Connect and engage with us in the US Partner Community


The new face of business is emerging as companies continue on their digital transformation journeys. With the greater cloud opportunity forecasted by IDC* to reach $500 billion by 2020, Microsoft has aligned its partner program, the Microsoft Partner Network, to provide the resources you need to build and sustain a profitable cloud practice, connect with customers and prospects, and differentiate your business. In the US Partner Community, we’ll connect you to those resources, as well as to subject-matter experts from across the Microsoft US Partner Team.

At WPC 2016, Judson Althoff, Executive VP for Microsoft Worldwide Commercial Business, laid out six priorities for the Microsoft fiscal year 2017 (July 2016–June 2017). Customer-focused and partner-driven, these provide a guideline for where you’ll see the US Partner Team align its people, programs, and investments in the year ahead.

6 priorities in FY17

In this online guide, I’ll share what I think are the best links where you can stay informed and engage with the US Partner Community and Microsoft. Choose your favorite way (or ways) to get the news and information relevant to your business and areas of interest. In addition to this post, you can download our slides that list and link to these resources.

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Partner newsletter and training schedule

The US Partner Team works with other Microsoft US teams, with the product teams, and with our worldwide counterparts to identify, curate, and publish partner-related news and information. These two online publications are regularly updated to provide you with timely and actionable content:

  • US partner news online – this weekly post brings together product and program announcements, new resources, and training opportunities, all with a partner focus. Subscribe to the US Partner Community blog by email or RSS feed
  • Hot Sheet training schedule – this monthly post is updated frequently as we learn about new partner courses, webcasts, office hours, and community calls. You’ll get a 6- to 8-week outlook, so you can plan ahead. Subscribe to the US Partner Enablement blog by email or RSS feed

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

We provide timely updates about US partner-relevant news and information throughout the business day on Twitter and Facebook. We appreciate your likes, shares, and comments.

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In addition to our primary social channels on Twitter and Facebook, we post community calls to YouTube for on-demand viewing, and share photos about the US Partner Team and the community on Instagram.

 Practice-building technical communities

We’ve expanded the number of technically focused communities we offer to the US Partner Community that help you start, build, and extend your Microsoft practice. These communities are led by technical subject-matter experts, and activities for each include blog posts, community calls, and Yammer group discussions.

Application Development

Azure Infrastructure and Management

Data Platform & Advanced Analytics

Enterprise Mobility + Security

Blog series
Community calls
Training/enablement
Yammer group
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Community calls
Training/enablement
Yammer group
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Community calls
Training/enablement
Yammer group
Blog series
Community calls
Training/enablement
Yammer group

 

Microsoft Dynamics

Office 365 and Voice

Open Source Solutions (OSS)

Windows and Devices

Blog series
Community calls
Training/enablement
Yammer group
Blog series
Community calls
Training/enablement
Yammer group
Blog series
Community calls
Training/enablement
Yammer group
Blog series
Community calls
Training/enablement
Yammer group

 

Business-oriented communities

ISV and Application Builder

MPN 101

SMB Partners

Develop, market, and sell your app with Microsoft Make the most of your membership in MPN Resources to help you serve your SMB customers
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Community calls
On the web
Yammer group
Blog series
Community calls
On the web
Yammer group
Blog series
Community calls
On the web
Yammer group

 

Join the US Partner Community Yammer network

With more than 12,000 Microsoft and partner members, our Yammer network offers all US partners an opportunity to get just-in-time news and information and connect with Microsoft and other partners. You are encouraged to like, comment, and ask questions in the community—both Microsoft and partner subject-matter experts are happy to share their knowledge. One-page guide

Step 1: Join Yammer at yammer.com, and activate your account. If your company uses Yammer internally, join that network first.

Step 2: Request an invitation to join the US Partner Community Yammer network at yammer.com/msuspartner.

  • You must join this network with an email address from a corporate domain—public domains like Hotmail, Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo, Live.com, etc. will not be accepted
  • Email addresses must be for individuals, not for entities or teams (e.g., “salesteam@partnername.com” will not be approved)
  • We check for invitation requests to our community several times a day, and typically send invitations (by email) within a couple of hours on weekdays
  • Accept the invitation by clicking through the link provided in the email, and you will be a member of the US Partner Community Yammer network

Step 3: Find, join, and participate in groups that match your areas of interest. In addition to the Yammer groups above for our practice-building and business-oriented communities, consider joining these groups:

 

* IDC eBook, sponsored by Microsoft, The Modern Microsoft Partner Series, Part 1: The Booming Cloud Opportunity, 2016 Download it here

Comments (2)

  1. Alex Melching says:

    Check the link to the Dynamics Community Calls: http://aka.ms/usdynamics365call
    You need to correct that link ASAP.

    1. Hi Alex – Thank you for the note. The link is now working correctly.