Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp is Coming to a City Near You…

  Josh Condie – If you have just begun to sell Microsoft Online Services such as Office 365 and are looking for the deep guidance to accelerate your new practice, then this course is just what you need.  You will learn about all of the programs and resources available to you and your customers, and…

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Office 365 Now Available

    B  V A NEW YORK – June 28, 2011 –Steve Ballmer launched Office 365 today in New York City, for small businesses and enterprises. Small businesses are fast becoming the heroes of economic recovery, aided by new technologies such as cloud computing. “Small and midsize businesses are the heartbeat of the global economy,…

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TS2 Office 365 & Online Services Partner Roadshow, May-Jun 2011

  by Ron Grattopp…..Heard about Office 365, the follow on to BPOS?  It’s already out in public beta and launch is not too far off.  Your customers will be asking about it soon, if they haven’t been already, and you need to get ready for it, and be ready to advise your customers how they…

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You want it, you got it!…great new training opportunity around the cloud and virtualization, and did I mention it’s free!

  by Ron Grattopp……The “Cloud” and Virtualization are arguably the two hottest topics in the industry today, and Microsoft has some great technology for you leverage in your customer solutions portfolio in both of those spaces.  If you didn’t already know about it, the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is a free and public portal for…

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Paradigm shift and the ensuing tsunami of cloud computing

By Ron Grattopp…..Well, I did a little research on “paradigm shift” and I ran across this one site, http://taketheleap.com/, with what I consider the best simple definition of it: “Moving from one thought system to another” and this great quote: "…everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human…

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Pitching Cloud to SMB Customers

By Ron Grattopp…..We’re well into baseball season now, so I thought a baseball metaphor title might be reasonable .  I presented a Microsoft all-up cloud story breakout session and helped man our vendor fair booth at a major Distributor’s semi-annual partner conference this past week and, as you can imagine, cloud conversations dominated the scene. …

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Announcing Office 365 Public Beta – Now Open

Cloud productivity services, such as Microsoft Office 365, make it possible for small business to access the best productivity technology at a predictable monthly cost.  Office 365 brings together familiar software such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service for businesses of all sizes. …

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ANNOUNCING: Online Business Productivity Services Customer Rewards Offer – you don’t want to miss this!

by Ron Grattopp….. This is an exciting customer offer designed to encourage customers to act now on BPOS and to help partners drive online services adoption. This offer will run from February 1 through April 1, 2011. Qualifying customers can receive up to the equivalent of 50% of their first annual subscription fee in partner…

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On your mark, get set, QuickStart…

by Ron Grattopp…..               As I was doing my last post, I looked around my team’s postings on Microsoft Online Services (MOS)/BPOS, and I noticed that although we had covered just about every aspect of MOS/BPOS that you can imagine, we had not done any in-depth post on one of the resources I think is really…

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So, how do you “take it (the cloud) to market”?

by Ron Grattopp…..In my previous post I introduced an article on CRN, by Rauline Ochs, called Shopping For Cloud Vendors.  Rauline works, I believe, for IPED, apparently a research arm of CRN, and my post included an overview of the 4 main questions she proposes that VARs should be asking as they consider and select…

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We know you have a choice when you fly…

by Ron Grattopp…..I’ll bet all of us have heard that phrase on a flight followed by the crew’s thanks for your business.  This post isn’t so much about thanking you for your loyalty – it should be a given that we appreciate your partnership – but rather pointing out a couple of key examples of…

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You may be in for a surprise if you haven’t worked with the latest versions of Windows Live apps (in Windows Live Essentials 2011)

by Ron Grattopp…. I have been doing a series of events lately known as the Intel Channel & Embedded Conference.  Even though this series is targeted to our OEM audience, one of the subjects I present on at these events I believe is important for all partners, and that’s Windows Live, especially the Windows Live…

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