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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.
- Join the new Application Development Partners Yammer group
- September 6 community call about DevOps
- Get Azure development assistance with Code Help
- Download the community guide
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.
- Sign up for the business and technical events in the city nearest you
- Join the SMB Partner Insider Yammer group
- Step-by-step guidance for your partner business’ cloud journey
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.
- Sign up for the August 24 MPN 101 call and get an update about MPN Evolution
- Download the competency guide from the US Partner Community Yammer network
- If your company’s competency renewal date is in the next 90 days, read our renewal tips
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.
- Learn more in the blog post by our open source expert
- Sign up for open source webcasts
- Earn the MCSA: Linux on Azure certification
- Open cloud resources
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.
- Read the Windows Partner Community blog post about the latest announcements
- Download the Forrester Total Economic Impact study about the business value of Windows 10
- Windows for Business roadmap
- Windows 10 training for partner sales, technical, licensing roles
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.