The pace of innovation is accelerating and Microsoft is kicking off this change by introducing Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago from May 4-8, 2015 . The theme of the conference is INNOVATE, LEARN and CONNECT and when you really think about it, this is exactly what we all should be doing.
This conference is the first one that brings together multiple different conferences.If you have participated in Microsoft Exchange, Lync, Project, SharePoint, MMS, or TechEd, this is the conference where you need to be. And it is going to be huge, more than 20.000 participants from all over the world. If you want to know where Microsoft is going with is collaboration solutions including Office 365, this is the place to be. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be there and so will be many other key Microsoft executives that make decisions on the key technologies that we are working on.
What makes me especially excited about this is that I will be at the conference with an amazing SharePoint/Office 365 partner BPA Solutions that is part of a small group of critical SharePoint software vendors and my role and responsibility is to build channels in the North America (including Canada and South America) and this has been not only fun but also very giving as I have been talking to hundreds of people and their needs in the CRM and Project Management and Quality and Risk Management initiatives.
I wrote previously about the move from SharePoint to Office 365 and BPA Solutions is a prime candidate and on the path of doing this. We provide more than 30 enterprise level Web Parts that enables both end user organizations and channel partners to build any type of business solution… and I mean any type of business solution. I have had channel partners calling me to ask if they could build their own vertical solution and white label it… and my response is… you bet you can. I also think it is a tremendous opportunity for channel partners to build something to differentiate themselves from competition. If you are still purely delivering infrastructure, you need to seriously consider delivering more value by having your own solutions that enables you to differentiate from everybody else.
We (BPA Solutions) can be found at booth #503 and if you have plans to extend your business as channel partner or if you are there as an end user organization, please do visit our booth #503 and I would love to talk to you about your needs and plans.
Dr. Petri I. Salonen