What’s new for US partners – Friday, August 28, 2015

Find out what’s new for Microsoft partners. We’ll connect you to resources that help you become market-ready, connect with customers and prospects, and differentiate your business. Read previous issues.

We provide real-time updates about the topics covered in this newsletter and other partner-related news and information on our US Partner Community Twitter feed.

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Top stories

Partner communities for Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10
Did you know that we have communities for US partners specific to Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10? Each community is led by a US Partner Technology Strategist who has in-depth technical product knowledge. These communities are primarily technical in focus, but we also share information for Practice Leads, Sales Professionals, and Marketing Professionals.

September 2 sales webcast: the SQL Server 2005 end-of-support opportunity
In this new webcast in our “Make more money” sales excellence series, you’ll learn how to target customers and identify opportunities, weave database workload topics into your customer conversations, and help your customer understand migration options and resources. We’ll also tell you what’s new in SQL Server 2016, currently in public preview. Register for the September 2 webcast

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

Get insights for increasing and sustaining your business's profitability
What investments should you make for sustained profitability in your partner business? Attend the September 23 overview of the SLIQ Cloud Business Transformation Tool. Using 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 September 23 webcast.

Find out what’s new with the Microsoft Action Pack
If you’re just starting your partner business, or new to the Microsoft Partner Network, consider purchasing a Microsoft Action Pack subscription. For less than $500 per year, you get software to run your business (new to internal use rights benefits: Windows 10 Enterprise (upgrade), Enterprise Mobility Suite, Office 365 E3, and a monthly credit for Microsoft Azure), access to developer tools and marketing assets, and more. Learn more about Action Pack

Office 365 Partner Community: WPC 2015 highlights
US Partner Technology Strategist, Michael Panciroli, recaps WPC 2015 from an Office 365 Partner perspective. In his blog post, you’ll find links to announcements from senior executives about  productivity and business processes, news about Microsoft FastTrack and the Cloud Solution Provider program, and more. The next Office 365 Partner Community call is on September 3. Read the blog post

Volume Licensing training: Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA)
In September webcasts presented by the Worldwide Licensing and Pricing Team (WWLP), you’ll learn what’s new in the MPSA and how to transact Microsoft Azure consumption services and MSDN subscriptions. See the topics for each webcast and register

Last chance for savings on Microsoft competency exams – offer ends August 31
If you’re working to attain or renew a Microsoft competency, or are interested in adding new certification achievements to increase your team’s credibility with customers, you can save on competency exams with this offer. Promotion ends August 31, and vouchers expire December 31. Purchase your vouchers

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 just been updated with new listings through the end of October, and we’ll add to it as we learn about new training for partner business, technical, sales, and marketing roles. Visit the current Hot Sheet

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