Microsoft to launch new partner and cloud programmes

Microsoft to launch new partner and cloud programmes

New Microsoft partner and cloud infrastructure programmes, to be announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans this week, will be rolled out in New Zealand.

Local partner group director Brent Colbert says New Zealand is included in the global initiatives, but says the vendor is keeping details under wraps until the conference begins.

According to the Partner Conference website, the partner network programme will provide opportunities to strengthen technical, sales and marketing capabilities among partner firms.

Colbert says 40 local Microsoft staff and partners will attend the conference, and they hope to meet with New Zealanders based at the company’s head office in Redmond, Washington.

Microsoft is using a number of online sources to promote the event and to share information among partners.

As well as the event website, it has a regularly-updated Twitter page and a presence on business networking site LinkedIn.

EMS-Cortex general manager Colin Williams, Express Data general manager of sales and marketing Paul Plester and Fujitsu ANZ alliances director Terry Carter are among the members of the LinkedIn group formed for partners who are attending, or interested in, the conference.

Colbert says the immediacy of Twitter gives partners a sense of how the conference develops.“We used [Twitter] heavily at TechEd last year so [it’s a good way] for partners to tap in and get the announcements.

“We’re still working through a strategy on what [New Zealand announcements] we are going to announce on Twitter.”

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