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15 additional SBS CALs for SBSC partners only
Just received word that the exclusive SBSC Toolkit shipping with the October Action Pack will include 15 additional CALs for SBS & EBS. Nice. The kits will be at the Microsoft post office from October 24th & so should be with you a few weeks after that. So along with all the other fun stuff ...
22 Oct 2008
Online technical support for Action Pack subscribers
Not sure how many partners in Australia use this complimentary online technical support service but it could be worth a look. Not the be all to end all of technical support, but another tool in your armoury. Open to MAPS subscribers only, questions will be answered by the folks at Microsoft support with...
12 Oct 2008
SBSC feedback - what is Microsoft doing?
As promised when summarising the feedback from the last series of SBSC roundtables (apologies for the delay), we would like to share our response to the questions & concerns that were raised. You can download the document here that shows the issue, context & Microsoft Australia's thoughts &...
24 Sep 2008
Media coverage for BCA - SBSC partner of the year
Great to see some media coverage coming through for SBS MVP Stu Applegate & the team at Business Computing Australia , Microsoft's SBSC Partner of the year . Check it out in the weekend's Courier Mail . Robbie
21 Sep 2008
SBSC Partner of the Year finalists announced
And the nominations for 2008 Small Business Specialist of the Year are: Business Computing Australia Calvert Technologies Comcity Technology Evolve IT Australia We had a record number of entries this year with consistently high quality, so even being named as a finalist is a grand achievement. The winner...
30 Jul 2008
Microsoft Australian Partner Conference awards - get your entries in now.
The Australian Partner Conferences awards are now open for submission & so drop everything and get your entry in before June 16th. See here for all the details: https://partner.microsoft.com/Australia/40043064 Though the conference this year is only open to Gold & Certified partners, all members...
18 May 2008
Microsoft SMB customer profiling: a follow-up
Just a quick heads-up on this on behalf of the SMB customer team: The Microsoft SMB team are today sending a direct mail piece to a sample group of companies in the 5 to 49 PC segment. This mailing is simply a follow up to the piece we sent to the same companies in February this year. Click here for...
15 May 2008
What can we be doing better?
May is a travel month for me & within the space of two weeks I'll be heading to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & various events around Sydney. I'll mostly be visiting SBSC & other partners as a way to get a better understanding of three key points: What is Microsoft doing well to help you...
4 May 2008
SBSC roundtable - we want/need your feedback
We're holding a series of Small Business Specialist (SBSC) roundtables in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney & would love (and need) your feedback on the good, bad & the ugly. Feedback on the program itself, feedback on Open licensing vs OEM, feedback on SBS 2008, feedback on where you see the...
2 May 2008
SBSC - "We've got a guy" campaign launch
Launching this week - a long-awaited local campaign to help drive customer awareness & understanding on the value of SBSCs. The "We've got a guy" promotion will be featured in newsletters & across different Microsoft sites as a way to get more small business customers thinking about...
13 Apr 2008
Hosted SBS: a partner's perspective
Excellent post from a Canadian SBSC on how they offer Hosted SBS solutions. As mentioned in the Small Business Partner breakout sessions at our Wave launch roadshow, hosting or SPLA licensing (SPLA = service provide license agreement) is by far the fastest growing part of our SBS business (closely followed...
25 Mar 2008
Here goes nothing
And so it come to pass that after 7 years, 7 months & nearly 7 days at Microsoft, I've finally got around to publishing a blog. What follows will be my own thoughts, perceptions, comments & updates on all manner of things connected to the Microsoft SBS and Windows Essential Business Server...
4 Feb 2008
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