What’s new for US partners the week of February 13, 2017

Find out what’s new for Microsoft partners. We’ll connect you to resources that help you build and sustain a profitable cloud business, connect with customers and prospects, and differentiate your business. Read previous issues of the newsletter and get real-time updates about partner-related news and information on our US Partner Community Twitter channel. You can…

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Connect and engage with us in the US Partner Community

The new face of business is emerging as companies continue on their digital transformation journeys. With the greater cloud opportunity forecasted by IDC* to reach $500 billion by 2020, Microsoft has aligned its partner program, the Microsoft Partner Network, to provide the resources you need to build and sustain a profitable cloud practice, connect with…

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Open Source Partners: Containers and orchestration

Building on discussions we’ve had previously in the Open Source Solutions (OSS) Partner Community, this month we’re taking a deeper look at containers and orchestration. For an introduction and background on this topic, I recommend reviewing the two blog posts linked below. And, sign up to join me on the next OSS Partner call on…

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Office 365 Partner Community: Introducing Office 365 Secure Score

Consider this security prediction from Gartner in their top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2016 and beyond: “Through 2020, 95 percent of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.” (Gartner, 2015) While your core cloud service may be secure, are you taking the appropriate measures and doing your part to implement the available customer controls? Do…


MPN 101 partner events at Microsoft Stores in Seattle, Portland, and Palo Alto

You are invited to join me at one of our in-person New Partner Orientation sessions. Hosted at our Microsoft Store locations in Seattle, Portland, and Palo Alto, these sessions – about 45 minutes long – will provide you with an overview of the Microsoft partner program, learn about the requirements of the membership options, and find out what…


ISV and App Builder partners: Developing applications on Microsoft Azure

If you’re interested in developing applications on Microsoft Azure, the Microsoft Partner Network offers resources that align to the software application development cycle to help you bring your application to life. There are a couple of new offerings from the Partner Technical Services team that you may not know about: Dev Chat for Azure Dev Chat provides technical tips…

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EMS Partner Community: Meet the new Microsoft Intune

I’m excited about this month’s topic for the Enterprise Mobility and Security Partner Community. Microsoft Intune is a product many of our community members have been asking me to cover. Now is the perfect time, as there are changes coming to Microsoft Intune that will benefit you and create new business opportunities for you. Microsoft Intune is the mobile device management pillar…


Dynamics Partners: Amp up your Twitter, sales tools, and Internet marketing

Make the most of your marketing budget by taking advantage of offers on the Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Services Bureau (MSB). This month, we’re featuring two free offers and value-added services. With approximately 60 offers from Dynamics-savvy marketing firms, MSB on PartnerSource is your one-stop shop for marketing—and boosting your business. Twitter profile and header graphic design from Mabbit Marketing…

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Data & Analytics Partners: Azure Data Factory

If you work in the analytics space, it’s a fact that the data you work with will grow. And grow, and grow. As the volume of data grows, the complexity of manipulating those data and obtaining real insights also grows. Managing when, where, why, and how you move the data, and the tools you use to…

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MPN 101: Competency updates and resources

The Microsoft partner program is ever-evolving, as we consider how we can help partners keep up with changing customer needs. Last year, we refreshed the list of competencies that we offer in the Microsoft Partner Network, to better align competencies to cloud- and mobility-based solutions. In 2016, we also announced changes to the performance and technical requirements for…


Windows and Devices Partners: Sign up for the February 16 community call

The next Windows and Devices Partners community call is on Thursday, February 16 at 12:00PM Eastern Time, 9:00AM Pacific Time. This month’s call will focus on Microsoft FastTrack for Windows 10, the recently announced addition to Microsoft FastTrack that will help you accelerate your customers’ Windows 10 adoption. We’ll also talk about Microsoft Intune for…

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