US partner news online for Friday, February 27, 2015

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Digital POR office hours and training - Mar 2015

New Digital Partner of Record for Online Services Advisor Deploy Incentives
Starting March 2, a new online capability will automate how you are attached as the Partner of Record for the subscriptions you are actively managing for customers for Office 365, Microsoft Intune, CRM Online, and Enterprise Mobility Suite. Throughout March, we are offering partner training and office hours. Read more.

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Ends March 31: Office 365 Customer Adoption Offer
Microsoft partners with the Microsoft Partner Network Cloud Productivity competency may apply for up to $60K in adoption funding on behalf of new Office 365 customers that purchase a minimum of 150 seats from September 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015. Get the details about this offer, customer and partner eligibility, and how to apply for funding. Read more here, and watch our short video below.

Cloud Performance competency - Cloud CRM March 2

New Cloud Customer Relationship Management competency
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.

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March 5: Office 365 Partner Community call – overview of hybrid SharePoint and Office 365
On the next Office 365 Partner Community call, Senior Product Marketing Manager Bill Baer will talk about hybrid environments with SharePoint and Office 365.  For enterprises that want to gradually move their existing on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 services to the cloud, SharePoint Server 2013 hybrid provides a staged migration path by extending high-impact SharePoint Server 2013 workloads to SharePoint Online. Register for the March 5 call and read the community blog series.


Sell more Office 365 today—new Action Plans from Ready-to-Go Marketing
We’re making it easier than ever to start and expand your cloud business with easy-to-implement marketing action plans to help you reach new prospects and target existing customers with the cloud story.


Enabling great Windows experiences through modern applications
If you’re demoing or seeding Windows 8.1 devices, create the best experience and impress customers with industry and LOB apps on Windows 8.1 devices using the new Windows 8.1 start screen setup guides. As part of the Modern Biz Windows 8.1 Pro campaign, you’ll find guides for Retail, Government, Financial Services, and more.

SMB regional calls - March 2015

March 13: SMB Partner Insider Regional calls
Hundreds of SMB partners participate in these calls each month to build their businesses and connect with Microsoft. Your Microsoft Regional General Manager and Regional Account team will bring you the latest Microsoft information and resources for US partners serving SMB customers, giving you the opportunity to be among the first to know what’s happening. Read more and register.

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MPN competency renewal guide
If your company is due to renew its Microsoft Partner Network membership and competency in the next 90 days, it’s time to get your renewal started. Renewing your Microsoft Partner Network membership and competency on time ensures that you keep your valuable MPN benefits. Read more.


March 9–13: Microsoft Empower Enterprise Mobility (EEM) Virtual Boot Camp (200-300 level)
Three days of live, virtual, instructor-led technical training focuses on the Enterprise Mobility Suite: Mobile Devices, Application & Data Management with Intune, Identity & Access Management with Azure Active Directory, and Information Protection with Azure Rights Management Services. Designed for solution architect, presales technical, or deployment roles. Register here.

Partner calendar through March 13


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

Featured training

Week of March 2–6

Monday, March 2

Tuesday, March 3

Wednesday, March 4

Thursday, March 5

Friday, March 6

Week of March 9–13

Monday, March 9

Tuesday, March 10

Wednesday, March 11

Thursday, March 12

Friday, March 13

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