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  • Blog Post: Missed the January US SMB Partner Insider Calls? We’ve got you covered!

    Garrett Bundy Hello Partners, Missed the January US SMB Partner Insider Call? We've got you covered. The recordings and presentations are available to easily catch up on the latest scoop that was presented to SMB partners for each region. · Central: Recording | Presentation · East: Recording | Presentation...
  • Blog Post: Help Lead Your Customers to the Cloud with MPN Advisory Hours: Sample Scenarios

    One of the most valuable resources you may have access to as part of your MPN benefits is: Advisory Hours This is one of the core benefits of being a MPN partner, and often times a underutilized benefit. Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Missed the December 4th US SMB Partner Insider Call? We’ve got you covered!

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Did you happen to miss the December 4th US SMB Partner Insider Call? Well no worries - we’ve got you covered! All the regional calls are available on demand as well as the presentations located on the SMB Partner Center. Be sure to register for your regional January 8 th US...
  • Blog Post: Missed the November 6th US SMB Partner Insider Call?

    Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, If you missed the November US SMB Partner Insider Call, all of the regional calls and presentations are available on demand at the SMB Partner Center . On the East call, Nancie Williams, East Region General Manager shared valuable business insights, Terry Christmas...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Internal Use Rights

    Tim Tetrick As we kick off the blog series this month on Office 365 Things You Need To Know , I first want to make sure that as Microsoft Partners you are taking full advantage of your Internal Use Rights benefits. Microsoft Partners receive Internal Use Rights (IUR) licenses for Microsoft software and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Frequently Asked Questions

    Tim Tetrick Now that Windows 10 has released, I wanted to share a few of the frequently asked questions (and answers!) that I am getting from partners so far. Can I use the free upgrade offer to do a clean install? You cannot use the free upgrade offer to perform a clean install on the first attempt...
  • Blog Post: Attention US SMB Partners attending WPC 2015!

    Tim Tetrick Are you joining the 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, FL next week? Here is one event you MUST ATTEND and one guide you MUST HAVE to ensure a successful WPC 2015 experience. 1. Download the US SMB Exclusive WPC Grab n’ Go Guide Exclusively developed for US SMB partners including...
  • Blog Post: Project Online and Visio Online Internal Use Rights now available

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft recently announced that select competencies now include Internal Use Rights (IUR) for Project Online and Visio Online . If you’ve got a Cloud Performance Competency (Small & Midmarket Cloud Solutions, Cloud Productivity, Cloud Platform, Cloud Customer Relationship Management...
  • Blog Post: Internal Use Rights for Enterprise Mobility Suite!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  My colleague Woody Walton recently blogged about the availability of EMS via OPEN here: It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday! ) Now how can you get up to speed on this solution? Best way is to use...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Setting Partner of Record in an Azure Subscription

    Todd Sweetser In this video I walk through the steps involved in setting up Partner of Record in an Azure subscription.  I also share information on how it is used today as well as how it will be used in the coming months. Also see my recent blog post in this topic as well: Microsoft Azure and Partner...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure and Partner of Record

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some of you may have noticed that there is a new setting in your customers’ Microsoft Azure account subscription settings, notably titled “Partner Information” as shown below: This is indeed where you can now set your firm as Partner of Record on each subscription. ...
  • Blog Post: FREE Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! One of the excellent resources available to partners are the Practice Accelerator series of courses.  Normally they would consume some of your advisory hours allocated to you via Microsoft Action Pack subscription or your competencies .  I wanted to make you...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Support Options for Microsoft Partners

    Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I wanted to take a moment to review the pre and post-sales support options that Microsoft Partners have available to them for use with Microsoft Cloud products. First, I want to talk about Partner Advisory Hours , which are a fantastic benefit available to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers!  Wanted to make sure all were aware of the current SMB Advantage program in place, see info below! Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage! The SMB Advantage offers are valid from September 2, 2014 – November 30, 2014. The offers allow you to claim partner...
  • Blog Post: Free Ignite Training: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services

    Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Wanted to make you aware of some no charge Office Ignite training coming up.  Great opportunity for excellent training on Office 365 Identities and Services! You're invited to attend a free 5-day instructor led virtual training on managing Office 365 identities...
  • 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: 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: 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: IUR (Internal Use Rights) Changes for Microsoft Cloud Partners – Action Required!

    Tim Tetrick In the past, MPN Partners with Cloud Essentials / Cloud Accelerate designation had access to Internal Use Rights for Office 365, CRM Online, Windows Intune, and Azure. Moving forward, however, only partners with a Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) or partners with a Silver or Gold...
  • 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: 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: A Revised List of Learning Plans

    Woody Walton   Although not the end all be all from a training resource perspective, the MPN learning plans are a nice distillation of what is out there.  I often find that they save me time from canvassing the MPN site looking for training resources.  Below you will find an updated list...
  • 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: BIG EASY is BACK–Big Easy 7

      B    V    A Announcing the new Big Easy Offer 7! The offer will run from September 19, 2011 through December 31, 2011.   About The Big Easy Offer 7 The Big Easy Offer 7 allows US customers who make a qualifying purchase to earn a partner subsidy. Similar to previous...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-100 Out-of-Band Critical Alert

    B   V   A  As we all get back in the saddle this week, after the Q4 end of year and holiday season, I wanted to make sure and call attention to an Out-of-Band Critical Security update that was released on December 29, 2011.  This security update resolves one publicly disclosed...