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  • Blog Post: Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp is Coming to a City Near You…

      Josh Condie – If you have just begun to sell Microsoft Online Services such as Office 365 and are looking for the deep guidance to accelerate your new practice, then this course is just what you need.  You will learn about all of the programs and resources available to you and your customers...
  • Blog Post: Are you a TPAM managed Partner??? – Earn $1000.00 for 1st BPOS Deal

    US Exchange Extend Offer Sell your first BPOS or Exchange Online deal, and you could earn $1000! As a TPAM-managed VAR that sells Exchange on-premise, you could earn $1000 for selling your first BPOS or Exchange Online deal. Qualifying deals must be sold between January 7 th and March 31 st , 2011 (Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Government Announced

    Josh Condie – Yesterday, Microsoft announced Office 365 for Government.  This represents a great opportunity for our SMB partner community, especially at the local and regional government level.  Small State and Local Government entities are the perfect candidates for secure and private cloud...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Hosted Archive (EHA) to Exchange Online Archive (EOA)

      Woody Walton I wanted to provide a heads up to those of you actively selling our Exchange Online offering in conjunction with the Exchange Hosted Archiving Solution. Many of your customers require an archiving solution for their hosted or on premise Exchange implementation.  For those of...
  • Blog Post: Making the transition from BPOS to Office 365

      As I have been traveling around, as well as my counterparts, talking with partners about Office 365; a common theme has arisen. “What about my existing BPOS customers?” First I hope you are aware of the Office 365 transition center , which will be your one stop shop for ongoing guidance and discussion...
  • Blog Post: The Single Best Presentation Graphic on Considerations for Cloud vs On-Premise Solutions

        Woody Walton Nothing verbose here.  I came across this slide when I was looking for some all up cloud intro content for a presentation I was giving.  I thought it summed up beautifully the primary considerations for determining whether a cloud or on premises solution was warranted...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date: “Office 365 for Small Business” Jump Start August 29-30th

        Josh Condie - Microsoft is creating a new exam, 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Business . This exam will be based on a training course specifically designed to meet the needs of partners administering Office 365 for small business customers. In summary, if you’re seeking Small...
  • Blog Post: Moving your customers to BPOS or Office 365? Check their BANDWIDTH!

    Woody Walton There has been a lot of talk in various places lately about BPOS and its impending successor, Office 365.  I have been following BPOS closely for a few years and try to keep abreast of the latest information relevant to partners.  As with many large companies, Microsoft, has a...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Content to help you Sell!

      We are pleased to announce the recent availability of more Office 365 key readiness messaging to help you take our value proposition to market. Take advantage of all of the resources listed below in your conversations and engagements with customers. Module 01: Office 365 Ignite (Beta)—What's New...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune–Microsoft's Desktop Management Solution in the Cloud–Coming March 23rd

    Get Ready to Deliver the Best Windows Experience, from the Cloud Today at CeBIT in Germany Microsoft announced that Windows Intune will be commercially available on March 23, 2011. Windows Intune offers your customers a comprehensive solution that brings together cloud services and an upgrade subscription...
  • Blog Post: ANNOUNCING: Online Business Productivity Services Customer Rewards Offer – you don’t want to miss this!

    by Ron Grattopp….. This is an exciting customer offer designed to encourage customers to act now on BPOS and to help partners drive online services adoption . This offer will run from February 1 through April 1, 2011. Qualifying customers can receive up to the equivalent of 50% of their first annual...
  • Blog Post: FREE BPOS End User Toolkit for Partners

      I thought you’d be interested in the Getting Started with Business Productivity Online Suite End User Training Toolkit which is a complete package of prepared trainings designed to help grow your business by adding a potential revenue stream and by increasing value on each BPOS sale. The training...
  • Blog Post: On your mark, get set, QuickStart…

    by Ron Grattopp…..                As I was doing my last post, I looked around my team’s postings on Microsoft Online Services (MOS)/BPOS, and I noticed that although we had covered just about every aspect of MOS/BPOS that you can...
  • Blog Post: Pitching Cloud to SMB Customers

    By Ron Grattopp….. We’re well into baseball season now, so I thought a baseball metaphor title might be reasonable .  I presented a Microsoft all-up cloud story breakout session and helped man our vendor fair booth at a major Distributor’s semi-annual partner conference this past week and, as you...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Competency: Vouchers for Exam 74-324

    Josh Condie – In continuing the theme of the blog entry that my friend and colleague Steve Deming posted about 3 weeks back (8/8/12), Microsoft is now making free exam vouchers available for individuals who were unable to pass exam 74-323.  The voucher is for the new exam: 74-324. Steve’s post ...
  • Blog Post: 2,000 FREE Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses (Exam 74-324) Vouchers

    Josh Condie – This is great opportunity to advance 2 competencies quickly, and at a significantly reduced cost. Here is a very exciting offer for partners everywhere (not just the U.S.). Right now, the first 2,000 partners who take “Exam 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses”...
  • Blog Post: FREE! ACT NOW!. Four Days of Training - Practice Accelerator for Business Productivity Online Suite Standard on December 13th!!!

    Woody Walton   NO MORE EXCUSES!  You want to get into the game?  You want to have a thorough understanding of BPOS and how to plan, deploy, migrate, and administrate the service for your customers?  Spend FOUR days on LiveMeeting at this Practice Builder and you will be on track!...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Public Beta is Live… Sign up Today

      It’s finally here!  Sign up at http://www.Office365.com to learn more about Microsoft’s next generation of Online Services. Now you have to find out which version is right for you.   The Small Business version or the Enterprise Options.  Please keep in mind, Enterprise versions...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 May be the new kid on the block, but you should still be stealing BPOS lunch money!

      by Woody Walton The announcement of Office 365 on October 19th has been well received generally speaking from most of the partners I have spoken with.  Of course the inclusion of Office 2010 Pro plus as a component of subscription offering is the biggest news, but there are many kernels worth...
  • Blog Post: Check out the Business Model Transformation Series on Microsoft Online Services Opportunity (read BPOS/Office 365)

    Woody Walton Over the last two weeks I have had the opportunity to attend a train the trainer session on the executive summary for this series, attend the web versions of each of the sessions below, and the pleasure of actually presenting a truncated version of the executive summary at several Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Yes to Partner of Record (POR) Fees on Office 365 for Education, but you may have to wait a bit…

      Woody Walton I get asked a lot of questions by partners who work with all manner of customers.  The other day I was asked about Office 365 for Education, the successor to our Live@edu services for educational institutions and what was the partner play?  To find out more about Office...
  • Blog Post: AND THE HITS (BPOS incentives) JUST KEEP ON COMING–Microsoft Announces the Velocity 250 Offer for US Partners

    by Ron Grattopp….. In my last post, just a couple of days ago, I told you about the Online Business Productivity Services (OBPS) Customer Rewards Offer which was an offer running thru April 1, 2011 that provided customers with rebates up to 50% of their first year subscription fees to use as partner...
  • Blog Post: Do you have customer’s transitioning from BPOS to Office 365 ?

    B    V    A Customer Transitions of BPOS to O365 - Transition Roadmap, Eligibility and the Role of Advisor Partners (OFF212PAL)   This is a joint Microsoft Internal AND Partner facing Webcast provided by Academy Live. November 08, 2011 8:00 – 9:00 am Pacific Click here...
  • Blog Post: Engaging with a Distributor for Selling Microsoft Online Services

    by Ron Grattopp…..                                 This is a follow up to my teammate Woody’s posting on Jan 10th, Are you signed up to sell BPOS...