT Sponsors:
Mercer-MacKay SolutionsCisco Systems Inc., NetApp, Global Knowledge,The Kreklow Group

WIT Luncheon Sponsors:
Ingram Micro, Capax Global, Zones

Rudy Rodriguez
IAMCP Chair, Sponsorship Community


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