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Top Stories

imageNew Server Releases Coming in Mid-October: Get Your Cloud OS Resources
With the release of R2 versions of Windows Server and System Center and an update to Windows Intune in mid-October, it’s a great time for partners to ensure they understand the Cloud OS vision that includes these products and the resources that can help you align your business to the opportunities.

Get Connected at a Microsoft Store for Partners Event Near You
Join the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) and Microsoft for a partner networking event at a Microsoft Store near you. You'll learn about the new Microsoft Stores for Partners program, meet the local Microsoft Store team, and have the opportunity to connect with your local IAMCP chapter.

Bringing the Power of Oracle Software to Microsoft Public and Private Clouds
On his In the Cloud blog, Microsoft VP for Cloud and Enterprise Engineering, Brad Anderson, talks about the partnership between Oracle and Microsoft to bring Oracle workloads to Microsoft clouds. Customers using Java, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle database will now have the flexibility to run that software on Windows Azure and Windows Hyper-V.

Windows Azure at Your Doorstep Roadshow: How to Sell Windows IaaS
Register for a one-day, in-person workshop for sales professionals and presales technical professionals focused on how to sell Windows Azure. You’ll learn about the Cloud OS vision that includes Windows Azure and how to talk to customers about it, get insight about how to monetize Windows Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), hear customer case studies about Azure implementations, and get hands-on experience.

imageCustomers Can Expand Their IT Budgets and Defray Implementation Costs with SMB Advantage
Customers who make qualifying Microsoft Open and Microsoft Online Services purchases between September 3 and November 30 can earn partner subsidy funds, and utilize them with their choice of eligible Microsoft partner to purchase additional Microsoft software or associated Services.

imageProject 2014 Conference Registration is Open
The Project 2014 Conference is in Anaheim, California, February 2-5. Join over 1,200 professionals in project management from different industries for this premier knowledge and networking event. Project Conference 2014 (PC14) offers a wide variety of presentations, labs, Q&A sessions, and networking events for attendees to build their project, program, and portfolio management skills. You'll hear directly from Microsoft speakers and industry experts about Microsoft Project and Project Online.

Resources

October Hot Sheet: Find and Register for Upcoming Training and Partner Calls    
October is shaping up to be a month that’s chock-full of great training opportunities. We’ve just added many in-person sales and technical trainings, as well as partner networking events at the Microsoft Stores, to the October issue of the Hot Sheet. Take a look at the Hot Sheet to find and register for the training that suits your business and role.

Join the Microsoft Experience Center Community—In-Person and Virtual Opportunities
The Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) lets partners deliver in-person, hands-on, day-in-the-life experiences to customers that showcase the Microsoft productivity platform and win over business professionals. MEC Demo is the virtual offering that’s available to all partners to create demos of Office 365, using that same concept of day-in-the-life experiences.

5 Ways to Get Started and Move Your SMB Practice to the Cloud
If you serve SMB customers, here are five resources that can help you get started with adding cloud offerings to your Microsoft practice and closing your first deals.

  1. Microsoft Office 365 on the MPN portal
  2. Sign up for MPN cloud benefits
  3. Associate to a Microsoft Cloud Distributor
  4. Watch the Cloud 1-2-3 webcast series (and join our Cloud 1-2-3 Yammer group)
  5. Office 365 licensing options for SMB customers

Training and Certification

Windows Azure Training Opportunities for Every Role in October and November
The momentum of Windows Azure is growing, and the partner opportunities are tremendous. Find out what those opportunities are and how your company can capitalize on them. Your team can increase Windows Azure knowledge and expertise with in-person, live virtual, and on-demand training.

 

imageCalendar Through October 11

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

October 1 – SMB Live: Get in the Cloud in Sunnyvale, California (See other cities and dates here)

October 1 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Newark, Delaware (See other cities and dates here)

October 1 – IT Camp: Windows Azure in Tampa, Florida

October 1 – IT Camp: Windows Azure in Iselin, New Jersey

October 1 – IT Camp: Windows Azure in Downers Grove, Illinois

October 1 – IT Camp: Windows Azure in Southfield, Michigan  

October 1 – Windows Azure Developer Camp: Make It Happen in the Cloud in Malvern, Pennsylvania

October 2 – SMB Live: Get in the Cloud in Denver, Colorado (See other cities and dates here)

October 2 – Chalk Talk: Windows Azure Mobile Services

October 2 – Operation Azure: Infrastructure as a Service Webcast #1

October 2 – IT Camp: Windows Azure in Omaha, Nebraska

October 2 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Scottsdale, Arizona (See other cities and dates here)

October 2 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Austin, Texas (See other cities and dates here)

October 2 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Indianapolis, Indiana (See other cities and dates here)

October 3 – Cloud 1-2-3 Webcast: Expert Tips to Upsell Your Existing Office 365 Customers (See the series listing here

October 3 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Palo Alto, California (See other cities and dates here)

October 3 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Costa Mesa, California (See other cities and dates here)

October 3 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Beachwood, Ohio (See other cities and dates here)

October 3 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Overland Park, Kansas (See other cities and dates here)

October 3 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Tysons Corner, Virginia (See other cities and dates here)

October 4 – SMB Live: Get in the Cloud in San Francisco, California (See other cities and dates here)

October 7–9 – Partner Practice Enablement: Datacenter Boot Camp

October 8 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in San Francisco, California (See other cities and dates here)

October 9 – Operation Azure: Infrastructure as a Service Webcast #2

October 9 – October Security Bulletin Webcast

October 9 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Seattle, Washington (See other cities and dates here)

October 9 – How to Plug into the Microsoft Machine

October 9 – Office 365 Drumbeat Sales Day in Redmond, Washington 

October 10 – Cloud 1-2-3 Webcast: Tech Dive into Office 365 Voice Options with Lync

October 10 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Orlando, Florida (See other cities and dates here)

October 10 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Salem, New Hampshire (See other cities and dates here)

October 11 – SMB Partner Call for East Region

Featured Video

Watch this video from the WPC 2013 Day 1 Vision Keynote, featuring Satya Nadella, President of the Microsoft Server and Tools Business talking about our platform, infrastructure, and applications products, and the opportunities for partners.

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