9 Jul 2013 6:35 AM Welcome to Houston! If you are among the lucky few - well, 16,000 actually - who were able to join us here in "Space City", then welcome to Houston, and to Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2013! We have five fantastic days of valuable strategy, business, and product content lined up for you, as well as an unparalleled opportunity to interact and network with your peers and Microsoft employees. If you arrived yesterday, hope you enjoyed the welcome reception, and your first chance to join us in the citadel that is the Commons - the beating heart of the whole conference experience. Today the fun starts in earnest with our first vision keynote, already at 8:30 a.m. in the Houston Toyota Center, close to the conference center itself. This is an unmissable chance to see Microsoft top leadership - including Steve Ballmer, Kevin Turner, and Jon Roskill - set the scene by presenting the current state of key market areas, such as Cloud, Big Data, Devices and Mobility, and Enterprise Social, and outline the huge partner opportunity that lies ahead. Then it's back to the convention center in good time to get a front row seat for the Microsoft Dynamics Value Keynote, Seeing the future: a dynamic vision for business solutions at 1:30 p.m. Hear Kirill Tatarinov, Neil Holloway, and others as they share the Microsoft vision for the future of business solutions, highlight first-hand stories of partner business success, and chart the path toward the business opportunities of tomorrow. Next stop is the Microsoft Dynamics GP and SL: End-to-End Update session, where you can get fully up-to-speed on all things GP and SL with a comprehensive strategy, business and product update, great product demos of new and coming capabilities, and information on how the upcoming “Sicily” release will help you operate a true volume business in the SMB space by offering the power of a comprehensive business solution from Microsoft. And if the program so far has not slaked your thirst for info, the EXPO is open from 12 p.m., with a Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - which I make an hour and a half :-) . But hey, who can say no to a little extra happiness? But save a little energy for tomorrow, when we will focus on how Microsoft Dynamics GP and SL offer new opportunities to build your business - including how to sell Office 365, and leveraging the Windows Azure Cloud. Plan your day now on the WPC Connect Session & Meeting Scheduler, and remember that every time you attend one of our sessions, you have the chance to win great prizes! And for those Microsoft Dynamics partners who are not among the lucky 16,000 here in sunny Houston, we will be sure to make recordings of all our sessions available to you after the event, so you can see what you missed, and start pre-warning your boss that you intend to come and join the party next year.... OK - off to the vision keynote. See you there!