IAMCP organized its maiden event in Mumbai on 15th January to discuss about the vision of 2014 and beyond besides holding a session on Microsoft SharePoint 365. The event was attended by Microsoft dignitaries, IAMCP members and Industry stalwarts and provided huge impetus to networking between Microsoft Partners that was much needed after the elections held late 2013 and after 5 years.
The event started with a demonstration of SharePoint 365 from the expert on Microsoft Technologies, Dr. Nitin Paranjpe. He not only demonstrated the product and features but also ran examples of how members can pitch and demonstrate benefits to their customers delivering competitive edge and sharpening their own pre-sales pitch. As some of the veteran Microsoft evangelists confessed, they felt intimidated by the fact that despite working on Microsoft Technologies, they did not know 10% of what Dr. Paranjpe demonstrated in 45 minutes.
As Microsoft Dynamics, OEM and Cloud team went around meeting members and dignitaries introducing themselves and assuring members of full assistance, President Mukesh Thumar announced the felicitation and vision for 2014 and beyond. Mohammed Sadiq Pasha – SMB LEAD-WEST, Vaibhav Srivastava – Regional Public Sector Lead – SMS&P West & Central India, Umang Agnihotri – Partner Account Manager – Solution Partners, Sujay Das – Partner Account Manager – Solution Partners, Raghav – Technology Advisor – Corporate customers – Public Sector West, Shantanu Mane – Platform Strategy Advisor – Windows Azure Platform represented Microsoft.
“What is most important for an association is focused on Microsoft technologies should be unflinching support and priority programs for members of IAMCP, and Microsoft will surely extend competitive benefits to IAMCP”. Thumar promised members to have that delivered in 2014.
“It is time we let Microsoft know that we need to be recognized and offered preferential treatment as IAMCP members, this new team will make that happen”, says Vice-President Pravin Rege. Kartik Shah of Bitscape, Treasurer went all out to point out ways and means for IAMCP members to make the most of IAMCP membership and Microsoft platform. He cleared the confusion on Worldwide Partner Summit and how members can win Microsoft laurels and most importantly expand their business practice worldwide with the help of IAMCP’s thriving Microsoft partner community.
As an association body that is focused on Microsoft technologies and solutions built around them and the fact that it is the largest partner community worldwide IAMCP new team has started well and raised expectations of members and partners.