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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Reward yourself with an XBOX with the new Ready-to-Go Marketing Rewards program!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- This is really cool stuff! I’ve been a big proponent of our Ready-To-Go campaigns… FREE and CUSTOMIZABLE marketing materials for you to use with your customers!?  Seriously?  Yes. Seriously. As a Microsoft Partner, we’ve given you content that...
  • Blog Post: MPN, it’s a major evolution, not just a name change…here’s a review of some of the key changes to Microsoft’s new partner program

    by Ron Grattopp…..Well, I’m hoping that all of you already know that Microsoft made/is making some pretty sweeping changes to what you used to know as the “Microsoft Partner Program (MSPP)”; in fact, one of the changes was the name, it’s now the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) .  I’ve recently had...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance: Register to Attend Rescheduled Microsoft VAR Summits in Des Moines, IA; Omaha, NE; and Wichita, KS!

    Woody Walton I just received the actual invite so I am posting this in haste.  Many of you in the Central U.S. who were signed up to attend a Microsoft Central Region VAR Summit in Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; or Wichita, Kansas were disappointed when we postponed those events in early November...
  • Blog Post: East Region Winter 2012 VAR Summits

    A Roadmap for Increased Revenue in 2012 A nnuities. B usiness Building. C loud Computing. How to Increase Your Services and Licensing Revenue with Small and Medium Business Customers Please join us for the continuation of the East Region VAR Summit Series. This event is designed to give you critical...
  • Blog Post: On your mark, get set, QuickStart…

    by Ron Grattopp…..                As I was doing my last post, I looked around my team’s postings on Microsoft Online Services (MOS)/BPOS, and I noticed that although we had covered just about every aspect of MOS/BPOS that you can...
  • Blog Post: Still on the Fence for WPC? 40 Days left!

    Rob Waggoner If you still haven’t registered, you can register at http://digitalwpc.com/Registration .  Why register?  While we offer http://www.digitalwpc.com again this year so that you can view the sessions from the comfort of your own desk, there’s nothing like being there.  This year...
  • 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: Does Visual Studio 2010 Professional come with Action Pack?

    Q: (from Shawn) Visual Studio 2010 Professional comes with the action pack correct?   A: Sort of… There are now two Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) editions found at: https://partner.microsoft.com/US/program/memsubscriptions Microsoft Action Pack Solution Provider Microsoft Action Pack...
  • 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: 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: Big Easy 10 & Cloud Easy now available

    B  V  A The Big Easy Offer 10: Customers get an opportunity to earn subsidy payouts on eligible Microsoft volume license purchases that can be applied towards future purchases of Microsoft software or associated services from their Microsoft partner of choice. · Offer valid purchase period...
  • Blog Post: How do you respond when your customers ask you “Why Microsoft?”

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- As Microsoft Partners, you are tasked with not only knowing about Microsoft technologies but also some of our competitors’ solutions. That’s a lot to know! When your customers ask you to tell them “Why Microsoft” is a better solution than another one...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Competency and 74-324

    B  V  A In past posts, my teammates and I have blogged about Microsoft Competencies, just search our blog with “Competency”.  However, while recently supporting the HTG Summit and IT Nation in Orlando Florida, the topic of Exam 74-324 came up a lot .  Many asked about this new exam...
  • Blog Post: EXTRA! EXTRA! – Take a look at the revamped Touch Wins Program for selling Windows Touch Devices

    Woody Walton For those that know me, they know I am a skeptic.  I would classify myself more as a pragmatist however.  When an incentive comes to market I instantly seek to rip holes in it and figure out where is does not work.   initially I was skeptical of the Touch Wins program...
  • Blog Post: Are you familiar with the upcoming MPN changes?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Head on over to http://aka.ms/mpnchanges to download the July 2013 update. There are quite a number of items for you and your business to consider within the next half of this year as you grow and build your practice! In this update we cover: News and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partner Profitability Tool

      With the ever-changing marketplace, Partners often consider adding additional competencies or services to their exiting practice.  How do you know if it would be profitable ?  Here is a great tool that takes just a small amount of time to estimate the P&L for new business opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Partners, your customers only have 15 Days and 20 Hours to make a qualifying Big Easy or Cloud Easy purchase!!

    J.J. Antequino ----------------------------------         I’m not sure if I have made this clear enough, but you and your customers only have about 2 weeks to take advantage of the Big Easy and Cloud Easy offers!  This incentive ends on MAY 31st!! I wrote about both of these...
  • 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: Microsoft Online Demo Solutions–Updated with System Center 2012 and SQL Server 2012 content

      Woody Walton We all know a picture is worth a thousand words.  This could not be more true than when selling software solutions.   As a partner you have many avenues to get ahold of the product bits to build your own demo environments and to learn from.  Additionally, we have...