For the fourth and final part of our journey to Microsoft’s World Partner Conference I decided to do a roundup of our overall experience. Touching down to a sun-scorched Toronto was glorious, and really put us in a great mood for the rest of the week.
After a fairly light day of picking up our badges and other collateral (the system of using stickers to indicate areas of interest was pretty neat), we set off for the UK Partner Welcome Party, which was on a boat docked in Toronto bay.
This event, along with the regional celebration party, was very well organised and the open bar was more than welcome! It was a great way to meet new partners and touch base with existing ones. The casino at the celebration party was one of the best ways to network that I’ve ever come across – even if the cards weren’t in my favour!
On the subject of networking, the “speed dating” sessions worked really well and as with the rest of the event every partner we met had a really interesting offering and were passionate about what they did. I got the impression that Microsoft really cared about their Partner Network and making sure everyone got as much out of the week as possible, backing up their sentiment in the keynotes with their actions.
Speaking of keynotes, did you see Steve Ballmer this year? If you haven’t, get over to YouTube and check it out. With all that enthusiasm at the top I can’t see a way Microsoft won’t have their best year ever. So much exciting technology was on display with SurfaceTM and Windows 8. Their plans for Dynamics were the most relevant to us, and we are really looking forward to the changes coming to Microsoft® PinpointTM.
Fastest Fingers First
The exhibition hall, where we spent most of our time, was busy, much to our delight. We met some great people and our international address validation technology, Capture+ was very well received. We had a fair few entrants to our Fastest Fingers First challenge, and unsurprisingly no one managed to beat Capture+. Big congratulations to Joel Brda our overall winner who collected $500 of Amazon vouchers which I believe will be spent on a tablet computer!
All in all it was a great week, very tiring, very productive and I think it’s safe to say you can expect to see Postcode Anywhere at WPC 2013 in Houston next year. In the meantime, watch this space for some exciting developments in the Dynamics channel from us and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions around our offerings!