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Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful holiday and a strong finish to 2010, and that you’re ready for a fantastic 2011. You may find some inspiration in the article, “Marching Orders 2011,” from Redmond Channel Partner, where you’ll find tips from Microsoft partner executives and channel experts about where to focus over the coming months. Probably won’t surprise you that the cloud is sprinkled liberally throughout, with generous doses of how to differentiate your business and where to invest your resources for long-term success. Enjoy.
Below are all the items we published in this week’s U.S. partner newsletter. If you feel that the version you received in e-mail, targeted to you according to your company’s partner profile and your role at your company, is missing something critical from this superset, please let me know by commenting here or sending me an e-mail (partnerQ@microsoft.com).
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Virtual Partner Concierge: A New Way to Find Partner Resources Use Virtual Partner Concierge to see content and connection recommendations from Microsoft U.S. partner team members who have expertise in the partner business. You can rate content, leave comments, create a list of favorites, and more.
On Our Blog: The Microsoft Partner Network + 45 Days With many partners coming up for re-enrollment over the next several weeks, our U.S. Partner Team lead for the Microsoft Partner Network offers guidance for avoiding common partner misperceptions and resources to help you attain competencies and transition smoothly.
Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Program and Cloud Essentials Pack Accelerate the growth of your business by building or selling cloud solutions based on Microsoft technologies. Through Microsoft cloud solutions, you can give existing customers and new prospects access to the applications they know and trust.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Virtual Launch Event Attend this free global virtual launch event on Thursday, January 20, and watch Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer introduce Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Learn how it is designed to help you boost sales, improve marketing, and enrich customer service.
Help Your Customers Cut through the Clutter Use our downloadable guide to help your customers understand which enterprise search options in the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 product line are right for their respective business needs.
Announcing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 Enhancements in the new release of Dynamics NAV 2009 will make it easier for partners to grow their business by providing even better customer solutions. Content available to Microsoft Dynamics partners on PartnerSource.
Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2011, April 10-13 The 2011 Convergence conference will be held April 10–13 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Bring your customers and take advantage of this opportunity to learn about new product releases, boost your revenue, and strengthen customer relationships.
Microsoft Dynamics Community: Executive Partner Insights Blog Join the Microsoft Dynamics Community and read this new blog, which features Microsoft Dynamics executives and leaders. Recent posts include Doug Kennedy addressing the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Strategy and Kim Smith discussing CRM partner program opportunities. A short profile must be completed to join the community and view the blog.
Keep Customers Coming Back to Your Website Maintain customer traffic on your website by adding content from the Partner Web Syndication service, offered to partners at no cost. Choose from a library of content that covers business value, key Microsoft products, and more.
Mobile, Powerful, and Optimized for Midmarket Customers The world is now mobile and customers demand near-universal access across a number of devices, and secure, yet simplified management of their IT infrastructure. Show them how to stay connected with the Windows Optimized Desktop Ready-to-Go campaign.
Make Your App Compatible and Receive a Free Copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Get your application compatible with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, or Windows Azure before January 31, by passing the Microsoft Platform Ready free online compatibility test. Register your compatible app and receive a free copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010.
New Cloud Power Ready-to-Go Marketing Campaign The new "Cloud Power" campaign replaces the "We're All In" Microsoft cloud services campaign launched in July at the Worldwide Partner Conference. Campaign materials include sales, marketing, and event resources to help you build and sell cloud solutions based on Microsoft technologies.
Best Practices Help You Build Your Partner Channel Check out the Microsoft Channel Development Toolkit for practical tips and tricks to launch your partner channel, recruit channel partners, and support your partners once you have your channel up and running.
Co-Host a Microsoft Community Connections Event to Reach More SMB Customers Register with the Local Engagement Team Desk to co-host a Microsoft Community Connections event with a local business organization. These events provide valuable networking opportunities to share information on the latest technology with business owners in your area.
Get Discovered by New Customers through Microsoft Pinpoint Each month, about 10,000 business customers visit Microsoft Pinpoint in search of an IT expert to help them solve their business challenges. Not having a company profile or having one that’s incomplete could mean you are losing new customer prospects. Create or update your company’s profile today.
Get Sales Assistance from Microsoft Experts Use your Partner Advisory Hours and learn how best to convey the capabilities, value propositions, and key benefits of Microsoft products and solutions.
Content for Action Pack Subscribers and SBSC Members
Renew Your Action Pack If your Action Pack Solution Provider subscription expires within the next 90 days, renew before January 31 to be entered to win a 4GB Xbox 360 Console with Kinect. Need help with your renewal? Our Action Pack Subscription Support page contains self-help resources and contact information for phone-based support if you get stuck.
Maintain Your SBSC Membership at Your Next Re-Enrollment Date Don’t fall behind on the new Small Business Specialist Community exam requirements—take action now, in advance of your Microsoft Partner Network re-enrollment date. Contact the Regional Service Center for help scheduling your exams or completing the re-enrollment process.
U.S. SBSC Monthly Partner Call Join us on Thursday, February 10 at 9:00am Pacific Time for the next U.S. SBSC monthly partner call. Each month, we feature a guest speaker who covers Microsoft products, sales and marketing resources and best practices, or general business topics relevant to partners who serve small business customers.
We Can Help You Train Your Staff Get your staff trained and certified with help from Microsoft Learning Competency partners. Visit the new Training Offer Locator tool for exclusive classroom training offers near you and get up to speed on the latest technologies.
Practice Accelerator for Desktop Optimization Learn to guide organizations to create a more secure and reliable desktop environment by using delivery methodology and templates. Practice Accelerator enables you to help improve productivity and agility for your customers. Dates are currently available for January through March.
Journey to the Cloud ISV Webinar Series from msdev.com Start your journey to the cloud with this new training series covering the cloud services opportunity, financial implications of cloud services, and tips for driving demand for your cloud services application. Looking for more content like this? Subscribe to the msdev Developer Training Newsletter.
Learn from a World-renowned Sales Improvement Platform Improve your personal and organizational sales performance with NinetyFive5's Sales Success System (S3). Attend a one-day class in Atlanta, Dallas, or Bellevue, WA.
Learn How to License Microsoft Virtualization Want to virtualize your infrastructure but aren’t sure how this will impact your licensing requirements? Take one of our online courses about licensing for the server and desktop, and you'll be entered to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect.
Cost Effective Marketing Strategies Attend this series of free on-demand online seminars to learn how to maximize your company’s marketing budget and create a lasting positive impact from all your marketing efforts.
Get Started with Microsoft Silverlight Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web, desktop, and mobile applications when online or offline. The latest edition of Silverlight adds features like webcam, microphone, and printing, to enable you to create incredible applications.
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Partner Technical Services Offerings The Partner Technical Services team supports IT Pros working at channel organizations with offerings such as migration assistance and guidance for solution deployment, optimization, and implementation. Become familiar with all of their offerings and take advantage of their expertise.
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