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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
Ramping up on Windows 10 --- Get Ready With Upcoming Training!
As you know Windows 10 is right around the corner and will be available shortly. We want to ensure you have all of the right tools and knowledge on the new operating system before your customers start inquiring. Please attend these webinars and in person training to learn more on how to keep current...
28 Apr 2015
Get More Azure To Taste, Improved Taste Test Offer You Can Earn Up To $1500!
We heard from partners that you wanted more Azure To Taste and We Listened! The Azure Taste Test Offer has been improved! Partners can now attach Azure on up to 15 WS deals… and earn up to $1,500. This is a 5x increase from the original $300 offer for attaching Azure to your Windows Server deals! Azure...
27 Apr 2015
Office 2016 Mac Preview
Tim Tetrick As I mentioned in my Office 365 for Mac and iOS environments blog a few months back, Microsoft planned to release a public beta of the next version of Office for Mac in the first half of 2015. Well I’m happy to report that Office 2016 Mac Preview is now available! The new Office 2016 for...
13 Mar 2015
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...
7 Mar 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
Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the pressing question top of mind for many of our partners...
5 Nov 2014
Monthly Office Hours covering Microsoft Online Services Advisor Web-Direct and Deploy Incentives!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a resource that could help answer some questions you may have on incentives around Office 365 and Azure. This was posted by Diane Golshan on the US Partner Community Blog but thought it deserved repeating here…. On the first Thursday...
30 Oct 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
Power BI for Office 365 now available to Competency Partners
Tim Tetrick Ever since Power BI for Office 365 launched back in February, 2014, we’ve heard from lots of partners who have asked for it to be included as part of their IUR (Internal Use Rights) benefits. Well I have some great news to share for our Cloud Partners who also have a competency. Power BI...
10 Jul 2014
New and updated Azure Infographics/Posters
Tim Tetrick Wanted to make everyone aware of a valuable resource that has just recently been updated. They are Inforgraphics/Posters that cover the key messaging concepts for Azure, including Overview , Security , Scalability , Identity and Access , and Infrastructure Services . I would encourage you...
10 Jun 2014
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...
5 Jun 2014
Best Practices for securing access to your Azure Virtual Machines
Tim Tetrick When using a public cloud service like Microsoft Azure, securing access to your Virtual Machines should be a primary security concern. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some best practices you can use to help reduce your exposure to attacks. Username/Password Hackers utilize brute...
4 Jun 2014
Azure RemoteApp… give it a try!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! As I mentioned on my previous post, More on Azure Announcements at TechEd , one of the solutions announced is Azure RemoteApp. While there is not a large amount if info available yet, there is some basic documentation. Go to the Azure RemoteApp Preview page to review...
28 May 2014
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...
5 Feb 2014
New study highlights how technology helps fuel significant revenue and job growth for SMB customers
Tim Tetrick According to new research commissioned by Microsoft and independently conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) , a global management consulting firm and a leading adviser on business strategy, tech-savvy small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) created more new jobs and drove more...
20 Dec 2013
Purchasing Clarifications on Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE)
Woody Walton There is no doubt that as far as Microsoft Online Services are concerned, Office 365 steals the lions share of the press and the majority of the content and resources too. This makes it hard sometimes for one to uncover details on some of the complimentary (or integrated) online...
27 Jun 2012
Managing spam notifications with Exchange Online Protection
Tim Tetrick In March 2013, Microsoft released a brand new version of its email filtering service that was previously known as FOPE (Forefront Online Protection for Exchange) . The new service is called EOP (Exchange Online Protection) , and it provides spam and malware filtering in the cloud. ...
29 Oct 2013
Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes
Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, wanted to make you aware of this recently announced sweepstakes offer. Register your company to enter the Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes, and then sell eligible SKUs of Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange Online to your customers. For each qualifying sale between...
3 Dec 2013
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...
5 Apr 2013
Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio
Tim Tetrick I want to make everyone aware of a newly updated resource to assist with your Online Services selling efforts. The Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio is a collection of over 120 unique documents all related to the Microsoft Online Services business across Office 365 , Windows...
10 Jan 2013
Key Changes Coming to Office 365 E & K SKUs
Tim Tetrick As part of our updated Office 365 services rollout (see the recent blog post from Steve Ballmer), I wanted to provide you with a heads up on some key changes coming to the E (Enterprise) and K (Kiosk) plans. First, Office Web Apps is being added to the E1 and K1 plans. Currently...
1 Feb 2013
Mobile Device Support in the New Office 365
Tim Tetrick I wanted to take the opportunity to review the great mobile device support that’s included in the new Office 365. You can access email, calendar, documents, instant messaging, presence, audio, video, and other Office 365 services from your mobile phone or tablet. Supported devices...
20 May 2013
Drumbeat Office 365 Sales Readiness
Tim Tetrick Come learn the proven best practices for selling Office 365! The Drumbeat Sales day provides partners in sales and pre-sales technical roles with best practice sales training for Office 365. Selling Office 365 requires a new way of selling, come hear about it. In addition...
26 Sep 2013
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...
26 Nov 2013
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...
26 Mar 2013
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