What’s new for US partners the week of August 22, 2016


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Top stories

How the new Microsoft Professional Degree helps build a skilled workforce

The new Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) was announced by Steve Guggenheimer at WPC 2016 and is designed to help address the skills gap in critical fields by providing real-world knowledge and hands-on experience. Microsoft Channel Chief, Gavriella Schuster, talks about the opportunity for MPD with partners.

New Cloud Application Development Partner Community

We’ve added a new technical practice-building area for partners that are developing Azure apps. The Application Development Partner Community includes a blog series, Yammer group, and community calls, in line with our established communities for Microsoft Azure, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility + Security, Office 365, and Windows deployment.

SMB Live roadshow events for Cloud Solution Providers in September, October, and November

These free one-day events are coming to 21 United States cities. In each city, there is a business session about differentiating your business for growth and profitability, and a technical session about using Microsoft Azure and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) in your cloud solution architecture.

August 24: MPN Evolution update and the new competency guide

Our approach to competencies is evolving. On the August 24 MPN 101 community call, you’ll get an update about MPN Evolution and a competency overview that explains what the competencies are and why you should consider attaining one or more for your partner business.

September 2: Register for your US SMB Partner Insider regional call

Connect with your local Microsoft team on the September 2 regional calls for partners that serve SMB customers. Calls cover partner business, sales, marketing, and technical topics, so that you can build and sustain a profitable Microsoft practice, understand incentive and investment programs, and learn best practices from other partners.

Coming in September: Data Platform Online partner sales training

This is a series of online, live, interactive training where you can learn about data platform solutions and sales scenarios. You’ll receive guidance on how to effectively orchestrate sales across each stage of the data platform sales cycle. Sessions are led by Microsoft experts, and course activities include lecture, presentation and interactive discussions.

ISV and App Builder partners: WPC 2016 sessions for on-demand viewing

The importance of developer partners to Microsoft and the Microsoft partner ecosystem came through clearly at the Worldwide Partner Conference. US ISV and App Builder Community lead, Sharon Lee, shares her top 10 list of sessions partners that want to develop, market, and sell their apps with Microsoft.

Talking to your customers about Microsoft Azure and open source

Microsoft offers an open and extensible cloud platform. The Microsoft cloud supports a wide range of industry leading operating systems, languages, tools, and frameworks—from Windows to Linux, SQL Server to Oracle, and C #to Java. It puts the best of Windows and Linux ecosystems at your fingertips, so you can build great applications and services that work with many devices.

Propel Windows 10 enterprise deployment

Windows 10 just reached its one-year anniversary. New Forrester research commissioned by Microsoft demonstrates how deploying Windows 10 can help reduce costs and provide benefit to customers. New options to purchase Windows 10 Enterprise as a subscription as part of a managed services option and as part of the recently announced Secure Productive Enterprise open up new possibilities for partners. Review our blog post to capitalize on the Windows 10 deployment opportunity and connect with our experts.

Announcing the Secure Productive Enterprise

Secure Productive Enterprise brings Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security together into a single licensing offering that replaces Enterprise Cloud Suite and introduces even more value. With the Secure Productive Enterprise, customers have the latest and most advanced technology for empowering employees.

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