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  • Blog Post: Update: New Cloud Competencies Announced

    Josh Condie – Reposting of Gavriella Schusters Blog post from yesterday. Key highlights: Microsoft is making it easier for partners to grow Cloud and Hybrid Cloud practices. Partner Incentives are focusing more heavily on Cloud Increased Performance increases benefits 4 Competencies: Small and Midmarket...
  • Blog Post: Register today for a FREE course on how to design and develop a Windows Apportal. Space is limited!

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Whether you’re an established developer or new to the field, this course will give you guidance on how to design and develop a fully functional Windows Apportal. Introduced in July, a Windows Apportal is a Windows 8.1 app that can integrate a customer’s entire line of business...
  • 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: Update: How do Microsoft partners sign up to sell Office 365?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I just wanted to send a quick little update on the fastest way for partners to start selling Office 365 and how they can become eligible to receive fees for selling Microsoft Online Services. It all comes down to signing the Microsoft Online Services...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive for Business Update: How do we Help Customers Migrate?

    Woody Walton Monday, April 28th, 2014, my peer Todd Sweetser in his post OneDrive for Business updates including storage increasing to 1TB! summarized the salient points for cloud seller relating to the announcement of the same day discussed thoroughly in the Thinking Outside the Box Office Blog by John...
  • Blog Post: Watch Now: Why you should subscribe to the Action Pack

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- A couple of posts ago, I wrote about the Internal Use Rights benefits that you would receive depending on your competency level. While I work with a large number of Silver and Gold competent partner, we see so much opportunity for partners getting started...
  • Blog Post: You are Invited! One Day Office 365 Drumbeat Sales Training

      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 to sharing Microsoft best practices, programs, and selling tools, we...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: SMB Reseller Webcast Series: East Region (May)

      J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Partners, are you ready to knock May out of the park? Remember that Big Easy and Cloud Easy promos are ending in 31 days!  So you need to act quickly! For more information on how this all works, head on over to the partner portal: Cloud Easy...
  • Blog Post: Exam Requirements for the New Small Business Competency are not all EASY

    Woody Walton   The New Small Business Competency is a direct result of feedback from partners around the world.  Ithas a lot going for it and we plan on discussing it a lot in the coming weeks at WPC in Toronto, Canada.  You can read up on the competency here .   If you investigate...
  • Blog Post: Profit in the Cloud VAR Economics

    B  V  A Ron Grattopp, one of my TS2 teammates recently did a great blog post on all the Microsoft Cloud resources and where they currently exist out in the Microsoft World, it reminded me of a recent publication I ran across while prepping for a webcast.  I found a great document that...
  • 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: 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 Program 2014 Updates

    Josh Condie – Below is an especially useful announcement from October 25th by Julie Bennani, our General Manager for MPN.  SMB highlights include the evolution of programs such as Cloud Essentials to MAPs, updates on IURs, and changes to the timing of the updates to competencies that directly impact...
  • Blog Post: Partner Advisory Hours

    Q: (from Laura) Hi, I’m not sure if you are the person that I would go to with these types of questions but maybe you can point me in the correct direction.  We are MS Partners and we would like to use some advisory hours for a SharePoint migration.  We have done this in the past but no longer...
  • 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: 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...