imageOn the first and third Friday of each month, the U.S. Partner Team delivers a newsletter for U.S.-based members of the Microsoft Partner Network. The June 1, 2012 issue is published here in its entirety. The content you receive in your email inbox is specific to your company’s business and your role, based on your Microsoft Partner Network profile.

This post contains these sections of content:

  • Local Recommendations – Our local Microsoft teams (East Region; Central Region; West Region) make their suggestions for information and resources to help you close business.
  • WPC 2012 News Get updates about the Worldwide Partner Conference in July; join the U.S. WPC Community at http://aka.ms/usatwpc.
  • Partner News – Information about Partner Network membership and partner-related campaigns, promotions, and opportunities.
  • Training Recommendations – Links to the latest no-cost and low-cost training opportunities
  • Role-Specific Training – Our recommendations about a specific product or topic; this week: Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Server 2012.

For more partner news, resources, and recommendations, visit us on the U.S. partner portal and Virtual Partner Concierge, and join the U.S. Partner Community on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.



Local Recommendations

June is here and things are starting to heat up. Kick off your summer with our recommendations below to take advantage of offers and opportunities to close business and build your Microsoft practice.

WPC 2012 News

June 13: WPC 2012 Twitter Chat with Jenni Flinders
Join us on Wednesday, June 13 at 12:00PM Pacific Time for a Twitter chat with Jenni Flinders, Microsoft U.S. Vice President, Partner Strategy and Programs. We'll discuss what's top of mind for you to see, hear, and do in Toronto while at the Conference. Use #USchat to join the conversation.

WPC 2012: Insights from Slalom Consulting
Find out how one U.S. partner plans for participation at the Worldwide Partner Conference, and how attending WPC has helped grow their business, increase their engagement with Microsoft, and get energized for the year ahead.

WPC 2012: The Conference Experience Begins Now
WPC Connect is now available to registered Conference attendees to start making connections with other attendees. New functionality allows you to engage in groups and discussions, plus keep track of in-person meetings, your sessions schedule, and other events—all in one central calendar.

WPC 2012: The Microsoft Dynamics Track
Expand your capabilities and knowledge by attending keynotes from Microsoft Dynamics executives and attend a specific Microsoft Dynamics track that has more than 20 available breakout, interactive, and panel sessions.

WPC 2012: Impact and Opportunities in Education, Government, and Health & Life Sciences
Join the Microsoft Public Sector team at WPC. Visit the Public Sector Lounge, attend the Worldwide Public Sector keynote, and find sessions related to serving your government, education, and health and life sciences customers.

Partner News

The Windows 8 Release Preview is Here
Download the Windows 8 Release Preview to experience it for yourself, and review our partner resources for IT professionals, developers, and designers. Looking for training? Find training courses, and build a learning plan for yourself and others in your company.

Cloud Partner Benefits: Take the Microsoft Office 365 Practice Accelerator at No Cost in June
Prepare to help your customers make the transition to the cloud, and build your company's cloud expertise, with this Practice Accelerator. As a Microsoft Cloud Partner, you may register for June dates at no cost.

Join Cloud Essentials and Accelerate Your Cloud Practice
Prepare to help your customers make the transition to the cloud, and build your company's cloud expertise with the Microsoft Office 365 Practice Accelerator. Subscribe to Microsoft Cloud Essentials, and then register for a Microsoft Office 365 Practice Accelerator being held in June at no cost.

Microsoft Office 365 Fast-Track Sweepstakes Ends June 15
You have through June 15 to drive a minimum of two new qualifying customer subscriptions of Microsoft Office 365 and be entered for a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize, plus eight first prizes of $5,000. Eligibility and Terms and Conditions.

Sign Up Before June 15 to Earn Up to 20% in Rebates
Earn up to 20% in rebates when you sell both new (license and Software Assurance) and renewal (Software Assurance only) annuity agreements. The rebate can help you increase your earnings across products. Terms and Conditions.

The Big Easy Offer 8 Ends June 30
The Big Easy Offer 8 allows customers to earn subsidy payouts on qualifying sales that they can apply towards future purchases of Microsoft software licenses and associated services from you. Terms and Conditions.

Introducing Lync Partner Connect—Come Join the Conversation
Lync Partner Connect is a new online community for partners who have a Unified Communications (UC) practice based on Microsoft Lync. Through the community, members can connect with Microsoft and with one another and stay up-to-date about Lync news and opportunities.

Partner Online Technical Communities Provide Unlimited No-Cost Support
Your Microsoft Partner Network benefits include no-cost access to technical support through Partner Online Technical Communities.

Developers—Design and Implementation Guidance Is Within Reach
Use your partner advisory hours to increase your success with general infrastructure and implementation planning.

Get Help Closing Deals from Presales Assistance
Presales Assistance helps with competitive guidance, feature overview, and proof of concept. Gold or silver competency partners get unlimited service on deals worth $3,000 and more. Use advisory hours for Presales Assistance on deals worth less than $3,000.

Prepare for the Microsoft Security Bulletin for June 2012
As part of our usual cycle of updates, the next security bulletin release is scheduled for June 12. On the Security TechCenter, you can catch up on the May release, register for the June security bulletin webcast, sign up for notifications, and more.

June 7 Marketing Excellence Webcast: The Art of Storytelling
Customers are no longer interested in just what a company does. They want to know the why and the how. This webcast will help you develop and tell your story and understand how it can connect you with customers in a meaningful way. Join us live and you could win a Windows Phone. Official Rules.

Download System Center 2012 Client Management and Security Solutions
Download System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection and discover how IT can deliver resources to corporate-owned and personal devices while maintaining compliance and security.

Take a Tour of the New Microsoft Dynamics Operations Ordering Home Page
The new design changes were driven by direct partner feedback. Better categorized content and more direct navigation will streamline your online experience and reduce the time it takes you to find information you need from Operations.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Product Launch Portal
Get the latest information and resources to prepare yourself and your company for the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, planned for general availability around the end of calendar year 2012. This new launch-related site is located on PartnerSource.

Join the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community on LinkedIn
Connect with 3,000 of your peers from Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Dynamics partner organizations by joining the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community LinkedIn Group. For quick, real-time updates, follow @MSDynReady on Twitter.

Build a Great Demo Featuring Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Office 365
To deliver a great demo, you need to tailor it to your prospect's unique industry and business requirements. We introduce Demo Builder—a ClickOnce application implemented in Windows Azure that deploys a demo showcasing Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Office 365, and Windows Azure.

Resources to Help You Close Microsoft Dynamics CRM Business
Take advantage of offers in market now that will help you accelerate the sales cycle and close Microsoft Dynamics CRM deals over the next few weeks.

June 7 Webcast: Transition to the Next Release of Windows Intune
The upcoming release of Windows Intune offers new functionality and utilizes the same back-end infrastructure as for other Microsoft Online Services, like Microsoft Office 365. This practical session will cover setup, internal use rights for partners, and how to avoid common issues.

June 18 Webcast: Windows Intune—PC and Mobile Device Management for SMBs
Learn more about the new functionality of the next release of Windows Intune and hear how it brings more services opportunities for your business. Session will focus on scenarios for partners who serve small and midsize business customers.

New Ready-to-Go Campaign: Microsoft Flexible Workstyle Solutions for Health and Life Sciences
Microsoft Flexible Workstyle Solutions for Health and Life Sciences help address major challenges that these organizations face. Use the resources in this new Ready-to-Go Marketing campaign to start the conversation about Microsoft products and technologies that let your customers deliver efficient, patient-centric care.

On-Demand Webcast: Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Online—Email in the Cloud or On-Premises
On the May 16 Small Business Community call, Microsoft experts shared what they know about positioning the benefits of Microsoft Exchange to customers—both in the cloud and on-premises.

Up to 30% Savings for SMB Customers on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Drive sales with savings on secure, reliable, business-class email. Get up to 30% off the cost of an Exchange Server 2010 Standard license if purchased with Software Assurance and up to 20% off the cost of an Exchange Server 2010 Standard license.

Help Support IT Jobs and Growth in Massachusetts
Voices for Innovation encourages partners in Massachusetts to join the Massachusetts Competes coalition, which promotes job creation and fair competition by combating stolen IT. Learn what the Bay State is doing and how you can make an impact by showing your support.

Training Recommendations

June Training Incentive Includes Dozens of Qualifying Courses
Earn an automatic entry to win a Lenovo netbook or Amazon gift card when you take our featured courses. This month's courses cover Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), Windows Intune, and Microsoft Office 365.

The Partner Opportunity with Microsoft Cloud Certifications
Read our recent interview with Microsoft U.S. Partner Enablement and Learning Channel Director Scott Akin to see what the newly released cloud certifications mean for partners.

Try the Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs
Learn how the Microsoft private cloud can transform the way you deliver IT services to your business with 14 interactive labs.

IT Pros—Use Power Start Workshops to Get Started with a New Technology
Microsoft Power Start Workshops provide essential training for popular Microsoft products and solutions. Learn about new product features and presales opportunities, and receive solution overviews.

Expand Your Product Knowledge with Momentum Workshops
Momentum Workshops led by Microsoft experts provide the latest technical training to help you deepen your skills and knowledge base around developing, deploying, and migrating to current Microsoft products and solutions.

Technical Training for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
These Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 workshops are designed to help IT professionals deliver winning ERP solutions to their customers. If you don't see a session that meets your needs, we can tailor training just for you.

Get Certified on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with New Instructor-Led Trainings
Microsoft Learning Solutions partners are now equipped to offer instructor-led training to help you prepare for exams 70-461, 70-462, 70-463, and 70-466. Passing these exams can help your organization attain or renew the Data Platform and Business Intelligence Microsoft competencies.

Prepare for the New Management and Virtualization Competency Requirements
This new competency, a merger of the Systems Management and Virtualization competencies, officially rolls out soon. Get ready to pass required exams through the Partner Exam Academy.

Expand Your Cloud Practice Webcast Series
In this four-part on-demand webcast series, you'll learn how to expand your existing cloud practice from Microsoft experts. Capitalize on the cloud opportunity with Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online, and Windows Intune. You'll get an in-depth look at each product and find out how to close cloud deals.

Get Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Best Practices
Take Practice Accelerator for Lync Server 2010 to get best practices and reusable tools that can help customers to communicate from anywhere cost-effectively and securely.

Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow
Learn what's hot and new in Windows Server 2012 at this half-day event, coming to several cities across the United States. You'll see presentations and demos from Microsoft MVPs about server manageability; virtualization; storage and availability; and networking, including how to manage private clouds and link them to public cloud services.

Role-Based Training for Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Server 2012

Training for Business Decision Makers
Microsoft Office 365

Windows Server 2012

Training for IT Professionals
Microsoft Office 365

Windows Server 2012

Training for Developers
Microsoft Office 365

Windows Server 2012

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles
Microsoft Office 365

Windows Server 2012

Training for Training Roles
Microsoft Office 365

Windows Server 2012