US partner training picks for the week of May 11, 2015

Each week, we share our recommendations for upcoming partner training courses, webcasts, and calls, selected from our US partner training schedule, the Hot Sheet. Regardless of your role, our courses, webcasts, and calls can help you build your skills and knowledge. Enjoy!

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Skype for Business webcast series

May 12: What should I know about Skype for Business?
Start making the move from Lync to Skype for Business. Learn about the new capabilities and features of the client and server versions of Skype for Business. This series, presented by the Partner Technical Services team, covers a variety of different topics related to Skype for Business. Register for these upcoming webcasts.

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Starts May 12: Customer Lifecycle Management Academy – Selling more with CLM
Next week is the first class in the new Customer Lifecycle Management Academy, a four-part web series that provides innovative approaches to generate revenue through new selling, onboarding, enhancing and renewing processes. Attendees will gain rich supplemental materials to strengthen their role as a trusted advisor. Register for these webcasts.

MVP Conference

May 14-15: Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference – The Power of Community
The MVP Virtual Conference is a two-day event for all IT Pros and Developers that showcases how the best and brightest independent technology experts are using Microsoft technologies today. Join the conference online to see what the community of Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) are saying about the mobile-first, cloud-first opportunities with Microsoft. You do not need to be an MVP to attend.

May 20 Sales Excellence

May 20: Making money with Microsoft Cloud – Insights from a Microsoft reseller
Ben Peterman, Client Solutions Manager at IV4 in Syracuse, NY will discuss firsthand how he has seen his business evolve by offering this as a choice to customers. Many traditional Google resellers have said that offering “choice” is a smart and profitable business model.  During this webcast, we will discuss becoming part of the Microsoft Partner Network and the great resources available to Microsoft Partners to help you succeed

Apportals - April May 2015 office hours

May 13: Windows Apportals office hours
Built on top of Windows 8.1, Apportals organize and reveal data and apps needed for a specific role or task. For Microsoft partners, Windows Apportals are an experience selling tool. Attend a one-hour Windows Apportal Experience Selling office hours call hosted by Microsoft experts. During this hour, you’ll learn how to get started creating customer-specific scenarios.

May 21-22 SMB Practice Accelerator

May 21–22: Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB
Get an introduction to your Office 365 opportunities, guidance for getting started, and coverage of Office 365 services, including Exchange Online, SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, and Lync Online. You will also learn the fundamental deployment principles and processes that lead to successful deployments of Office 365 for SMB customers. This Practice Accelerator is offered at no cost to MPN members through June.

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