Microsoft: Opportunities Abound for Office Partners

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-10-10 Print this article Print

In his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote Friday, VP Jeff Raikes will highlight the opportunities Office represents to Microsoft partners.

NEW ORLEANS—When Jeff Raikes, Microsoft Corp.s group vice president of productivity and business services, takes the stage here on Friday morning to deliver his keynote address at the Worldwide Partner Conference, he will highlight the opportunities the Office System family of products represents to Microsofts partners. Raikes will stress that there is a great number of opportunities available to the several thousand attendees, especially now that Office is no longer just a desktop productivity system but a far wider solution.
In an attempt to raise enthusiasm in the upcoming Office System 2003 solution, which will be released globally at an event in New York later this month, Raikes will tell the partners that analysts predict the services opportunities offered them by all the markets Office plays into, including process management, collaboration and business intelligence, could be as much as $117 billion by 2006.
Dan Leach, group product manager for Office, told eWEEK here on Thursday that Raikes will also talk about the increase in the number of partner solutions being developed for Office 2003. "At the launch of Office XP we had 120 solution partners who were providing deployment solutions. We already have some 700 partner solutions for the upcoming product, which shows the enormous interest they have in the product," he said. Another statistic that Raikes will use in his keynote to indicate customer interest in the product will be the demand the software titan saw for Beta 2 copies of the product. Originally Microsoft produced 500,000 copies, double that for Office XP, yet has had to produce another 150,000 to meet demand, he said. Discuss this in the eWEEK forum.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

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