image The latest issue of the U.S. Partner News was delivered to your inbox on Friday, February 1. The version you received was tailored to your business type and role; all training-related items sent to all partners are published below. In continuation of our series that highlights role-based training for a competency, below you’ll find recommendations for the new Devices and Deployment competency (formerly the Desktop competency).

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Stay informed about training opportunities that align to your business, role, and Microsoft Partner Network membership.

Schedule Your February Training with Hot Sheet Recommendations
The Hot Sheet is your online guide to live in-person and virtual sales, technical, and business training. From the Hot Sheet, you can go directly to registration information for the courses you are interested in taking. The March Hot Sheet will be published around February 15 at

Microsoft Tech Showcase—Training for the Latest Microsoft Products
Learn about the features of the latest wave of Microsoft product releases at training events hosted by Microsoft Learning Partners. Search the Tech Showcase Events site for training on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Lync 2013.

The Sales Opportunity for Windows Server 2012
Over half of all Windows Server customers are still on the decade-old Windows Server 2003 technology, offering you a significant revenue opportunity. Follow the Windows Server 2012 Sales Specialist training in this learning path, and in just two hours get training on selling scenarios, objection handling, simplified licensing structure, and ways to move your customer to the private cloud.

On-Demand Webcast: Expand Your Managed Services Offerings with Windows Intune
Windows Intune provides the ability to manage all devices—from PCs to phones—from the System Center Configuration Manager console. Listen to the recent Partner Academy Live session to see if you might be interested in adding this offering to your existing management practice.

February 4–8: Build Your Data Center Management Practice
Help customers reduce costs, improve operational efficiencies, and drive business agility by delivering an integrated data center solution based on Microsoft System Center 2012. Practice Accelerator for Data Center Management provides reusable tools and best practices that can help you reduce the complexity and resources necessary to deploy, manage, and support infrastructure and management systems. Next session dates: March 4–8.

February 12: Windows 8 Online Developer Training—Creating a Windows 8 App
Join Technical Evangelist Alice Pang for a Hands-On Labs Online (HOLO) training and learn how to create a Windows 8 App levering your existing C# skills. Following the presentation, attendees will have time to work on lab exercises. More Windows 8 HOLO training opportunities.

Windows Azure Online Training for Developers and IT Pros
Get hands-on with Windows Azure by attending an upcoming Hands-On Labs Online (HOLO) training session. Join Technical Evangelist Keith Mayer as he provides an introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and helps you work through lab exercises. Or join Technical Evangelist Bret Stateham to learn how to debug Applications in Windows Azure.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Technology-On-The-Go Sweepstakes
View one of the six qualifying webcasts for Microsoft Dynamics AX about payroll, human resources, reporting, global address book, and other features, and be entered to win an Optoma PK320 Pico Pocket Projector or Garmin Nuvi 2495 GPS. Contest ends March 15. Official rules.

February 4–8 in Atlanta, Georgia: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client Workshops
These courses will help functional and implementation consultants understand the foundation of Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client, its functionality, the necessary security requirements, and how to properly and effectively troubleshoot Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 on Web Client. The implementation consultant workshop will go deeper deployed components/services and how they function together; the installation options; tenant services/tenant management; and troubleshooting techniques.

February 11–14 in Phoenix, Arizona: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Industry Summit 2.0
At the Industry Summit you'll get the latest information about Microsoft Dynamics AX industry solutions, and learn to market, sell, and deploy them. You'll also have the opportunity to connect with Microsoft, Microsoft ISV partners, and industry peers.

February 20 Webcast: Road to Repeatability Series–-Using RapidStart Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP to Increase Your SMB Business
In a volume SMB ERP business, there is little room for mistakes, extended implementations, or large consulting efforts. Come to this session to learn about tools you can use to configure new customers companies in Microsoft Dynamics GP, as well as migrating data to Microsoft Dynamics GP.

February 21: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Tech Chat Series – Activity Feeds and Yammer
The announcement of the next Microsoft Dynamics CRM service update has generated excitement—and questions—from our channel. This Tech Chat Series is an opportunity for ongoing discussion between partners and Microsoft, leading up to the formal readiness courses and materials which will become available closer to the release. February 28: iPad.

February 21 Webcast: Work Better Faster Smarter with a Business Management Solution from Microsoft
Learn how Microsoft Dynamics ERP is an innovative, flexible, end-to-end solution that helps make your people more proactive and productive by giving them personalized, agile tools based on the familiar, interoperable Microsoft technologies that they work with every day.

March 8 Webcast: Windows 8 Application Developer Starter Kit for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
In this webcast we will provide an overview of the new starter kit available for building Windows 8 Store apps powered by Microsoft Dynamics AX. Take a walk through a day in the life of a developer building a Windows 8 companion app for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Learn best practice design patterns focused around usability, integration, and security.

April 2 in Chicago, Illinois: 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.

April 3 in Chicago, Illinois: Discovery2Win Workshop
Come to Discovery2Win and get the tools you need to improve your sales process. Start getting buying signals in Discovery. Walk into the presentation knowing you will present the value the prospect is looking for you to deliver.

Do You Have a New Employee Who Needs Microsoft Dynamics AX Training?
The Microsoft Dynamics AX Fast TrAX course is an intensive, three-week training program that will help your new hires prepare for certification. With separate tracks for developers and consultants, Fast TrAX is the go-to classroom event to get your resources quickly trained and ready for billable hours.

Do You Have a New Employee Who Needs Microsoft Dynamics CRM Training?
The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Fast Tracks program a two week intensive training program that will help your new hires prepare for certification. With separate tracks for developers and consultants, Fast Tracks is the go-to classroom event to get your resources quickly trained and ready for billable hours.



Featured training

Featured training – Focus on Devices and Deployment competency

In November, Microsoft refreshed the Desktop competency to the new Devices and Deployment competency. Delivering services and solutions for the Windows 8 operating system and Microsoft Office productivity software represents a tremendous business opportunity for partners. By completing the training and passing the certification exams and assessments listed in the learning path, your company demonstrates expertise in products like Windows 8, Microsoft Office, and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).

Training for Business Decision Makers

Training for IT Professionals

Training for Developers

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles

Training for Training Roles