We have an upcoming new web series starting on Thursday, September 4, that every SMB cloud partner will find of interest. The Azure Essentials Web Series is designed to provide business and technical knowledge needed to ramp your SMB Azure practice quickly.

Our first two webcasts are on September 4 (“The 4 Fastest Solution Paths to Microsoft Azure”) and September 9 (“How to Buy and Make Money with Microsoft Azure”). You can REGISTER HERE to attend either of these sessions, as well as all of the others in the series.

See the brief descriptions below and the dates for the upcoming webcasts:

Business Series

Date

The 4 Fastest Solution Paths to Microsoft Azure

Discover ways Microsoft Azure can expand your cloud practice to increase profitability through common scenarios such as improvements to SQL capabilities, Windows server upgrade and advanced Office 365 features.

09/04/14

How to Buy and Make Money with Microsoft Azure

Learn how to purchase and capitalize on the Microsoft Azure opportunity, including a closer look at the expansion to Open licensing, transaction scenarios and setting competitive margins.

09/09/14

Solving Security and Compliance Concerns with Microsoft Azure

Gain insights into how you can alleviate data center architecture, Trust Center and security concerns by unleashing the power of Azure in customer environments.

09/11/14

Winning Against the Competition

With better price for performance and interoperability than the competition, explore how Azure works with existing IT infrastructure like no other cloud solution and how to articulate this to your customers.

09/25/14

Getting Started with Microsoft Azure

Discover the core Microsoft Azure offerings, including Azure VM’s, Azure Backup and Azure Websites, that can help you expand your cloud customer base.

Available now on-demand

Technical Series

Date

Tech Dive: Extend Your Customer Data Center with Microsoft Azure

Learn how to offload the burden of your data center, implement comprehensive identity management solutions and move VMs with the ease. Gain insights into how to reduce risk by using Hyper-V, BLOB storage and more.

09/16/14

Tech Dive: Tap Into the Power of SQL with Microsoft Azure

Explore on-premises migration solutions and how to intertwine the reliability of SQL with the capabilities of Azure, includes a closer look at offerings and interoperability to provide comprehensive database services.

09/18/14

Tech Dive: Protecting Customer Data with Microsoft Azure Backup

Provide additional value to your clients with Microsoft Azure Backup, with seamless (and easy to use) integration with Windows Server, protect important data with automated backup and recovery.

Available now on-demand

Tech Dive: Easily Extend Customer Networks with Microsoft Azure

Learn how to create a Virtual Network that connects your client’s on-premises site to Windows Azure and how you can easily create an Azure server farm accessible over your Virtual Network (VPN).

Available now on-demand

Tech Dive: Microsoft Azure Identity Management and Office 365

Learn how to access your Office 365 Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) and leverage the robust features including third-party application integration and advanced multi-factor authentication.

Available now on-demand

Additional Training:

  • SMB Live events coming to a city near you:
    • Day 1: Azure Essentials Unlocked - Jumpstart your practice & gain the technical know-how to start deploying top solutions today - Register
  • Azure in Open Ramp Up Virtual Summit: Comprehensive Azure Open training – Register and view now.
  • Ready-to-Go Azure in Open partner resources available here

Other Resources:

  • Bookmark key websites

· Try Azure today

o Take advantage of your Azure Internal Use Rights to test out the power of Microsoft Azure.  

o Use the Azure in Open Licensing Calculator to understand the economics behind Azure sales.

· Start selling

o Contact your Cloud Distributor to sell Microsoft Azure through Open licensing

o Find Customers on 2003 and start migrating them before EOS on July 14, 2015.

  • Earn up to 21% more on eligible Azure Open deals!*
    • Earn up to 21% in channel incentives when selling Azure through Open from August 2014 until March 2015.  This includes the standard cloud incentive of 8%, plus an extra 12% incentive for SMB Champion Club partners!  Learn More

* Subject to T&Cs

Kathleen Molosky 2013

Kathleen Molosky