US partner news online for Friday, March 27, 2015

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WPC 2015 - Awards open Feb - Apr

Reminder: Partner of the Year Awards submissions close April 14
It’s time to review, edit, and polish your company’s submission for the 2015 Partner of the Year Awards. The submission tool will close at 11:59PM Pacific Time on April 14. As you finalize your entry, take a look at the advice from past judges and guidance from a partner about submitting your best nomination. Good luck!

Cloud Profitability webcasts - April 2015

Cloud Profitability webcasts in April focus on business models and transition planning
The rise of cloud and hybrid cloud services means that partners with more traditional business models must evolve their businesses. Each Wednesday in April, the Cloud Profitability webcast will focus on business models and transition planning. Learn about the business models that best suit the cloud from our experts, and how to prepare your business. Register for the series.

Office 365 Adoption - where is your customer today

New! Office 365 Active Usage Playbook
The guidance in this playbook will help you increase active usage of Office 365 with your customers. You’ll find best practices, resources, tools, and templates you can use to guide customers through Office 365 deployment and adoption. For access to this download, sign in as an MPN member. Download the playbook.

Azure Partner Community - hands-on benefits and options posts

Get hands-on with Microsoft Azure: understanding your benefits and options
In part 1 of our three-part series about Azure benefits for partners, Frank Campise from the US National Partner Technology Strategy team provides you with an overview of the programs in place that help you get your hands on Azure to build your skills and proficiency.

Windows and devices update - March 2015

Windows and Devices partner update
US Windows Partner Lead, Pang Ngernsapaluck, shares an update for partners about Windows 10 resources and training, Windows Accelerate funding for mid-market customers, WPC 2015 and the Partner of the Year Awards, and Windows 8.1 Start screen setup guides. Learn more.


Office 365 Partner Community: Skype for Business hybrid environment
It’s time for partners to get ready for Skype for Business, in preparation for general availability of the client, server, and online service in April. In this community blog post by Michael Panciroli, learn why an organization might need a Skype for Business hybrid environment and find resources to help you get started. This is part 3 of our Office 365 Partner Community blog series about Office 365 hybrid.

Office 365 community - April 2 banner

April 2: Office 365 Partner Community call about Enterprise Social
The latest worker productivity innovations weave social into the tools we use everyday and make them easy to use, frictionless, and contextual, so you can get things done. In this month’s Office 365 Partner Community call, you’ll learn about the latest Microsoft innovations for sharing, collaborating, and finding answers quickly within an organization. Register for the call and read the community blog posts.

CRM Online - Partner Technical Services offerings

Enabling Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online partners to do more
Learn about the services available to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online partners to help them further their businesses. IUR activation assistance, Office 365 integration workshops, Signature Cloud Support, and more are offered as benefits to eligible partners. Learn more.

Apportals - April May 2015 office hours

Bring data and apps to life for users: join our Windows Apportal experience selling office hours
Built on top of Windows 8.1, Apportals organize and reveal data and apps needed for a specific role or task. Starting April 8, attend a one-hour Windows Apportal Experience Selling office hours call hosted by Microsoft experts. During this hour, you’ll learn how to get started creating customer-specific scenarios. There is a standing agenda for these calls. Learn more.

Partner calendar through April 10

Hot Sheet - April 2015 narrow

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

Week of March 30–April 3

Monday, March 30

Tuesday, March 31

Wednesday, April 1

Thursday, April 2

Week of April 6–10

Monday, April 6

Tuesday, April 7

Wednesday, April 8

Thursday, April 9

Friday, April 10

Comments (2)

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    Khaldoon Khalifa Al-Mubarak
    CEO/ Managing Director
    Mubadala Development Company

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