Friday, September 24, 2010

Top Takeaways from The Partner Event

The Partner Event this past week was a blast for us at Azox who were fortunate enough to participate. We thought we would go over the top three reasons why The Partner Event was a worthwhile time for us.

  1. A Boatload of Workshops and Valuable Keynotes

    With specific tracks for Marketing, Sales and Leadership there was no shortage of sessions that helped each member of our team gain new insights as to how to better market and sell our product as well as lead our organization forward. In addition, the keynotes provided attendees with knowledge of how to engage a company's workforce to ensure workers are satisfied at work. Other areas of focus during the keynote centered on the economy and the difficulties many companies faced in regards to innovating in a down economy and what companies need to do post survival to move ahead. Each of the workshops were worthwhile investments that are sure to give each of our team members the ability to reevaluate where we are as a company and how we can better run our organization.

  2. Network and See People You Haven't' Seen in a While

    Perhaps the best part of The Partner Event is networking with other members of the Microsoft Dynamics Partner community. For many members of our team it was their first Partner Event and interacting with people that they work with really helps connect the dots better and assist in developing a deeper connection with others. Whether it was meeting other ISVs or VARs it's great to be able to talk to one another, exchange best practices and learn what other companies are doing to market themselves.

  3. You Get to Have Fun

    Putting all the other important stuff aside perhaps the most enjoyable part of this year's Partner Event was the Welcome Reception which was held at the Fargo Billiards and Gastropub, which is dubbed as the largest pool hall in the western hemisphere. We found it to be a great way to meet other Microsoft Partners, network and challenge them to a friendly game of pool. In addition, there was a themed beach party as well as a live local band called The Shakers. Even though The Partner Event is place to network and learn, we found the activities were setup so well that you found it impossible not to meet, talk and have fun with other attendees.

So there you have it, the top takeaways of The Partner Event this year and the major reasons why Azox continues to sponsor and attend every year. Look forward to seeing you next year.