A blog series on the latest U.S. Partner News training recommendations.

imageBelow are the training recommendations included in the Friday, October 5 issue of the U.S. Partner News. While the version you received in your inbox was customized to your organization and role, all items sent to partners are included here on our blog. It features the latest on-demand training on Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 and Microsoft Exchange Server, including a course about the New Office that highlights Exchange scenarios.

Training resources

Fall Training Sweepstakes Features Windows 8, Microsoft Visual Studio, Private Cloud, Microsoft Lync
In October and November, earn a prize drawing entry for each course you take from our featured sales and technical training. You could win a Nikon digital camera or Jawbone Jambox wireless speakers. Official rules.

Save Up to 40% on Competency Exam Packs and a Free Second Shot
Meet your Microsoft competency goals and showcase your organization's skills with the help of a Competency Exam Pack. You will save up to 40% on select Microsoft certification exams taken by May 31, plus receive one free retake for each exam you don't pass the first time. Terms and conditions.

Special Edition Hot Sheet: Windows Server 2012 Training and Assessments
Windows Server 2012 is here—get up to speed with the latest partner training and assessments. Our Special Edition Hot Sheet includes new pricing and licensing courses, presales technical and licensing assessments and role-based on-demand training.

Special Edition Hot Sheet: Windows 8 Certifications and Training
Prepare for Windows 8—available to everyone on October 26—with our Special Edition Hot Sheet that lists the current training for sales, licensing, and technical roles. Get the Hot Sheet as soon as it's published by subscribing to the U.S. Partner Training blog with your email address in the Options section.

Windows 8 Arrives October 26—Get Ready with OEM Training
Take Windows 8 training and then test your knowledge to be entered into the Windows 8 Training Sweepstakes. In the Grand Prize drawing, one individual will win a Samsung HDTV, and there are weekly drawings for other prizes too. Contest ends October 28. Official rules.

October 10–11: Exams 70-480 and 70-481: Developing Windows 8 Applications Jump Start Clinic
This no-cost course is designed for application developers with experience developing applications for a touch-enabled interface/platform, including apps that access local and remote data and services. Exam 70-480 will be relevant to partners in the refreshed Digital Marketing competency and the new Application Development competency. Download and review the Competency Roadmap for details.

October 23–24: Exam 70-417: Upgrading Skills to Windows Server 2012 Jump Start
This no-cost, virtual classroom course is designed for IT pros who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012. It is relevant to Microsoft partners interested in the Management and Virtualization competency and the Server Platform competency.

Practice Accelerators Schedule for October through December
Expand your customer base and provide consistent customer experiences as you build your services practice around Microsoft technologies. Use Practice Accelerator, a comprehensive set of reusable tools and best practices, to help you identify customer requirements and project scope, analyze customer needs, and deploy solutions.

New Windows Azure Online Training Events—On Demand and Live
New on-demand Windows Azure virtual labs and hands-on labs online with live presenters help you test drive Windows Azure solutions in a virtual lab environment. You can apply your existing Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft .NET Framework skills to develop cloud-based applications. Virtual labs are available on-demand, but seats are limited for hands-on labs.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Partner Presales Roadshow Starts October 16
The Partner Presales Roadshow starts October 16 in Seattle and covers nine additional U.S. cities, ending in Chicago on November 13. Geared toward presales and sales resources, the roadshow will introduce and explain the new technologies, features, and benefits of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and help your team drive the sales cycle.

October 17: Drive Your Success with the Road to Repeatability
Take advantage of the best practices, proven tactics, and wealth of knowledge and training available to assist you in transforming your business to support customers in the way they want to buy. Join the monthly Road to Repeatability call series.

October 19: Increase the Efficiency of Your Microsoft Dynamics GP Demo
The Microsoft Dynamics GP Volume Velocity Workshop is a one-day course that will teach sales and presales consultants in your organization to market and sell more effectively in today's web-enhanced selling environment

October 22–25: Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference
Register now and attend the Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference in Seattle. Learn the new R2 and exciting new capabilities for Retail, Manufacturing, Public Sector, and Project Management for Professional Services organizations.

October 27–30: Join the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner Community in Phoenix, Arizona
Directions 2012 is driven by NAV partners for NAV partners. During these four days in Phoenix, you'll have the opportunity to build new business relationships, hear best practices from other partners, and discover new tools and resources. Registration price is $995 through October 26.

November 6: Learn Demo Basics in the Demo2win Workshop
Come to Demo2Win to learn the tactics and receive the tools you need to give you the edge and improve your close rate. Learn how the 80/20 rule applies to your presentations and move from good to great in the eyes of your prospects. The content in this workshop is intended for sales, presales, technical, and sales management roles.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Fast TrAX Consultant and Developer Course
Come to the Microsoft office in Fargo, North Dakota, for 18 days of intensive training based on the fundamentals of Microsoft Dynamics AX. You will get training for certification based on real-world examples that reinforce learning. Register for sessions in September, November, January, and April.

The following Microsoft Dynamics-related content requires access to PartnerSource (details).

Microsoft Dynamics Fall Webcast Series (on PartnerSource)
Invite your prospects and customers to this series of webcasts designed to help customers understand how they can extend their current ERP investment.

Microsoft Dynamics Partner Training and Events Calendar (on PartnerSource)
Get a clear, easy-to-use view of upcoming partner training activities and events in our calendar. You'll find a detailed list that lets you plan your training schedule up to eight weeks out.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Fast Tracks for Consultants and Developers (on PartnerSource)
Join us for a two-week intensive training course based on the fundamentals of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. The course focuses on certification preparation, real-world insights, and hands-on experience.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Virtual Industry Classes (on PartnerSource)
Take your industry knowledge to the next level with the Microsoft Dynamics AX Industry training. These remotely delivered courses are designed to accelerate your capacity and capability to successfully deliver Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Enterprise Academy Level 300 Workshops (on PartnerSource)
These workshops consist of up to five days of in-person training for IT professionals, presales consultants, and developers. They are designed as in-depth interactive sessions that focus on how to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and address specific customer business needs.

Take Microsoft Dynamics ERP Sales to the Next Level (on PartnerSource)
The Accelerated Sales two-day workshop is designed for sales professionals who are focused on cloud and on-premises ERP and CRM opportunities and who want to significantly decrease the duration of their sales cycles and increase their win ratios.

Get Ready to Sell Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 with On Demand Partner Training (on PartnerSource)
Review the online "virtual training blitz" designed to ramp your sales and presales teams on the exciting new customer benefits of this release, and to provide an early technical preview of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 for your consultant and developer resources.

Role-based training for Microsoft Exchange and Visual Studio 2012

Training for Business Decision Makers
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

Microsoft Exchange Server

Training for IT Professionals
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

Microsoft Exchange Server

Training for Developers
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

Microsoft Exchange Server

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

Microsoft Exchange Server

Training for Training Roles
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

Microsoft Exchange Server