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  • Blog Post: Conquer the Cloud with SMB Live Events

    Tim Tetrick We are excited to announce the new SMB Live events series, coming soon to a city near you! These free events are your exclusive opportunity to learn how Microsoft cloud solutions can help you address your customers’ evolving business needs. This 2-day series is designed to teach you how to...
  • Blog Post: Cloud SureStep: Azure - Azure focused resources for our SMB Partners!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is an excellent resource site that aggregates much of the available online information around Microsoft Azure!  It’s the US SMB Partner Center: Cloud SureStep: Azure site.  Similar to the Cloud SureStep: Office 365 (formally Cloud 1-2-3) site, it is a one...
  • 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: 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: TechEd 2014 Sessions available on Channel 9 on-demand!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to drop a quick blog on a good resource for learnings on Microsoft solutions.  TechEd North America 2014 occurred last month. While many attended, many others could not.  For those that did not attend, or those that want a refresher or could not get to...
  • 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: MEC Demo 5.5 is now available!

    Todd Sweetser MEC Demo 5.5 Now Available! MEC Demo 5.5 has launched! The latest demo version of the MEC (5.5) is now available at www.usmec.com .   MEC Demo is the lightweight MEC program alternative that empowers Microsoft and Partner sales teams to deliver the Microsoft platform value and...
  • Blog Post: New Guided Walkthroughs for setting up common mailbox sharing scenarios

    Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Sellers! A new tool is available to help you and your customers when they wish to set up some common mailbox sharing requests.  These are called Guided Walkthroughs and walk the viewer through the steps required to achieve the scenario they are looking to solve. There are...
  • Blog Post: Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 Poster

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Recently found this good resource in the Download Center for reviewing how Authentication can work with Office 2013 and Office 365.  Two scenarios illustrate how identities are provisioned and how those identities are authenticated completely in the Microsoft cloud...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners - Now Available!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is a new resource to help guide and assist you in selling and deploying Office 365, it is called the Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners. Aligning to the Reseller Bootcamp agenda, the Starter Kit provides an overview of the key things you need to know about Office...
  • Blog Post: Exam Requirements for the New Small Business Competency are not all EASY

    Woody Walton   The New Small Business Competency is a direct result of feedback from partners around the world.  Ithas a lot going for it and we plan on discussing it a lot in the coming weeks at WPC in Toronto, Canada.  You can read up on the competency here .   If you investigate...
  • 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: Ignite Technical and Sales Training for Exchange, Office & Office 365

    Tim Tetrick   Don’t miss this opportunity! The Exchange, Office & Office 365 Ignite events are a series of free, limited invitation workshops for Microsoft's most valued partners introducing you to the technical capabilities of the recently launched NEW Exchange, Office and Office 365. Technical...
  • Blog Post: Accelerate Your Cloud Business with a Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp   Join Microsoft cloud experts in your area for a one day training to help you fast-track your cloud sales and profits using the latest product roadmaps, demo tools, customer campaigns, and shared best practices. Learn about the new Office and how...
  • 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: End user training resources for Office 365 and Office 2013

    Tim Tetrick   From time to time I get asked about end user training resources for Office 365.  Some partners are looking for help in building out their own end user training for customers, and some are just looking for resources they can pass along to their customers for self training...
  • 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: 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: IGNITE+ – Now available online !!!

    B  V  A Office Ignite Sales and Technical Content Available for Partners on MPN The Office Ignite Sales and Technical content is now available for partners with MPN credentials on the Partner Learning Center (PLC). Each session module features a video recording of the session content delivered...
  • Blog Post: Winning the Midmarket Customer with Office 365

      B  V  A Microsoft is introducing new business models for Office 365, available March 1st.  This video is Part 2 in a 3 part series. It highlights the benefits of Office 365 and targeting the SMB Customer. The Midmarket Opportunity Office 365 Midsize Business offering Targeting the...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Readiness Programs for partners selling to SMB

      Todd Sweetser – Hi there Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to make sure you are aware of some current programs in place to assist with your Office 365 Readiness. First, be aware of the Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365 .  You can use this training to be prepared to help your customers...
  • Blog Post: The Directory Sync tool can now be installed on a Domain Controller!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great news for those that are selling into the smaller SMB accounts that may be running a single Domain Controller and don’t have the resources to have a second server.  Historically you were required to install the Office 365 Directory Sync (DirSync) tool (now...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Web App Client now available for iPhone and iPad

    Todd Sweetser   Hi Cloud Sellers! Microsoft has released a native Outlook Web App client for iPhone and iPad devices.  The client is available for download from the iTunes store: OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad .  There is an excellent blog post and FAQ on the Office 365 technology blog...
  • Blog Post: Join us for a Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business

      Todd Sweetser Join us for a Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business. Hi Cloud Sellers! February 27 th marks an important milestone with the general availability of the new Office 365 for business. We would like to personally invite you and your customers to attend the virtual...