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  • Blog Post: Activating your Azure Internal Use Rights benefit

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of this recently posted video that covers the steps on how to set up your Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR) benefit.  Note that Action Pack subscribers and competency partners earn a US$100 credit per month, per tenant.  This allows you...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!

      Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Competency Roadmap 2011/2012

      B   V   A In today’s competitive environment, a Microsoft gold or silver competency can help set your company apart from the competition by demonstrating a specific, proven skill set to your customers. Did you know that there are over 650,000 partners in Microsoft’s channel...
  • 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: Microsoft Certification 20th Anniversary brings program updates

      By Ron Grattopp ….. In case you didn’t know, Microsoft Certification celebrated its 20th anniversary on January 31st and to mark that milestone they have launched a year-long effort called “ 20 Years|20 Ways ”.  And, on April 11, we announced some significant changes to our MCSE Certification...
  • 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: 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: US Partner Skills Development update and resources

    By Ron Grattopp ….Just wanted to update you on Microsoft Partner readiness opportunities and resources.  I’m hoping most of you are already familiar with these tools and resources and are using them to your best advantage, but it’s always good to do a refresh.   Here are three primary...
  • 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: Small Business Competency and Office 365 Certification Path

    B   V   A Julie Bennani, GM of Microsoft Microsoft Partner Network, recently blogged more information about the upcoming Small Business Competency , which will be launched in June 2012.  I wanted to highlight that there will be a strong cloud focus for this competency. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sales Specialist–Update–Partner Sales Skills Excellence

      B   V  A   Welcome to the all-new: Partner Sales Skills Excellence Program Your Microsoft Partner Network training is about to get even easier. With the growing success of the current Microsoft Sales Specialist program (over 55,000 accreditations and counting), we’ve decided...
  • Blog Post: The Cost of Certification is Going Up

    Rob Waggoner If you missed the announcement, the cost of certification exams is increasing effective July 1, 2011.  In the U.S., the certification exam will increase from $125.00 to $150.00.  It looks like the traditional discounts will still be available, but the discounted price will increase...
  • 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: Updated “Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses” training available!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!   Some of you may recall some excellent training that was available to help in your preparation for Office 365 Certification testing that is under the name of Office 365 for SMB Jump Start and is available on TechNet.  This training regimen has been updated to...
  • Blog Post: Qualifying SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals via the Cloud Deployment Partner program!

    Todd Sweetser What is the Cloud Deployment Offer? Overview: Qualifying CDP SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals! Details: Customers who purchase a minimum of 150 seats of eligible Office 365 Enterprise SKUs will qualify for an investment toward their deployment...
  • 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: 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: Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions for Partners – Starting May 7th

      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...
  • 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...