US partner news online for Friday, March 6, 2015

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Exciting updates for partners about Enterprise Mobility Suite
Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) addresses customer BYOD challenges and complexity, and includes Azure Active Directory Premium, Microsoft Intune, and Azure Rights Management. It is now available in Open Licensing, making it more accessible to SMB customers. And, if you are a Microsoft Partner Network member with an Action Pack subscription or Silver or Gold competency, EMS is and Azure AD Basic are now part of your internal use rights benefits. Read more.

Cloud Profitability webcasts - March 2015

Cloud Profitability webcasts: how to sell in a cloud-first world
Every Wednesday at 8:30AM Pacific Time, join our cloud experts and guests for a new  Cloud Profitability webcast live, plus take part in real-time Q&A. Throughout the month of March, the focus will be on the cloud sales process. Read more.

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Cloud services adoption best practices and resources
Selling the cloud is not enough anymore. Partners must help customers use the service they purchased on a regular basis, realize the value of the service, and recognize the service as critical to accomplishing their work each day. Learn more about cloud adoption and how to move customers to this active usage.

Digital POR office hours and training - Mar 2015

Digital Partner of Record training and office hours
Digital Partner of Record capability is now here 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 to help you understand and manage the change. Read more.

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Azure Partner Community: March focus on top partner questions
This month’s Azure Partner Community blog posts and call will include the topics of Microsoft Azure RemoteApp, Site Recovery, API Management, and a demo tool you can use to show Azure solutions to your customers.

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Take the Sales Excellence Challenge – enter to win a Surface Pro 3
Increase your knowledge about selling and licensing Microsoft products and technologies by taking the Sales Excellence Challenge. Attend a live or on-demand webcast and pass an eligible Sales Specialist assessment by April 30 for a chance to win one of three Surface Pro 3. Details and official rules.


Simple Tech Tips: free marketing content program for partners
The Simple Tech Tips program from Microsoft Community Connections provides partners with free, prewritten technology content that you can use in your marketing communications. Read more.

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Join the US Partner Team at WPC 2015
Your success in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world will be a key topic at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, Florida this July. At WPC 2015, you’ll hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and in the US General Session, the Microsoft US leadership team will provide you with a deeper look and guidance about how we move forward together. The best price right now for an all-access pass is US$1,995, valid through April 22. Register today.

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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.

Microsoft Led Events - January 2015

Syndicate the #ModernBiz on-demand webcast series
This series shows SMBs how they can modernize with the latest technology and includes webcasts such as “Improve Productivity with Technology-Enabled Collaboration” and “Target and Win Customers with BI.” Each webcast features a product demo. Invite your customers to register by creating your own registration pages on the Microsoft Ready-to-Go Marketing website, in the Microsoft Led Events section.

Partner calendar through March 20


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

Featured training

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