image The latest issue of the U.S. Partner News was delivered to your inbox on Friday, March 1. The version you received was tailored to your business type and role; all training-related items sent to all partners are published below. Included are role-based training recommendations for the Communications competency, for partners that want to sell, deploy, support, or develop Microsoft Lync solutions.


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March Training Calendar and Announcements
Use the latest issue of the Hot Sheet to register for in-person training, live webcasts, and partner calls taking place in March. These training events can help you understand the latest product features, take advantage of new business opportunities, and meet competency requirements.

March 12: Live, Interactive Discussion About Your Career in Cloud Technologies
Join the Certified Career Day broadcast on March 12, featuring a panel of industry experts discussing how the cloud is transforming IT organizations and the IT industry. Learn about technology skills and expertise that could help you advance in your career, and find out about available training and certification programs.

New Practice Accelerator for Windows 8 and Flexible Workstyle
Register for the new Practice Accelerator Flexible Workstyle for Windows 8. Organizations need to allow users access to corporate information via a broad range of technologies and platform, and to address scenarios such as “bring your own device.” Get reusable tools and best practices to develop an effective strategy to maximize productivity and delight the user.

Save up to 40% on Microsoft Certification Exam Packs
Save up to 40% on exams by purchasing a Microsoft Competency Exam Pack and get a free exam retake if needed. Eligible certification exams include new products like Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics, and other exams that meet competency requirements.

Attend a Virtual Chalk Talk with Microsoft Product Experts
Participate in a small group discussion to connect with Microsoft experts on the real-life scenarios your company experiences while providing Microsoft solutions. The session topics and dates are now posted for March.

Tap Into IT as a Service
Open the door to a new flexible infrastructure as a service (IaaS), web hosting, and platform as a service (PaaS). Start with a free 90-day trial of Windows Azure. Create virtual machines in minutes to save money and ease hassles with an on-demand infrastructure in the cloud.

Transform Web Skills Into Windows 8 Apps and Income
Turn your web skills into Windows 8 apps using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Sign up at GenerationApp to receive 30 days of tools and support, and then showcase it to the millions of potential customers in the global Windows Store.

What's New for System Center 2012—Data Protection Manager
Explore the new capabilities to recover your infrastructure due to failures in the data center. Data Protection Manager can be used to back up and recover several common Microsoft server products and subsequently provide increased service levels in your environment. Try the free System Center 2012 SP1 download today.

Integrating Microsoft Translator Into Your Windows 8 Apps
Jerry Nixon welcomes Vikram Dendi and Sandor Maurice from the Microsoft Translator team to DevRadio for a chat about integrating Microsoft Translator into your Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Tune in as they discuss the AJAX and SOAP interface as well as the Multilingual App Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012.

Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café: Hyper-V Backup
In the virtualization world, one can install backup agents into the VM just like the “old” days, but that may not always be the best solution. In this episode of TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café, you will learn about solutions that can make backing up numerous VMs across numerous Hyper-V hosts a much simpler task.

Practical Azure with Jim O’Neil—Windows Azure Websites
Tune into this episode of DevRadio to learn how Windows Azure websites can get your ASP.NET, Node.js, PHP, or even open-source CRMs (like WordPress and Drupal) up and running in the Windows Azure cloud.

Get Hands-on Training with Windows Azure
Attend Windows Azure Hands-on Labs Online (HOLO) events to gain a more in-depth understanding of building apps and managing networks in the cloud. Upcoming topics include Building and Publishing ASP.NET Applications with Windows Azure Web Sites and Visual Studio 2012; Intro to Windows Azure SQL Database; Intro to Windows Azure Virtual Machines; and more.

Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps
Peter Laudati and Brian Hitney welcome fellow Developer Evangelist Andrew Duthie to the DevRadio show as they kick off their series on how to build back-end services for their Windows 8 apps using Windows Azure. Tune in for part 1 as Andrew gives an overview of the series and introduces some techniques you could potentially incorporate as you build your back-end services.

March 5 and March 7: Windows 8 Hands-on Training for Developers and IT Pros
Join Technical Evangelist Jeremy Foster for a Hands-on Labs Online (HOLO) training and learn how to use JavaScript to customize your Windows 8 app considering Orientation, Snapping, and Semantic Zoom. On March 7, Technical Evangelist Matt Hester explains how use AppLocker to control access to your Windows 8 App. HOLO events begin with a live presentation, followed by time to work on virtual lab exercises.

Sales Success System Training
The Sales Success System from Ninety Five 5 will help you develop a sales success plan for your territory and accounts, create demand, structure more effective conversations with customers, and improve how you communicate customer value. Space is limited.

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.

Microsoft Dynamics ERP Webcasts for Customers
Invite your customers to these Microsoft Dynamics ERP webcasts, which well tell them how they can extend their current ERP investment. These provide a great opportunity for you to engage with customers. The webcast schedule and an email invitation you can send to your customers can be found on PartnerSource.

On Demand: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2012 Tech Chat Series
The announcement of the next Microsoft Dynamics CRM service update has generated excitement—and questions—from our channel. Topics include Lync, Skype, Xbrowser, Activity Feeds, Yammer, iPad, and more.

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 enhance 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.

On Demand Webcast: Using RapidStart Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP to Drive Your Volume 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 from competitive products and/or Microsoft Excel to Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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 your next customer 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.

March 13 Webcast: Microsoft Dynamics Hour
Attend our webcast to learn about operational topics for Microsoft Dynamics partners, like the Registered Solution Program.

Featured trainingFeatured training – Microsoft Communications competency

Designed for partners who want to sell, deploy, support, or develop Microsoft Lync solutions, the Microsoft Communications competency can help you build a successful Lync practice. Completing the training and passing the certification exams and assessments listed in the learning plan can help your company build and demonstrate expertise helping customers add Microsoft Lync to their IT infrastructure.

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