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Worldwide Partner Conference Awards: 2 April closing date
There are only a couple of days left to submit an entry to the Worldwide Partner Conference Awards. The closing date is 2nd April 2009. Through this awards programme, Microsoft recognises partners who have delivered exemplary solutions built on Microsoft technologies. The awards provide a unique opportunity...
30 Mar 2009
SBSC 2009 Logo now available for download
The SBSC UK Partner Qualified for 2009 logo is now available for download from the SBSC pages on the Partner Portal . Please ensure you are signed into the portal and click on the Community link in the left hand navigation. You will need to select the Resources tab to get access to the 2009 logo. Use...
2 Jan 2009
Subscribe to the UK SBSC Newsletter
Our statistics show that there are a large number of SBSC partners out there who are not subscribing to the UK SBSC newsletter. Are you one of them? You have to opt in to receive it so sign up now. Simply click here to sign up. The SBSC Newsletter provides a great overview of news that matters most to...
14 Jan 2009
Official Web Site for SBSC Partner Area Leads
The UK PALs site is a resource for SBSC Partners where you can see what the UK PALs are doing, links to Community resources, case studies of successful SBSC Partners in the UK and upcoming events. Why not check it out - Vijay's doing a great job of keeping it going so please support him and use the site...
4 Mar 2009
Partner Area Lead Nominations now open!
The SBSC UK Partner Area Lead (PAL) role for July 2009 - June 2010 is now open for nominations. This role runs for one year from July 2009 to June 2010. PALs are expected to be active participants in UK SBSC partner community activity. Here are the PAL "gives" and "gets": PAL “Gets”...
14 Apr 2009
WPC Awards Announced – SBSC Partner of the Year goes to…
Microsoft is proud to recognize the winners and finalists in the 2009 WPC (Worldwide Partner Conference) Awards Program. These partners have developed exemplary solutions for their customers during the past year, and demonstrated the ability to optimize their use of Microsoft technologies to meet...
3 Jul 2009
Introducing our new Partner Programme Videocasts
Microsoft have just launched a series of videocasts to kick start your knowledge of the Microsoft Partner Programme and to help you get the most value from your partnership. All videocasts are accessible on our brand new Partner Player — you simply pick the videos you want to watch, be that...
7 Nov 2008
Important: New Exams for Small Business Specialists
What’s New: New exams for Small Business Specialists are now available for Partners updating their skill set. Changes to the Small Business Specialist requirements are now available at the MSPP Portal: Small Business Specialist partners must employ or contract with at least one person by...
4 Feb 2009
Worldwide Partner Conference - Registration Open
Taking place from 13-16 July 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference provides the ideal forum to access the largest partner network in the world, make connections to spark new ideas and create partnerships to drive your business forward. Last year's conference attracted...
26 Mar 2009
New Microsoft Contact for SBSC
Hi All, My name is Alex Kureen and I am the new SBSC Marketing Manager at Microsoft UK. Kerry has now moved on from Microsoft, so all future blog posts will be coming from me. I’d love to hear your feedback about this blog and hear what kind of content you would like to see more, or less...
31 Oct 2011
SBSC Toolkit: April 2009 Edition
Here's some early visibility of what to expect in the Microsoft Action Pack special edition toolkit for SBSCs - April 2009: Product: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Workgroup Edition (version TBD) Workgroup Edition includes Virtual Machine Manager Management Server with software and management...
26 Feb 2009
Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year - Could it be you?
Each year at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Microsoft recognizes the best in partner innovation and contributions —from competency excellence to supporting nonprofit technology access. You can apply for awards that highlight your organization’s strengths for projects implemented...
27 Feb 2009
SBSC Toolkit Update for Gold / Certified Partners
Here's some information from our colleagues at Microsoft Corporate in the USA around why SBSC Gold and Certified partners did not receive any software in their SBSC Toolkit, shipped in October / November. The reason: Gold and Certified partners already have access to the software via the MSDN...
6 Feb 2009
Reminder - only a few days left to complete the SBSC Survey!
Last week we posted about an opportunity for you to participate in the Small Business Specialist Community online survey. This survey is designed to help showcase the Small Business Specialist Community as experts in the use of IT to save costs and improve productivity amid a down economy. Microsoft...
3 Feb 2009
Vijay Riyait: My Achievements as UK SBSC Partner Area Lead
We wanted to share a post from the FY09 UK PAL, Vijay Riyait, who recently published an article about his Achievements as UK SBSC Partner Area Lead . As you know, Vijay held the role of UK PAL for two years. His role has just come to an end – and here’s a short list of the many great things Vijay achieved...
16 Jul 2009
Important: SBSC Survey Deadline extended to 13th February
Our colleagues at Microsoft Corp in the USA have kindly extended out the deadline for the SBSC Survey to this Friday! If you have already completed the survey - a very big THANK YOU! The UK still needs more responses in order to have meaningful data to drive PR... If you haven't completed it please do...
10 Feb 2009
Vijay's perspective » Q3 SBSC PAL Conf Call
Vijay, one of the UK's SBSC PALs, joined the quarterly call with Microsoft Corporate this week and here's his update: Yesterday was the Q3 SBSC PAL Conf Call with Microsoft Corp and as I’ve been given the go ahead from Andrea Russell you can check out the Agenda and Presentation Slides on Slideshare...
27 Feb 2009
You have spoken... we are listening: First 6 Month Review of the SBSC in the UK
You have spoken... We are listening... As we enter a new calendar year, and approach a midyear check point in Microsoft’s financial year, now is as good a time as any to reflect on the Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) and what we have achieved in 2008. Over the past...
5 Jan 2009
1,000 FREE exam vouchers are available to Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Free exam vouchers are being made available to help you pass the latest Microsoft technology exams and Small Business Specialist certification exams. Take advantage of this offer now as it expires June 30, 2009. Be one of the first 1,000 partners to submit a request to email@example.com to get a...
8 May 2009
SBSC Toolkit - What's Coming?
Our Corporate team have recently updated me on what's coming in the November update of the SBSC Toolkit. It's theme is around Windows Essential Server Solutions (WESS). As part of the kit you will get: Windows Small Business Server 2008 STANDARD - Exchange Server 2007 Standard, Windows SharePoint...
20 Oct 2008
Introducing you new SBSC Partner Area Leads for 2009/2010
It is with great pleasure that I can announce the two *new* SBSC Partner Area Leads (PALs) for the UK - Andy Trish of NCI Technologies and Steve Wright of BMS Digital Solutions Ltd. The usual PAL term is 12 months and with this in mind, Andy and Steve's roles will commence in July 2009 (at WPC) and will...
19 May 2009
WPC09 Announces that the Microsoft Partner Programme is evolving…
Corporate Vice President Allison Watson kicked off the Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 on Monday, July 13, by launching the new Microsoft Partner Network! The Microsoft Partner Network is a community borne from our continued commitment to serve the needs of our partners and help them reach their full...
14 Jul 2009
Complete the Microsoft SBSC Survey
Microsoft would like to invite you to participate in the Small Business Specialist Community online survey. This survey is designed to help showcase the Small Business Specialist Community as experts in the use of IT to save costs and improve productivity amid a down economy. Microsoft values your participation...
29 Jan 2009
SBSC Programme Webcasts
There are now two webcasts available that address why you should join the Small Business Specialist Community and the business value and potential benefits of the SBSC competency. They are US driven but might be of interest to you: 5W/50 Series - Why should I Become and SBSC and what it takes to Become...
15 Dec 2008
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