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Build Your SharePoint Business with the Collaboration and Content Competency
Organizations are actively looking at expanding the capabilities of their SharePoint investments to go beyond simple content management. This is great news for Microsoft partners, as the revenue opportunities are tremendous. By thinking beyond initial deployments, you can realize the full business value of a SharePoint investment.
Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Today by Redeeming Your Internal Use Rights
Your Action Pack subscription or competency benefits include software and online services to run your business. You can upgrade to Windows 8.1—a core internal use right license benefit–today. Learn more about your internal use software benefits.
Congratulations to the US Partner of the Year Award Winners
Partners from the United States won 19 of this year’s Partner of the Year Awards, and the 2014 United States Country Partner of the Year is New Signature. These partners represent the best of the Microsoft partner ecosystem, and the US Partner Team is excited to see them on stage at WPC 2014.
WPC 2014: US Partner Keynote and Sessions
This year, the US Partner Team will deliver 11 sessions, and the United States Regional Keynote, at WPC. All of our sessions, and the keynote, are on Tuesday, July 15. You can read the session descriptions on the Session Catalog, and if you are registered for WPC, sign in to WPC Connect and add them to your WPC Schedule.
WPC 2014: The Power of Partnership Video Contest
Share your advice and insights about leadership with the partner community, and you could win an all-access pass to WPC 2014, plus meet the 2014 Partner Celebration entertainment. Contest ends July 1. Official rules.
Earn Money for Charity in the Yammer Give Back Campaign
Engage your Yammer Network and give back to the community. To participate, post a poll on your Yammer network to let your community vote on their charity of choice and using the hashtag #YammerGiveBack. Offer ends June 20. Terms and conditions.
Claim Your Bing Ads Benefits
If you are a Microsoft Action Pack subscriber or a partner with a Small Business or Digital Marketing competency, your benefits include Bing Ads credits. Request yours today, and you and your customers can reach millions of unique searchers, control your costs, and increase visibility.
Take Customer Communications from Unified to Universal with Microsoft Lync
Lync can help customers bring the future of communication to their businesses today. If you have a Lync practice, use Ready-to-Go Marketing web syndication to add Lync content to your website. We’ll keep the content updated, so you always have the latest product information available to customers.
Microsoft Dynamics Partners: PartnerWorks Tailor-Made Marketing Campaign
PartnerWorks is offering a tailor-made marketing campaign in areas including content marketing, search engine marketing and pay-per-click, email nurture, and social media strategies. This offer and others are on the PartnerSource Inbound Marketing and Social Media page.
See How Partners Are Winning with Microsoft Azure
Microsoft partners are delivering innovative solutions built on Azure, a flexible platform that lets you build, release, and manage applications across a global network of data centers. Find out how US partners, 10th Magnitude and iLink Systems, are winning with Azure today, and then get started with these resources.
Use Sales Advisors to Guide Your Customer Conversations
Sales Advisors are concise documents with a product focus that help you prepare for customer conversations. Polish your pitch with information about the value that a specific Microsoft product offers your customer and respond to common questions. We’ve made 9 of the most popular Sales Advisors available today, with more coming soon.
June 2014 Security Bulletin Release
The June 2014 security updates cover Internet Explorer, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Lync Server, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Windows. You can watch the June 11 webcast on demand, and register for the next webcast on July 9. The next security bulletin release is Tuesday, July 8.
Training and Certification
June 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 July Hot Sheet during the week of June 16.
Showcase Your Certification Achievements on LinkedIn
You worked hard to earn a certification or accreditation—you should be able to show it off a little. Find out how you can add your achievement to your LinkedIn profile.
June 17–19: Windows 8.1 Update for Enterprise Jump Start for IT Pros
Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Phone can help you tackle BYOD. Find out how in this demo-filled, three-day Jump Start course with live Q&A, offered at no cost to you.
June 19 Webcast: Increase Your Revenues – Move SMB Customers to the Hybrid Cloud
When it comes to cloud adoption, small and medium businesses show a strong preference for a hybrid (on-premises plus cloud) approach. Offer your customers the choice of private, public, or hybrid cloud solutions that meet the needs of their businesses. Register for this webcast and learn how.
June 25 Webcast: Virtual Sales Day for Microsoft Office 365
Drumbeat is a partner sales readiness program for Microsoft Office 365 that provides training and resources to Sales Professionals and Pre-Sales Technical Professionals serving customers in the upper midmarket and the enterprise. Register to increase your sales acumen and have more effective customer conversations.
Ends June 30: Your Urban Adventure Sales Assessment Sweepstakes
Demonstrate your knowledge of Microsoft products and technologies. Pass a qualifying sales, presales technical, or technical assessment by June 30 for an entry to win a trip for two to New York City. No purchase necessary. Open only to authorized representatives of companies actively enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network who are US residents (including Washington, DC), age 18 years and older. Game ends June 30. Official rules.
Watch this video, featuring Arnie Mondloch, Director of ISV Audience Evangelism and Programs, and Jeff Shuey, Director of Strategic Alliances at Microsoft US partner, Gimmal Group (and WPC veteran attendee), as they talk about how ISVs can make the most of attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. It’s coming up soon—if you’re not registered, what are you waiting for?
Calendar through June 30
This list is a sampling of upcoming partner calls, training, and events. Refer to the June Hot Sheet for a comprehensive list for the next several weeks that's frequently updated, and look for the July Hot Sheet the week of June 16.
- June 17 – Oz for IaaS Microsoft Azure Training
- June 17 – Dynamics AX 2012 Human Resources
- June 17–19 – Windows 8.1 Update for Enterprise Jump Start
- June 17–19 in Scottsdale, Arizona – Lync Technical Ignite
- June 19 – Increase Your Revenues – Move SMB Customers to the Hybrid Cloud
- June 19 – Dynamics AX 2012 Payroll
- June 19 – ERP Without IT-Get Up and Running Quickly and Affordably with a Business Solution from Microsoft
- June 20 – SMB Partner Call for West Region
- June 24 – Dynamics AX2012 Manufacturing Execution
- June 24 – Oz for IaaS Microsoft Azure Training
- June 25 – Upgrade/Migration to CRM 2013
- June 25 – Take Advantage of the New Features Dynamics GP 2013
- June 26 – Virtualization IT Camp Online
- June 26 – Consolidation & Elimination using Management Reporter for Dynamics GP
- June 30 – Windows Intune and People-centric IT – WPC Preview
- June 30 – Your Urban Adventure Sweepstakes Ends
- June 30 – SMB Advantage for Microsoft Dynamics CRM and CRM Online Ends
- July 13 in Washington, DC – Drumbeat Sales Training for Office 365
- July 13–17 in Washington, DC – 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference