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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: You want it, you got it!…great new training opportunity around the cloud and virtualization, and did I mention it’s free!

      by Ron Grattopp……The “Cloud” and Virtualization are arguably the two hottest topics in the industry today, and Microsoft has some great technology for you leverage in your customer solutions portfolio in both of those spaces.  If you didn’t already know about it, the Microsoft Virtual Academy...
  • Blog Post: TS2 Office 365 & Online Services Partner Roadshow, May-Jun 2011

      by Ron Grattopp…..Heard about Office 365, the follow on to BPOS?  It’s already out in public beta and launch is not too far off.  Your customers will be asking about it soon, if they haven’t been already, and you need to get ready for it, and be ready to advise your customers how they...
  • Blog Post: ANNOUNCING: Online Business Productivity Services Customer Rewards Offer – you don’t want to miss this!

    by Ron Grattopp….. This is an exciting customer offer designed to encourage customers to act now on BPOS and to help partners drive online services adoption . This offer will run from February 1 through April 1, 2011. Qualifying customers can receive up to the equivalent of 50% of their first annual...
  • Blog Post: On your mark, get set, QuickStart…

    by Ron Grattopp…..                As I was doing my last post, I looked around my team’s postings on Microsoft Online Services (MOS)/BPOS, and I noticed that although we had covered just about every aspect of MOS/BPOS that you can...
  • Blog Post: Pitching Cloud to SMB Customers

    By Ron Grattopp….. We’re well into baseball season now, so I thought a baseball metaphor title might be reasonable .  I presented a Microsoft all-up cloud story breakout session and helped man our vendor fair booth at a major Distributor’s semi-annual partner conference this past week and, as you...
  • Blog Post: You may be in for a surprise if you haven’t worked with the latest versions of Windows Live apps (in Windows Live Essentials 2011)

    by Ron Grattopp…. I have been doing a series of events lately known as the Intel Channel & Embedded Conference.  Even though this series is targeted to our OEM audience, one of the subjects I present on at these events I believe is important for all partners, and that’s Windows Live, especially...
  • Blog Post: UPDATED: Everything you ever wanted to know about Microsoft Cloud Computing Resources – or at least where to find it.

    By Ron Grattopp …..As you likely know, there have been some major changes in the Microsoft Partner Network program as well as the MPN Portal so it’s time to update this list of resources for you.  I’d also like to give a shout out to Diane Golshan from the US Partner Program team for her assistance...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Office 365 Public Beta – Now Open

    Cloud productivity services, such as Microsoft Office 365, make it possible for small business to access the best productivity technology at a predictable monthly cost.   Office 365 brings together familiar software such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Now Available

        B  V A NEW YORK – June 28, 2011 – Steve Ballmer launched Office 365 today in New York City, for small businesses and enterprises. Small businesses are fast becoming the heroes of economic recovery, aided by new technologies such as cloud computing. “Small and midsize businesses are...
  • Blog Post: So, how do you “take it (the cloud) to market”?

    by Ron Grattopp…..In my previous post I introduced an article on CRN, by Rauline Ochs, called Shopping For Cloud Vendors .  Rauline works, I believe, for IPED, apparently a research arm of CRN, and my post included an overview of the 4 main questions she proposes that VARs should be asking as they...
  • Blog Post: Paradigm shift and the ensuing tsunami of cloud computing

    By Ron Grattopp…..Well, I did a little research on “paradigm shift” and I ran across this one site, http://taketheleap.com/ , with what I consider the best simple definition of it: “Moving from one thought system to another ” and this great quote: "...everything can be taken from a man but one thing...
  • Blog Post: We know you have a choice when you fly…

    by Ron Grattopp…..I’ll bet all of us have heard that phrase on a flight followed by the crew’s thanks for your business.  This post isn’t so much about thanking you for your loyalty – it should be a given that we appreciate your partnership – but rather pointing out a couple of key examples of some...
  • Blog Post: AND THE HITS (BPOS incentives) JUST KEEP ON COMING–Microsoft Announces the Velocity 250 Offer for US Partners

    by Ron Grattopp….. In my last post, just a couple of days ago, I told you about the Online Business Productivity Services (OBPS) Customer Rewards Offer which was an offer running thru April 1, 2011 that provided customers with rebates up to 50% of their first year subscription fees to use as partner...