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  • Blog Post: Microsoft SMB Accelerated Sales Process

    B  V  A The Accelerated Sales Process was specifically designed to address the challenges described below, and create a pro-Microsoft bias, by re-aligning buying and selling activities.  Customers have fundamentally changed how and when they engage with sales professionals during their...
  • Blog Post: More Central Region VAR Summits

    Rob Waggoner     Our VAR Summits, announced here , were really a hit  in the cities we visited and we are now expanding that list.  For those of you that haven’t attended a VAR Summit yet, now is your chance.  I’ve listed the newest cities in the Central Region below, and we...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sales Specialist – Virtualization

    Rob Waggoner     I talked about the Sales Specialist Program here , but I want to go a little deeper in helping you prepare for one of these accreditations.  Let’s talk about the Virtualization accreditation because it’s received a lot of attention lately.  Each accreditation provides...
  • Blog Post: You want it, you got it!…great new training opportunity around the cloud and virtualization, and did I mention it’s free!

      by Ron Grattopp……The “Cloud” and Virtualization are arguably the two hottest topics in the industry today, and Microsoft has some great technology for you leverage in your customer solutions portfolio in both of those spaces.  If you didn’t already know about it, the Microsoft Virtual Academy...
  • Blog Post: April 5 is your last day to save $200 on your WPC 2013 all-access pass!

      Josh Condie - Registration savings end April 5 (Today!) Early-bird registration for WPC 2013 ends April 5. Get our best price on registration and pay just $1,795 for your all-access pass, a savings of $200 (full price is $1,995). There is an additional $200 refund for registrations that qualify...
  • 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: Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)

    Josh Condie - Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting...
  • Blog Post: New Certification Pack offering will help you get or upgrade your certifications for less

    by Ron Grattopp…….Most of you, being Microsoft partners, should already be familiar with the fact that the former Microsoft Partner Program, now Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), has undergone some significant changes.  One of the major changes is the requirement for partners looking to qualify for...
  • Blog Post: Central Region Monthly Partner Call - Strategies for Success

    Strategies for Success The Finish Line Is Just Ahead! Central Region Monthly Partner Call Join us on Friday, June 15, at 10:00 AM Central Time ...
  • Blog Post: Get a Free eBook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (PDF)

    Rob Waggoner   I ran across this today and wanted to share.  We have a free eBook for Windows Server 2012 based on the Beta of Windows Server 2012.  This was written by our own Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Server Team.  You can download the book here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid...
  • Blog Post: US SMB VAR Summit are back! Relevant and Timely Content delivered by your very own TS2 Team!

    Rob Waggoner   TS2 is coming to your backyard! Join us at one of these Microsoft SMB VAR Summit events to gain technical insights into Microsoft solutions and ensure you are on the road to success. Take a technical dive into the Microsoft solutions that include Office 365, System Center, Windows...
  • 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: New US SMB Partner Center on MPN!

    Todd Sweetser A new helpful resource has been created to help Microsoft partners focused on the SMB (Small and Medium Business) space!  We know that the amount of information that is out these can be quite challenging to navigate.  A web HUB has been created to help narrow down some of the...
  • Blog Post: New MCSE Certification Paths for SQL Server 2012–Available This Month

    Josh Condie – Microsoft has just announced the 2 certification paths to receive your MCSE for SQL Server 2012.  These tracks will be built upon the new technical certification redesign that Microsoft introduced just a few months back.  Following the April launch of SQL Server 2012, two new...
  • Blog Post: Free Window 8 Jump Start Course - Developing Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS & JavaScript – Oct. 10th and 11th

    Josh Condie – Jump Start online courses are specifically tailored for experienced IT pros whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a...
  • Blog Post: Sales Specialist Virtualization & Management merge

    B  V  A Hopefully you are aware Microsoft, based on feedback from many partners, changed the Virtualization and Systems Management individual competencies into one competency starting in May 2012.  For more information check out this post - Competency Merge   Part of this change was...
  • Blog Post: WPC 5-1 Exam Testing

      Attend WPC to Receive an Exclusive 5-for-1 Exam Offer Microsoft’s WPC 5-for-1 Exam Pas s let's an individual take up to five exams for the price of one until October 10, 2010. This offer is exclusively available to WPC10 conference attendees and each partner can purchase up to four of these passes...
  • Blog Post: Second shot at Second shot

    For those of you who are Microsoft technology certified already, or for those who are thinking about the value of adding technology certifications to your portfolio of industry acumen, there WILL be exams (to use a variation on the movie title phrase that’s really popular these days).  [Those already...
  • Blog Post: Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th

      Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months.  The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours!  A high-value training offering that can help your business expand across...
  • Blog Post: Take a Second Shot at Certification and Advance Your Career!

    Microsoft Learning is bringing back Second Shot as part of its new Career Initiative, which is designed to help customers and students to get trained and certified on Microsoft technologies. Certification can help boost your career and Microsoft wants you to be successful when you take an exam. By adding...
  • Blog Post: More Ways to Stay Current with Partner Training Opportunities

    Josh Condie - Last week I posted an overview of the new Partner Learning Tool – a great resource to sharpen your technical and sales skills, across product lines, online and for free.  This caught the attention of our internal U.S. Partner Learning Team, who are also in the process of promoting...
  • Blog Post: Great Resource–MPN Partner Learning Plan Tool

    Josh Condie – In my many interactions with our SMB partner community throughout the year, I often come away with requests to assemble and consolidate targeted training resources for partners looking to start a new practice or update old skillsets in preparation for a new product release.  Until...
  • Blog Post: Partner Education: Where to Start?

    Q: (from Bob and Aaron) I would like to know more about Exchange, Data Protection and System Center tools.  We have very little to no knowledge in these products and would very much appreciate any help you could give us with what on-line courses to take. I find it somewhat overwhelming when I surf...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 References Just Released

    Josh Condie – Microsoft Press has just release 3 great new books to arm yourself with as your colleagues and customers begin to explore the new client OS. Help them deploy, manage, use and experience all the new features and form factors that are about to hit the market:   Troubleshoot and Optimize...