What’s new for US partners the week of August 17, 2015


Find out what’s new for Microsoft partners this week. We’ll connect you to resources that help you become market-ready, connect with customers and prospects, and differentiate your business. You can read previous weeks’ issues at https://aka.ms/uspnewsletter.

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This week’s top stories

New to MPN? Subscribe to the Action Pack
If you are just starting your business or trying to navigate the mobile-first, cloud-first business world, consider purchasing a Microsoft Action Pack subscription. For less than $500 per year, the Action Pack provides you with cloud software and services to train your staff and operate up to a 10-person business, including Windows, Office 365, and Visual Studio 2015 Professional with MSDN. Get the details and subscribe. Watch the short video.

Azure Partner Community call on August 20
Topics for this month’s Azure Partner Community call include Enterprise Mobility Suite, Azure training, and Azure-related incentives. Join Partner Technology Strategists Nick Johnson, Jonathan Gardner, and Frank Campise, plus guest speakers. Read the August blog post series about EMS and Azure Active Directory, managing cloud identities in EMS, and management, monitoring, and reporting in EMS on the US Partner Community blog. Register for the Azure Partner Community call series.

August 26 webcast: SLIQ overview - Use the Cloud Business Transformation Tool to increase and sustain profitability
What investments should you make for sustained profitability in your partner business? Attend this overview of the SLIQ Cloud Business Transformation Tool on August 26 and learn how to get a 90-day free trial. With SLIQ, You’ll get guidance about the best investments to make for sustained profitability with cloud, managed services, and repeatable IP services. Register for the August 26 webcast. Learn more about the trial offer.

September 10 –11 in Redmond, WA: Cortana Analytics Workshop
During this two-day technical workshop you will have the opportunity to learn about Microsoft’s advanced analytics vision, and get architectural guidance and hands-on training on how to build your own apps and custom solutions using the state-of-the-art Cortana Analytics platform and tools. Recommended for Developers, Data Scientists, and Business Decision Makers. Learn more and register.

SMB Live Roadshow coming to 25+ cities in the United States
Get ready to learn how you can move your business forward, profitably. Join the US SMB Team in a city near you for a day that covers what you need to know about partner success in the cloud, from the latest market data to trends in customer purchasing to building demos and making money. Choose from the “Get Started” cloud practice-building event, or the “Grow” event for partners with established cloud practices. Find and register for the event that fits your business.

Windows 10 Management Masters online technical workshops
Register for the new 300-level technical training workshop series for US partners about managing Windows 10 in the Enterprise. If you are a partner IT Pro or an Administrator who wants to install and customize modern deployment and management solutions using ConfigMgr, Microsoft Intune, Active Directory, and PowerShell, this training is for you. When registering, use referral code MPN. Learn more and register.

Build, certify, and sell a cloud solution that differentiates your business
Microsoft Azure Certified for Hybrid Cloud provides you the possibility to showcase and brand your unique and differentiated solutions. This program benefits service providers that have either deployed a Microsoft Cloud solution in their own datacenter, or are looking to build an Azure enabled hybrid cloud solution. Learn more about Azure Certified.

US Partner Community Hot Sheet training schedule
The Hot Sheet is a schedule of partner training courses, webcasts, community calls, and office hours. It’s currently up-to-date with training through the end of September. Look for a new Hot Sheet that includes October training soon. Visit the current Hot Sheet.

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