What’s new for US partners the week of August 29, 2016


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.

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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