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  • Blog Post: New Azure Solution Accelerator – Hybrid Cloud

    Partners, Getting started with Azure but don’t know where to begin? I talk with partners everyday that are very interested in investing in building a practice around Azure but are a bit overwhelmed by the broad set of services offered on the Azure platform. What we’ve discovered is the quickest way to...
  • Blog Post: New Azure Solution Accelerator – Azure Identity

    Partners, This is the second Solution Accelerator focused on getting partners started on Azure. In our first Solution Accelerator, we provide step-by-step guidance on setting up a Hybrid Cloud or extending your network to Azure. The next logical step is to take advantage of managing identity in Azure...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Video…A great opportunity for Partners!

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, Over the past few years I've worked closely with many of our great Office 365 partners in exploring ways they can provide value to their customers around SharePoint Online, the primary collaboration platform of Office 365. We’ve built out strategies...
  • Blog Post: Have you used your Partner Advisory Hours to get up to speed on Azure?

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Cloud Partners, Did you know that with your Microsoft partnership comes Partner Advisory Hours benefits that can assist you with building out your Azure practice? Just call 800-MPNSOLVE, give them your Partner ID and you will be directed to a subject matter...
  • Blog Post: New Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool!

    Partners, Need help moving on-premises server workloads to Azure VMs? I’ve been talking to partners about building their business around Azure, specifically Azure IaaS, for over a year now and I consistently hear that partners need help in determining what size VM their on-premises workload would require...
  • Blog Post: Get Familiar with Microsoft’s New Partner Cloud Competencies

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, If you attended WPC in D.C. or have had a conversation with your partner contact at Microsoft recently, then you know that Microsoft is in the process of transforming to a “Cloud First” model. Of course, this type of significant change means inevitable...
  • Blog Post: Backup Dynamics GP to Azure Blob Storage

    Partners, As a follow up to my last blog post Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure I want to let you know about an exciting new update to Dynamics GP 2013 R2 that allows for GP to be easily backed up to Azure Blob Storage! Whether you are offering Dynamics GP as an RDS solution running on an Azure...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure

    Partners, If you’ve contacted Microsoft requesting guidance on building a successful Azure practice, chances are you’ve received the following messaging: Azure is a platform on which partners can design and offer their own solutions or packaged offerings. Partners can leverage Azure’s Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Data Migration Options for SharePoint Online

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, Typically our conversations about migrating customer data to Office 365 start with messaging, i.e. how do I get my customer’s data from Exchange Server version X, Gmail, Lotus Notes, imap, etc to Exchange Online? We at Microsoft have many resources...
  • Blog Post: Azure will be available via Open Licensing

    Partners, Last week Microsoft announced the addition of Azure to Open Licensing, scheduled to be available on August 1st. Microsoft is committed to providing resellers, like you, with new opportunities to create flexible, affordable and comprehensive solutions for their customers. Over the past 6 months...
  • Blog Post: TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camp Links

    Partners, As you may know from previous posts, we are hosting the TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camps throughout the month of May, starting today in Bellevue, WA! Throughout the Boot Camp series, we’ll be referencing several important Azure links that provide guidance in specific areas. This list will certainly...
  • Blog Post: TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camp in a city near you – Register today!!!

    Partners , Are you ready to learn how to cloud optimize your business with Microsoft Azure! Please join us for a daylong event with our Microsoft TS2 team where we will demonstrate how to build a successful Microsoft Azure cloud practice in SMB. Space is limited and it will fill quickly. Please sign...
  • Blog Post: Addressing Common Office 365 Selling Challenges

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist O365 Sellers, Following you’ll find a very useful deck that I reference when coaching new partners on how to address common Office 365 customer objections and challenges. The topics below are the most common issues that come up in my partner and customer pre...
  • Blog Post: New Version of the Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet

    Michael Kophs Microsoft Cloud PTS Back in February, I blogged about the Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet.  Well a lot has changed since then, so check out the new Cost Comparison Worksheet - v2 by clicking on the link below! Looking to provide your customers/prospects with a detailed comparison...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying the Yammer and Office 365 integration

    Michael Kophs Cloud Partner Technology Strategist A lot of you are experts on Office 365, and many of you know that Microsoft is betting big on improving business communication through enterprise social, specifically Yammer, but how many of you know the details behind the Office 365/Yammer integration...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Tools Deep Dive Webinar

    Michael Kophs Cloud PTS I was browsing the TS2 Blog and found insightful posts on three very important tools that should be part of every Office 365 partner’s tool arsenal: Office Deployment Tool (ODT) Directory Sync w/ Password Sync Admin console Migration Tool (Cutover & Staged) Interested in learning...
  • Blog Post: Easily Brand Your Customer’s SharePoint Online Sites

    Michael Kophs – Partner Technology Strategist Did you know the latest version of SharePoint Online includes some very cool custom branding options?  Impress your Office 365 customers by giving their SharePoint sites a familiar look and feel, that showcases their own brand and colors.  Following...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to third-party Office 365 Onboarding Solutions

    Michael Kophs Cloud PTS You’re a partner that's new to Office 365.  Your customers are starting to ask about it, in fact you have a significant list of existing customers and prospects that you need to move to Office 365 as soon as possible.  What are your options?  You could review the...
  • Blog Post: Accessing your Office 365 Admin Console using Azure (WAADM)!

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist This is really cool!  We’ve been waiting for this!  By “we” I mean us cloud geeks that envision a 100% cloud only platform on which we run our business.  First lets discuss some very important acronyms that make this happen: WAAD (Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: New Lync Online Features released in July

    Michael Kophs Cloud Partner Technology Strategist Have you ever hosted a large Lync meeting and tried to effectively answer a flood of questions in the IM chat window?  Does the overused phrase “like herding cats” come to mind?  Fortunately, as of the July 2013 update to the Lync client, Q&A...
  • Blog Post: Power BI for Office 365

    Michael Kophs – Cloud PTS This summer I was fortunate enough to experience the gauntlet of Microsoft conferences:  WPC (our Worldwide Partner Conference), MGX (internal sales conference) and TechReady (internal technical conference) in three consecutive weeks!  Throughout these three weeks...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Pricing Quick Reference

    Michael Kophs – Cloud PTS Is your sales staff up to speed on the latest Office 365 offerings?  Do sellers in your org know the differences between the Office 365 Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise sku’s?  Training your staff on the various products and services that you offer can...