What’s new for US partners the week of January 16, 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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Three ways Visual Studio licensing benefits can help you boost your business

By Colleen CosMaria, US Visual Studio Lead, and Rodrigo de Carvalho, US Cloud Application Development Marketing Manager If you’re a Microsoft partner with a Gold Competency, Silver Competency, or a Microsoft Action Pack subscription, your Microsoft Partner Network membership benefits include licenses for software development tools. Here are three ways using your Visual Studio subscription…


EMS Partner Community: Securing mobility with Lookout

Our first topic for 2017 in the Enterprise Mobility + Security Partner Community is Lookout. Lookout has tight integration with EMS, and can add value to the solutions you design for your customers. I’ve invited Clayton Barnard, Senior Director for Global Alliances at Lookout to tell us more about what Lookout does, and how it benefits users. On the…

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MPN 101: Get support for attaining your first cloud competency

by Rami Noujaim, Sr. Manager for Microsoft Partner Technical Services and Chinmayi Bhavanishankar, US Partner Experience Lead Customers are moving to the cloud, and they want an expert to help them do it. You can establish your expertise by earning a cloud performance competency in the Microsoft Partner Network. Partners that earn these competencies receive benefits that…


Windows and Devices Partners: Sign up for the January 19 community call

The next Windows and Devices Partners community call is on Thursday, January 19 at 12:00PM Eastern Time, 9:00AM Pacific Time. This month’s call will focus on Microsoft cybersecurity, with a specific focus on Windows 10. Our guest presenter for this call is Johnnie Konstantas, Microsoft Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. She will share her findings of a security…


Dynamics Partners: Make a resolution to use expert marketing support to drive your business forward

It’s a new year, and if you’re making resolutions aimed at driving your business forward in 2017, consider this one: use expert marketing support from the Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Services Bureau. The Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Services Bureau (MSB) comprises 15 vendors that are qualified, experienced, and Dynamics-savvy. These MSB member companies have approximately 60 offers…

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Microsoft Inspire: We’re on the road to Washington, DC!

Now that it’s the New Year, our planning for the annual Microsoft partner business and sales conference begins in earnest. While we’ve given our worldwide partner conference a new name – Microsoft Inspire – the things that make this event a must-attend for our most engaged, top-selling, solution-oriented partners remain the same. Come to Microsoft…

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Dynamics 365 Partner Community: Using Power BI with Dynamics 365

Happy New Year, and welcome to the Dynamics 365 Partner blog series for January 2017. This month, our focus is on Microsoft Power BI and how you can use it to enhance reporting and analytics for Microsoft Dynamics 365. Sign up for the January 17 Dynamics 365 community call Microsoft Power BI overview Power BI is…

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Azure Partner Community: Why cloud storage is cool

If you think a discussion about cloud storage is boring, think again. We can’t function personally or professionally without reliable storage to host our data – project files, customer data, our music libraries, funny cat photos. But we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it because it is always there, like electricity. Even though it…

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MPN 101: Resource guide for starting 2017 right

MPN 101 community calls January 11: New Partner Orientation call MPN 101 call schedule Watch MPN 101 calls on demand US Partner Community engagement guide Partner program support benefits Watch on demand: Know your partner support options Blog post: Know your support options Blog post: Technical presales assistance and training benefits Blog post: Unlock additional value…