Next week the Worlds largest ever partner conference, Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, is being held. Supposed to be about 16,000 attendees and a couple thousand presenters and a few thousand exhibitors from 156 countries. I’ll be tweeting from cloudmovr and blogging here almost every day. I am very excited about this!
This will be my 8th Worldwide Partner Conference, only my 3rd as a Partner. I get pretty jazzed about WPC. Not on stage with Ballmer, not doing any first time ever seen demos, know the event didn’t sell out in 2 hours and tickets are not being scalped for $10,000, heck, there aren’t even any Spock ears, but it is a very cool event! I love seeing the enthusiasm for Microsoft products from Partners, the passion for the technology that only an auditorium filled with 16,000 cheering nerds can empart upon you. It’s very exciting indeed.
However, earlier today I was telling my 15 year old how excited I am about this event. I was going on about Wave 15, Windows 8, Surface, Azure, future enhancements to Office 365! Not only am I attending but once again have some cool presentations to deliver. I am thrilled that Avtex earned a Partner of The Year award, and I had a little to do with that. She wasn’t impressed. Called me a nerd. See, she’s sat in on a couple of my presentations, watched a few of my keynote videos, sees awards on my bookshelf alongside what she knows is a Microsoft “ship it” award and recalls seeing Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders walk me out, arm in arm, on stage at Target Center front of 5k people. She said, yeah, you do that “stuff” all the time. You’ve work for award winning companies, blah, blah, blah… I was under severe “how do I impress this kid pressure” and, even if you are a nerd , you still want to impress your kids!
I piqued her interest when I told her that I had several invites to “invite only” sessions where I would be in a group of select few individuals some as few as 5 folks from around the globe! Teenagers understand exclusivity! “While not a one in a million” I told her, “your dear old dad is officially a one in a few thousand kinda guy”. With that she was impressed. Why do you care? The cool thing is that I can deliver some of that “insider” information, the non-NDA kind at least, right here, right to you.
So strap in and look forward to some of the good stuff next week!