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U.S. Partner News for Friday, August 3, 2012

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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 content you receive in your inbox as a benefit of your membership is specific to your company’s business and your role. This blog post contains all of the content published in today’s emailed newsletter:

  • Local recommendations
  • Partner news
  • Training resources
  • Role-based training for Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 365

For more partner news, resources, and recommendations, visit us on the U.S. partner portal and Virtual Partner Concierge, join the U.S. Partner Community, and read our “How to Stay Informed” blog post.



Local recommendations

Partner news

Preregistration Discount for WPC 2013 Through September 15
The 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference will be in Houston, Texas, on July 7—11. Through September 15, you can preregister for the conference and save $400 off the regular price of an all-access pass.

On-Demand: U.S. SMB Kickoff Presentation at WPC 2012
Find out how to capitalize on recent and upcoming Microsoft product releases in the small- and medium-business space. U.S. SMB Vice President, Cindy Bates, talks about your opportunities and the programs that can help you maximize them. This video also features author Troy Hazard as guest speaker.

2-for-1 Microsoft Exam Offer Extended to August 17
If you or a coworker attended WPC 2012 in Toronto, you may purchase select Microsoft exams at a 2-for-1 rate from Prometric through August 17. Both exams must be taken by the same candidate. Vouchers must be redeemed and all exams must be taken by December 31. Terms and conditions.

The Value of Your Microsoft Partner Network Core Benefits
This recently published IDC white paper discusses both the value that Microsoft Partner Network benefits bring to a partner organization and how partners utilize this suite of core benefits. Download and read it to see whether you are maximizing your membership benefits, valued by IDC at $320,000, based on a 50-person company with $5—10 million in revenue and from two to five competencies.

Cloud Fundamentals Video Series: Data Classification for Public Sector Customers
Public sector customers are responsible for providing services to their citizens, so data classification and access requirements are important considerations for them when it comes to migrating data and applications to the cloud.

Interactive Chalk Talks Offer You Expert, Tailored Solution Advice
Chalk Talks are free-form sessions facilitated by whiteboard interactions that allow you to ask questions and receive real-time feedback from Microsoft experts. Each Chalk Talk session is limited to a small group of participants, which allows for group discussion and interaction.

The Cost of Practice Accelerators Reduced by Half
We have reduced the number of Partner Advisory Hours required for Practice Accelerator sessions by half—they now cost just 5 advisory hours. And, we've expanded the offerings to include Practice Accelerators for Datacenter Management and Datacenter Consolidation and Migration.

Help Voices for Innovation Work for You
Concerned about the effect of government regulation on innovation? Or about how taxes and patent litigation affect your bottom line? Take VFI's survey and tell us what issues you care about most. We'll use the results to educate and empower partners to make changes.

Cloud OS Signature Event Series Starts September 5
Engage with Microsoft product team experts for Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Microsoft Visual Studio, and Microsoft System Center 2012, and get hands-on with the new technology that helps you build and manage a modern data center. These free, one-day events are being held in cities across the United States in September and October.

Events Should Be Easy for You—and for Your Customers
The new Ready-to-Go Marketing Events site was improved using your suggestions that we simplify not only your experience, but also your customers' experience. It's now easier for you to create and manage events, and easier for your customers to find, register for, and share them, too. For tips that help you use your events to increase leads and sales, watch our webcast on demand.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Partner Presales Roadshow
Register to attend this roadshow in a city near you starting Tuesday, September 11, in Fargo, North Dakota. It's designed to introduce to you the new technologies, features, and benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 2013, and it will equip you with information and resources to drive the sales cycle.

Microsoft Dynamics Partner Strategy Announcement
Learn about recent changes to the Microsoft Dynamics partner strategy by reviewing the materials published on PartnerSource.

Microsoft Dynamics Partner Marketing and Lead Generation Toolkit
This toolkit offers practical guidance for Microsoft Dynamics partners to plan, invest, execute, and measure their marketing. The guide includes helpful tips, best practices, exercises, and links to an extensive selection of Microsoft training and resources that can help you increase marketing effectiveness.

Prepare for the Microsoft Security Bulletin for August 2012
As part of our usual cycle of updates, the next security bulletin release is scheduled for August 14. On the Security TechCenter, you can catch up on the July release, register for the August security bulletin webcast, sign up for notifications, and more.

Training resources

Enter to Win Prizes with Our Summer Training Incentive
Take any of our featured training during the months of August and September for a chance to win one of 19 prizes. This on-demand training includes sales and technical courses on Windows Server 2012, Windows Intune, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and Microsoft Office 365.

Ready to Win Contest for Sales and Presales Technical Specialists
Successfully complete an assessment on Sales Excellence Central for the opportunity to earn a free pass to the 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference or 2013 TechEd event of your choice. Contest ends October 31. Official Rules.

August 28: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Online Training Blitz for Sales
Learn how to demonstrate and sell Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 in this online training blitz, with sessions that include Strategy Overview and Roadmap, Effectively Positioning the Cloud, Pricing and Licensing, Driving Demand with SMB Customers, and Readiness and Tools.

August 29: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Online Training Blitz for Developers
Get training that covers deployment, architecture, and feature enhancements of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 in this online training blitz, with sessions that include Implementation on Windows Azure, Page Designer Improvements, Application Enhancements, Using Query, and more.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Volume Velocity Presales Workshop
Register for one of four date and time options in August and September for this workshop. Designed for sales and presales consultants responsible for demonstrating and marketing Microsoft Dynamics GP solutions, this workshop will examine the practical applications of driving a repeatable sales strategy based on deliverables from your technical sales resources.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Fast TrAX Enterprise Academy: Consultant Track
Come to Fargo, North Dakota, for an intensive training for consultants based on the core fundamentals of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Introduction of Microsoft Dynamics AX Case Study will be woven throughout the course, with a final review on the last day. Choose from several available dates.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Fast TrAX Enterprise Academy: Developer Track
Come to Fargo, North Dakota, September 13—October 5 for an intensive training for developers based on the core fundamentals of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Introduction of Microsoft Dynamics AX Case Study will be woven throughout the course, with a final review on the last day.

No-Cost Technical Training for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
Take a look at upcoming Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 technical workshops that can help you build effective solutions for your customers. These are offered to you at no cost as a member of the Microsoft Partner Network.

Role-based training for Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 365

Training for Business Decision Makers
Windows 8

Microsoft Office 365

Training for IT Professionals
Windows 8

Microsoft Office 365

Training for Developers
Windows 8

Microsoft Office 365

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles
Windows 8

Microsoft Office 365

Training for Training Roles
Windows 8

Microsoft Office 365
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