Microsoft may extend Road Warrior programme

Microsoft may extend Road Warrior programme

Microsoft is considering extending the Office 2010 Road Warrior programme beyond four months if it proves successful .

Business, marketing and operations director Paul Muckleston says the company's financial year ends in June. "We’ll look at rolling the contract over [beyond June]. If we can go and do 1000 onsite presentations to our SMB customers over a four month period, than we think that will be a great way to launch the product."

Microsoft held an Idol style competition in Auckland to pick the winners and Muckleson says it may take this concept internally.

"It could be a good challenge for our staff to deliver a pitch in eight minutes or we could get the road warriors to assess the staff.”

Microsoft Asia Pacific sales and marketing vice president Ken Wye Saw says he is interested in replicating the local concept in Singapore and other parts of Asia Pacific.

The five winning applicants for the Road Warriors Office 2010 promotion have been chosen.

Each candidate accepted a four-month contract to work at Ingram Micro or Express Data and promote Office 2010 to local businesses.

SMB sale and marketing manager Jared Pedersen says the vendor received more than 90 applications from around the world and was very happy with the response this programme has generated.

"It was a tough job whittling the applicants down to the top five, but we’re extremely pleased with the high calibre of talent the Road Warrior programme has attracted. Now the fun begins.”

The winners are Catherine Andrews, Paul Conroy, Andrea Turner, Ally Chapman and Matt Grant.

They will each visit 200 medium-sized businesses around the country in the next four months. At the end of the competition, the top performing Warrior will receive a $10,000 bonus, as measured on sales, customer visits and social media activity among other factors.

To see photos from the Road Warrior Idol competition click here.

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