US Partner News Online for Friday, July 11, 2014

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Top stories

Phil Sorgen WPC Day 1 KeynoteNew Cloud Technologies and Services Increase Your Opportunities
Microsoft is releasing product updates, innovations, and expansions to meet cloud demand. Phil Sorgen announces some of the new technologies and services that will be highlighted at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and over the next few months.

imageWatch the WPC 2014 Vision Keynotes Live Online
If you can’t make it to Washington, DC for WPC 2014, you can still participate in the conference buzz and excitement by watching the Vision Keynotes live online on the DigitalWPC website. Diane Golshan will be covering the keynotes on Twitter via @msuspartner—you can join the conversation using the hashtag #WPC14.

  • Day 1 Vision Keynote, featuring Phil Sorgen – Monday, July 14 from 8:45AM–11:30AM Eastern Time
  • Day 3 Vision Keynote, featuring Satya Nadella – Wednesday, July 16 from 8:45AM–11:30AM Eastern Time


Subscribe to the New US SMB Partner Insider Newsletter
Get the latest Microsoft news delivered to your inbox with the SMB Partner Insider Newsletter. Register now to get the latest product announcements, earn more money through SMB-focused offers and incentives, refresh your skill set with training, and more. To access the US SMB Partner Insider registration page and subscribe,  you will need to sign in with a Microsoft account.

Power BI for Office 365 - internal use benefit for MPN competencyPower BI for Office 365 Now a Core Internal Use Benefit for Competency Partners
Power BI for Office 365 is now a core MPN internal use benefit for all silver and gold competency partners. Activate and access your benefit today in the Partner Digital Download portal.



Dynamics GP on Azure case study - SyvantisData Protection Firm Does Not Miss a Beat Migrating to Microsoft Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure
High-tech spinout, Catalogic Software, needed to put a new IT infrastructure into place quickly. Microsoft partner, Syvantis Technologies, helped Catalogic migrate to Microsoft Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure with virtually no disruption to their business or to financial processes.

Prepare for WPC 2014

US Partners Guide screenshotThe US Partner’s Guide to a Great WPC 2014
Flip through this comprehensive look at what you'll see, hear, and do while at WPC 2014. Get tips and guidance for getting the most out of your conference investment and attendance.

For real time updates during WPC 2014 about US attendee activities, follow @WPCUS on Twitter.

Add the United States Regional Keynote to Your WPC Schedule
The United States Regional Keynote is on Tuesday, July 15, from 4:00PM–5:00PM in Ballroom ABC of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Join US Partner Vice President, Jenni Flinders, Microsoft North America President, Judson Althoff, and special guests to learn about Microsoft partner investments in the coming year and your opportunities. Add session LS629 to your WPC Schedule in WPC Connect.

Final Twitter Banner - US Party at WPC 2014July 15: US Partner Celebration at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The US Celebration at WPC 2014 is our opportunity to thank you for being a Microsoft US partner, celebrate the past year’s successes, and toast the year ahead. This year’s party for US partners is at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. We invite you to network, relax, and explore this amazing venue with the Microsoft US Partner Team and your fellow US WPC attendees.

  • A wristband is required for entry. Pick yours up at the US Lounge in The Commons on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday (before the 4:00PM US Keynote).
  • Bus transportation will be provided starting at 7:00PM from four hotels—see our US Celebration blog post for details.

Make the connection with VFI at WPC 2014US Partners and Voices for Innovation: Make the Connection at WPC
As a WPC 2014 attendee, you’ll have unparalleled opportunities to meet with some key players shaping our nation’s tech policy strategy, and forge rich connections that could be a boon to your business. Find out about the VFI sessions and engagement opportunities.


Power BI for Office 365 - MPN portal resourcesBuild Your Power BI for Office 365 Capabilities
Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based solution that reduces the barriers to deploying self-service BI environments. Become a Power BI for Office 365 solutions capabilities expert, using these partner resources.

Evolving Your Delivery Model to Maximize Profitability in the Cloud
The cloud offers partners an opportunity to move from a pure project-based delivery model to a mix of project-based and managed services. Making this move allows you to successfully execute a project up front while mixing and optimizing resources for the long-term customer relationship. Read this blog post about US partner, RoseBud Technologies, and how they made this shift.

SMB regional calls for FY15Get the Inside Scoop—Register for the New SMB Partner Insider Call Series
Join your region’s SMB Partner Insider call each month for the inside scoop on what’s happening now and what's coming next from SMB at Microsoft. You’ll get business insights from your Microsoft Regional General Manager, as well as updates about new products, solutions, offers, and incentives, plus best practice tips from fellow SMB partners.

Training and Certification

Twitter_coolgrey11Stay informed about training opportunities that align to your business and role. For real-time updates and reminders about upcoming training, follow @mslearningcurve on Twitter.

Hot Sheet training schedule - bannerJuly 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.

Enter to Win: Pass a Microsoft Azure Exam or Assessment by August 31
Pass any of our six featured Azure exams or assessments by August 31 to be entered into our drawing for an Xbox 360 console with Kinect sensor. See our blog post for training to help you prepare. Official rules.

July 16 Hybrid Cloud sessionJuly 16 at WPC: Increase Your SMB Revenues with a Hybrid Cloud Solution
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.

Microsoft Azure Sales Training
Microsoft Azure provides a flexible platform to let you build, release, and manage applications across a global network of data centers. See our recommendations for self-paced sales training and resources designed to introduce you to and deepen your understanding of Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Webcast Series Available On Demand
Oz for Iaas training is now available on demand. These 300-level courses cover technical information and include sales training, to help you sell and deliver Azure infrastructure solutions to customers.

Calendar through August 31

This list is a sampling of upcoming partner calls, training, and events. Refer to the July Hot Sheet for a comprehensive list for the next several weeks that's frequently updated.

Comments (4)
  1. Lenora says:

    We just went through the best online Office 365 training at

  2. Gwen says:

    Link errror: Build Your Power BI for Office 365 Capabilities

  3. Suggestion for Office 365 SMB says:

    Greetings, after a very difficult and painful transition for a client of mine to Office 365 I would like to make a very needed suggestion. I see that the recent news about O365 is that there will be more flexible options which is much needed, however I
    have found that Microsoft should address the issue concerning Users and Emails. From what I see in order to have each user have a separate email box they must have a separate subscription. An example is a organization has 5 depts. Owner, Sales, Admin, Support,
    and Info. For each of these to have a separate email for its own use they must add each dept as a separate subscribe and filter out access modules such as Outlook, Excel, and others. The other companies such as Google, Homestead, and others offer 5 mailboxes
    for free in the DOMAIN sign ups. So a business using O365 for email must sign up each user to Exchange at about $4.00 per user. This is not acceptable for a small business on a tight budget. In order to make this more attractive why not have an Exchange package
    for SMBs which matches the DOMAIN users. A one price bulk for the initial sign up. Here is what I am suggesting:

    1. Office 365 with Office 2013 Pro 1 main user other share same user log in.
    2. 5 email boxes for the company use at 1 price
    3. They ability to access each email separately on other devices such as IPAD, IPHONE without extra charges.
    4.One Drive and Sharepoint also included under to 1 user and shared to the others.
    5. As the company grows, of course additional charges for the expanding usage such as another subscription for Office 2013 if needed.

    As a Microsoft Partner I see how flexible solutions such as this can be an excellent selling tool to the client and in turn allow Microsoft to have its products used to the fullest by its customers.

    Michael A Davis Consultant

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