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  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Active Directory Application Integration

    Partners, Watch a demo of how to add an application integration to your user accounts in Azure Active Directory. Give users one web portal to access ALL of their SaaS applications, whether they are on their laptop, tablet or phone! Your users may be using several SaaS solutions, but will only have to...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Cloud App Discovery

    Partners, Watch a quick demo of setting up Azure Cloud Application Discovery, an Azure service (currently in Preview) that provides insight into the SaaS solutions being used in an organization. Use Cloud App Discovery to determine which SaaS applications are being used in your customer’s environment...
  • Blog Post: New Solution Accelerator: Azure Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

    Partners, I am pleased to announce the availability of a new Azure Solution Accelerator – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR)! Solution Accelerators are technical documents that offer in-depth, step-by-step guidance on implementing Microsoft solutions. The third in an ongoing series, this...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Cloud 1-2-3 webinar on Azure

    Partners, Are you interested in learning more about Microsoft’s exciting Azure service and all of the recent new additions? In case you weren’t aware, you can now provision hosted VM’s, host websites, easily add blob storage, provide online backups for your Windows Servers and much more! What are your...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 to have built in External Message Encryption!

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist You may have already seen the recent announcement back on November 21st introducing the upcoming release of Office 365 Message Encryption , which is replacing Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE). Why should our hard working Office 365 partners care about this...
  • Blog Post: New Office 365 Admin Mobile App!

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Great news for Windows Phone users! Microsoft recently released the Office 365 Admin Mobile App for Windows Phone. IT Administrators with Windows Phones can now easily view service health information and maintenance status updates for their Office 365 account...
  • Blog Post: New Ready-to-Go Campaign: Office 365 Beats Google

    Partners, We are excited to announce the availability of a new Microsoft Ready-to-Go campaign called – Office 365 Beats Google – focused on competing and winning against Google . This campaign provides marketing and sales tools to support you in conversations with customers who are considering Google...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with your Office 365 Practice; Simple guidance to get you selling ASAP

    Partners, I’m often asked by new SMB cloud partners how they can quickly become trusted advisors to their customers relating to anything Office 365. The typical Microsoft response to this question is to flood the poor partner with enough training and learning resources to make their head explode! I am...
  • Blog Post: New Office 365 Partner Admin Features

    Partners, Fantastic news for you Office 365 sellers that leverage the Partner Portal to provide additional services for your customers. Prior to this feature update, you were able to: Create trial invitations Create purchase offers Create delegated admin requests Search for customers (by domain) Perform...
  • Blog Post: Single-Sign On with Office365 and your other third-party cloud services

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Back in November, in my blog post Accessing your Office 365 Admin Console using Azure (WAADM)! I discuss the application integration capabilities of Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD). How customers can use WAAD to manage user access to their Office 365...
  • Blog Post: Azure Technical Training Webinars

    Partners, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the following technical learning opportunity to help you prepare to sell and deploy on the Windows Azure Infrastructure. The first 4 session recordings are available on-demand and the final 4 are being delivered in April. I attended the first 4 and they...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization IT Camps Open to All IT Pros!

    Learn the basics – and beyond – in Microsoft virtualization technology at a FREE, hands-on workshop for IT pros. You’ll see how your current VMware skills apply to a Microsoft environment, explore the differences between key Microsoft and VMware technologies, plus much, much more. Get all the details...
  • Blog Post: Sample quote of an Azure VM project

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, One of the most frequent questions I receive from partners new to Azure is how to build and quote their first project. Browsing the pricing calculator on Azure.com can be quite an intimidating experience as the service options and specific configurations...
  • Blog Post: Azure Cloud App Discovery

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, A few weeks ago, I blogged about the brand new Azure Identity Management Solution Accelerator , which provides detailed guidance on how to integrate your on-premises Active Directory with Azure Active Directory (AAD). Why integrate Azure AD with on...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Leverage Hot Cloud Technologies

    Partners, Want to be a top seller of Microsoft products in 2015? Need to leverage hot Cloud technologies like Lync Online and SharePoint Online to sell more to your customers? Join us on 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 for the Office 365 Rainmaker web series to learn how. Register now ! By popular demand, 3 new webinars...
  • 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...