WPC2012 – Day 3 Keynote
#WPC12: I’ll admit, I got here a bit late arriving at the start of the Kevin Turner strategy discussion. I’ve heard a few people talk about Kevin’s public speeches and comment he doesn’t get it – I disagree.
Kevin focused on what FY14 execution needs to look like but don’t kid yourself – he was pitching the Partners on Microsoft. He did an awesome job – clean, tight, meaningful. He had ton’s of good info, but here’s what I picked out:
- XP goes away April 8 FY 14. As Kevin put it, “fifteen great years, but its time to put it to sleep.”
- SQL Server 2012 is a big data platform – and that is really, really important to MS.
- Office 365 is critical to the MS Enterprise strategy and is how they think they will hold of Google
- Dynamics AX and CRM are critical components to their productivity strategy as line of business apps. In fact, the slide said “We have to win with AX and CRM”. Hope you GP, SL and NAV partners hear that message. Time to start thinking about product expansion, services commoditization, or opex efficiencies.
- Sever 2012 is targeted straight at the heart of VMWare ESX
- System Center 2012 is going to be increasingly important to manage the plethora of devices and services being used in the enterprise, including those not run by a MS product.
- And, finally, keep repeating after me, Windows 8…Cloud…Windows 8…Cloud….Windows 8…Cloud…
- Kevin, I know you are closet TDOR fan and I thank you for it. You did an AWESOME job today – thanks for the preso.
- More later.