By Ron Grattopp ronaldg-001_thumb2_thumb_thumb1_thum…..My teammate BVA recently did a post on the new Windows Intune Sales Specialist accreditation, and he included some links to the Partner Learning Center (PLC), where you can find lots of training around almost any Microsoft technology most of it free.  I’m sure you’re all familiar with that resource by now, BUT, what I wanted to do was remind you that Microsoft has an incentive program around that training.  Specifically, what I wanted to remind you of is the monthly US partner training sweepstakes. I wanted to remind you now because, as you noted in the title, this program is currently slated to end at the close of our current FY (June 30th).

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In June (2012), the US training sweepstakes will let you earn an automatic entry to win a Lenovo netbook or Amazon gift card for each featured course you take – the featured courses will cover Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), Windows Intune, and Microsoft Office 365.  So if you’re interested in ramping up on Intune, leveraging this training in the month of June will give you a chance to win prizes.   Note, if you go to the link above in the next few days, you will see that it still has the May sweepstakes information which includes training around Microsoft System Center, Windows 7, Windows Small Business Server, and Exchange Server.  And the prizes for May include a Nikon DSLR camera kit, 6 Windows Phones, and 10 $100 AMEX gift cards.  Hurry and take  some of the May training to be eligible for those prizes, and then do the Intune, or other June featured training, for chances to win the June prizes mentioned above.

Couple of parting notes: the sweepstakes trainings include both Sales and Technical trainings.  No purchase is necessary and you can get the full rules here.  Game ends June 30, 2012. Plus, if you hurry, you still have a few days to take advantage of the Sales Specialist “Peak to Peak” Sweepstakes where you’ll be entered to win a mountaintop-inspired prize* for each assessment you pass between now and May 31.  Here’s a quick link to the Sales Specialist Accreditation website.

Hope you can use some of these trainings and good luck, I hope you WIN a prize!

Cheers,
Ron