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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
Drumbeat Office 365 Sales Day Training on June 25th
Woody Walton Have you hired any new sales reps recently? Do your sales teams need a brushing up on the Office 365 sales pitch? If so attend Drumbeat! Drumbeat is designed specifically for our partner and focused on selling Office 365. A live virtual event is being held on June 25th from 9AM – 5PM, PST...
16 Jun 2014
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...
5 May 2014
How to Transition an Office 365 tenant from Advisor to Open
Woody Walton So you have been selling Office 365 through our Advisor Program for some time, but you have heard about the recent addition of Office 365 as SKUs in the Open License Program available through distribution. One question that may come to mind is how do I move a tenant (customer) from one sales...
1 May 2014
How Lync Online sells Office 365
Jeff Stoffel Having used Lync and predecessors - Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server - for over 10 years, I take for granted sometimes that the market knows all about Lync and the value it brings to small businesses. After returning from a number of partner events I realized once...
30 Apr 2014
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...
29 Apr 2014
Power BI for Office 365 Training Resources
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! We have been receiving many questions about one of the newest additions to Office 365, the Power BI for Office 365 solution. What is it, how can it be used, what does it bring to the table? Most of all, how can a Microsoft Partner get up to speed on it and...
19 Apr 2014
OneDrive for Business updates including storage increasing to 1TB!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great updates announced today in regards to the OneDrive for Business offering. This relates to all Office 365 SKUs that include OneDrive for Business including Standalone OneDrive for Business, Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise offerings. The updates...
28 Apr 2014
Cloud Assessment Tool: Exoprise CloudReady® Webinars, Help, and Sample Reports
Woody Walton To piggy back on Tim Tetrick’s post titled Calculate your customer’s savings with Office 365 , which highlights the capabilities of the Exoprise Cloud Readiness Assessment Tool, called by them CloudReady® Insight , I wanted to further explain the additional assistance that Exoprise provides...
1 Apr 2014
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...
8 Mar 2014
Addressing Common Office 365 Selling Challenges
Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist O365 Sellers, Following you’ll find a very useful deck that I reference when coaching new partners on how to address common Office 365 customer objections and challenges. The topics below are the most common issues that come up in my partner and customer pre...
1 Mar 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
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...
25 Jan 2014
New Guided Walkthroughs for setting up common mailbox sharing scenarios
Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Sellers! A new tool is available to help you and your customers when they wish to set up some common mailbox sharing requests. These are called Guided Walkthroughs and walk the viewer through the steps required to achieve the scenario they are looking to solve. There are...
14 Jan 2014
Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 Poster
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Recently found this good resource in the Download Center for reviewing how Authentication can work with Office 2013 and Office 365. Two scenarios illustrate how identities are provisioned and how those identities are authenticated completely in the Microsoft cloud...
30 Dec 2013
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