FY22 Partner Autumn Connect Event
On the 30th of September the BeLux GPS team organized its FY22 Partner Autumn Connect event. This was the first in person Partner event in nearly 1,5 years! The agenda of the day included the Digital Partner Autumn Connect and the Exclusive Partner Autumn Connect Networking Event.
In the Digital session we shared our thoughts about market momentum, the opportunity for co-selling, industry alignment, program updates and much more. We also officially announced the BeLux Partner Pledge that went live on October 5th. (Please see here for more details). Thank you to all speakers that shared great insights to our BeLux partner community.
For the Exclusive Networking Event we welcomed over 400 partners for an enchanted evening in De Kruitfabriek in Vilvoorde. It was great to see so many people reconnecting in what was our very first partner event in 1,5 years.
“We look forward to each Microsoft Partner Autumn Connect. This year was extra special for us at ConXioN, since we had the honor of hosting the Partner Autumn Connect from our ConXioN Experience Center in Waregem, as 2021 Microsoft Partner of the Year Belgium. This Partner Autumn Connect not only highlighted the challenges we tackled the past year and introduced what we can expect the next year, it was also a great way to reconnect with Microsoft and the other Partners.”
Chris Debyser - CEO ConXioN
“Finally, back together in a physical manner with the Microsoft community.
A moment to re-connect, talk business by sharing experiences about last year’s challenges and opportunities going forward; but also, to just have a great time with food and drinks.
Really happy that Microsoft organises these events and looking forward to the next one already"
Yashfeen Saiyid - Head of Enterprise Strategy, Partnerships & Growth at Proximus
“What an event! From start to finish – it felt so good to reconnect with all of our amazing partners in person.
I already had a sense that this was going to be a memorable night, just by trying to manage the limited number of seats for partners.
The daily inflow of requests via phone, text, mail, … to obtain extra seats gave a flavor of how it must be to be selling Tomorrowland tickets – the offer just could not keep up with demand.
The six hours spent at the event itself passed in the blink of an eye. Entering a room filled with that many familiar faces; I hadn’t done that since … our previous partner event in San Marco back in March 2020.
Getting acquainted to good old in-person networking probably took 3 seconds - what a blast. Moving from partner to partner, introducing people to each other to drive projects and sales.
Although our technology allowed us to execute work in a 100% remote setting, nothing will ever beat the thrill of the events.
Kudos to the entire GPS team and organizers, already looking forward to our next event!”
Wouter Vandendriessche, Partner Development Manager, Microsoft BeLux
“It was great to connect either digitally or in person with so many of our partners during Autumn Connect. Not only was it fantastic to reconnect directly between partners and Microsoft, but it was especially humbling to see so many partners connect between them, and new partners to be welcomed in this thriving community.”
Erik Kerkhofs, Global Partner Solutions Lead, Microsoft BeLux
Thanks to all for making these events a great success. We look forward to continuing our partnership together.
Please see below for some highlights of the night!