Have you attended SMB Live yet? I just did in Austin, TX, and it was fantastic! It was packed with great information that we are already implementing in our business! In the past few weeks, there have been packed events across the country in California, Minnesota, Texas, Indiana, New York and there are more to come! What a fantastic event for IAMCP to be involved in! Thank you, David Cunningham and Microsoft, for allowing us this great opportunity!
Speaking of SMB – Have you seen the March issue of US SMB Partner Insider Monthly? Congratulations to our very own Jon Sastre – former president of the IAMCP-US board and current vice president of the IAMCP-Worldwide board! Jon and his company, Conquest Technology Services, were selected as the March 2017 partner in the spotlight! Please reach out to Jon and congratulate him on this great honor! He can be reached at email@example.com.
While we’re on the SMB theme – did you know that National Small Business Week (NSBW) is April 30 – May 6th? Microsoft is a big supporter and will be hosting a number of events that you can take advantage of! Microsoft will be hosting a 4-part webinar series about NSBW starting March 30th, so make sure to check it out and get involved!
Can you believe that Inspire is just over 3 months away? Make sure you register early, as last year was a sold-out show – and what a show it was! IAMCP will be there front and center in the Community Hub, at the Welcome Desk, at a “Hot Topics” booth and more! Did you make it to the IAMCP party last year? Shhhh . . . don’t tell anyone, but I have it from a trustworthy source that this year’s event will be even bigger and better! I hope to see you all there!
One quick housekeeping item – please note, we are making some changes to the membership renewal process. Please read the announcement below from Titu Sarder, our membership chair, about the upcoming changes.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve alongside you! I hope you have a great April!
President – US Board of Directors
International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for our May 4th IAMCP & IAMCP WIT Webinar: 100% Empowerment 0% Guilt - Understanding Unconscious Bias
We hear a lot about unconscious bias and how it gets in the way of building a more diverse workforce. However, what is unconscious bias, how does it form and how can we recognize when we are speaking or acting with bias?
This webinar will look deeper into the topic and, through fun and interactive exercises, help participants understand how to recognize their own bias and provide strategies for responses based on personal style, power dynamics and physical environment. Through understanding bias and how to manage it, we can drive better results and deeper relationships with our customers, employees and partners.
Register here. You will be sent details of how to join the session after registering.
Not already a member of IAMCP WIT? Find out more about this dynamic community at IAMCP WIT.
IAMCP WIT Introduces SMART P2P
Building Partner to Partner Business is the fastest path to growth, higher revenue and outpacing the competition. While the number of women in technology is fewer, they bring powerful skills, a different perspective and a diverse approach to the opportunities inherent in partnerships. IAMCP WIT is launching SMART P2P for Women in Technology, an online seminar and coaching program designed to leverage the strengths of this dynamic community combined with tools, best practices, approaches and peer connections to deliver results.
The IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners) US chapter is announcing an update to the membership renewal process with the installation of an auto-renewal process allowing members to renew their membership automatically. This will eliminate one extra task from your busy schedule. As the organization continues to transform to meet the needs of members and adapt to the Microsoft Partner Network, we will continue to innovate, add value and grow membership.
Once the auto-renewal process is activated as of April 1, 2017, you will have the option to turn it off by following instructions below. If you have questions or comments, please contact IAMCP US Membership Committee.
Step 1: Navigate to Manage Profile
Navigate to Manage Profile area upon logging in, and click on the "Membership" section highlighted in yellow below under the "Invoicing, Payments & History" header.
Step 2: Click on the red X to cancel auto-billing and save.
What's Happening Around the US?
CHICAGO- John Nicolau, Chapter President
We had a great turnout and solid presentation at our March IAMCP/WIT meeting, “Microsoft Azure IoT and Power BI/Streaming Analytics,” hosted by IAMCP member DMC. We learned about Microsoft’s Azure Platform Services and the Internet of Things (IoT). Talk about eye-opening ideas!
Our April meeting will be “How to Build Solution Offerings and Grow Your Business with the Microsoft Cloud Platform,” hosted at Microsoft’s loop offices in the Aon Center on Wednesday, April 19th, from 4–6 pm. Please save the date!
CIE Facilitators Boot Camp in Chicago will be held June 13–16. If a partner is interested in sending a staff member to a CIE Facilitator Boot Camp and you would like them to apply for a $500 discount code, please reach out to Wendy Harrison, the SMB CIE program manager. Wendy will provide you with the short three-question application. She will also answer any questions you have about the SMB CIE program.
DALLAS/FORT WORTH - Rudy Rodriguez, Chapter President
For IAMCP DFW’s March meeting, we had lunch and a lively presentation and discussion on Best Practices for Partnering! Partnering through the IAMCP lets you offer additional areas of technical expertise, plus added manpower for bigger projects. All this means more value for clients. To ensure a smooth working relationship, we suggest an honest open discussion between partners prior to engaging with the client. While it makes sense to work on potential partnerships long before a project starts, we find that a “real deal” usually kicks off the partnership. It’s easier to come to agreement about a specific project, rather than talking about generalities. Partnering is a two-way-street, and each party needs to think about the other one when they meet their customers. This is the real key to successful partnering. Our discussion included:
Relationship with the client - Is this yours? Mine? or Ours?
How will we describe our relationship to the Client?
Legal Issues - What types of agreements need to be in place?
Who is the Client?
Communications with the Client- "One Throat to Choke"
Enhancing the relationship
TAMPA - Jon Rivers, Chapter President
The last couple of months of meetings have been all around the hot topic of the Cloud for the Tampa chapter. We started in February with a cloud administrator from an end-user talking about their experience of moving their whole organization to the Cloud to a presentation from Microsoft on Azure in March.
For April, we are moving on to another hot topic that is getting a lot of attention at various IAMCP chapters: Ransomware. Make sure to join us on Tuesday, April 11, at 5:30 pm by registering here.
Not stopping there, we will also support SMB Live H2 when it comes to Tampa on April 4th & 5th with a “SMB Live Power Networking & Business Builder Happy Hour” on the first day of the SMB event. Be sure to join us! Click to let us know you’re attending.
And lastly, we’re working on the agendas for our May, June and July meetings. Make sure you’re signed up to attend!
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Frank Valdiveso, Chapter President
The DC chapter’s March 15 meeting was the most highly-attended in recent months with around 31 people!
We would like to thank our SMB Live Happy Hour sponsor, Steve Jacob with Enghouse Interactive! It was well-attended, with approximately 32 people. We also had a raffle for a drone - congratulations to Peter Kolovos with Ascendra, Inc.
We collected contact information from 33 attendees, with 27 of them being prospects for membership. Our chapter president received verbal assurances from six attendees that they plan to attend our April chapter meeting.
Our April 19 chapter meeting at MS Chevy Chase will cover:
Skype for Business (SKYPE4B) Voice Crash Course: Clark Currier with CallTower
Understanding Investment Risk in Uncertain Times: Christopher Oxenham, with Oxenham Financial
Partner Spotlight Series: We are featuring four of our chapter members as determined by business card drawing at March meeting. They will provide a brief overview of their respective companies and discuss potential teaming opportunities.
Over half (66%) of technology professionals feel appreciated for their efforts at work, Robert Half’s happiness study found that a happy employee is in fact a better employee, and thus helps both you as a manager and your company as a whole. This post give tips on keeping your IT team happy, engaged and productive.
Webinar: How to Make Money in the Microsoft Cloud (CSD975PAL)
Are you aware that Advisor fees have gone away, and you will no longer be able to make money with the Advisor model? Are you familiar with the opportunity for recurring revenue with CSP? Did you know that you can save time and money by taking advantage of CSP offers through Distribution? Were you aware that Distribution can provide partners like yourself in provisioning of managed services, billing support and 24/7 tele-support?
Join Microsoft on Thursday, April 13 at 1:00 pm EDT to learn about the profitability story with CSP and value Distribution drives at this webinar. Click here to join webinar!
Join the US Partner Community for our “Make More Money” sales excellence webcast series. In these webcasts for US partner sellers, we’ll explain the latest partner opportunities, how to identify them and how to have effective customer conversations to build your pipeline and close deals.
We are working with Microsoft product experts from across the US business to bring you a wide variety of webcast topics. You can see the current webcast schedule, see the list of webcasts on-demand, and register for upcoming webcasts here. For a comprehensive schedule of training for US partners, visit the Hot Sheet on our Learning blog, and follow the @mslearningcurve Twitter feed.
Robert Half Technology Coupon
Robert Half Technology provides a full spectrum of IT staffing services to organizations that require on-demand technical expertise. RHT is proud to be a distinguished member and national sponsor of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) US. As an IAMCP member, you’re eligible for a special offer of 1 day free*. Click here for more information.
Leadership Council Call
Occurs every 3rd Tuesday morning of the month. The next call will be on April 18. For an update on IAMCP national activities, please register for the IAMCP US Leadership Council Call series. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Member Programs & Offers
Have you been using the IAMCP's exclusive forum for members only on the Microsoft Partner Community Portal? This portal was launched by Microsoft with the intention of being the place for partner conversations. We encourage you to login today!
Member Success Program Call
Occurs every 3rd Wednesday of the month. The next call is April 19. To learn more about member benefits, please register for the call here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
T-Mobile Affiliate Program
Start Saving! Get Microsoft level discount! Click here for more information on T-Mobile's Advantage Program for IAMCP US members.