This is just one of the inspiring things Microsoft told us while we were at their World Partner Conference (WPC) a few weeks ago. I attended the conference along with the CEO of UberGlobal Enterprise, Brian Sharpe, and am now reporting back on the event as promised.
The Microsoft partner network consists of over 14,000
partners globally, who all came together at the WPC to share with each other and with Microsoft. Incredibly, 95% of Microsoft’s revenue comes through its network of partners.
Over 15,000 attendees from 138 countries made the trip to LA for this five day event, so just organising seating and meals for everyone was an epic feat. The team organising the event didn’t fail to impress, keeping the arrangements low-key but still polished and exceptionally well-organised.
Our partnerships with Microsoft and Parallels
Microsoft are looking to compete with the likes of Google and Amazon by pushing cloud based versions of their offerings, and of course we position UberGlobal as a leading provider of Microsoft cloud solutions. It was interesting to hear from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, COO Kevin Turner and corporate VP of the Worldwide Partner Group Jon Roskill. They talked about their strategy for the company and let us know in no uncertain terms that they were “all in for the cloud”, and, as I’ve already mentioned, they also assured us that they were “doubling down on UberGlobal”. Maybe they should have held the conference in Las Vegas instead of LA…
During the five day event we were able to talk with some of the Microsoft and Parallels executives about how their technologies could help us to grow and strengthen our platform for our
customer base. Brian also got the chance to chat with Birger Steen, CEO of Parallels. We are Parallels’ largest client in the Asia Pacific region, and we have deployed more Parallels modules than any other provider in that region.
We have continued to work with Parallels because their technology platform allows uber to automatically provision for our clients needs in a way that is easily scalable. Our Parallels automation suite will allow us to automatically provision HyperV onto our server fleet.
Though partnering with Microsoft and Parallels, we are able to offer our customer base a broader range of products.
Health Community Cloud Automation (HCCA)
While we were at the conference we released a Government Community Cloud White Paper, the result of six months of high level engagement with Microsoft, Parallels and an existing Federal Government customer.
Microsoft have been keen to tap into Uber’s knowledge and experience in the cloud computing marketplace, as they need partners like us to help them migrate their customer base from on premise to the cloud. The Proof of Concept that we created with them addresses the problems that will be faced by the Government and healthcare providers looking to make the move into the cloud, such as security, privacy and integrated authentications. With our POC, we have validated the products that Microsoft and Parallels are looking to push into the market.
All in all the WPC was a great success, giving us the opportunity to network with Microsoft partners around the world, and particularly allowing us to further our relationships with Microsoft and Parallels.
Microsoft’s Director of Health, Judith Cole, will be coming to Australia in the first week of October, and we will be hoping to meet with her to further discuss ways in which we can both leverage off the need to establish Health Community Cloud Automation. We’re looking forward to reconnecting with her and to following up on all of the contacts we made during the event. We’d
definitely be keen to head over again next year if they’ll have us again!