US Partner News Online for Friday, October 17, 2014


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Top stories

Your future in the cloud - why cloud October 2014

Your Future in the Cloud—Why Make the Move?
According to IDC research, cloud-oriented partners report achieving more than 1.6 times the recurring revenue of partners without a cloud practice. Our new blog series explains the partner opportunity in the cloud and what to consider when making the move to the cloud.

SMB Live - Azure technical training

SMB Live: Azure Technical Training and Hands-On Labs Roadshow
Get hands-on with Microsoft Azure at a one-day technical training event that’s coming to more than 20 cities across the United States over the next several weeks. This level-300 content is for IT Pros at partners that serve SMB customers and sell Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, or Office 365.

Windows and devices sweepstakes - October 2014 announcement

Windows 8.1 Devices Sweepstakes for Technical and Sales Roles
Prepare for and pass a qualifying assessment or exam about Windows, devices, and deployment by November 30 to earn an entry to our sweepstakes. There are options for sales and technical roles, and you could win a Windows device—Surface, tablet, or phone. Official rules.

ModernBiz campaign for SMB  

ModernBiz Campaign for SMB Customers
Help your small and medium business customers navigate to the cloud. Download the resources in the ModernBiz for SMB campaign, including web content, sales presentation, customer brochure, customer offer, and more. 

Office 365 community - October 2014

Office 365 Partner Community – October Focus on Identity Integration

This month, the Office 365 Partner Community is focusing on Identity Integration and User Management. Over the next few blog posts, leading up to our November 6 community call, we’ll take a look at the three identity management models for Office 365 as well as third-party federated options. Register for the November 6 community call.


Internal use online services

Use the Cloud to Sell the Cloud – Start Using Your Online Services Benefits
If you have a Microsoft Action Pack subscription or a competency, your benefits include Microsoft online services for internal use. Use these licenses to run your business, train your people, develop and test, and demonstrate to your customers. Find out what licenses are included in your Action Pack or competency benefits, and learn how to activate and start using yours today.

SQL Server Data Analytics Community Calls 2

October 21: Data Analytics Community Call – The Modern Data Warehouse
Register to attend the next briefing about SQL Server 2014, led by Microsoft experts who understand what’s required to grow your BI practice. Help your customers gain the full value of Big Data you need a modern data platform that manages data of any type, whether structured or unstructured, and of any size – from gigabytes to petabytes.

Windows 10 Sales Excellence webcast on October 21

October 21: Windows 10 Sales Excellence Webcast
Microsoft recently announced the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Join Betsy Pridmore, Director of US Windows Product Marketing, to learn more about the Windows vision. Our schedule of upcoming Sales and Licensing Excellence webcasts, as well as a list of on-demand webcasts, is available here.


Join Us as We Build Windows 10
If you're a PC expert or an IT pro, come on a journey with us and be part of creating the best Windows yet. Join the Windows Insider Program so you can be part of every key moment along the way as we create Windows 10. You'll get Windows 10 Technical Preview, all the builds as soon as they're available, and an easy-to-use feedback app.

WPC 2015 - Register by November 2

WPC 2015 All-Access Pass – Pay $1,695 Through November 2
Join us at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) as we redefine productivity in a mobile-first, cloud-first world and anticipate future opportunity in the face of industry-wide change. This premier event for Microsoft partners is in Orlando, Florida from July 12–16. Through November 2, you can secure your spot at WPC 2015 for just $1,695. The price will increase on November 3.

Training and Certification

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November 2014 Hot Sheet training schedule

November 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.

Advance your business through training - Scott Akin blog - October 2014

Connect with Learning Partners to Advance Your Skills and Business
US Director of Partner Enablement, Scott Akin, introduces our new guide to finding training (available both online and as a download) and explains how partnering with our Learning Partners can be advantageous to your business.

Sales Excellence webcast - Azure gov

New Microsoft Azure Government: Watch the Sales Excellence Webcast on Demand
In this level 100/200 sales and licensing training, you’ll learn about the new Microsoft Azure Government offering and how to successfully position this service with US federal agencies including the Department of Defense, plus state and local government customers. This webcast is part of our Sales Excellence webcast series. See the full schedule.

Sales Excellence webcast - EMS attach to Office 365

October 28 Sales Excellence Webcast: Enterprise Mobility Suite and Office 365
Join Office 365 expert, Bryan Von Axelson, for a level 100 sales and licensing excellence webcast about how to attach Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) to Office 365 agreements. You'll learn how to master the customer pitch and where to access resources and incentives. This webcast is part of our Sales Excellence webcast series. See the full schedule.

Cloud Productivity sweepstakes ends October 31

Reminder: Cloud Productivity Sales and Technical Sweepstakes Ends October 31 At the beginning of September, we announced the Cloud Productivity sweepstakes to help you prepare for and pass Sales Specialist and Technical Specialist exams and assessments related to Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. You have until October 31 to pass a qualifying exam or assessment and be entered to win a prize in the sweepstakes. Official rules.

Featured video

Watch this short video about the Microsoft Action Pack, an MPN membership option that helps you learn about, build on, install, and sell Microsoft products and technologies, in the cloud, across platforms, or on-premises.

Calendar through October 31

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

Monday, October 20

Tuesday, October 21

Wednesday, October 22

Thursday, October 23

Friday, October 24

Monday, October 27

Tuesday, October 28

Wednesday, October 29

Thursday, October 30

Friday, October 31

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