US partner news online for Friday, April 17, 2015

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Transforming your partner business for the new era at WPC 2015
On Tuesday, July 14 at WPC 2015, join Judson Althoff, President of Microsoft North America, for a dynamic General Session about how to capitalize on new opportunities brought about by technology advancements for the Cloud Platform, Cloud Productivity, Enterprise Social, and Mobility.

 WPC 2015 - April 22 registration price

Price increase for WPC 2015 registration on April 23
Register by April 22 to secure the price of $1,995 for your all-access pass to WPC 2015. The price will increase to $2,195 on Thursday, April 23. 

Cloud Profitability webcasts - April 2015

Cloud Profitability webcasts in April focus on business models and transition plans
The rise of cloud and hybrid cloud services means that partners with more traditional business models must evolve their businesses. Each week in April, the focus of our cloud profitability webcasts is on defining the new business models that work best with cloud solutions and helping you understand the considerations for transitioning your company.

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Ends April 30: 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.


Prepare for Windows 10 deployments: Deployment Masters online workshop series starts April 27
This 8-part online training for IT pros, consultants, and administrators, taught by Microsoft MVPs and OS deployment experts, Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nystrom, will teach you how to build real world deployment solutions using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 and System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2. The first session is on April 27. The cost to attend is $99.

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Customer Lifecycle Management Academy: Strengthen your trusted advisor role
Attend Customer Lifecycle Management Academy to learn innovative approaches for generating revenue through new Selling, Onboarding, Enhancing, and Renewing processes. In this four- part web series, you’ll learn these approaches and get rich supplemental materials that help you strengthen your role as a  trusted advisor. Register for each session.

MEC PACE program - Office 365 experience selling

Bring the benefits of Office 365 to life for your customers through experience selling
US Partner Enablement Director, Scott Akin, shares how you can utilize the rich, experience-oriented sales content developed for MEC (Microsoft Experience Center), our immersion experience for Office 365. Through the PACE program, you complete two training requirements for access to content and our MEC platform. Get started today.


Office 365 Customer Adoption Offer extended to June 30
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 June 30, 2015. Get the details about this offer, customer and partner eligibility, and how to apply for funding. Read more here.

Partner calendar through May 1


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

See our new weekly post on the US Partner Learning blog, where we highlight upcoming training and training-related resources.

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