IAMCP Canada Newsletter
March 2016 | Issue 44

WPC 2016 and IMPACT Awards are live!
 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award

The MPN Partner of the Year Awards program is your opportunity to showcase the solutions you've built on Microsoft technologies and to win recognition for your successes. Receiving an award positions your company for new business opportunities, differentiates you from the competition, generates positive press coverage and can lead to even greater market recognition.

The submission tool is now open and it closes on April 7, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. PST.  I highly recommend that you submit your nomination early.

Microsoft Canadian Impact Award

The Impact Awards historically have served as a local opportunity for Microsoft to reward and recognize partners in Canada for the incredible solutions they deliver throughout the year. This year there are 15 Canadian-centric awards that focus on technological excellence achieved in a Cloud-first, mobile-first world. The IMPACT nomination tool is now open until April 12th at 11:59 PM PST.
 It would be wonderful to see you accept an award at WPC2016 Toronto!

Eran Barlev
President, IAMCP Canada
How to Win Awards!
Winning a Microsoft Partner of the Year award is an amazing way to increase your company's exposure and improve credibility with both customers and suppliers.
Learn the secrets to award submission success in this video tutorial from Gail Mercer-MacKay. Gail serves on the International and Canadian Boards of IAMCP, as well as being a digital storyteller who has written hundreds of winning award submissions for Microsoft partners over the past ten years.                                                

Watch here...
The Secret to Landing an Entry Level Job

Robert Half Technology shares the secret to landing an entry level job. It requires work, literally.
A recent survey shows hiring managers rate experience as the top criterion when evaluating candidates.
Visit the full release here
Welcome Our Newest Members

Please extend a warm welcome to the newest members of IAMCP Canada; Agility Inc., Ameripex SystemsInfoware CanadaRimrock Corporation and Rovable Inc.

The Erika Interview
Hi everyone, I'm Erika Moll-Richardson. I have the incredible opportunity of showcasing the highly talented and brilliant women that work within the Microsoft and Channel Partner community. My goal is to use this column as a platform to highlight the significance of women in technology and share their stories of success, achievement, and overall experience. 
This month's interview focuses on the driven and determined Beth Burrell. Beth is currently a Senior Onboarding Manager at Concerto moving towards Engagement Manager on the CRM side working with Tribridge
Click here to read the entire interview
If you are interested in being featured in the newsletter please contact me as I would love to hear from you! You can reach me at emoll@proserveit.com.

Microsoft's Envision Conference
April 4 - 6, 2016    New Orleans, LA
You know the name Convergence, but do you know the name Envision?
Envision is the new word for Convergence, but it is more than a name change and rebrand, Envision is set to focus on leadership roles, global industries, and technology trends for business leaders and decision makers.
Microsoft has committed to offering business leaders charged with making or influencing key business decisions within their organization tremendous value at Microsoft Envision. You'll find a depth of resources that will help you not only come away better positioned for the future, but help discover how to take advantage of solutions today that will deliver immediate results.

Microsoft's flagship events now include the inaugural Microsoft Envision for business leaders and decision makers in April, the Worldwide Partner Conference for partners in July, and Microsoft Ignite for IT professionals in September.
Microsoft Canada ISV Webcast Series
As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) in today's software industry, you've heard all the excitement and business benefits around the Microsoft Azure Services and may have even started to engage with Microsoft Azure Services. To successfully overcome the challenges of the Cloud, Microsoft has designed a series of "Get Ready for Business-as-a-Service" webinar sessions. The sessions will help you understand and develop the right business model for your market.  For further details and to register click here.
Microsoft Learning Opportunities

This spring Microsoft is offering a variety of learning opportunities focused on events such as:
  • Teacher Academies
  • National Small Business Week Speaker series
  • The Small Biz Breakfast Series
  • Get Office & Email for Less
  • How to Run a "Virtual" Business.
  • How to Upgrade your Security & Reduce Costs!
 For details about these events click hereUpcoming store promotions are located at www.microsoftsavesyoumoney.ca
To learn more  about these events and to inquire about registering please connect with your local Microsoft store.
IAMCP Group Insurance

As an International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners member, there's never been a better time to give us a call.  IAMCP members who request a no-obligation quote will be entered into the next draw to win a 2016 BMW 4 Series in April.  To learn more please call 1-800-663-6828.

IAMCP Canada offers Group discounts for many types of Insurance (including weddings).  You must be an IAMCP member to take advantage of this offer.


In This Issue


IAMCP Canada Member Showcase Webinar Series
Date: April 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 AM EST
Location: Webinar
Please join us to hear from two of our IAMCP Members, as we showcase the value these partners provide to their customers and what business opportunities they may have that match your area of expertise.

You may just find the perfect company to work with to provide a total solution to your customer.

Watch for an email to follow with registration details for this event.

Microsoft World Partner Conference
Date: July 10-14, 2016
Location: Toronto
Join us at the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC).  Register before April 21st to receive an all access pass for the early registration price of US$1995. 

IT Futures 

Date: May 30th - June 1st
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
IT Futures is the new conference for business decision makers and IT Professionals looking for insight into the future of technology in business.
As a proud sponsor of IT Futures, we have secured a 10% discount for you
when you apply the code IAMCP2016 to your online registration.
For additional information about this conference click here.
Vancouver IAMCP Meet-up
Date: Last Thursday of each month
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: The New Oxford Pub 1144 Homer Street

IAMCP Vancouver holds regular meet-up's at a local Vancouver pub/ restaurant. Come join us!
ctc TrainCanada

Need to assist your clients with consumption on the O365 suite of products? Contact ctc TrainCanada to discuss bundling training & education up front so that you can hit your consumption targets.   
MOC On-Demand combines high-quality video, reading, live hands-on labs and knowledge checks in a self-paced format to help you build skills on Microsoft technologies as your schedule allows-all at once or five minutes at a time. 
Thirteen courses are currently available with ten more being released before the end of May.