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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Tim Tetrick Just wanted to remind all you partners out there about this great resource that provides you and your customers with FREE training on Microsoft products and services. What is MVA? Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition); and More Win 8 Technical Training for Partners

    Josh Condie - We’re happy to announce that we have released the final version of this free ebook.       FREE DOWNLOAD FORMATS: PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals - PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle ePub...
  • Blog Post: Earn a trip to WPC2011 with our Current Training and Certification Promotions for Partners!

    Rob Waggoner We have some great training and certification promotions going on right now.  I’ve highlighted a few of them below, check out this link for all of the offers, but here are a few (OK, more than a few) of the offers that got my attention.  I’ve highlighted the promotion end dates...
  • Blog Post: Remember, you can win prizes for completing free partner training (but only until June 30th)

      By Ron Grattopp …..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...
  • Blog Post: News Flash: Practice Accelerator Training is Free if you Register before December 31st!!

    Woody Walton   Hey all! I wanted to convey some good info that relates to a post I made a few weeks back concerning Practice Accelerators.  I just got word from an internal source that if you register for upcoming Practice Accelerators in January, February, or March 2011 by December 31st, 2010;...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Labs – Windows Azure and More

    B  V  A I was recently looking for additional readiness information for Windows Azure to contribute to the multi-part series we are putting together for our partners via this blog, I remembered the TechNet Labs, although many of us have had mixed experiences in the past, as I revisited the...
  • Blog Post: Up to Speed with Windows Server 2012

    Josh Condie – It’s been a couple of weeks, but these resources are nice ones.  Windows Server 2012 R2 is not just a Service Pack roll-up.  There is significant enhancement and much that is brand new in the areas of virtualization, storage and much more.  This eBook is a great place to...
  • Blog Post: Have you checked out the Microsoft Sales Specialist program lately?

    Rob Waggoner Why should you?  Good question, but think about this.  Your customers are looking for trusted advisors, right?  These accreditations help raise your customers confidence in you.  Existing customer relationships may not realize much benefit from these accreditations, but...
  • 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...