US Partner News Online for Friday, August 29, 2014

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FastTrack for Office 365 partner calls September 2-5

FastTrack and the Adoption Offer for Office 365: Overview for US Partners
Join Chris Hopkins, Technical Product Marketing Manager on the US Office Team, for “Office Hours” calls for US partners that will provide overviews about the new FastTrack for Office 365 service benefit and the new Office 365 Adoption Offer that starts on September 1. On the US Partner Community blog, get the call details and add your preferred call day/time to your calendar.

FastTrack and the Office 365 Adoption Offer

Why FastTrack and the Adoption Offer for Office 365 is Great News for Partners The goal of FastTrack is to help customers get onboarded to Office 365 as quickly as possible, improving overall customer satisfaction and providing partners with more opportunities for value added services. Read this post by Gavriella Schuster, General Manager for the Worldwide Partner Group, about these opportunities.

Government Summit - September 10 2014

September 10: Microsoft Government Virtual Summit
The Microsoft Government Virtual Summit is a free, online event for government agencies and partners that serve government customers, featuring One Cloud Designed for Government. This event has two tracks—a Federal Track and a State and Local Track— to best fit your business and your customers.

Competency - Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Office 365

Introducing the Cloud Performance Competencies
In September, we're integrating the cloud into the Microsoft Partner Network, with three new competencies for Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure that you can qualify for through your proven cloud performance. Partners that attain the new Cloud Performance competencies will earn the silver level at no cost and receive gold level at a reduced price. Review the presentation posted to our Yammer network for more information.

Windows and devices US partner update - August 2014

Windows and Devices Partner Update
Read this update from the US Windows Partner Lead for information about the campaigns and promotions that will help you deliver the best Windows 8.1 experience possible on the best devices. The Windows Accelerate and the Corporate Buyback programs continue, and we’re introducing new campaigns and programs that will help you land the value of Windows 8.1 devices and services with your customers. 

SMB Live - Conquer the cloud events - September

Register for SMB Live Training in September and October
SMB Live: Conquer the Cloud training for Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure starts in September in Houston, Texas; Bellevue, Washington; Overland Park, Kansas; and Cincinnati, Ohio. It will continue in October in an additional 21 US cities. Register today to secure your spot.


SMB regional calls for FY15

September 12: Join Your Local Microsoft Team for Their September SMB Partner Call
Register to attend the September 12 SMB Partner Insider calls for US East, Central, and West Regions. Find out how you can enter to win a Surface Pro 3. Contest ends September 12. Official rules.

RTG - Azure in Open Licensing

Microsoft Azure in Open Licensing Campaign
Azure in Open offers you tremendous opportunities. Target more customers with this flexible, affordable licensing model. Start getting the word out now with the marketing and sales materials provided in this campaign.

Partner Incentives portfolio

The Microsoft Partner Incentives Portfolio
Microsoft Small and Medium Business and Surface Incentives are now live in market—learn more about the Partner Incentives available now and that are coming later this year. Sign in for access.

RTG ModernBiz campaign

From Server to Cloud, PCs to Mobile Devices: #modernbiz for SMB Customers Campaign 
The ModernBiz campaign focuses on delivering real-world solutions that address the key business goals and challenges of SMBs. Campaign assets include sales tools, marketing templates, competitive resources, and partner readiness materials. Our new ModernBiz campaign will help you get to market quickly to deliver solutions your SMB customers need, so you can be more profitable.

Microsoft Pinpoint - get listed and connect w Customers

Microsoft Pinpoint: Optimize Your Profile and Connect with Customers
Get listed on Microsoft Pinpoint and start connecting with customers looking for services and applications from trusted experts. In the Partner Center, you'll find tips for creating a profile that gets noticed, inviting customers to submit reviews about your company and offerings, and more.

Bing Ads back-to-school ebook

Optimize Your Bing Ads Campaigns for Back-to-School Season 
Back-to-school is one of the largest retail season of the year. Download the Bing Ads Agency eBook and drive greater client profits this retail season.

Training and Certification


Stay 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 - banner

September 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.

Cloud Profitability Program training modules

Build a Profitable Cloud Practice: New Blog and Training Series
New Cloud Profitability Program training modules help you understand the benefit of cloud business and how to get started to transform your company into the cloud world.

Azure Essentials webcasts

Add Microsoft Azure to Your SMB Cloud Practice – Azure Essentials Webcasts
The Azure Essentials web series features business and technical content for partners that want to offer their SMB customers Azure-based solutions. Get started with on-demand sessions, and then register for live webcasts that start in September.

Training Team - Cloud OS sweepstakes

US Partner Cloud OS Sweepstakes for Sales and Technical Roles
Enter the Cloud OS sweepstakes by passing eligible certification exams, technical assessments, and sales assessments that cover Windows Server, System Center, and SQL Server. On our US Partner Training and Certification blog, we provide both technical and sales training and resource recommendations. Contests end September 30.

WPC 2014 Exam Offer

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.

Featured video

Watch this video, featuring Worldwide Partner Group Vice President, Phil Sorgen, and General Manager, Gavriella Schuster, to learn how the Microsoft Partner Network program is making it easier for you to build your business while bringing industry-leading cloud solutions to customers.

Calendar through September 12

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

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