Community calls and resources summary for January 2017

Connect and engage with Microsoft technical, sales, and business experts in the US Partner Community. Our expert-led communities will help you build your practice and build your business. Practice-building communities are technically focused and led by Technology Solutions Professionals with product and workload expertise Business-building communities align to your business model, customer segment focus, and…

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February 2017 Hot Sheet partner training schedule

Welcome to the US Partner Community Hot Sheet, a comprehensive schedule of partner training, webcasts, community calls, and office hours. This post is updated frequently as we learn about new offerings, so you can plan ahead. Looking for product-specific training? Try the links across the top of this blog. Connect and engage with us in…

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Threat management and protecting against ransomware attacks

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. A recent post on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog details new attacks that occurred during the holidays at the end of 2016. Ransomware prevents you from using your PC and holds your PC or files for “ransom.” When this form of attack occurs, it makes it abundantly clear that…

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Skype for Business Technical Airlifts in March and April 2017

Skype for Business Technical Airlift events are coming to five United States cities in March and April. With new features and capabilities being released regularly, staying up-to-date on Skype for Business can be challenging. Solution architects, technical sellers, and support engineers are invited to attend the Skype for Business Technical Airlift for in-depth training. The Skype…


Digital Transformation by Industry sales courses – Register by February 27

Across industries, customers are betting big on digital transformation. Partner Sales Professionals must be able to speak to Business Decision Makers about their industry’s challenges and opportunities, tell digital transformation stories with confidence, and determine how Microsoft scaled solution offerings can address their needs. Digital Transformation by Industry sales courses Sign up for one of the Digital Transformation…

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Microsoft Azure infrastructure solutions webcast series

In January, I put together and hosted a series of webcasts about Azure Storage. We had thousands of partners register to join us live online and watch the sessions on-demand. If you were able to join us, thank you for helping to make the series a success! Given the continued interest in the topic, we’ve lined…


Windows and Devices Competency: Technical boot camp sessions for deployment partners

If you are considering attaining the new Windows and Devices Competency as a Deployment Partner, the technical requirement is passing the Windows 10 Deployment, Security, and Management Assessment.  Silver Competency: Two individuals must pass the assessment Gold Competency: Four individuals must pass the assessment Learn more about the Windows and Devices competency To prepare for this assessment, I recommend attending one…


Windows as a service: A new way to build, deploy, and service Windows

Windows 10 introduces a new way to build, deploy, and service Windows. Microsoft has reimagined each part of the process, to simplify the lives of IT pros and maintain a consistent Windows 10 experience for its customers. These improvements focus on maximizing customer involvement in Windows development, simplifying the deployment and servicing of Windows client…

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Add an Azure governance offering to the services you provide

By Sowmyan Soman Chullikkatil, Cloud Solution Architect, Application Development and Harsha Bennur, Practice Development Professional, Data Platform and Analytics A couple of years ago, IT organizations were busy building and implementing the concept of private cloud. The goal was for IT to provide service-level agreements, self-service automation, and management capabilities. Then the concept of public cloud happened, and then came the…

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Windows Tech webcasts: In-depth training for deployment, management, security

If you missed the recent Windows Tech tour events, we’re now bringing you that content through a series of technical training webcasts. These in-depth courses will help you develop your knowledge of modern Windows deployment, management, and security options, and deepen your understanding of the business and technical aspects of the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. In these…