US Partner News for Monday, September 22, 2014

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Finding your opportunity in the Internet of Things - Jenni Flinders blog post September 2014

Find Your Opportunity in the Internet of Things
Partners deploying an Internet of Things business today are preparing themselves for the IT environment of the future. Microsoft is committed to helping partners blaze new opportunities with this fast developing technology segment, to enable businesses and workers to make smarter decisions and actions.

Office 365 Partner Community resources - September 2014

Microsoft Office 365 Partner Community – September Focus on FastTrack Getting Started
The US Partner Team has established a partner community for Office 365, with activities that include blog posts, discussions on Yammer, community calls, and an email newsletter. This month’s Office 365 focus is on FastTrack Getting Started. The Office 365 Partner Technical Community call is on October 2.

Key to cloud success is in your hands - Microsoft

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.


Watch on Demand: Microsoft Government Virtual Summit
The Microsoft Government Virtual Summit is now available online. This event was intended for government agencies and partners that serve government customers, and featured information about One Cloud Designed for Government.

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. 



September 30: FastTrack Office Hours for US Partners
Join Chris Hopkins of the US Office Team on his new FastTrack office hours for partners call. You’ll learn more about the FastTrack for Office 365 service benefit and the Office 365 Adoption Offer that’s currently in market. Space is limited on these calls. Call information and more FastTrack information is available on our FastTrack Yammer group. 

Cloud Profitability Program - learning path

Go Cloud-First with Resources that Guide Your Cloud Transition
The Cloud Profitability Program is a series of training modules and connection to resources that will help you understand how to take your practice to the cloud. Learn how to define your strategy, shift your offerings, and close more business.

RTG - Constant Contact offer

Try Constant Contact’s Email Marketing Platform at No Cost for a Limited Time
Constant Contact is offering Microsoft partners a no-cost, three-month trial period of its email marketing platform. Manage multiple emails from a unified platform, and take advantage of new email content from Ready-to-Go Marketing campaigns. Download and work with the templates through RTG campaigns, or work with them within Constant Contact. Terms and conditions apply.

Training and certification

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October 2014 Hot Sheet training schedule

October 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 in your email inbox.

SMB Live - Conquer the cloud events - September 2

Register for SMB Live Training for Office 365 and Azure in October
SMB Live: Conquer the Cloud training for Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure will be in several United States cities during the month of October. Register today to secure your spot. 

Sweepstakes for technical and sales roles - September 2014

Two Ways to Win in September: Cloud OS and Cloud Productivity Sweepstakes
In market now, two sweepstakes for technical and sales roles, offering you the opportunity to pass exams or assessments and earn entries to win a Windows device. The Cloud OS sweepstakes ends September 30, so there are just a few days left to enter. The Cloud Productivity sweepstakes, featuring Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, ends October 31. Official rules.

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 October 3

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


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