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Talk to Your Customers About the Modern Data Center
Windows Server, System Center, and Windows Azure can help your customers respond to the changing needs of their businesses with the power of a hybrid cloud infrastructure. For a customer-ready presentation, links to sales and technical training, sales and deployment tools, and marketing materials, visit the Transform the datacenter section of our US partner Cloud OS page.
Visit the New US SMB Partner Center
The US SMB Partner Center is now at your service, and will help you quickly find the Microsoft resources you need to be more profitable, get trained, build your business, and better serve your customers. The content is organized into five topics, all easily accessible from the main page.
SMB Advantage Offer Ends November 30
Customers who make qualifying Microsoft Open and Microsoft Online Services purchases between September 3 and November 30 can earn partner subsidy funds, and utilize them with their choice of eligible Microsoft partner to purchase additional Microsoft software or associated services. With SMB Advantage, you benefit from cross-sell and upsell opportunities, and can establish your role with customers as a trusted advisor.
Hyper-V Surge Promotion Ends November 30
Deploy Windows Server Standard or Windows Server Datacenter with Hyper-V and earn up to 20 percent on Hyper-V deployment and a total of 25 percent with Software Assurance. Don’t forget to claim your additional subsidy for the Windows Server Standard or Windows Server Datacenter product through the Open License tab. Offer details and terms/conditions.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for November 2013
The November 2013 security updates cover Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, and Windows. You can watch the November webcast on demand, and register for the next webcast, on December 11. The next security bulletin release is on Tuesday, December 10.
Convergence 2014 Registration Is Open, March 4–7 in Atlanta, Georgia
Customers and their Microsoft partners from around the world come together at Convergence 2014 to experience the premiere event for Microsoft Dynamics. Make your plans to attend Convergence 2014, and talk to your customers about attending, too, using materials available on PartnerSource. Register by January 9 and save $300 per attendee.
On Digital WPC: Enabling Our Partners to Succeed with the Cloud
Julie Bennani, General Manager for the Microsoft Partner Network, talks about why partners should be working to embed cloud in their go-to-market capabilities, and provides a list of Microsoft Office 365 assets that help partners prepare to sell and deliver Microsoft cloud offerings. Find out how the Office 365 Practice Accelerator, Advisory Services, and Partner Support Community will help you build your Microsoft cloud services practice.
Yammer Enterprise Now Part of Office 365 Internal Use Rights for Cloud Essentials, Cloud Accelerate Members
If you are a member of Cloud Essentials or Cloud Accelerate, Yammer Enterprise is now part of the Office 365 internal use rights. The benefit is being rolled out now through the end of November for existing cloud partners. You can visit the Office 365 Administration Portal (in the “service overview” tab under “included service”) to check if Yammer is available for your account and activate it.
Microsoft Go-To-Market Services for ISVs
ISVs with apps powered by Windows Azure are encouraged to visit the Microsoft Go-To-Market Services website for resources that can help boost app exposure and performance. From case studies and marketing templates to business guidance, community support, and the Concierge Desk, find out how Microsoft can support your business.
Power Your Business with Office 365 Small Business Premium
Help your customers make the move to the cloud with the easy-to-deploy Office 365 Small Business Premium solution. This version of Office 365 is best for your customers with 1-10 users and includes the latest version of Office plus business-class email, a public website, web conferencing, and document sharing—all easy for your customers to manage, without IT expertise.
Training and Certification
December Hot Sheet: Find and Register for Upcoming Training and Partner Calls
The Hot Sheet is a frequently updated schedule of live virtual and in-person training and informational calls that are coming in the next few weeks. Subscribe to the US Partner Learning blog to receive the Hot Sheet as soon as it’s published each month. Look for the December Hot Sheet during the week of November 18.
Presales Technical Professionals: Demonstrate Your Expertise, Enter Our Sweepstakes
If you are a Presales Technical Professional with knowledge about Lync, Exchange, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Windows 8, Office 365, Windows Server, and/or System Center, you’re invited to demonstrate your expertise and enter our sweepstakes. Pass a qualifying Presales Technical Specialist Accreditation assessment before December 31, and you’ll earn a sweepstakes entry. Official rules.
December 4–5: Lync Ignite Technical Training in Dallas, Texas
Stay up-to-date with the latest technical training on Lync Server and Lync Online. Join us in Dallas, Texas for the Lync Ignite Summit, and choose either the Network Assessment track or Updates and Programs track.
January 7–9 in Chicago, Illinois: Microsoft Dynamics ERP SMB Integrated Marketing and Sales Workshop
This workshop is an immersive experience in building a marketing and sales approach for reaching and engaging SMB customers. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the buying psychology motivating today’s prospective buyers, and how they can accelerate sales results. We recommend that partners send individuals from both their marketing and sales teams to the workshop.
Microsoft Dynamics Partner Training Schedule
There are many in-person and virtual training opportunities planned over the next few months for all roles at Microsoft Dynamics partner organizations, for both Microsoft Dynamics ERP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. To help you plan your training schedule, we have compiled a list of these offerings. You’ll continue to find Microsoft Dynamics training in the monthly Hot Sheet, too.
This list is a sampling of upcoming partner calls, training, and events. Refer to the December Hot Sheet for a comprehensive list for the next several weeks that’s frequently updated.
- November 19 – Practice Accelerator for SharePoint 2013
- November 19 – Server Virtualization w/ Windows Server Hyper-V & System Center Jump Start
- November 19 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Boston, Massachusetts
- November 19 – Azure at Your Doorstep – Partner Sales Training
- November 19 – Yammer: The Responsive Organization with Adam Pisoni & Mike Grafham
- November 19 – C++: A General Purpose Language and Library (Microsoft Virtual Academy)
- November 20 – Windows Azure Developer Camp Online
- November 21 – Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition
- November 21 – Rally the Team: Make the Most of Your Company Intranet
- November 21 – Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Infrastructure and Management
- November 21 – Practice Accelerator for Office 365
- November 21 – Microsoft Dynamics Hour Operational Call
- November 22 – Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Accelerating the CRM Buying Process—Close More in Less Time
- November 30 – SMB Advantage offer ends
- December 2 – Practice Accelerator for Business Intelligence
- December 3 – Ahead of the Game with Microsoft Virtualization and Cloud Services
- December 3 – Practice Accelerator for SharePoint 2013: Social, Search, Portals and Collaboration
- December 3 – Mission Critical Performance with SQL Server 2014
- December 4 – Platform for Hybrid Cloud with SQL Server 2014
- December 4 – Lync Ignite Technical Training in Dallas, Texas
- December 5 – Practice Accelerator for Office 365
- December 5 – Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Infrastructure and Management
- December 5 – Rally the Team: Experience the Benefits of Enterprise Social
- December 6 – Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Differentiation – How to Rise Above the Commodity Sell
Watch this video featuring Microsoft partners talking about why they are already starting to plan their attendance at the 2014 Worldwide Partner Conference. WPC 2014 is in Washington, DC, from July 13–17, and early registration is open now.