What’s new for US partners – Friday, September 11, 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.

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Top stories

See the Microsoft bold ambitions in action
At WPC 2015, Judson Althoff, President of Microsoft North America (MSNA), brought customers and their partners onstage to talk about how Microsoft technology enables their businesses for success. You can now watch individual segments from our MSNA keynote on our US Partner Community YouTube channel, in the WPC 2015 playlist. Go to the playlist

The evolving role of the Managed Service Provider
This blog post by James Staten, Chief Strategist for Microsoft Cloud + Enterprise, talks about the shift taking place now in the relationships customers have with their Managed Service Providers. Many partners are responding to this shift by evolving their business models. Tools and services from Microsoft are available to help with the transition. Learn more

Azure Partner Community: September blog series and community call
This month’s Azure Partner Community blog series focus is on Azure Networking products. Read the posts, and register for the September 17 community call to join the conversation with US Partner Technology Strategists Nick Johnson and Jonathan Gardner.

Resources for building and sustaining profitability in your partner business
We’ve refreshed our popular online guide to partner profitability resources. This comprehensive list of online content, downloadable materials, training, and more is aligned to different aspects of where your business is in moving to the cloud. Regardless of your current business model, you’ll find information that you can start using immediately. Take a look

Windows 10 Partner Roadshow: register for the Sales Track or Technical Track in a city near you
Starting in September, we’re bringing Windows 10 technical and sales experts to several United States city to help you sell Windows 10, then deploy and manage it successfully for your customers. Take a look at our blog posts about these events, and register to join us in your city, or the city nearest you.

Learn how to #makemoremoney in our partner sales excellence webcast series
Increase the effectiveness of your customer conversations and make more money selling Microsoft-based solutions. In the new series of webcasts for US partner sellers, Microsoft experts will explain how to recognize and uncover new opportunities, build your sales pipeline, and close deals. Register for the two upcoming September webcasts, and look for new sales excellence webcasts soon on the US Partner Learning blog.

Free online course, starts September 24: Data Science and Machine Learning Essentials
Data Science and Machine Learning Essentials training, starts September 24: Take this free 5-week online course to learn key concepts of data science and machine learning with examples on how to build a cloud data science solution with R, Python, and Azure Machine Learning from the Cortana Analytics Suite. Learn more and register

SMB Live Roadshow events schedule
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

US Partner 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

The Microsoft Action Pack can help you bring solutions to market faster
The Microsoft Action Pack is an annual subscription for partner businesses that want access to an incremental level of Microsoft Partner Network business, including Internal Use Rights software and licenses for Windows 10 Enterprise (upgrade), Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite, and Microsoft Azure. Learn more about the Action Pack

Action Pack benefits - September 2015

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