South African IAMCP Chapter Launched by Microsoft Partners
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Posted by: Lucy Sutton
Technology giant Microsoft’s partner network officially launched the South African chapter of International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) on October 26, 2016, which will enable the Microsoft community to combine initiatives and make unprecedented strides in the technology industry together.
The launch took place at Microsoft’s head office in Bryanston, Sandton, and enjoyed a good turnout from various Microsoft partners interested in ensuring the success of IAMCP South Africa, which will later be extended to include West, East and Central Africa.
While this is an international initiative, South Africa has never succeeded in establishing a chapter and leveraging off the business and economic development opportunities offered, explains Mint Group CEO Carel du Toit.
To rectify this situation, the Microsoft Partner Network will host regular round-table discussions to drive empowerment and cross-skilling initiatives, find solutions to current industry challenges, leverage joint opportunities, and drive stronger growth and innovation across the tech industry.
"IAMCP is about leveraging each other’s connections, references, networks, and capabilities to grow and strengthen your business – a near impossible feat when working in isolation," states du Toit.
Promoting Skills Building and Women in Technology
One of the main focus points identified during the kick-off meeting was the current skills shortage in South Africa’s math and science fields, notes Mint HR Executive Lauren Clark, adding that Microsoft partners are all running amazing initiatives with regard to internships, student funding and mentorship to help mitigate this challenge.
"By working together we will be able to support each other’s initiatives, learn from best practice and make an even bigger impact on this crisis."
She added that another exciting focus area forming part of IAMCP was the Women in Technology (WIT) platform, which enables collaboration and sharing with a global community of women and men that want to make a difference and bridge the diversity gap.