U.S. partner news for Friday, September 21, 2012

imageIn your newsletter this week, customized according to your company’s business model, Microsoft Partner Network membership, and your role, you’ll find the latest partner-related information and news about optimizing your membership benefits, plus role-based training recommendations for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft SharePoint. I also encourage you to visit and sign in to the new U.S. partner portal for the latest news about products and programs as well as our September recommendations.

The newsletter you received in your email inbox includes a letter from a U.S. partner expert that’s aligned to your company’s membership, and these are also published to our blog:



New Membership Roadmap Provides Details on Upcoming Competency Changes
Download and review the August 2012 version of the competency roadmap to understand changes that may affect you at your next membership renewal. For a competency consultation, contact the U.S. MPN Experts by email, phone, or chat.

Rise to the Opportunity with Visual Studio 2012
Visual Studio 2012 offers simplified development tools that ensure quality through all stages of the application life cycle, enabling teams to reduce risks, solve problems faster, and continuously deliver value that exceeds customers' expectations. Your resources are now available on the partner portal.

Windows Intune: Management of Windows RT devices and Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT devices will be managed by the next release of Windows Intune. In addition, customers will have the flexibility to use either Windows Intune or Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 console to set mobile security policies, distribute mobile apps, and view reports.

Partner Resources for the New Office
The Microsoft Office Customer Preview page on the U.S. partner portal contains the latest information available about the next release of Microsoft Office. Resources include downloadable presentations and links to recorded sessions. Read about the partner opportunity and then try the preview yourself.

Cloud Essentials: Guide to Online Services Advisor Incentives
Current incentives for partners selling Microsoft Online Services reward partners for specific activities associated with selling, deploying, and managing customer relationships. Advisor partners will benefit from new Online Advisor rates and improvements starting October 10. Download the guide and understand your opportunities.

Exam 74-324 for the Microsoft Small Business Competency Now Available
Exam 74-324, Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses, is now available through Prometric Test Centers. This exam is a requirement for the new Microsoft Small Business competency. Prepare for this exam with the on-demand Jump Start.

Save Up to 40% on Microsoft Competency Exams, Plus Get Free Exam Retakes
Purchase a pack of 3, 5, 8, or 20 competency exams and get up to 40% off qualifying exams plus a second chance to pass an exam as needed. Terms and conditions and link to the list of eligible exams.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for September 2012
As part of our usual cycle of security updates, we released our latest Security Bulletin Summary on September 11, with two Important security bulletins. Review the bulletin and watch the on-demand webcast for details. The next release is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9.

Register for a Local Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Boot Camp
Accelerate your cloud business with the latest information and guidance from Microsoft. Join experts in a city near you and learn to fast-track your sales and profits using the latest product roadmaps, offers like Cloud Easy, customer campaigns, and shared best practices.

Unlimited Online Support for Microsoft Products
Get timely responses to your questions about Microsoft products—including Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office 365, and more—in the partner support communities. Members of the Microsoft Partner Network are guaranteed a response to break-fix, developer, and presales questions from Microsoft engineers.

September 30–October 3: xTreme CRM 2012 Conference in Las Vegas
eXtremeCRM is the hub where Microsoft Dynamics CRM partners come together to forge business relationships, gain knowledge from real-world experiences, and dive deep into current and future technologies.

October 22–25: Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference
Learn the new Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 and exciting new capabilities for Retail, Manufacturing, Public Sector, and Project Management for Professional Services organizations. Be inspired by Microsoft experts on Microsoft Dynamics AX and other Microsoft technologies and make connections with your peers from around the world.

Enter to Win a 46-Inch Samsung LED TV with the Microsoft Dynamics Certify Campaign
Through September 30, for every eligible exam passed, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a great entertainment package. Terms and conditions and list of eligible exams on PartnerSource.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Partner Presales Roadshow
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 will be a game changer—for both you and your customers. The Partner Presales Roadshow, for sales and presales personnel, is designed to introduce the new technologies, features, and benefits of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 to our partners, with the specific intent of supplying your teams with information and resources to drive the sales cycle.

Training resources

Follow the Hot Sheet to Plan Ahead for Microsoft Product Training
The U.S. Partner Hot Sheet is published to the U.S. Partner Training Blog each month, and offers you a schedule of upcoming live training opportunities so you can plan ahead. Take advantage of in-person and online courses and activities, and quickly find links to register by both date and product/technology. See the Hot Sheet as soon as it's published by subscribing to the blog with your email address.

October 29–November 2: Microsoft Lync 2010 Ignite Virtual Training
Experience the deep technical content of a week-long boot camp without having to travel. This event will equip IT Professionals to deploy, maintain, or support Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

Deliver Better Customer Experiences with Reusable Tools and Best Practices from Practice Accelerator
Designed to help you provide great customer experiences as you build your practice around Microsoft products, these reusable tools and best practices can help you identify customer requirements, analyze customer needs, and deploy solutions. Plan ahead with our online schedule.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Fast Tracks Consultant and Developer Training
This two-week foundational training program for new Microsoft Dynamics CRM consultants and developers focuses on certification preparation, real-world insights, and hands-on experience. Information is published on PartnerSource.

September 25: Increase the Efficiency of Your Microsoft Dynamics GP Demo
The Microsoft Dynamics GP Volume Velocity Workshop is a one-day course designed to teach your organization how to build content and sell in today's web-enhanced environment. This course will be offered live on September 25, September 27, and October 19.

September 26: Microsoft Dynamics ERP Road to Repeatability Rally Group Call
Last year, the Microsoft Dynamics team helped ERP partners start down a path to a "road of repeatability." This year continue that journey and ramp up your volume business by embracing the best practices, proven tactics, and wealth of knowledge and training. Register for future calls at https://aka.ms/R2RMonthlyCallSeries.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Fast TrAX Consultant Course
Join us in the Microsoft office in Fargo, North Dakota for 18 days of intensive training based on the core fundamentals of Microsoft Dynamics AX. You will get training for certification based on real-world examples that reinforce learning. Register for sessions in September, November, January, and April.

Featured training for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft SharePoint

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