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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...
20 Feb 2015
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. ...
19 Jan 2015
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...
29 Dec 2014
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...
6 Dec 2014
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...
4 Sep 2014
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...
25 Aug 2014
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...
14 Aug 2014
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...
30 Jul 2014
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...
24 Jul 2014
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...
4 Apr 2014
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...
20 Dec 2013
How can I install Microsoft Products for Sales Demos without breaking the bank?
Woody Walton I am often asked by partners how they can get software for their sales teams to Demo without having to pay for the license. There are several answers to that questions and I thought I would run them by you all as a refresher. While investigating for a recent inquiry, I...
1 Jun 2013
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...
31 Aug 2012
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...
1 Mar 2012
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...
6 Mar 2012
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...
7 Jun 2012
Assessment Tool’s–Now Available–
B V A Private Cloud, CIO Conversation assessment, and Five Application Workload-Specific assessments There are actually 2 different Cloud Assessment tools, the first is targeted to the End-User Customer, you can use this to introduce the topic of Private Cloud, and utilizing Process and Management...
27 Feb 2012
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...
31 Dec 2012
Great Windows Client Resource Collection for the IT Pro
Josh Condie – Stephen Rose and his team have put together an amazing IT Pro resource for the Windows client The Springboard Series! Where to find guidance demos, tools, and tips for IT pros? The Springboard Series! What is the Springboard Series? The Springboard Series is Microsoft’s engagement...
30 Apr 2013
Remember, you can win prizes for completing free partner training (but only until June 30th)
By Ron Grattopp …..My teammate BVA recently did a post on the new Windows Intune Sales Specialist accreditation , and he included some links to the Partner Learning Center (PLC), where you can find lots of training around almost any Microsoft technology most of it free. I’m sure you’re all...
29 May 2012
Don’t miss out on the VAR Rebate and the Big Easy
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Last week I met with partners from across the country who were excited about their partnership with Microsoft. We spoke about virtualization and competencies and how to make money implementing solutions. They were surprised to learn that they...
9 May 2011
Please Vote for your favorite in the Microsoft U.S. Partner Video Contest!
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The videos are in! As Microsoft Partners, I’m sure you’ll relate to many of them…. and get a good laugh out of them too Voting is set to end on July 3rd at 11:59 P.M. so you still have time to view all of the videos and share them with your teams. Click...
1 Jul 2012
Partner to Partner Business with Pinpoint
Q: (Scott) I attended a presentation of yours on Office 2010 a few years ago. I've got a client who's having trouble with a SharePoint installation. I know very little about SharePoint myself. Can you recommend anybody who may be able to help them? A: (with contribution by Diane Golshan...
11 Jun 2012
Windows Intune Sales Specialist
B V A I was recently out looking for the update to the Systems Management and Virtualization merge on the Microsoft Sales Specialist site, and ran across the new Windows Intune Sales Specialist Accreditation: “The Windows Intune accreditation, featured on Microsoft Sales Specialist, prepares...
25 May 2012
Microsoft has me under the wrong partner account
Q: (from Jeffrey) I get one or two emails a quarter that lists me still under my previous employer. I had disconnected from them in 2009. And setup my company. Is there an easy way to check where this outdated information is coming from? A: There are three places you can check: profile.microsoft...
17 Jul 2011
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