Business plan in a month - great post from Karl Palachuk

Another great post from my good friend Karl Palachuk on thinking about your business plan. Check it out here. This is not a short-cut or a get rich scheme, but merely some very useful advice if you’re struggling to get your thoughts & plans down on paper. Good opportunity as we head into the silly…

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Hear from the experts about how to weather the storm

Very timely event from our Financing team aimed at helping partners understand & prepare for the coming economic downturn. To assist you in determining what it means for your business and your customers, Microsoft Financing, has assembled a panel of experts to discuss; The economic climate, Impacts on the IT market, and How to leverage…

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Is your business in the know?

Heads-up from our SMB team about our continuing customer profiling activities. I really feel these activities will result in more business for all & so am keen to hear your feedback / questions. Cheers, Robbie   Recently, we told you about our program to profile our customers so we can tailor our communications to our…

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Microsoft in the cloud - "Windows Azure"

Lots of notes & noise swirling around today after the Professional Developers Conference announcement of Windows Azure, Microsoft’s platform for cloud computing and software + services. As you can imagine the wraps on this were kept tighter than a very tight thing & so I haven’t really had a lot of time to think about…

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Steve Ballmer wants you to know that he admires developers.

You’ve probably heard by now that Steve Ballmer’s going to be in Sydney on November 6/7, however what you may not know is that he’s going to be presenting at a live web rally. That’s right, along with about a thousand other meetings the Microsoft CEO will be presenting our Software + Services strategy to…

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What's your take on the economy - part II

Following on from my earlier post on our proactive campaign to help customers succeed in a tough economy, please find below a video address that Paul Voges recorded earlier today for the attention of all Microsoft Australian partners (Paul is the Director of Small to Midmarket Solutions & Partners – SMS&P). He gives an update…

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What's your take on the economy?

Hard times. Nervous times. Companies losing confidence & the economy in turmoil. What to do? There’s a very strong argument that says organisations should pull back, consolidate, stop spending and just ride out the storm. And that absolutely makes sense in many situations. But not all of them. Although we also need to think carefully…

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Learning from the best

Great post from my good friend & must read blogger, Karl Palachuk in Sacramento, about how to continue making money when all clients want to do is save. Here’s a snippet: When you hear people say that small businesses are more flexible than big businesses, this is the kind of thing they mean. When the…

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Is EBS 2008 a good fit for your practice?

With its worldwide availability just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about whether Essential Business Server 2008 is a solution that you want to offer your clients. Does it fit your practice? What technical training will you need? How does the sale differ from SBS? Which customers should you target? What’s…

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A dozen dead wombats

We went to the snow last weekend (top notch, best in years) however on the drive home saw no less than a dozen dead wombats lying mournfully by the side of the road. Now wombats aren’t the swiftest of marsupials at the best of times & so I can only imagine that the poor little…

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