What’s new for US partners on Friday, January 22, 2016

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Top stories

WPC 2016: Register before January 26 for early hotel access

The 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference will be in Toronto, Canada this year, and we want to see you there! Register for your all-access pass before January 26 for the dual benefit of early hotel-booking access and the low price of US$1,795. The price for an all-access pass will increase by US$200 on February 2.

January 27 Cloud Competency Attainment call: focus on Cloud Productivity

The Cloud Productivity competency enables you to capitalize on the growing demand among enterprise customers for cloud and hybrid deployments built on Microsoft Office 365. Join Chinmayi Bhavanishankar for an in-depth look at this competency’s requirements and benefits, and get an estimated timeline for attainment. Members of the MPN Support team and competency subject-matter experts will be available to answer partner questions.

January 27 Windows Partner Community call: Intel technical discussion and new Windows Masters training

On the next Windows Partner Community call, you’ll learn about capabilities and improvements in 6th generation Intel Core processors, and implementation details in Surface. You’ll also get a preview of the upcoming Windows 10 Masters Series – Advanced Infrastructure.

January 28 Sales Excellence webcast: More mobility, security, and identity opportunities with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite

Identify more opportunities and learn how to position Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) as a unique set of cloud-based security and management solutions for bring your own device (BYOD), mobile device, and cloud app scenarios.

New US Partner Community call series for ISV and App Builder partners

The Microsoft Partner Network is investing in developer partners, and the opportunity for developers, IP providers, and ISVs at Microsoft is continuing to grow. Join Sharon Lee from the US Partner Team for a new series of community calls that will explain MPN resources, provide you with best practices for partner-to-partner connection, and more.

SMB Partner Community: New Cloud Solution Provider Concierge call series

If you’re interested in learning more about the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program and want guidance for getting started, expanding your current offerings, and connecting with a distributor, sign up for this office hours series. In these calls, you’ll get an update about the CSP business model, have the opportunity to ask questions, and find out how to connect with a distributor that can provide more information about logistics, billing, and support.

What we’ve learned about storytelling from our US Partner Community video projects

Videos can be a powerful sales and marketing tool for your partner business. Ahinsa Mansukhani from the Microsoft US Partner Team shares her ten steps for building a plan to produce  videos to tell compelling stories.

Getting started with the new Partner University on-demand training platform

Partner University brings partners a comprehensive home for learning, and lets you more easily find and track your courses. Watch our short tutorials and learn how to log in for the first time, how Partner University works, how to search for training, and how to navigate the course player to view content.

Office 365 Partner Community: Value and opportunities with Office 365 Enterprise E5

Watch the latest Office 365 Partner Community call on demand to learn about Advanced eDiscovery and Power BI capabilities, market opportunities, and available funding and programs. You’re invited to attend upcoming monthly calls, read our blog series, and join the Yammer group.

Meet your partner training goals in 2016 with help from the Hot Sheet

Stay on track with your training goals. Refer to the US Partner Community Hot Sheet for a schedule of in-person training and virtual courses, calls, and office hours are available. The current Hot Sheet includes listings into March 2016, and we’ll add new courses as we learn about them.


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