Find out what’s new for Microsoft partners. We’ll connect you to resources that help you build and sustain a profitable cloud business, connect with customers and prospects, and differentiate your business. Read previous issues of the newsletter and get real-time updates about partner-related news and information on our US Partner Community Twitter channel.
Looking for a partner training and calls schedule? The Hot Sheet offers a six-week outlook, and is updated regularly as we learn about new offerings.
Connect and engage with us in the US Partner Community
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.
- Review our online guide to the US Partner Community
- Download our slides that list and link to community resources
MPN 101 program overview and community calls
If your company is new to the Microsoft Partner Network, or you’re new to your company that’s already a program member, MPN 101 resources can help you understand your opportunities and benefits.
- New program overview video
- Sign up for the cloud competency attainment calls in September
- Download the MPN competency guide
Office 365 and Voice Partner Community: Focus on advanced security
Securing productivity, collaboration, and enterprise data is critically important as organizations continue their digital transformation journeys. With the new Secure Productive Enterprise offering, Microsoft is bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite into a single licensing offering. Learn more about the topic of advanced security in Office 365 in the September blog series and community call for the Office 365 and Voice Partner Community.
- Sign up for the September 1 community call
- Read the blog post about advanced security and Office 365
Application Development Partner Community: Focus on DevOps
We’ve established a new partner community for cloud application development. As with our other practice-building communities, the Application Development Partner Community is led by our US Partner Team technical experts, and will include a monthly call, blog series, and Yammer group. The first community call is on September 6, and will focus on DevOps.
- Sign up for the September 6 community call
- Read the community blog post about DevOps
- Read the AppDev enablement blog posts
September 1: Close more Office 365 deals with Robin Robins
Register for the live webinar with Robin Robins and learn how to attract new Office 365 clients and close more Office 365 projects, migrations, and service contracts. This course will not be available on-demand except to those who register.
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.
SMB Live roadshow events in September, October, and November
Take your Microsoft practice beyond Office 365. Enterprise mobility and security concepts, products, and technologies will be covered extensively at the US SMB Live roadshow events this fall, coming to 21 US cities. In each city, there is a business training: Differentiate your cloud practice for growth and profitability, and a technical training: Implement and execute your cloud solution architecture with EMS and Azure.
Build a successful business with Microsoft Dynamics 365
Microsoft Dynamics is the cloud-based CRM software application partners are leveraging to provide SMBs and enterprises with the business solutions they crave. It provides solutions for sales, service, marketing, and even social engagement all with the connectivity and convenience of a cloud-based suite. Capabilities supporting business opportunities, leads, forecasts, orders, and digital marketing (just to name a few) all come together to transform SaaS services for key business processes.
- Four ways to use Dynamics 365 to add value for your customers
- Visit the Dynamics 365 web page
- Sign up for Summit 2016, October 11–14 in Tampa, Florida
How Microsoft US partners are empowering customers to meet their digital transformation goals
Partners are integral to helping customers embrace the power of technology to transform how they do business, and new revenue streams will continue to open up as Microsoft continues toward its bold ambitions of more personal computing, building the intelligent cloud, and reinventing productivity and business processes. At WPC 2016, the Microsoft North America keynote featured partners and customers talking about each of the four dimensions of digital transformation.
- Watch the MSNA General Session on demand
- Digital transformations and the new face of business
- Learn how the US Partner Team is evolving to meet digital transformation needs
- Get inspired by the US Partner Spotlight videos
Four pillars of the modern Microsoft partner that contribute to a successful, profitable cloud business
Take your cloud practice to the next level with guidance based on thousands of discussions from successful and profitable Microsoft partners from around the world. On the Cloud Partner Profitability page, we’ve brought together the research, assessment and planning tools, and training that every partner business can use to meet its goals.