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U.S. partner news for Friday, November 2, 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 email 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 (Announcements)
  • Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM recommendations (some links require PartnerSource access; details)
  • Training resources
  • Role-based training for the new Office and Windows Server 2012

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

Local recommendations

Visit your local team online: East Region, Central Region, West Region

Announcements

Offer Your Customers a Taste of Windows Intune
Taste Test is an extended trial offer that partners enrolled in Cloud Essentials or Cloud Accelerate can extend to customers. Sign in to the Microsoft Cloud Partner website and click "Benefits" to access this offer. For assistance, contact the Regional Service Center.

Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals
The features that IT pros loved about Windows 7 are still there in Windows 8—just better. The same keyboard shortcuts, management tools, security features, and deployment options are available in Windows 8. But in many cases, Windows 8 improves them in intuitive and significant ways. Download the e-book preview to learn about these enhancements, plus other new Windows 8 features.

November 9: Have a Brilliant Windows 8 App Idea? We'll Help You Code It
Gen Appathon is a free hackathon—the perfect chance to build your dream app, or put the finishing touches on that app you've already started. You'll get one-on-one support from Microsoft and community experts who can guide you at every step of the way. Don't miss this full day of coding, food, prizes, and hands-on consultation.

Use the Gear Up Sales Advisor to Prepare Your Customer Conversations About Windows 8
Use this single-page guide from Gear Up to talk to your customers about key product features, respond to common objections, and inform them about licensing options.

Prepare for the Microsoft Security Bulletin for November 2012
As part of our usual cycle of updates, the next security bulletin release is scheduled for November 13. On the Security TechCenter, you can catch up on the October release, register for the November security bulletin webcast on November 14, sign up for notifications, and more.

Windows 8 Marketing Resources are Now Available Through Ready-to-Go Marketing
Over 200 million PCs remain on Windows XP. Help your customers migrate to a modern operating system. Use the Windows 8 Modern Tools for Business campaign materials, including the Partner Readiness Kit, to train your team, host events, and talk to your customers about the value and benefits of Windows 8 to their business.

New! Step Up to Windows 8 Promo
Through January 31, 2013, you can offer a 40% discount on Open upgrade licenses with Software Assurance (Open License or Open Value Programs) and a 15% discount on Open upgrade licenses. Price promotions are valid on purchases of up to 150 licenses.

Partner of Record Functionality Now Part of the Microsoft Office 365 Web Syndication
Ready-to-Go Marketing Web Syndication is a free service that helps you dynamically deliver compelling customer-facing content on your own website. Use the Partner of Record tracking within the Microsoft Office 365 syndication to help drive your trials through to purchase.

Sign the Technology Policy Agenda in Support of IT Innovation and Business Growth
The election is just days away, but there's still time to add your name to the Voices for Innovation 2013 Technology Policy Agenda. It's an easy and important way to show your support for IT innovation and growth in public policies.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Delivers a Reimagined User Experience
The next service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will be released in December 2012. This update reimagines the way sales, customer service, and marketing professionals work with CRM, and steps forward in social collaboration, browser and device support, and marketing. Read more about the new capabilities in this service update by downloading the release preview guide.

Eight Ways to Get Your Customers Motivated for Convergence 2013
Convergence is the number one business-building event of the year for many Microsoft Dynamics partners, but nothing else happens until your customers are registered and ready to go. Here are eight ideas for getting your team and your customers excited about going to Convergence in March.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner Launch Portal
This portal is the place for you to come to find the latest news and information for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. You'll find the latest collateral, technical resources, tools, and training materials, to make the agile release cadence of Microsoft Dynamics CRM seamless.

Enhanced Microsoft Dynamics Existing Customer Marketing Content Online
We have redesigned the Existing Customer page on PartnerSource to improve your experience. Gain quick and easy access to webcasts scheduled, partner programs resources, offers for Microsoft Dynamics ERP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and communications to customers.

Buy Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, Get 20% off Sales Offer
Connect with your customers about making their Microsoft Dynamics GP buying decision today with this offer. Through November 30, new customers can purchase the Foundation Pack and Users for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 for up to 20% off Microsoft's standard list price. Terms and conditions.

New Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Ordering Information Page
On this new page, you'll learn more about ordering and the new perpetual licensing model so you can start placing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 orders right away. For deeper training, take advantage of the recorded sessions from the October Dynamics Hour, which covered the Microsoft Dynamics 2013 launch, pricing, licensing, and ordering in detail.

Training resources

Plan Your November Training with the U.S. Partner Hot Sheet
The U.S. Partner Training Hot Sheet is an online list of upcoming live in-person and virtual events to help your team plan their training schedules ahead of time. The Hot Sheet is now published about two weeks prior to the start of each month. Look for December's schedule soon and subscribe to the U.S. Partner Training blog to get the latest posts delivered to your email inbox.

Accelerate Your Business Intelligence Deployments
Build an end-to-end Business Intelligence solution that includes on-premises and cloud capabilities using Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. You can learn best practices in selecting, deploying, and scaling BI solutions based on Microsoft technologies.

Save Up to 40% on an Exam Competency Pack and Get a Free Second Shot
Prepare for your next membership renewal by meeting the latest Microsoft competency exam requirements. The Exam Competency Pack offer saves you up to 40% on the cost of certification exams, plus offers an exam retake if needed.

Free HTML 5 Online Course and Exam Voucher
Get started on meeting one of the requirements for the Digital Marketing, Mobility, or Application Development competency. Earn the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MSCD) certification to start developing Windows 8 web and Windows store apps. Take the "Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3" online course at no cost and receive a voucher to take Exam 70-480, also at no cost. This is a limited-time offer—available through March 31, 2013, while supplies last.

MCSE Exams for Windows Server 2012
Four new Microsoft certification exams have been released to help you become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) in Server Infrastructure or Desktop Infrastructure. Preparation courses are coming soon.

November 5 in Washington, DC: Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Boot Camp
Accelerate your cloud business with the latest information and guidance from Microsoft. Join Microsoft experts to learn to fast-track your sales and profits using the latest product roadmaps, offers, customer campaigns, and shared best practices.

November 7 and November 13 Webcast: Building on Your SCCM Practice with Windows Intune
With the latest release of Windows Intune, you can manage all devices—from PCs to tablets and phones—through a "single pane of glass" from the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) console.

November 7 in Boston: Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Boot Camp
Accelerate your cloud sales with the latest information and guidance from Microsoft. Join Microsoft experts to learn how to fast-track your sales and profits using the latest product roadmaps, offers, customer campaigns, and shared best practices.

November 8 Webcast: Managing Modern Devices with Windows Intune
Learn about the latest release of Windows Intune, why it is important for you and your customers, and how it fits into your Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 365 value proposition to customers.

November 8 Webcast: Learn How to Demo Microsoft Lync Online and Multiply Your Cloud Sales
In this technical overview, experts will explain the capabilities of Microsoft Lync Online, including how to demo it, configure it for your customers, and overcome objections to close deals. You'll walk away with an understanding of the partner-ready tools and resources available to you, plus a checklist that will help you expand your practice.

November 9 in Rochester: Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Boot Camp
Accelerate your cloud sales with the latest information and guidance from Microsoft. Join Microsoft experts to learn how to fast-track your sales and profits using the latest product roadmaps, offers, customer campaigns, and shared best practices.

November 9 Webcast: Windows Intune Licensing Attach Overview for Large Organizations
Learn about the latest Windows Intune licensing and SKUs information in this sales-oriented session. Windows Intune now has an attractive add-on option to Core CAL bringing key functionality for customers looking to manage mobile devices, including Windows RT and Windows Phone 8.

November 13–16 in Cincinnati: Windows Server 2012 Technical Ignite Boot Camp
Attend this intensive training event to prepare for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-417, one of the requirements to attain your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows Server 2012.

November 15 in Seattle: Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Boot Camp
Accelerate your cloud sales with the latest information and guidance from Microsoft. Join Microsoft experts to learn how to fast-track your sales and profits using the latest product roadmaps, offers, customer campaigns, and shared best practices.

November 15 Webcast: Uncover Your Opportunities with Microsoft SharePoint Online
In this technical overview, experts will explain the out-of-the-box value of Microsoft SharePoint Online, and how to demo these simple customizations for your customers. You'll walk away with an understanding of the partner-ready tools and resources available to you, including information about the current offers and incentives that can help you close more sales.

November 27–30 in Minneapolis: Windows Server 2012 Technical Ignite Boot Camp
Attend this intensive training event to prepare for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-417, one of the requirements to attain your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows Server 2012.

November 27–30 in San Francisco: Windows Server 2012 Technical Ignite Boot Camp
Attend this intensive training event to prepare for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-417, one of the requirements to attain your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft Dynamics training

Quickly Prepare for Microsoft Dynamics AX Certifications with Fast TrAX
Come to the Microsoft office in Fargo, North Dakota for 18 days of intensive training based on the core fundamentals of Microsoft Dynamics AX. You will get training for certification based on real-world examples that reinforce learning. Plan ahead and register for sessions in January or April.

November 6 Webcast: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Roadmap Overview
This overview covers the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Roadmap, providing both the short-term and long-term visions. You will hear specifics and guidance about the next two releases of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, including Polaris key features, the direction for Orion, plus information about new and existing tools and resources.

November 8 Webcast: Use the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace to Identify New Prospects
The Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace has more than 21,000 visitors each month—business customers who may be looking for your Microsoft Dynamics solution to their IT needs. Attend our webcast to learn how you can take best advantage of this benefit of Microsoft Partner Network membership.

November 12–16 Webcast: Microsoft Solution Selling Virtual Workshop
Presales and sales professionals, use this online opportunity to prepare for the Microsoft Partner Network Sales and Presales technical accreditation tests; learn what you need to do to qualify; see how to close more opportunities faster; and differentiate yourself from the competition.

November 13 in Chicago: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Partner Presales Roadshow
Geared toward presales and sales resources, this roadshow introduces and explains the new technologies, features, and benefits of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 to help your team drive the sales cycle.

December 3 in Tempe, AZ: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Partner Presales Roadshow
Geared toward presales and sales resources, this roadshow introduces and explains the new technologies, features, and benefits of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 to help your team drive the sales cycle.

December 4 in Chicago: Streamline your Microsoft Dynamics GP Demo with the Velocity Workshop
The Microsoft Dynamics GP Volume Velocity Workshop is a one-day course that will teach sales and presales consultants in your organization to market and sell more effectively in today's web-enhanced selling environment.

December 5 in Salt Lake City: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Partner Presales Roadshow
Geared toward presales and sales resources, this roadshow introduces and explains the new technologies, features, and benefits of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 to help your team drive the sales cycle.

Prepare for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Certifications with Fast Tracks Enterprise Academy
This two-week intensive training based on the core fundamental of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 offers two tracks: Functional and Developer. These classes are targeted at net new professionals within Microsoft Dynamics partner organizations.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Virtual Industry Classes
Take your industry knowledge to the next level with Microsoft Dynamics AX Industry training. These remotely delivered courses are designed to accelerate your capacity and capability to successfully deliver Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Upgrade Workshop for Consultants and Developers
In this technical workshop, you will learn how to upgrade an existing Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The workshop will focus on upgrading code elements and the data dictionary for customizations, with special emphasis on the major changes introduced with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 data model.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Enterprise Academy Level 300 Workshops
These workshops consist of up to five days of in-person training for IT professionals, presales technical resources, and developers. They are designed as in-depth interactive sessions that focus on how to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and address specific customer business needs.

Role-based training for the new Office and Windows Server 2012

Training for Business Decision Makers

The New Office

Windows Server 2012

Training for IT Professionals
The New Office

Windows Server 2012

Training for Developers
The New Office

Windows Server 2012

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles
The New Office

Windows Server 2012

Training for Training Roles
The New Office

Windows Server 2012

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  • Thank you...Diane...there are many good resources here.

  • good post

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