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Top Stories

Partner Guide to Cloud OS Resources
imageOur new Partner Guide to Cloud OS Resources provides you with links to the information and resources you need to understand the Microsoft Cloud OS vision and opportunity; prepare for the new releases of Windows Server, System Center, and Windows Intune coming next month; and engage with Microsoft.

New Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses Exam Now Available
Exam 74-325, a refresh of exam 74-324, is now available. This exam is an optional requirement for the Small Business competency. A new, on-demand Jump Start that can help you prepare for this exam is on Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Drumbeat Sales Training for Office 365
Register to attend one of three full-day sales training sessions for Office 365. Intended for sales and presales technical roles, the agenda includes best practices, programs, and sales tools, plus insights into the cloud services market and the opportunity for partners that invest in an Office 365 practice.

SMB Live: Get in the Cloud Events Start September 23
SMB Live: Get in the Cloud is a multi-city tour for Microsoft partners who serve SMB customers in the United States. At these events, you’ll get expert guidance from Microsoft about the fundamentals needed to build a successful cloud practice, learn how to make money selling Microsoft Office 365, understand the licensing models, and hear best practices from partners who have succeeded in the cloud. Space is limited, so register today for the event nearest you.

Three New Marketing Campaigns Help Your SMB Customers Stay Ahead of the Game
Microsoft server and cloud products can help you build and deliver solutions that delight your SMB customers and increase your margins. The Ahead of the Game campaigns address three distinct workloads and partner opportunities: Be Lean and Stay Lean is a server consolidation and virtualization campaign; Business Anywhere lets you help SMBs increase productivity for remote and mobile employees; Tap Your Data Goldmine improves data accessibility and increase shared insights and collaboration.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for September 2013
The September 2013 security updates cover Internet Explorer, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software, and Windows. You can watch the September webcast on demand, and register for the next webcast on October 9. The next security bulletin release is on Tuesday, October 8.

Resources

DisclosureGuide_contentsMicrosoft Partner Network Disclosure Guide
Released in July, this guide provides you with a comprehensive look at Microsoft Partner Network program requirements, benefits, and incentives, plus explains changes coming this year for competencies, Cloud Partner programs, the Microsoft Action Pack, and more.

Get Help with Your MPN Membership Questions
The Microsoft Partner Support Community offers connection to experts and no-cost support for your product, developer, presales, and Microsoft Partner Network membership questions. Select the forum that best meets your needs, like Partner membership, Channel incentives, Online services and cloud, Windows Phone, and others. You can request private communication with a Microsoft expert within any forum.

MPN 101 Presentation
If you're looking for a guided overview of your MPN membership options, flip through the MPN 101 presentation. You'll find descriptions of these options as they are today and what changes to expect in the next year. Links included in this deck provide a deeper look at each topic. For access, join our US Partner Community on Yammer.

Marketing Services Bureau Offers for Microsoft Dynamics Partners (on PartnerSource)
Accelerate your marketing with offers from the Marketing Services Bureau. Whether you need a customer list, consulting services, social media solutions, or want to implement an end-to-end marketing campaign, our list of vendors can help. This month’s special offers include an e-book In-a-Box offer, a significant discount on a researcher package, and a SEO review recording.

Training and Certification

HotSheetCalendarSeptember Hot Sheet: Find and Register for Upcoming Training and Partner Calls
The Hot Sheet is a frequently updated schedule of live virtual and in-person training and informational calls that are coming in the next few weeks. Subscribe to the US Partner Learning blog to receive the Hot Sheet as soon as it's published each month. Look for the October Hot Sheet the week of September 16.

IT Pros: Ignite Summit in Washington, DC, November 5–7
Register to attend this three-day workshop for deep technical training on productivity workloads, delivered by Microsoft product experts. The Ignite Summit will feature over 70 breakout session titles in tracks that cover Office, Office 365, Developer, Exchange, Project, SharePoint, Visio/Visio Services, and Yammer.

Fall Into Savings on Microsoft Competency Exam Packs
With new releases of popular Microsoft products such as Windows, Windows Server, Visual Studio, SharePoint, and Exchange, and new competency requirements taking effect in January 2014, now is the time for IT pros and developers to get certified on current versions. MPN members save 50% on packs of 20 vouchers, and 40% on packs of 5 vouchers. Offer ends December 31.

Practice Accelerator for Data Center Infrastructure and Management
Take Practice Accelerator for Data Center Infrastructure and Management to learn how you can provide resilient, centralized IT infrastructure to customers and create the foundation for private cloud solutions. Focusing on Windows Server and Microsoft System Center, this Practice Accelerator can help you prepare to offer infrastructure that can host advanced workloads.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Technical Training On Demand
Watch these on-demand webcasts for a comprehensive technical overview of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013. Recommended roles for these webcasts are application consultants, presales consultants, and developers.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Sales Training On Demand
Watch these on-demand webcasts for a comprehensive sales and marketing overview of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013. Recommended roles for these webcasts are sales management and professionals and marketing management and professionals.

imageCalendar Through September 27

This list is a sampling of upcoming partner calls, training, and events for the next two weeks. Refer to the September Hot Sheet for a comprehensive list for the next several weeks that’s frequently updated, and look for the October Hot Sheet the week of September 16.

September 16 – Bridge the Talent Gap: Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012

September 16 – Bridge the Talent Gap: Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012

September 18 – Windows Azure ISV Partner Community Call

September 19 – Cloud 1-2-3 Webcast: Office 365 Deployment Migration and Management Best Practices

September 20 – Chalk Talk: SharePoint Server (Wave 15)

September 20 – Central Region SMB partner call

September 20 – West Region SMB partner call

September 23 – SMB Live: Get in the Cloud in Boston, Massachusetts

September 24 – Selling to Education in the New World of Devices and Services

September 24 – Microsoft Dynamics Hour Call with MBS Operations (on PartnerSource)

September 26 – Cloud 1-2-3 Webcast: Tech Dive Into the Office 365 Migration Tool, Directory Sync and the Office Deployment Tool

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