How to stay informed and engage in the US Partner Community


imageMicrosoft offers its Partner Network members benefits, training, resources, and materials to help them understand and prepare for the market opportunity, connect with customers and prospects, and differentiate their businesses.

Stay informed about the news, recommendations, opportunities, and programs relevant to your business. Choose your favorite way (or ways) to get the information you need.

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imageStart with the US Partner News Online and the Hot Sheet training schedule

The US Partner Team works with other Microsoft US teams and with our global counterparts to identify, curate, and publish partner-related news and information. We have two regularly updated and timely sources for you:

  1. US Partner News Online – this weekly post brings together product and program announcements, new resources, training opportunities, and a calendar of events—all with a partner focus.
  2. US Partner Hot Sheet – this training schedule is published monthly, and updated as we learn about new training, webcasts, and calls for partners. On the Hot Sheet, you’ll get at least a 6-week outlook, so you can plan ahead.

To receive these useful posts in your email inbox, you can subscribe to each blog by entering your email address in the upper right-hand corner under “Subscribe and follow:”

image Join the US Partner Community on Yammer

With more than 5,000 Microsoft and partner members, our Yammer network offers all US partners an opportunity to get just-in-time news and current information and resources. You are encouraged to like, comment, and ask questions in the community—both Microsoft and partner subject-matter experts are happy to share their knowledge.

How to join the Yammer network and groups within the network

Step 1 Join Yammer at http://www.yammer.com, and activate your account 
Step 2

Request an invitation to join the Microsoft US Partner Community Yammer network: https://aka.ms/uspyammer

  • You must join this network with an email address from a corporate domain—public domains like Hotmail, Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo, Live.com, etc. will not be accepted.
  • We check for invitation requests to our community several times a day, and typically send invitations (by email) within a couple of hours on weekdays.
  • Accept the invitation by clicking through the link provided in the email, and you will be a member of our US Partner Community Yammer network.
Step 3

Join Groups that reflect your areas of interest 

While on the US Partner Community, click the three dots at the top right of your page (next to “Invite.” In that dropdown menu, select Groups to see a list of Suggested Groups and a directory of All Groups. You can join any public group by simply selecting Join. For private groups, you will need to be admitted by that group’s administrator, at their discretion.

Suggested Yammer groups

Here is a list of some of the most popular public groups on our Yammer network. After you have joined our Yammer network (completing Step 2 above), you can join these groups. You can search for these groups within Yammer, or click the group name below for a link directly to the group. Then, click Join.

imageFollow us on Twitter and Facebook

We provide timely updates about US partner-relevant announcements, news, and information throughout the business day on our Twitter feeds and Facebook page. We appreciate your likes, shares, and comments.

 

Twitter

  • @msuspartner – our primary Twitter feed, covering a wide variety of topics to help you manage your relationship with Microsoft. This feed is featured on the US Partner Community blog.
  • @mslearningcurve – coverage of partner-related training and certification news and information, with a focus on the upcoming in-person and virtual courses, webcasts and calls listed on the Hot Sheet. This feed is featured on the US Partner Training blog.
  • @wpcus – If you’re interested in our annual Worldwide Partner Conference, this is where you’ll learn about registration, US partner activities, and more. During WPC, we provide US attendees with real-time updates.

Facebook

imageParticipate in our Azure and Office 365 US partner communities

Last year, we introduced a new community-based approach to engaging partners building practices that include Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365. These communities are led by National Partner Technology Strategists from the Microsoft US Partner Team. Partner Community activities include blog posts, discussions on Yammer, newsletters, and community calls.

Azure Partner Community Office 365 Partner Community

Your future in the cloud - plug in tileTransform your business to the cloud

Microsoft is a cloud-first, mobile-first company, and we want our partner ecosystem to be prepared and capable of building, selling, and deploying cloud and hybrid solutions based on Microsoft technologies. Through the “stay informed” resources noted above—our newsletter and training schedule, blogs, Yammer network, social feeds, and specialized communities—we regularly share resources that will help you build your cloud capabilities.

If your business has not yet started making a move to the cloud, now is the time. Use these planning and profitability resources to understand your options and opportunities:

New Cloud Performance competencies

In September 2014, the Microsoft Partner Network added three new cloud-based competencies.

Visit the Cloud is our core page on the partner portal for additional information and resources.

imageSupport options for partners

Get answers to your questions about development, presales assistance, and Microsoft products, as well as partner program membership support, from the Microsoft Partner Network as a benefit of membership.

 

Comments (3)

  1. DJ Grijalva says:

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  3. Daniel Ndala says:

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