Here are all of the training opportunities featured in this week’s Learning Curve newsletter. For your customized (and yes, trimmed-down) version, check your inbox. The sections included are:

  • Partner Mailbox
  • Top Attended Partner Trainings: March
  • Cloud Spotlight
  • Microsoft Learning Plan Tool Website
  • In-Person Training Events
  • Competency Training & Updates
  • Partner Promotions & Incentives

PARTNER MAILBOX

Submit your question for the next edition of Partner Mailbox. If yours is selected to be featured, you'll win a great prize!*
As seen on Partner Mailbox:

Windows Intune Sales Readiness
Windows Intune Technical Readiness
Windows Intune Cloud Services Sweepstakes


Simplify the way your customers manage and secure their PCs with Windows Intune. Take our online training courses, and you'll be entered to win a small business office.

 

TOP ATTENDED PARTNER TRAININGS: MARCH


How to License Microsoft Virtual Desktop Technology


Deciphering Windows Server Licensing with a Focus on Server Virtualization


Getting to Microsoft Office 365


Partner Solutions Built on Microsoft Lync


Cloud Services (Part 7): Anatomy of an Azure Deal

 

CLOUD SPOTLIGHT

March Cloud Training Picks


Selling Microsoft Online Services Against Google


Windows Intune Is Here—Launch Training


Updated Partner Cloud Services Training

 

MICROSOFT LEARNING PLAN TOOL WEBSITE

Visit the Microsoft Learning Plan Tool website.

New Learning Plans:


Office 365 Technical Training

Business Intelligence Industry Sales Scenarios - Healthcare, Finance, and Retail

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack App-V and Med-V Demo and Lab Training

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal

 

IN-PERSON TRAINING EVENTS


Deliver and Manage a Microsoft Private Cloud Solution
New York, NY; Dallas, TX; Marietta, GA; Chicago, IL; Bellevue, WA; Mason, OH; Falls Church, VA; Irvine, TX; Tampa, FL; and San Francisco, CA
This five-day training is for partners with extensive Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager experience. You'll gain a deeper understanding of how to implement the Microsoft System Center technologies in a dynamic data center.

 

COMPETENCY TRAINING & UPDATES
Given your organization's aptitude in the following competencies, you may be interested in the following free, online, on-demand courses:


Software Development Competency 


Windows Azure Platform: Tribal Knowledge


Windows Azure Platform: Fabric Internals


Building Java Applications with Windows Azure


AppFabric: Access Control Service (Part 1)


Windows IT Cost Savings: How Windows 7 Helps You Reduce Costs (TCO)

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-561: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Application Development
Software Development Competency Exam Requirements: Silver


Identify and Qualify Windows Azure Platform Quick Win Opportunities


Understanding the Windows Azure Platform Pricing and Licensing Models


Understanding Windows Azure Platform Security Features


Driving Demand for Your Cloud Offering


Windows IT Cost Savings: How Windows 7 Helps You Reduce Costs (TCO)

 

Virtualization Competency


Virtualization 360: Understanding Virtualization—Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V Server Virtualization Capabilities


Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2: Advanced Tips and Tricks (Part 2)


TechNet Webcast: Optimize Windows 7 with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack


Windows Azure Platform: Optimizing for Cost

Featured Exam: Exam 70-403: TS: System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Configuring
Virtualization Competency Exam Requirements: Silver
Virtualization Competency Exam Requirements: Gold


Why Partners Should Add a Microsoft Virtualization Practice: Partner Profitability Discussion


Partnercast: Microsoft System Center Management for Virtualization


Windows 7 and Next-Generation Desktop Strategy: The Windows Optimized Desktop


Selling SQL Server in a Virtualized Environment

Featured Exam: Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation: Virtualization

OEM Hardware Competency


Using Windows 7 Imaging Deployment Migration and VHD Boot Configuration Tools


TechNet Webcast: Accelerating Windows 7 Migration with Citrix and Desktop Virtualization


Windows Server 2008 R2: New Imaging, Deployment, and Migration Tools


Managing Enterprise Desktops Using the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying
OEM Hardware Competency Exam Requirements: Silver
OEM Hardware Competency Exam Requirements: Gold


Windows Server 2008 R2—Better Together with Windows 7: Achieving a Larger ROI


Virtualization 360: Microsoft Virtualization Strategy, Products, and Solutions for the New Economy


Server Modernization with Windows Server 2008 R2


Windows 7 and Next-Generation Desktop Strategy: The Windows Optimized Desktop

 

Volume Licensing Competency


Intermediate Select Plus Licensing


Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (Level 300): Licensing Training


Volume Licensing: Selling Software Assurance to Small and Medium Businesses


Volume Licensing Foundations: Overview of Microsoft Open Value Subscription

Featured Exam: MPN Licensing Assessment
Volume Licensing Competency Exam Requirements: Silver
Volume Licensing Competency Exam Requirements: Gold


Intermediate Select Plus Licensing


Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (Level 300): Licensing Training


Volume Licensing: Selling Software Assurance to Small and Medium Businesses


Volume Licensing Foundations: Overview of Microsoft Open Value Subscription

Featured Exam: MPN Licensing Assessment
Volume Licensing Competency Exam Requirements: Silver
Volume Licensing Competency Exam Requirements: Gold

Midmarket Solution Provider Competency


Partnercast: Security in Office 2010—Technical Overview


TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 R2 Technical Overview (Part 1 of 2)


TechNet Webcast: Deploying and Upgrading to System Center Configuration Manager (Part 1 of 2)


Exchange Server 2010 Setup, Deployment, and Server Role Configuration


Building Rich, Dynamic Websites with SharePoint 2010


Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Technical Overview


Microsoft Virtual Lab: PowerPivot for Excel 2010 Introduction

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-649: TS: Upgrading Your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist
Midmarket Solution Provider Competency Exam Requirements: Silver
Midmarket Solution Provider Competency Exam Requirements: Gold


Winning Against the Competition with Office 2010


Introducing ECI: The Best Way to Sell Microsoft Core Infrastructure Products


Partnercast: Driving System Center Attach


Business Insights Webcast: Lowering the Cost of Your Email System with Exchange Server 2010 SP1


SharePoint 2010 Digital Marketing: Partner Opportunity


Business Ready Security Solution Series, No. 6: Help Customers Find and Protect Their Data!


Selling SQL Server Enterprise in Small and Midsize Businesses

Featured Exam: MPN Sales Assessment: Midmarket Solution Provider

Customer Relationship Management Competency


Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Application New Features (Part 1 of 2): Partner Technical Services Product Release Training


Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Email Router—New Features: Partner Technical Services Product Release Training


Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Mobile Express New Features: Partner Technical Services Product Release Training


Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Reporting and Data Visualization—New Features: Partner Technical Services Product Release Training

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam MB2-632: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Customization and Configuration
Competency Requirements: Microsoft Dynamics CRM: MPN Requirements


Selling the Business Value of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011


Selling Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Online for Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partners


Selling Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 for Microsoft Office 365 Partners


Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online: Pricing and Licensing

Featured Exam: Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation: CRM

Digital Marketing Competency


Security in SharePoint 2010: How Do I—Use the New SharePoint 2010 Security Model (Part 1)


IT Pro Management in SharePoint 2010: Managing SharePoint 2010 Customizations for the IT Pro (Part 1)


Upgrading to SharePoint 2010: How Do I—SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Overview (Part 1)


Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010: How Do I—Search Capabilities and Features in SharePoint 2010 (Part 1)

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-630: TS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring


Selling SharePoint 2010 in the Enterprise


Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Sites: A Single Infrastructure for All Your Business Websites


Demonstrating the Value of Search-Driven Applications with Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010


SharePoint 2010 Digital Marketing: Partner Opportunity

 

Identity and Security Competency


Introduction to Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010


Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Technical Overview


TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0—Technical Overview (Level 200)


Introduction to Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010

Featured Exam: Exam 70-557: TS: Microsoft Forefront Client and Server, Configuration
Identity and Security Competency Exam Requirements: Silver
Identity and Security Competency Exam Requirements: Gold

Business Ready Security Solution Series, No. 4: Help Customers Securely Collaborate with Partners and Employees


IDA75PAL: Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Pricing and Licensing Overview


Identity and Access Management—Tools and Demos to Sell the Solution


How To Successfully Demonstrate Microsoft BRS Secure Messaging Solution

Featured Exam: MPN Sales Assessment: Identity and Security
Featured Exam: Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation: Identity and Security

Software Development Competency 


Windows Azure Platform: Tribal Knowledge


Windows Azure Platform: Fabric Internals


Building Java Applications with Windows Azure


AppFabric: Access Control Service (Part 1)


Windows IT Cost Savings: How Windows 7 Helps You Reduce Costs (TCO)

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-561: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Application Development
Software Development Competency Exam Requirements: Silver


Identify and Qualify Windows Azure Platform Quick Win Opportunities


Understanding the Windows Azure Platform Pricing and Licensing Models


Understanding Windows Azure Platform Security Features


Driving Demand for Your Cloud Offering


Windows IT Cost Savings: How Windows 7 Helps You Reduce Costs (TCO)

Midmarket Solution Provider Competency


Partnercast: Security in Office 2010—Technical Overview


TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 R2 Technical Overview (Part 1 of 2)


TechNet Webcast: Deploying and Upgrading to System Center Configuration Manager (Part 1 of 2)


Exchange Server 2010 Setup, Deployment, and Server Role Configuration


Building Rich, Dynamic Websites with SharePoint 2010
Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Technical Overview


Microsoft Virtual Lab: PowerPivot for Excel 2010 Introduction

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-649: TS: Upgrading Your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist

Midmarket Solution Provider Competency Exam Requirements: Silver
Midmarket Solution Provider Competency Exam Requirements: Gold


Winning Against the Competition with Office 2010


Introducing ECI: The Best Way to Sell Microsoft Core Infrastructure Products


Partnercast: Driving System Center Attach

Business Insights Webcast: Lowering the Cost of Your Email System with Exchange Server 2010 SP1


SharePoint 2010 Digital Marketing: Partner Opportunity


Business Ready Security Solution Series, No. 6: Help Customers Find and Protect Their Data!

Selling SQL Server Enterprise in Small and Midsize Businesses

Featured Exam: MPN Sales Assessment: Midmarket Solution Provider

Digital Marketing Competency

Security in SharePoint 2010: How Do I—Use the New SharePoint 2010 Security Model (Part 1)

IT Pro Management in SharePoint 2010: Managing SharePoint 2010 Customizations for the IT Pro (Part 1)

Upgrading to SharePoint 2010: How Do I—SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Overview (Part 1)

Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010: How Do I—Search Capabilities and Features in SharePoint 2010 (Part 1)

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-630: TS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring
 

Selling SharePoint 2010 in the Enterprise


Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Sites: A Single Infrastructure for All Your Business Websites

Demonstrating the Value of Search-Driven Applications with Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010

SharePoint 2010 Digital Marketing: Partner Opportunity

 


PARTNER PROMOTIONS & INCENTIVES

Back to Basics Sweepstakes
Learn how you can make more money on your Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Lync 2010 deals with these online sales courses. Get Back to Basics and we'll enter you to win an American Express gift card.

Spring Training: Selling Windows Server 2008 R2 Sweepstakes
Take these partnercasts on selling Windows Server 2008 R2, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Home Depot gift card or one of five Flip video cameras.


Build Better IT Service Management Sweepstakes
Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 will help you bring best practices to your customers' IT service management. Take our online training classes and not only will you learn how to install, maintain, extend, and troubleshoot System Center Service Manager 2010, but we'll give you a chance to add some travel to your summer plans.


Digital Marketing with SharePoint 2010 Sweepstakes
Let Microsoft SharePoint 2010 help you drive more sales and more value for your customers with a digital marketing solution. Build your skills with our sales and technical courses and earn an entry to win a trip to WPC 2011 in Los Angeles.


Business Insights with SQL Server 2008 R2 Sweepstakes
Help your customers stay productive and profitable with the new business insights capabilities of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. Learn how you can help your customers reap the full benefits of business intelligence, no matter what their size, and we'll enter you to win a trip to WPC this summer.


Solutions Incentive Program (SIP) Training Videos
Watch these videos to learn more about the Solutions Incentive Program, a program designed to reward U.S. partners for the identification and development of new opportunities for specific Microsoft solutions that result in a closed transaction.