MSDW Podcast: What to expect at WWMSTUG 2021

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There’s a new virtual event coming in April with an educational focus for Microsoft technology users but a slightly different origin story.

WWMSTUG (or Worldwide Microsoft Technology User Group) will take place on April 14 and 15. It came into existence because a group of Microsoft partners wanted to provide a virtual educational experience to their customers and decided to invest in the idea together. Two of the event organizers, Jeff Goldstein of Queue Associates and Bob McAdam of SalesPad tell us more about how the event came into existence, what they hope to achieve, and what they hope attendees will get out of it in terms of understanding the Microsoft technology updates related to Dynamics 365, Power Platform, Teams, and more. They also explain the registration model. Unlike a lot of events there is a modest fee to attend, though the participating partner organizations are picking up the tab for some attendees (details on their site).

Show Notes:

  • 1:15 – Why did the organizers see a need for this event?
  • 4:45 – Getting a new user event started
  • 8:00 – Assembling a lineup of sessions
  • 10:00 – What do customers expect from Microsoft and their partners in terms of technology selection?
  • 15:00 – What can attendees expect from the virtual experience?
  • 19:00 – On the decision to make this a paid event (and how free passes are being made available via sponsors)
  • 22:30 – Thoughts on Microsoft’s new plan around user groups