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New Cloud Performance Competencies Coming September 2014
New competencies for Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure that you can qualify for through your proven cloud performance will be available in September. Partners that attain the new cloud performance competencies will earn the silver level at no cost and will receive gold level at a reduced price.
- Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency, for partners selling Microsoft Office 365 to small and Midmarket customers
- Cloud Productivity competency, for partners deploying Microsoft Office 365 for enterprise customers
- Cloud Platform competency, for partners who specialize in delivering infrastructure and SaaS solutions on Microsoft Azure
WPC 2014 Recap: Announcements, Resources, Sessions on Demand
To help you keep track of the many announcements and resources that were released leading up to and during WPC 2014, I’ve published a list on our US Partner Community blog that includes links to where you can get details about each topic. You'll also find information about where to watch the Vision Keynotes, US Keynote, and session videos.
Microsoft Azure is Now in Open Licensing – Ramp Up Summit on August 5
The availability of Azure through the Open Licensing program provides the flexibility you need to create custom, hybrid solutions that leverage the power of the Microsoft cloud while maintaining your direct billing relationship with the customer.
Ready-To-Go is Evolving to Help You Become a Stronger Marketer
Get on the fast track to better marketing and more sales with the new Ready-to-Go Marketing best practices resources page. 10-minute videos (perfect for a short coffee break), plus getting started guides, campaign execution guides, and marketing-related blogs and articles.
A Mobile First, Cloud First Approach for Governments: Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is joining Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure in providing a cloud available for US federal, state, and local governments. Available in early 2015, the service will allow customers to leverage their existing Microsoft investment on premises and in the cloud through hybrid cloud capabilities including integration with the Azure and Office 365 government community clouds.
Ask the Experts About Office 365 Mail Migration
Attend an interactive forum on August 12 or September 25 about Microsoft Office 365 deployments to get expert advice, learn best practices, and get answers to your questions from Microsoft partner technical consultants and escalation engineers. During this one-hour webcast, our experts will help you resolve blockers you may face during mailbox migrations to Office 365 and understand new Office 365 features that can have a positive impact on your deployment activities.
August 8: New US SMB Partner Insider Regional Calls
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.
Microsoft in Education: Compete Presentation for Chromebook and iPad
Download our presentation about how Microsoft devices, apps, and security and privacy policies provide a solid, end-to-end solution for teachers and students and enable dynamic learning.
Prepare for the August Security Bulletin on August 12
The next security bulletin release is on Tuesday, August 12. Subscribe to security bulletin notifications and add the August 13 Security Bulletin webcast to your calendar on TechNet. You can also review the July bulletin and download the security updates for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Server Software, and Microsoft Windows and watch the July 2014 Security Bulletin webcast.
Microsoft Dynamics Partners: Offer ERP Trials from Your Website
By incorporating a single line of code to your company website for goERPcloud’s On Demand ERP Trail App, you can immediately begin offering prospects free 30-day trials of Microsoft Dynamics ERP that are ISV- and industry-supported. To learn more about this and other offers, visit the MSB Outbound Marketing Demand Generation page. This content is on PartnerSource and requires access.
Training and Certification
August 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.
Exam Savings for WPC 2014 Attendees – Offer Ends August 31
WPC 2014 attendees are eligible to purchase select Microsoft exams at a discount. Get up to 10 exams free, plus get a Second Shot for all exams purchased through this offer. At WPC, stop by the MPN booth and look for the Microsoft Learning kiosk to get your savings. The offer will be available during the conference through August only.
Drumbeat Office 365 Sales Day Training On Demand
The Drumbeat Office 365 Sales Day training for Sales Professionals and Presales Technical Professionals will help you have effective conversations about Office 365 with your upper midmarket and enterprise customers. Complete the Registration form to enter the site and take the training.
Microsoft Azure Technical Training and Certification Sweepstakes
Technical Specialists have one month left to schedule and prepare to take one of our featured Microsoft Azure certification exams or assessments. You'll be entered into our drawing for an Xbox 360 with Kinect for each one you pass by August 31.
Microsoft Dynamics AX Training
Register for new Microsoft Dynamics AX training using our Microsoft Dynamics partner schedule that covers the next several months. We also include Dynamics training in the US Partner Training Hot Sheet, published monthly to the US Partner Training blog.
Watch the US Keynote at WPC 2014, featuring Microsoft US Partner Vice President, Jenni Flinders, Microsoft North America President, Judson Althoff, and partner, customer, and industry guests.
Calendar through August 31
This list is a sampling of upcoming partner calls, training, and events. Refer to the August Hot Sheet for a comprehensive list for the next several weeks that's frequently updated.
- August 5 – Microsoft Azure in Open Licensing Ramp Up Summit
- August 8 – Introduction to Office 365 Development
- August 8 – SMB Partner Insider Call – East Region
- August 8 – SMB Partner Insider Call – Central Region
- August 8 – SMB Partner Insider Call – West Region
- August 11 – Dynamics GP 2013 R2 New Feature Preview (Financials, Distribution, and System-Wide)
- August 12 – Office 365 Ask the Experts
- August 12 – August Security Bulletin Release
- August 13 – August Security Bulletin Webcast
- August 19 in Seattle, Washington – Unite 2014: Unity & Windows Porting Lab
- August 19 – Dynamics Bite-Sized – Introduction to Microsoft Social Listening
- August 20 – Dynamics Bite-Sized – Requisition Management in Dynamics GP 2013 R2
- August 20 – Practice Accelerator for Office 365
- August 26 – CRM 2013 Spring Release at a Glance
- August 26 – The Modern Web Platform Jump Start
- August 27 – Dynamics Bite-Sized – AX 2012 Application Integration Framework
- August 27–28 – US Microsoft Dynamics FY15 Kick Off
- August 28 – Labs on Azure
- August 28 – Dynamics Bite-Sized – AX 2012 Travel and Expense Management
- August 29 – CRM 2013-Business Process Flows and Business Rules