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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...
13 Jun 2013
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
UPDATED Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio
Tim Tetrick In a blog post from January , I talked about the Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio as a resource to assist with your Online Services selling efforts. I’m happy to announce that we have an updated version of the PDF Portfolio now available with completely refreshed content...
5 Apr 2013
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...
4 Mar 2013
2013 Worldwide Partner Conference – Pre-Registration Open – Save $300
Josh Condie – WPC 2012 was the biggest and best WPC yet. Now, we’re focused on bringing you a conference experience that delivers you the information, insights, and connections that will help your business win big. Through January 30, you can pre-register for WPC 2013 at a significant discount...
15 Jan 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...
9 Jan 2013
Now Available – Work Smart Guide for Windows 8 – The Quick and Essential Training for End-Users
Josh Condie – For those of you who subscribe to the weekly Technet Newsletter, you may have already seen this. For those of you who don’t, or may not have reviewed the entire newsletter, this resource is worth calling out. The Work Smart Guide for Windows 8 is a condensed, visual guide to...
31 Oct 2012
Hosting Your Own Windows 8 Event
Q: (from Bill) I’ve got a Windows 8 sneak preview event next Thursday. I’m starting to build up my presentation / demo. Any topic suggestions? A: First off, are you aware of Diane Golshan’s blog on Windows 8 Partner Readiness Resources? http://blogs.technet.com/b/msuspartner/archive...
22 Oct 2012
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...
1 Sep 2012
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
Announcing Cloud Easy Offer - 15% of 1 year subscription
B V A The Cloud Easy Offer gives your customers choices on Microsoft Online solutions to fit their organization’s unique IT Productivity and investment requirements. Customers who make a qualifying Online Services purchase earn money back, 15% of 1 year subscription in the form of a partner...
14 Aug 2012
Small Business Competency Exam Refresh and Prep Resources
If you have been researching the Small Business Competency , you may have read the feedback on the 74-323 Exam and that Microsoft is releasing a revised exam 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses . In addition, the Jump Start readiness resource is hosting a multi-day, multi-hour webcast...
8 Aug 2012
Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th
Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months. The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours! A high-value training offering that can help your business expand across...
31 Jul 2012
New Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 Now Available
By Ron Grattopp …..Most of you should be familiar with this tool by now, so I won’t go into details here, you can use the links below to get more info and download it. As a quick overview, here are some of the newer key scenarios that MAP v7.0 can help you with: · Determine your readiness for Windows...
11 Jul 2012
More Ways to Stay Current with Partner Training Opportunities
Josh Condie - Last week I posted an overview of the new Partner Learning Tool – a great resource to sharpen your technical and sales skills, across product lines, online and for free. This caught the attention of our internal U.S. Partner Learning Team, who are also in the process of promoting...
11 Jun 2012
New MCSE Certification Paths for SQL Server 2012–Available This Month
Josh Condie – Microsoft has just announced the 2 certification paths to receive your MCSE for SQL Server 2012. These tracks will be built upon the new technical certification redesign that Microsoft introduced just a few months back. Following the April launch of SQL Server 2012, two new...
8 Jun 2012
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...
8 Jun 2012
Office 365 for Government Announced
Josh Condie – Yesterday, Microsoft announced Office 365 for Government. This represents a great opportunity for our SMB partner community, especially at the local and regional government level. Small State and Local Government entities are the perfect candidates for secure and private cloud...
31 May 2012
Sales Specialist Virtualization & Management merge
B V A Hopefully you are aware Microsoft, based on feedback from many partners, changed the Virtualization and Systems Management individual competencies into one competency starting in May 2012. For more information check out this post - Competency Merge Part of this change was...
23 May 2012
US Office 365 Partner Update Newsletter for May
Josh Condie – The Online Services Partner Update Newsletter is a great resource for the evolving world of resources (demo environments, pre-sales, etc.), programs and support for both new and mature Microsoft Online Services partners. I highly encourage you to subscribe below, if you haven’t already...
14 May 2012
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...
24 Apr 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...
5 Mar 2012
Making more Margin with FY12–H2 VAR Rebate
B V A U.S. Partner Rebate Program: Microsoft FY12-H2 U.S. VAR Rebate Program Eligibility: In order to receive U.S. Partner Rebate Program rebates from Microsoft, you must be a Value Added Reseller of Microsoft Corporation software ("Partner") in good standing with Microsoft...
9 Feb 2012
Office 365 Demo Provisioning Toolkit–NOW KNOWN as MEC
B V A UPDATE – We have a NEW Microsoft Experience Center – Check out Todd’s Post - http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2013/03/01/get-demoing-office-365.aspx New Link for TOOL – https://www.usmec.com Looking for a great way to really demo Office 365 for your customers...
12 Dec 2011
Announcing the SMB Server Experience Tool
By Ron Grattopp ….. You’ll want to check out the brand new SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page (screenshot below) of the microsoft.com Server and Cloud Platform site. These tools just launched today and are a unique solution which...
18 Nov 2011
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