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IAMCP is all about partners meeting partners

Tuesday, April 18, 2017  
Posted by: Lucy Sutton
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We really believe in the motto above.

No organization can thrive if the only communication occurs in emails, newsletters and such. Experience also shows us that the best results are obtained when people meet each other, build trust relationships, and from there on establish fruitful business relationships.

This happens at local levels, with the most successful chapters at IAMCP meeting periodically, and at regional levels, such as IAMCP EMEA, when we gather the leadership of several chapters as well.That is why it was so important to have a face to face meeting after the election of the new EMEA Board.

So we met in Lisboa last 30th March hosted by the local Microsoft subsidiary and by S. Peter who shed rays of sunshine over the city during the whole week.

Now meetings are great, aren’t they? No, they are not. Networking activities right before the meeting are great, but you know what they say: “what happens in Lisboa”... Goodbyes are terrible. Not worthy of mention. Only RESULTS of meetings can be both worth mentioning and great, simultaneously. So let’s focus on a few of these:

1. We are conducting a survey at EMEA level to know exactly where we stand as an association. How many chapters and what is their maturity level? How many members exactly and what is their typology? How many of these are doing business on Azure? Results were presented at the meeting. If you want to know more about the results of the survey, please contact Marga Van Laere (

2. We want to open the board to every member in every chapter. One question that keeps popping is “What defines the regional level?” The way we see it, it is a coordination level, and every member in any chapter should be able to participate in initiatives that benefit the whole ecosystem or a part of it that is interested in one specific topic. We decided to create committees and special interest groups at EMEA level to tackle these topics and invite every member to start collaborating on those they feel they can be of most value. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

3. Also, we feel that being able to sit at the EMEA Board and serve the community of partners at this level is undoubtedly a privilege. But it is also a responsibility, and responsibilities come with duties. The board should be functional and responsive. This is the main reason why we felt that a simple code of conduct defining clearly the roles and responsibilities of the members should be drafted and communicated. Should you feel you have a say as what this code should reflect, please contact Olivia Trilles:

Special thanks to Microsoft Portugal and Ana Maria Lopes, the SMS&P Lead in Portugal, for having us and being so supportive to IAMCP, and also much appreciation for all the IAMCP leaders who took the time to show up and participate. Kudos and greetings from Lisboa!


Sérgio Baptista
Vice President IAMCP EMEA Board.

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