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  • 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: 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: Register for the Worldwide Partner Conference TODAY at a $300 discount!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- 2012 is shaping up to be a VERY exciting year for Microsoft Partners.  New opportunities abound! If you want to maximize and grow your partnership with Microsoft, we definitely encourage you to attend this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference. You...
  • Blog Post: the big easy–back in market

    B  V  A       The Big Easy Offer 8 is back by popular demand! The Big Easy Offer 8 is back and the offer is valid from March 5 th - June 30, 2012.  Remember, the offer includes online as well as on-premise SKUs! About The Big Easy Offer 8 The Big Easy Offer 8 allows US customers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Incentives and Strong Close for End of Quarter/Fiscal

    B  V  A By now as a Microsoft Partner, hopefully you are aware that Microsoft is on a July 01 – June 30th Fiscal Year.  This attributes to many incentives, both Partner and Customer oriented ending on June 30th .  We have had many great opportunities for both over the past fiscal...
  • Blog Post: Get assistance in building up your Cloud Practice from your preferred Distributor!

    Todd Sweetser   Hi Cloud Sellers and would be Cloud Sellers! Our Cloud partner community continues to evolve and grow at an accelerated pace.  As such the information pool available tends to be everywhere, sometimes making the information you are searching for challenging to find.  This...
  • Blog Post: Marketing Webcast by Ready to Go Team

    B  V  A In recent conversations with many partners we have received feedback on helping them drive better Marketing and Sales campaigns.  The Ready to Go team has put together the following webcast to help you drive sales with your marketing plan.  Please join Kelly Stark , Sr. Partner...
  • 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: Don’t Leave Free Money on the Table: The Customer Ignite Offer expires in two weeks.

    Woody Walton   It isn’t often that anyone offers to give you anything for free, so when it comes along you should take advantage.   Recently, the Ready-to-go team at Microsoft put together the Customer Ignite offer .  The offer ends on May 15th and there is still plenty of time to...
  • Blog Post: Engaging with a Distributor for Selling Microsoft Online Services

    by Ron Grattopp…..                                 This is a follow up to my teammate Woody’s posting on Jan 10th, Are you signed up to sell BPOS...
  • Blog Post: Introducing The Beyond Easy Campaign for FY13 Q4 – Find. Sell. Reward!

    Josh Condie – This FY13 Q4 campaign is built to provide partners a single compelling place to maximize their opportunity with Microsoft. By utilizing the vast Microsoft investments showcased in this campaign, it is now Beyond Easy for partners to find new and existing customers, close business...
  • Blog Post: Partner Resolutions for the New Year!

    Woody Walton   If you are in the eastern Time zone it is already 2013!  So happy New Year to you.  If you are like me, you have an hour or two left.  In any case with the new year comes resolutions!  …As I am recommending resolutions to you, I will refrain from the “quit smoking...
  • 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: ELEVEN NEW Ready-To-Go Marketing Campaigns!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Start the new year right by putting together your 2012 marketing resolutions and get a head start with the Ready-to-Go Marketing campaigns. Your Microsoft Ready-To-Go Marketing team has put together Eleven NEW campaigns for our Microsoft Partners. New...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp is Coming to a City Near You…

      Josh Condie – If you have just begun to sell Microsoft Online Services such as Office 365 and are looking for the deep guidance to accelerate your new practice, then this course is just what you need.  You will learn about all of the programs and resources available to you and your customers...
  • Blog Post: VAR Rebate now available !!!

      On January 1, we launched the FY11 H2 VAR Rebate Program. It will run from January 1 through June 30, 2011, the second half (H2) of the current Microsoft fiscal year (FY11).   The FY11 H2 U.S. VAR Rebate Program allows you to earn up to 20% in rebates when you sell annuity agreements, specifically...
  • Blog Post: Have You Used YOUR Microsoft Virtual Partner Concierge?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Today, I had a great visit with some of the members of the IAMCP chapter in the New Orleans area.  We covered System Center and Intune, but we also discussed some of the resources out there for partners and we discussed how difficult it is to filter...
  • Blog Post: 2011 WPC – Registration Now Open

    Welcome to WPC 2011 July 10th-July 14th in Los Angeles, California Why Attend WPC 2011? • Meet and network with other partners and with Microsoft • Hear the product and technology roadmap from Microsoft executives • Learn about Microsoft priorities for the partner business in our new fiscal year (FY12...
  • Blog Post: Bing Business Portal (in Beta)

    Josh Condie – The Bing Business Portal is in beta and is a great resource to acquaint yourself, and your business, with.  It is nicely tailored for the SMB segment, and replaces Bing Local Listings .  Bing Business Portal is a free service that allows you to claim your business listing information...