Microsoft World Partner Conference 2016 Roundup

A great, and informative time was had at WPC 2016 in Toronto last week, (July 10-14, 2016).

This year’s sold-out event, was a huge success, providing numerous opportunities to meet with Microsoft and other partners throughout the week. As a Silver Microsoft Partner, WatServ took in many informative sessions and gained valuable insight into Microsoft’s future roadmap.

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The Commons – WPC 2016

Big Announcements:

Microsoft Dynamics 365 – Microsoft has clarified that CRM Online, AX on Azure, and Project Madeira will all become parts of Dynamics 365. Microsoft Dynamics R&D leader Mike Ehrenberg told MSDynamicsWorld that the move to Dynamics 365 will not disrupt existing product roadmaps. That said, he made it clear that Dynamics 365, PowerApps, CDM, and other technology Microsoft is developing for operational and productivity app development on Azure are part of a long-term evolution of how Microsoft wants to deliver business solutions. Read the full article here.

Microsoft PowerApps & CDM – PowerApps and Microsoft Dynamics will have a close R&D relationship thanks to Dynamics 365, and that ought to only strengthen over time based on two factors: the maturing of the Common Data Model (CDM) over time, and ISVs adopting PowerApps and the CDM model for the development of new solutions.

Microsoft AppSource – One location for tailored business applications geared to work with Dynamics 365 products. More detail on AppSource can be found here.

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Ms. Venus Williams  Tuesday Night!

Keynote Speeches

Day 1 – Monday, July 11

  • ‘Transforming our world together’ Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO opened the event, discussing how innovation in digital technology will enable us to transform how we do business.

Day 2 – Tuesday, July 12

  • ‘Journey to the cloud’ Scott Guthrie discussed Microsoft’s innovative technology offerings.
  • ‘Reinventing productivity for the digital workplace’ Kirk Koeningsbauer demonstrated the newest productivity innovations in the Office suite.
  • ‘More personal computing transforming business’ Yusuf Medhi showed us how we can transform business with upcoming Windows 10 updates.

Day 3 – Wednesday, July 13

  • ‘Seize your opportunity – today’ Gavriella Schuster told us how we as a community can connect with each other and embrace changes in technology.
  • ‘Transforming together in a digital world’ Judson Althoff outlined Microsoft’s priorities for the coming fiscal year.
  • ‘ISV and developer transformation’ Steve Guggenheimer spoke about how Microsoft connects software with the sales force and partners to support the digital transformation.
  • ‘Our opportunity for impact: technology and the future’ Brad Smith and Toni Townes-Whitley discussed how emerging cloud Microsoft technology is being used to make a positive impact throughout the world.

Here’s a great video recap of the entire event: WPC 2016 Highlights Recap

 

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