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Microsoft Cloud for Government – Campaign for Partners
Recently, Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure Government and upcoming availability of Dynamics CRM Online for Government. These offerings together with Office 365 Government provide the most complete cloud for U.S. government customers.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 Internal Use Rights Benefit
Microsoft Action Pack subscribers and competency partners now have access to internal use rights for the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, both on-premises and Online versions. For Action Pack Subscribers, there is a sales requirement to earn CRM Online seats. Download this document for more details.
FastTrack and the Adoption Offer for Microsoft Office 365
FastTrack helps customers get quickly started and active with Microsoft Office 365. Through March 31, 2015, net new Office 365 customers who purchase a minimum of 150 seats of eligible Office 365 SKUs qualify for an investment toward their Office 365 adoption. Find out what steps you need to take as a partner to best utilize the FastTrack resources.
Show Your Customers the Path to Modern
Show your customers the path to modern. Through Ready-to-Go Marketing, you can invite them to watch the #ModernBiz webcasts, planned and hosted by Microsoft, and accelerate your cloud business.
New Mobile Application Management Capabilities for Microsoft Intune
A service update for Microsoft Intune introduces new mobile application management (MAM) capabilities, protecting Office 365 data and much more. In partnership with the Office team, you can also expect new Intune-managed Office mobile apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) for Android devices soon.
December 16: Prepare for Success in 2015 with Microsoft Community Connections (Part 2)
Microsoft Community Connections (MCC) can help you prepare for success in 2015. Increase your leads, gain new clients, and build your pipeline with resources from Microsoft and best practices from other partners. If you face sales and marketing challenges in your business, take the time to invest in your success by attending these two 45-minute webcasts. You can watch Part 1 of this webcast on demand.
Maximize Your Exposure and Connect with More Customers
Microsoft Pinpoint is the marketplace for IT experts, applications, and professional services that support or enhance Microsoft technologies. Recent updates make it easier than ever to list your offerings and expose them to millions of potential customers locally and globally.
Earn the Cloud Platform Competency
If your company is working toward attaining the new Cloud Platform competency, one of the requirements is a sales goal. Get step-by-step guidance for demonstrating your Microsoft Azure sales performance to meet this requirement.
Azure Partner Community: Focus on Managing Virtual Machines
Read our latest blog series for the US Azure Partner Community, with a focus on managing Virtual Machines.
Earning the Office 365 Internal Use Rights Benefit
The Office 365 internal-use rights (IUR) benefit allows partners to use and learn Microsoft’s latest cloud technology internally, so that they are able to sell Microsoft cloud solutions to their customers more effectively.
Training and certification
December 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, webcasts, and informational calls that are coming in the next few weeks. The current Hot Sheet goes through early January, so you can plan ahead. Subscribe to the US Partner Learning blog to receive the Hot Sheet in your email inbox.
Reminder: Microsoft SQL Server Big Data sales and technical sweepstakes ends December 31
On November 1, we announced the Big Data sweepstakes to strengthen your knowledge and skills about Microsoft SQL Server through training and exam preparation. You have until December 31 to pass a qualifying exam or assessment and be entered to win a prize in the sweepstakes. No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. + DC 18+ with an active MPN ID. Game ends 12/31/14. For alternate method of entry and details, see official rules.
December 15 and December 17: Build Your SharePoint Enterprise Solution on Cloud
If you’re new to SharePoint or SharePoint Online, attend this technical webcast to learn how to manage your customer’s Office 365 or SharePoint Online tenant.
December 16: Big Data with the Microsoft Analytics Platform System
Attend this webcast from Microsoft Virtual Academy for a technical look at the Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS), the high-performance and scalable solution built for modern data warehousing needs.
December 18: Powering Your Business with Big Data and Business Analytics
Learn how to help your customers gain real business advantage with Big Data across marketing, finance, sales, HR, and more. This one-hour webcast is for business decision makers and business analysts.
December 18: Labs on Azure – First Steps
Move to the cloud for development and test scenarios and realistically model production environments. You'll learn how to activate your Azure subscription, about Virtual machines, and internal use rights for Microsoft partners.
Watch this video to learn how what’s new with Microsoft Pinpoint, our marketplace for IT experts, applications, and professional services that support or enhance Microsoft technologies. Recent updates make it easier than ever to list your offerings and expose them to millions of potential customers locally and globally.
Calendar through December 19
The list below is a sampling of upcoming partner calls, training, and events. Refer to the December Hot Sheet for a comprehensive, frequently updated list covering the next several weeks.
Week of December 15–19
- December 15 in Houston, TX – Road to the Cloud – Azure Business Strategies and Networking for ISVs
- December 16 – Getting Started Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions, presented by New Horizons
- December 16 – Microsoft Virtual Academy: Big Data with the Microsoft Analytics Platform System
- December 16 – Microsoft Community Connections: Increase Your Pipeline, Generate More Leads (Part 2 of 2)
- December 16 – Enterprise Voice for Office 365 Customers: Driving Adoption for the Lync Online and Lync Server Seats You Have Deployed
- December 16 – QuickLane: Extending Your Application Development Practice with Azure in the Cloud First, Mobile First World
- December 17 – Office 365 and Windows XP – Ready for the Cloud?
- December 18 – Labs on Azure: First Steps
- December 19 – Microsoft Virtual Academy: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
- December 19 – Cloud Profitability Webcast: Developing Your Cloud Solutions – Catapult Systems Case Study
No training, webcasts, or calls are currently scheduled for December 22 – January 2. We are adding January training to the Hot Sheet regularly, as new offerings are scheduled.