US Partner News Online for Friday, February 20, 2015

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Build your partner business for the cloud-first, mobile-first era
Accelerate your business, profitably, with Microsoft cloud services: Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Use our guide to find suggested resources that help each stage of your business. Read more.


We’re throwing a party at WPC 2015, and you’re invited
Each year, the US Partner Team hosts US WPC attendees at a party that celebrates our year of partnership, giving us an opportunity to get together in a relaxed atmosphere and have some fun. This year’s US Celebration is on Tuesday, July 14 at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. Read more.


Sales and Licensing Excellence webcasts for Microsoft Dynamics partners
Register for these sales-oriented webcasts about Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM Online. You’ll get insights to new sales opportunities and how to have effective customer conversations. Webcast schedule.


Get visibility to our plans for Office 365 and Microsoft Azure
Online roadmaps are available for Office 365 and the Cloud Platform that includes Azure, so you can easily view newly available products, features, and services.

Readiness guide for partners - February 2015

Train your sales and technical teams without sacrificing productivity
Microsoft and its Learning Partners offer in-person, live virtual, and self-paced training that meets the needs of all roles at your company. Check out a new self-paced training option for IT pros and developers, and encourage your sales professionals to use on-demand webcasts and learning paths to build their knowledge. Download our comprehensive partner readiness guide for links to these options. Get the guide.

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Partner of the Year Awards are open now through April 14
Our awards program is your opportunity to compete for awards that showcase the solutions you’ve built on Microsoft technologies that benefit our mutual customers. Receiving a Partner of the Year Award positions your company for new business opportunities, generates positive press coverage, and can lead to greater market recognition. Read more.


Microsoft Azure Sales Assessment coming soon—prepare with this learning path
This spring, you can earn Sales Specialist accreditation for Microsoft Azure by passing the Azure Partner Practice Enablement sales assessment. Take the modules in the Azure Start Sales Assessment learning path to prepare: learn how to identify new opportunities, how to handle objections, about pricing and licensing, and more. Follow the learning path.


Marketing SureStep – elevate your cloud business to success
Having a marketing strategy for your business is no longer optional. Marketing SureStep will help you create the right approach for your company, from connecting with customers to telling a compelling story to measuring your progress.

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New Cloud Customer Relationship Management Competency Coming March 2
This Cloud Performance competency joins those for Office 365 and Azure, and comes with benefits for partners demonstrating success in the cloud, like Signature Cloud Support, priority placement in the Microsoft Pinpoint marketplace, and initial eligibility qualification for CRM incentives (Sales + Management). Earn the silver competency at no cost and gold level competency at a discounted rate.

Partner calendar through March 6


Refer to the March Hot Sheet for a comprehensive, frequently updated list covering the next several weeks.

Featured training

Week of February 23–27

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