The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) represents Microsoft´s best of breed partners from around the globe. Our organization was formed in 1994 and provides Microsoft Partners a voice into Microsoft programs, to the IT community at large, as well as a vehicle to facilitate mutual growth and business development among partners. The non-profit organization is operated by an annually elected board of directors, and is funded through membership fees and sponsor grants.
IAMCP’s Definition of "Channel"
As we all know we have changed the meaning of the letter ”C” in our name from "Certified” to "Channel”. Several partners have asked us about the meaning of "Channel” and here is an attempt to clarify what it means: By "Channel” we refer to every company in the Microsoft partner eco-system and our membership is open for everyone being part of the "Microsoft Partner Network” ("MPN” for short). - Our definition of "Channel” does not in any way imply that we are narrowing it to only Large Account Resellers or Distributors – instead we are opening up our membership for more companies.
What is the Value of the IAMCP?
The IAMCP helps Microsoft Channel Partners, Business Solutions Partners and Registered Partners grow their businesses. he IAMCP provides Microsoft Partners a voice into Microsoft programs, to the IT community at large, as well as a vehicle to facilitate business development among partners.
Our mission is to maximize business opportunities for our members through networking and relationship building with local Microsoft offices. It´s also a way to join with other professionals to impact the future of our industry. Chapter membership fosters personal relationships that lead to mutual business opportunities and offers member companies without direct Microsoft Partner Account Management a great avenue to work more closely with their local Microsoft office.
IAMCP's Four Fundamental Pillars: P.A.C.E.
P for PARTNER-TO-PARTNER NETWORKING
IAMCP is the established leader in P2P business networking for the Microsoft ecosystem. We are the hub of partner activity with thousands of members in countries all around the world. Nearly 100 chapters strong, we provide networking activities and events on a regular basis for members. Every day an IAMCP activity is taking place somewhere in the world.
A for ADVOCACY
A united voice reaching to Microsoft, partners, legislators, and the media
When Microsoft wants input on program changes, they know where to turn. When legislative decisions impact our businesses, we speak out. IAMCP lends its support to Voices for Innovation (www.voicesforinnovation.org) to help shape how our industry operates and succeeds. Our Standards and Innovation Committee provides guidelines to our members.
C for COMMUNITY
Serving our community through technology and humanitarian efforts
Support to a vast array of non-profits, funds for unexpected disasters like Hurricane Katrina and environmental causes bring partners together to ensure the future of our planet. Business owners and their staff demonstrate good Corporate Citizenship, working together provides technology, funding or sweat equity.
E for EDUCATION AND GROWTH
Programs to grow the capability and capacity aligned with partner and Microsoft needs.
Partners readiness in a business context means more than early training on the latest Microsoft product launch. It also includes business planning, sales acumen, product and marketing capabilities, personnel management, financial resources, mentoring, and sharing best practices.
The IAMCP Bylaws govern how we operate. All board members should understand the association bylaws.