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  • 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: New Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool!

    Partners, Need help moving on-premises server workloads to Azure VMs? I’ve been talking to partners about building their business around Azure, specifically Azure IaaS, for over a year now and I consistently hear that partners need help in determining what size VM their on-premises workload would require...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Entrée 365; A tool to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a solution that makes it easy for you as the partner to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience.  While it’s out of the box experience is good, this solution makes it better. It’s called Mobile Entrée 365.  What does it do? ...
  • Blog Post: FREE Microsoft eBooks

    Onur Dogruoz Eric Ligman shared a huge collection of FREE eBooks on his blog yesterday. There are hundreds of eBooks available covering Windows, Office, Dynamics, Azure, Office 365, SQL Server, PowerShell and other Microsoft technologies. It’s a tremendous resource. Enjoy! Eric Ligman’s Blog
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure

    Partners, If you’ve contacted Microsoft requesting guidance on building a successful Azure practice, chances are you’ve received the following messaging: Azure is a platform on which partners can design and offer their own solutions or packaged offerings. Partners can leverage Azure’s Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Data Migration Options for SharePoint Online

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, Typically our conversations about migrating customer data to Office 365 start with messaging, i.e. how do I get my customer’s data from Exchange Server version X, Gmail, Lotus Notes, imap, etc to Exchange Online? We at Microsoft have many resources...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready to Move to Azure with Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment

    Onur Dogruoz Are you interested in moving your workloads to Microsoft Azure, but not sure if your servers are ready? Latest version of Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment is a free tool to help you with your move to Microsoft Azure. Once you install, you can start assessing your onprem Active...
  • Blog Post: Azure will be available via Open Licensing

    Partners, Last week Microsoft announced the addition of Azure to Open Licensing, scheduled to be available on August 1st. Microsoft is committed to providing resellers, like you, with new opportunities to create flexible, affordable and comprehensive solutions for their customers. Over the past 6 months...
  • Blog Post: SMB Advantage: Don’t Miss the Opportunity–Offer Ends May 31

    Onur Dogruoz Yes time is flying and we are almost in the middle of May. It means we now have less than 3 short weeks to take the advantage of this great offer. In March, I have blogged about the details of current SMB Advantage. You can see that blog post here . Just to quickly remind you the basics;...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the TS2 Office 365 Partner Admin Center Quick Start Video Series

    Jeff Stoffel TS2 Video Quick Start Series We just finished creating a short video series on how to utilize the Microsoft Online Partner Administration Center and wanted to give our blog readers a first look. This builds on the recent post by J.J., How do partners sign up to sell Office 365? The video...
  • Blog Post: TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camp Links

    Partners, As you may know from previous posts, we are hosting the TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camps throughout the month of May, starting today in Bellevue, WA! Throughout the Boot Camp series, we’ll be referencing several important Azure links that provide guidance in specific areas. This list will certainly...
  • Blog Post: The Office 365 Service Descriptions and how to quickly/easily export multiple sections to PDF

    Tim Tetrick As referenced several times in this blog, the Office 365 Service Descriptions are an excellent resource for getting questions answered about Office 365. They are the authoritative source for all the questions you have around the features and capabilities of the service. From my experience...
  • Blog Post: Expand Your SMB Practice with Microsoft Azure

    Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest growing Microsoft products in SMB. If you are new to Azure, now is the time to get started and get ahead of the competition … especially with Azure in Open licensing becoming available starting in August! Just launched! Everything you need from A to Z can be found...
  • Blog Post: FREE SQL Server 2014 Technical Ignite Trainings for Partners

    Onur Dogruoz LOCATION AND DATE: Sunnyvale, CA April 8 to 11, 2014 Chicago, IL April 21 – 24, 2014 Reston, VA April 29 – May 2, 2014 Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Ignite brings to market new in-memory capabilities built into the core database and provides new cloud capabilities to simplify cloud adoption...
  • Blog Post: Earn up to 30% in March with NEW SMB Advantage Offer

    Onur Dogruoz ***UPDATED : SMB Advantage offer has been updated and expanded to include SKUs for CRM on premise, Microsoft Office 365 Renew to the Cloud Open Value, Microsoft Get2Modern, and Microsoft Office 365 Advisor Upsell. SMB Advantage Offer is back for March, April and May 2014. Don’t miss the...
  • Blog Post: Calculate your customer’s savings with Office 365

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft partners can now use CloudReady Insight , an Office 365 cost-saving assessment tool from third-party provider Exoprise , to show their customers how much they can save with Office 365. Help Office 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 users upgrade their systems With support ending soon...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with your Office 365 Practice; Simple guidance to get you selling ASAP

    Partners, I’m often asked by new SMB cloud partners how they can quickly become trusted advisors to their customers relating to anything Office 365. The typical Microsoft response to this question is to flood the poor partner with enough training and learning resources to make their head explode! I am...
  • Blog Post: New Office 365 Partner Admin Features

    Partners, Fantastic news for you Office 365 sellers that leverage the Partner Portal to provide additional services for your customers. Prior to this feature update, you were able to: Create trial invitations Create purchase offers Create delegated admin requests Search for customers (by domain) Perform...
  • Blog Post: MEC Demo 5.5 is now available!

    Todd Sweetser MEC Demo 5.5 Now Available! MEC Demo 5.5 has launched! The latest demo version of the MEC (5.5) is now available at www.usmec.com .   MEC Demo is the lightweight MEC program alternative that empowers Microsoft and Partner sales teams to deliver the Microsoft platform value and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Simple Strategies for Increasing Sales

    Are you ever faced with the situation: “Microsoft encourages me to sell volume licensing with Software Assurance but I really don’t see what I get out of the deal?” Join us to learn how to: Develop and utilize a plan to integrate desktop virtualization Take advantage of licensing to add another revenue...
  • Blog Post: 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...