Still Inspired? – A Microsoft Inspire 2017 Recap

It’s been almost 3 weeks since 18,000 people descended on the country’s capital to attend Microsoft’s annual partner conference – Microsoft Inspire (formerly WPC). Most of you are still trying to reconnect with all the people you met – eager to see if those great conversations will lead to great partnerships.

Some of the major takeaways for me at this year’s event were:

1. Microsoft 365 – Combining Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security in an integrated solution for empowering employees and making people more productive and more connected. Read more

2. Microsoft Azure Stack – Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, thereby enabling a truly consistent hybrid cloud platform. Consistency removes hybrid cloud complexity, which helps you maximize your investments across cloud and on-premises environments. Read more

But Inspire is a partner event and the message that resonated with me is “Putting Partners First”. Microsoft’s new Corporate Vice President of One Commercial Partner, Ron Huddleston, talking about the new Commercial Partner program. Bringing together disparate internal teams into one, holistic organization built on three functions:

1. Build-with – Collaboration to build a practice, build IP, or build capabilities.

2. Go-to-Market – Marketing experts to help you bring your solutions to market.

3. Sell-with – Microsoft Channel Managers, new role with the responsibility to connect the right partner solutions to the right customer at the right time.

So, yes! I’m still Inspired. Microsoft is embracing the partner ecosystem more than ever looking to work with all partners in helping their customers seize all digital transformation opportunities. Not only that, they are realizing that they need to evolve to be more customer centric.

Here are some links to sessions that I enjoyed and Inspired me:

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