What’s new for US partners on Friday, February 12, 2016

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 of our online newsletter.

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Top stories

The partner opportunity with the Internet of Things

Microsoft Channel Chief, Phil Sorgen, talks about the economic impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) and what that means for Microsoft and its partners. With forecasts in the billions for connected “things,” and in the trillions for dollars spent, IoT and the business intelligence opportunities associated with it will be big. Learn how you can position your business to make the most of this massive opportunity.

Start preparing your Partner of the Year Awards nomination

Showcase the solutions you’ve built on Microsoft technologies to benefit our mutual customers and win recognition for your successes. Receiving a Partner of the Year Award positions your company for new business opportunities, differentiates you from the competition, generates positive press coverage and can lead to even greater market recognition. The Partner of the Year Award submission tool opens on February 18 and closes on April 7 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Fall in love with profitability, part 1: four steps to get started

Microsoft has made partner profitability a priority, making several tools and resources about the topic available that help partner companies transition to the cloud. Where should you start? On the US Partner Community blog, Sharon Lee tells you about four tools that take you through the process of assessing your current business, deciding how to differentiate, defining your cloud offering and financial model, and documenting your cloud business plan.

Increase customer satisfaction and loyalty by focusing on cloud adoption and active usage

When your customers use their cloud services on a regular basis, realize the value of the service, and the service becomes critical to their daily lives and work, that’s cloud adoption. By focusing on cloud adoption, you can create a continuous cloud revenue stream; increase customer satisfaction, retention, and loyalty; and extend your opportunities with customers. The Cloud Adoption Profitability Playbook explains cloud adoption for Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).

February 16 Windows 10 technical training workshop: Infrastructure Masters

Windows 10 has been deployed to businesses all over the world. This advanced technical training focuses on the infrastructure used to support Windows 10 in the enterprise. Developed by two Microsoft Valuable Professionals with deep Windows deployment and systems management expertise, Mikael Nystrom and Johan Arwidmark, this training will cover real-world scenarios and include practical guidance. This is a six-session course, with each session two hours in length. Register with code MPN..

February 17 Cloud Competency Attainment call: focus on Enterprise Mobility Management

If you are deploying one or more of the components of Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), Microsoft Intune, or Azure Active Directory Premium, consider attaining the Enterprise Mobility Management competency. 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.

February 18: Azure Partner Community call focus on Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a software-as-a-service management offering that works with any cloud. Designed for hybrid cloud management, OMS allows you to manage workloads across Windows, Linux, private, hybrid, and public clouds, and lets you onboard and integrate resources quickly.

Sell what you know, and use Microsoft cloud services to run your business

Internal use benefits for Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and Windows 10 (upgrade only) are available to partners with an Action Pack subscription or competency. They give your organization firsthand knowledge of product features and capabilities. You can use your benefits for internal business use, customer demo, internal dev/test, and internal training.

Smart Partner Marketing sites offer readiness and recommendations you can start using today

Marketing is important to every partner business. Keeping your brand, services, and solutions visible to existing customers and introducing them to prospects is an ongoing investment that’s worth making. On the Smart Partner Marketing websites, learn about customer buying habits and trends, assess your current marketing approach, and find training and tips.

Roadmaps for Office 365, the Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Find out what’s available, what’s rolling out, and what’s in develop for Office 365 and the Cloud Platform, including cloud infrastructure, enterprise mobility, data management and analytics, application development, and Azure IoT Suite.

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