image On Friday, February 15, the latest issue of the U.S. Partner News was delivered to your inbox. The version you received was tailored to your business type and role; all training-related items sent to all partners are published below. This issue’s role-based training recommendations cover the Business Intelligence competency.

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Plan Ahead for March Training with the Partner Training Hot Sheet
Use the Hot Sheet to register for upcoming live in-person and virtual sales, technical, and business training. The March issue can help you plan next month's learning activities, while the February issue contains links for courses taking place the rest of this month.

Build Your Services Practice with Microsoft Practice Accelerator
Practice Accelerator sessions provide a detailed framework of resources, spanning from pre-engagement to post-delivery and are a great way to use partner advisory hours. See the upcoming schedule for topics including Business Intelligence, Data Center Management, Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice, and Microsoft Office 365.

February 26 Webcast: Windows Server 2012 – Networking
Join Microsoft Partner Technology Advisor, Bryan Von Axelson, for the Windows Server 2012 Samurai Webcast Series, discussions about the new features and enhancements in Windows Server 2012.

What's New in Endpoint Protection for System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager
Keith Mayer and Wally Mead wrap up their "What's New" series about System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 with this episode about Endpoint Protection. Tune in as Wally shows you how to install Endpoint Protection during a specific maintenance window, how to find all clients infected with malware, and how to take immediate action and update antimalware definitions quickly and easily.

Building Apps for the new Office and SharePoint 2013
Jerry Nixon welcomes Mike Morton, Mark Wilson-Thomas, and Saurabh Bhatia as they discuss how and why you should start building apps for Office and SharePoint 2013. Tune in as they discuss the new cloud app model for Office and SharePoint and how it provides you with the maximum amount of choice and flexibility to build your apps using familiar languages, tools, and hosting services.

How to Port iOS Apps to Windows Store Apps
This session talks about how to port iOS apps to Windows Store apps with mapping relations between iOS and Windows Store apps. We'll cover programming architectures, design principles, UI controls, application lifecycles, and data storage. After this course, you'll know the difference between these two platforms, and what the recommended replacement is when you port a specific feature to Windows Store apps.

Windows 8 Hands-on Labs Online Training: Creating Windows 8 Apps
Join Technical Evangelist Jeff Brand February 19 for a Hands-on Labs Online training and learn how to create a Windows 8 app using your existing JavaScript skills. Following the presentation, attendees will have time to work on virtual lab exercises. Then, on February 26 join Technical Evangelist Joel Reyes to learn how to customize your app factoring in Orientation, Snapping, and Semantic Zoom with C#.

Windows Azure Hands-on Labs Online Training
Join Technical Evangelist Doris Chen on February 27 for a live presentation and Introduction to Cloud Services. Following the presentation, Doris will be available to assist as you work on virtual lab exercises. You can also join Technical Evangelist Keith Mayer on February 28 to learn how to create Linux virtual machines in Windows Azure.

March 13: Ready-to-Go Marketing Webcast—Generate Real, Qualified Leads with Digital Marketing
See how to build an effective, repeatable marketing engine with our March Ready-to-Go Marketing webinar, Generating Real Qualified Leads with Digital Marketing. We'll focus on best practices and show you how to drive action with an integrated approach to all of your digital marketing activities.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Technology On the Go Sweepstakes
Attend Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Readiness webcasts to be entered to win the Microsoft Dynamics Technology on the Go Sweepstakes. These webcasts explore the updated features Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 has to offer for payroll, human resources, reporting, and global address book. Game ends March 15. Official rules.

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 that will become available closer to the release. February 28 topic is iPad.

March 4–8 in Fargo, North Dakota: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Upgrade Workshop for Consultants and Developers
The goal of this workshop is to assist technical resources in understanding how to upgrade an existing Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The workshop will focus on upgrading code elements and the data dictionary for customizations, focusing on the major changes introduced with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 data model.

March 8 Webcast: Windows 8 Application Developer Starter Kit for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
Discover what the Windows Application Developer starter kit offers to help developers build beautiful touch-first applications for Windows 8 that build upon the agility of Microsoft Dynamics AX. We'll take a walk through a day in the life of a developer building a Windows 8 companion app for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. You'll learn best practices 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. This is the only offering of this course planned for the next several months.

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 confident you will explain the value the prospect is looking for you to deliver. This is the only offering of this course planned for the next several months.

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.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Enterprise Academy—Industry Training
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 CRM 2012 December Service Update Readiness
The release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM is underway. Attend this series of on-demand web seminars to learn more about the release, the roadmap, what's new, features and functionality training, and how to prepare.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Technical Training
Access on-demand foundational training to prepare you for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 in these technical web seminars brought to you by the Microsoft Dynamics GP support team. You will also find a link to a wide array of web seminars available on the GP User Group site.

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Training for Business Decision Makers

Businesses today need powerful business intelligence (BI) solutions that can accommodate their reporting and analysis needs. Partners with BI expertise have practices that include Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint, Windows Azure, and Microsoft BizTalk Server. The training recommendations below will help you meet the requirements for the Business Intelligence competency.

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