imageWe wanted to remind you about the training recommendations sent to you in last Friday’s partner newsletter, including quick picks for Windows 7 and Lync.

As stated in the newsletter, you can find training opportunities and recommendations anytime on the U.S. Partner Learning blog, Learning Plan Tool website, and the Local Activities Section of the Training and Events page on the U.S. partner portal.

New On-Demand Courses and Prizes in the Partner Training Sweepstakes
Take any of our featured trainings in January, and you will be entered to win a Flip Ultra camcorder or a gift card. January's products and technologies include Server Virtualization, MDOP, Exchange Server 2010, and Windows Azure. Eligible courses are offered at no cost, and you'll earn a prize entry for each sales or technical course you attend. Sweepstakes ends June 30, 2012. Official rules.

Use Your Advisory Hours Benefit to Build Deep Technical Skills for Microsoft Lync 2010
Use your partner advisory hours to participate in Microsoft Lync 2010 Momentum Workshops and the Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Lync Server 2012 Enterprise Voice. Deepening your company's technical knowledge can help you stay ahead of the competition and deliver excellent unified communications solutions to your customers.

Build Your Product Knowledge
Our Technical Enablement Services give you the technical know-how you need to succeed in the marketplace. Browse our complete Offerings Catalog, or view our calendar of upcoming Power Start Workshops, Momentum Workshops, and Practice Accelerators.

January 25 in Boston, MA: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Sales Training
This half-day Microsoft Application Platform University training provides a strategic selling framework that helps you prepare to sell your solutions developed using Microsoft products. We will discuss our current private- and public-cloud positioning and new opportunities that our upcoming releases will afford you.

February 1 in Dallas, TX: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Sales Training
This half-day Microsoft Application Platform University training provides a strategic selling framework that helps you prepare to sell your solutions developed using Microsoft products. We will discuss our current private- and public-cloud positioning and new opportunities that our upcoming releases will afford you.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Technical Ignite
This two-day, technical course focuses on the new features of SQL Server 2012. It combines presentations and hands-on labs to help you understand how SQL Server 2012 addresses the mission-critical, business intelligence, and database development needs of your customers. Course dates and locations:

  • February 1–2 in Chicago, IL
  • February 15–16 in Seattle, WA
  • February 22–23 in Dallas, TX
  • February 28–29 in Atlanta, GA
  • March 5–6 in San Francisco, CA

February 15: Get Certified In Microsoft Server Virtualization with Jump Start
Prepare for certification in server virtualization by taking Exam 70-659, which is also a requirement for the Virtualization competency. This accelerated Jump Start is tailored for experienced IT professionals who are familiar with Microsoft server technologies, Hyper-V, Virtual Machine Manager, and Remote Desktop Role Services.

Premier Architect Training Offer for Microsoft Partners
Take advantage of this special offer for Microsoft partners from the International Association of Solution Architects and get 20 architect-level courses for $10,000, an 80% discount. With these strategic technical resources, you will be able to attract new customers and deepen your relationships with existing customers.

Desktop Competency Partners: Enter to Win a Samsung 7 Slate
When you pass Exam 70-681, Deploying Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010, by February 29, you will be automatically entered to win a Samsung 7 Slate. Exam 70-681 is a new requirement for Desktop competency partners. Official rules.

Get a Head Start on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Exams
When you pass the required SQL Server 2008 exams for the Business Intelligence and Data Platform competencies, you are one step closer to being ready for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 exams when they become available later this year.

Role-Based Training for Microsoft Lync and Windows 7

Training for Business Decision Makers
Microsoft Lync 2010

Windows 7

Training for IT Professionals
Microsoft Lync 2010

Windows 7

Training for Developers
Microsoft Lync 2010

Windows 7

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles
Microsoft Lync 2010

Windows 7

Training for Training Roles
Microsoft Lync 2010

Windows 7