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Sorgen in town as 500 Kiwi partners prepare for Microsoft's Auckland Partner Connect

Sorgen in town as 500 Kiwi partners prepare for Microsoft's Auckland Partner Connect

Global Channel Chief Phil Sorgen will headline Microsoft’s Partner Connect event in Auckland this week.

Global Channel Chief Phil Sorgen will headline Microsoft’s Partner Connect event in Auckland this week, with over 500 Kiwi partners already registered to attend.

Soren, who highlighted new partner opportunities across cloud and mobility at the tech giant’s recent Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, Florida, aims to delve deeper into the company’s global partner strategy.

As reported by Reseller News in July, Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program will no doubt be a hot topic for local partners, who continue to invest in transitioning their businesses to the cloud.

“Microsoft’s partners have always been and will always be a driving force in business transformation, and our collective innovation has never been stronger for our mutual customers,” said Sorgen, during his opening keynote address at WPC 2015.

“That’s because they’re depending on us. In this mobile-first, cloud-first world, those businesses that embrace technology to reinvent themselves and their industries will thrive, and those who embrace status quo risk extinction.”

Sorgen, who discussed the art of partner differentiation at WPC 2015, is also expected to touch upon the new Surface reseller program, with the number of resellers across the world now growing from a few hundred to a few thousand.

“Surface is an integral part of our Windows strategy, and the expansion of this program coinciding with the upcoming launch of Windows 10 creates exciting opportunities for partners,” said Sorgen at WPC 2015.

As reported by Reseller News, Sorgen is also expected to discuss Office 365 with partners, advising partners on how best to unlock customer mobility opportunities with new competencies for Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).

“We are introducing a new premium Office 365 enterprise suite called E5 before the end of this year,” he adds.

“E5 will encompass the core value of Office 365 productivity and collaboration capabilities, as well as significant new innovations.

“These include the new Skype for Business services such as Cloud PBX and Meeting Broadcast; Power BI & analytics features, like Power BI Pro and Delve Organisational Analytics; and new advanced security features, such as eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, and Advanced Threat Protection.”

For those in attendance in Auckland, Sorgen will be addressing local partners on Thursday.


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