US partner news online for Friday, May 29, 2015

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Office 365 Community - add CRM Online to your practice

Office 365 Partner Community: focus on CRM Online – your opportunities
Partners with an Office 365 practice today are well positioned to expand their practice to include CRM Online, and address the needs of customers that are looking for a comprehensive productivity solution that includes Office 365, CRM Online, Power BI, and Skype for Business.

SMB regional calls - June 2015

SMB Partner Insider calls for East, Central, and West Regions on Friday, June 12
Join the Microsoft US SMB team for the SMB Partner Insider calls. These monthly calls are on the second Friday of each month for all three US regions—East, Central, and West. Hundreds of SMB partners participate in these calls each month to build their businesses and connect with Microsoft. Register for your local call.

Digital POR update and office hours - May 2015

Digital Partner of Record for Online Services Advisor Deploy Incentives – May 2015 update
Get an update from the US Cloud Partner Incentives lead about Digital Partner of Record for Online Services Advisor Deploy Incentives, and information about the monthly office hours where you can ask questions you have about these incentives.

Azure Partner Readiness Catalog

Introducing the Azure Partner Readiness Catalog
The amount of technical information, training, and materials for partners about Microsoft Azure can be overwhelming. Use the new Azure Partner Readiness Catalog to understand what Azure resources are available to fit the needs of both your business and the technically-focused individuals in your organization. Read the blog post about this catalog by Frank Campise.

Drumbeat Start on demand training May 2015

Drumbeat Start – Fresh new Office 365 sales training on demand
Take your sales to the next level with the new Drumbeat Start level 100 course. By going through this on-demand virtual series, partner sales professionals will learn fundamentals and get insights that help generate Office 365 opportunities, increase Office 365 adoption, and create recurring revenue for their practices. Get started today with Drumbeat virtual training.


WPC 2015: General Sessions provide executive insights tailored to your business
The General Sessions at WPC outline the key priorities for your business and explore the most important issues facing business leaders today. It’s an opportunity for you to hear senior executive speakers share their vision around business challenges and how we can solve them together to meet the needs of customers.


What’s in store for ISV partners at WPC?
We bring together a rich and varied partner community at WPC, and are planning opportunities for ISV partners to socialize, meet new people, and pursue new business. Activities include Tech Innovation Meetup, a networking event, and the ISV Networking Lounge in the Expo Hall. The lounge will feature daily presentations and opportunities to engage with subject matter experts, and will be a great place to stop by and meet with other partners and Microsoft employees. Read the blog post by Steve Guggenheimer.


MPN relationship management: helping our partner admins do their  job
The MPN administrator is your company’s connection to the MPN program. Admins receive correspondence and emails from MPN regarding the status of their partner relationship, information about renewal or requirement needs, and details and offers regarding available tools, resources, and savings. The admin is the first point of contact between MPN and the partner organization. Learn more.


Match your marketing capabilities to customers’ purchase journey
Most pre-purchase research by customers is done online and without input from experts. It makes sense for partners to align their marketing efforts and investments to the stages customers go through, to maximize the impact. Read the blog series by Jennifer Tomlinson to learn more.

Partner calendar through June 12


Refer to the June Hot Sheet for a comprehensive, frequently updated training schedule. See our weekly post that highlights upcoming training and training-related resources.

Week of June 1

Monday, June 1

Tuesday, June 2

Wednesday, June 3

  • No listings as of publication of this post, but check the Hot Sheet for the latest information

Thursday, June 4

Week of June 8

Monday, June 8

Tuesday, June 9

Wednesday, June 10

Thursday, June 11

Friday, June 12

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