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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
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10 Ways to use Your US SMB Champs Club Incentive
One of the conversations we get wrapped into often is around our incentive programs and how partners can leverage them. Often times the SMB Champs Club incentives are just seen as a way to increase margins. While certainly that is one option it is not the only way. Talking with partners I have learned...
31 Aug 2015
Free eBook! Skype for Business User Tips & Tricks for Anyone!
Todd Sweetser I came across this excellent resource and felt it would be a great tool for your toolbox when working with customers. It has a plethora of tips and tricks around utilizing Skype for Business! The goal of course is to get folks consuming the services, and this grouping...
21 Aug 2015
Excellent Partner Sales and Licensing On Demand Webcasts
There are some great resources to help you improve your sales and readiness for your business. Especially if you are looking to get into EMS or Dynamics, these are must watch! You can read about all of them here: Rev up your sales with our on-demand partner sales webcasts Here are the Top 10 list of...
18 Aug 2015
Office 365 Service Comparison Web Site
There is a great new site I just learned about to help you navigate the different offerings in Office 365. The set lets you quickly filter on what your look for. You can find the site here: Office 365 service comparison Here is what it looks like: The site offers the ability to look at this in an Excel...
14 Aug 2015
Office 2016 for MAC is Available for Office 365 customers!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 for MAC has been released and is now available for Office 365 customers! One of the great benefits of an Office 365 ProPlus or Office 365 Business subscription is that it gives your users access to Office for up to 5 workstations. This includes...
10 Jul 2015
Manage Users’ Activations of Office Applications in Office 365
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common ask we receive from partners is “How can we manage the Office applications that users install from an Office 365 subscription?” This has been a challenge but a new management capability was just released that helps with this scenario! It is now possible...
23 Jun 2015
Microsoft a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites
I have some exciting news from Gartner about our EMS suite: “Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Visionary in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. This Magic Quadrant rates vendors on their ability to help organizations...
12 Jun 2015
Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Multi-channel capability. Sell a new way to existing customers.
Woody Walton Hello Microsoft Partners! I know many of you actively sell Office 365 to customers through either our advisor model (direct w/ Partner of Record (POR) fees, or by selling Open licenses through distribution, which has been available for a few years now. Based on channel feedback over several...
31 May 2015
Common Question: How to hold former employee(s) email?
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A common question we receive from partners regarding Office 365 Exchange Online is “Can Exchange Online retain emails from employees after they leave the company WITHOUT using an Exchange Online license?” The quick answer is YES! This would utilize a function called...
18 May 2015
Recommended Reading --- Consumption Economics: The New Rules of Tech
We are in an exciting and scary time in the IT industry! The cloud provides amazing possibilities that can help you provide fantastic solutions for you and your customers. The cloud is also fundamentally changing on how the world of IT does business and how you do you business as well. It is impacting...
5 May 2015
Newly updated! Administering Office 365 for Small Business training
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make all aware of a recent update to the Administering Office 365 for Small Business course that is available on the Microsoft Virtual Academy . This is the third version of this course, updated with the most current Office 365 functionality. This...
28 Apr 2015
Partner Technical Enablement Playbook
Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, Wanted to share with you what I hope will be a great resource for you and your teams. The Technical Enablement Playbook was created with the idea of developing a “playbook” of the common “partner technical enablement” best practices that my TS2 colleagues and I guide...
20 Feb 2015
Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of another tool you can use to help perform administration tasks on behalf of your customers while you are on the road. The new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app is now available for Android and iOS and coming soon for Windows Phone. ...
18 Feb 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
Three Questions to Get to the Cloud with Office 365
Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Sellers, As you talk with your customers and prospects about moving to Office 365, here are three questions I would encourage you to incorporate into your discussions. Working with customers and partners, we’ve found these three questions really resonating as some of the biggest...
17 Dec 2014
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
New Office 365 Sales Guidance for SMBs
Woody Walton Hopefully you are now aware of the New Office 365 Business Plans which released at the beginning of October. These new plans were created based on both customer and partner feedback. In the eyes of my peers and myself these plans represent some of best value in terms of productivity solutions...
13 Oct 2014
Updated Office 365 Plan Selector Tool
Onur Dogruoz In April when we launched the first version of the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool, Josh Condie covered this tool in detail on his blog post . With the introduction of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses, the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool is also updated. This time,...
9 Oct 2014
New Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses
Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I’m excited to see the official release today of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses. As I previewed in a blog post back in July , these new plans include three new offerings specifically designed to meet the needs of SMB customers. To review,...
3 Oct 2014
Office 365 Training Opportunity and Resource! The Office 365 Summits!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Just wanted to drop a quick post regarding some upcoming training opportunities! Office 365 Summit! The Office 365 Summit is a series of limited invitation 2 day workshops for Microsoft's most valued customers and partners providing deep-dive readiness on all...
20 Sep 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
Making Office 365 even better for small and midsized businesses
Tim Tetrick Hi Partners, hopefully you have all seen the recent announcement Evolving Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses about the new plans that are coming for small and midsized business starting on October 1, 2014. I wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the great benefits...
25 Jul 2014
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? ...
10 Jul 2014
OWA for Android client available!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! OWA for Android devices has been made available in pre-release form and can be accessed from the Google Play store . The engineering team will be gathering feedback and fixing bugs during this pre-release phase to ensure that it is what users are expecting and requiring...
17 Jun 2014
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