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…


Engaging with a Distributor for Selling Microsoft Online Services

by Ron Grattopp…..                                This is a follow up to my teammate Woody’s posting on Jan 10th, Are you signed up to sell BPOS?? Have you associated yourself with your Distributor of Choice???? It is easy & worthwhile! – if you haven’t already read his post I encourage you to read it.  I recently had the…


Are you a TPAM managed Partner??? – Earn $1000.00 for 1st BPOS Deal

US Exchange Extend Offer Sell your first BPOS or Exchange Online deal, and you could earn $1000!   As a TPAM-managed VAR that sells Exchange on-premise, you could earn $1000 for selling your first BPOS or Exchange Online deal. Qualifying deals must be sold between January 7th and March 31st, 2011 (Microsoft Q3). Deals must…


BPOS or Office 365 Bandwidth needs determination: A Refresher

Woody Walton Hello and Happy New Year!  You may have seen my post last month on Moving your customers to BPOS or Office 365? Check their BANDWIDTH! The SpeedTest tool is a great start, but you may require some guidance on what is needed from a bandwidth perspective from a normal or heavy user of…

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Are you signed up to sell BPOS?? Have you associated yourself with your Distributor of Choice???? It is easy & worthwhile!

Woody Walton In traveling and conducting VAR Summits across the United States in October, November, and December of last year I noticed that of those partner I encountered who were actively selling or signed up to sell BPOS, very few were aligned with a distributor (Ingram Micro, Tech Data, D&H, Synnex, etc.) I have spent…

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Free Workshop on Building your Cloud Practice–Sign up Today!

      The Cloud is here and it is real. According to a study recently completed by Everything Channel’s IPED Research division, by 2012, at least 50% of all customers will have some form of a cloud solution underway.  Many partners continue to ask these questions:   How do I get started with the…


SharePoint Online Training

Q: (from Willie) Do you know where I can send my partner for training on SharePoint Online basic setup and configuration?   A: The resource that we recommend for partners to search for training is: http://training.partner.microsoft.com I searched for “SharePoint Online” (include the quotes) and came up with the following courses: SharePoint Online Application Capabilities…

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CRM Online Internal Use Rights

Q: (from Matt) Do you know the process on how to get a IUR (internal use licenses) for hosted CRM?   A: As of November, we’ve got a posted PDF: https://partner.microsoft.com/us/40149008 Which talks about access to 250 IUR CRM seats for partners who are Gold or Silver certified in the CRM competency or partners who…


Hey Partners, Are you Cloud Power Ready? Then get the word out with the Cloud Power Campaign

Cloud technology is getting a lot of attention. And a lot of businesses have questions about what the cloud can help them do. Materials from Ready-to-Go Marketing can help you provide answers about the cloud—and promote the uniqueness of Microsoft cloud solutions—to your customers. With the Cloud Power campaign: Introduce your customers to the Microsoft…


Last Chance! Building a Ladder to the Clouds

Our friends at MSPTV in conjunction with Redmond Channel Partner are hosting a pre-holiday webcast to help you plan for the new year and making that transition to the cloud.  I know many partners are wondering how Cloud services fit in their practice and how its going to impact their business.  There’s no better way…


Office 365 Plan 1 vs. Plan 2

Q: (from Willie) Can you elaborate on the difference between the plan 1 and plan 2 for the E3 and E4 suites? A: When you look at the differences in Exchange in E1 & E2 compared to E3 & E4, you will see we’ve added Voicemail & Advanced Archive Capabilities. That is the difference between…


FREE Microsoft Practice Accelerator for Cloud Services

If you’ve been trying to figure out how to make the transition to the cloud, but didn’t know where to begin, this is the perfect opportunity for you to gain the in depth knowledge you need and get your questions answered at the convenience of working from your desk or home office.    Microsoft is offering…


FREE! ACT NOW!. Four Days of Training – Practice Accelerator for Business Productivity Online Suite Standard on December 13th!!!

Woody Walton   NO MORE EXCUSES!  You want to get into the game?  You want to have a thorough understanding of BPOS and how to plan, deploy, migrate, and administrate the service for your customers?  Spend FOUR days on LiveMeeting at this Practice Builder and you will be on track! Just check out the sessions…

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Moving your customers to BPOS or Office 365? Check their BANDWIDTH!

Woody Walton There has been a lot of talk in various places lately about BPOS and its impending successor, Office 365.  I have been following BPOS closely for a few years and try to keep abreast of the latest information relevant to partners.  As with many large companies, Microsoft, has a tendency to inadvertently hide…

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Business Model Transformation Workshop

Q: Where can I get help understanding the considerations that need to be addressed to successfully move my business to support Cloud solutions? A: The Cloud is here and it is real. According to a study recently completed by Everything Channel’s IPED Research division, by 2012, at least 50% of all customers will have some…


Making the transition from BPOS to Office 365

  As I have been traveling around, as well as my counterparts, talking with partners about Office 365; a common theme has arisen. “What about my existing BPOS customers?” First I hope you are aware of the Office 365 transition center, which will be your one stop shop for ongoing guidance and discussion about the…

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Exchange Online Public Folders

Q: (from Scott) We did our first install for Microsoft BPOS. We have an issue with the customer public folders for Exchange. We can not upload these. We were told we need to use Sharepoint. Is BPOS going to support public folders for Exchange later? A: It appears neither Exchange Online nor BPOS support Exchange…


Check out the Business Model Transformation Series on Microsoft Online Services Opportunity (read BPOS/Office 365)

Woody Walton Over the last two weeks I have had the opportunity to attend a train the trainer session on the executive summary for this series, attend the web versions of each of the sessions below, and the pleasure of actually presenting a truncated version of the executive summary at several Microsoft Central Region VAR…


Office 365 May be the new kid on the block, but you should still be stealing BPOS lunch money!

  by Woody Walton The announcement of Office 365 on October 19th has been well received generally speaking from most of the partners I have spoken with.  Of course the inclusion of Office 2010 Pro plus as a component of subscription offering is the biggest news, but there are many kernels worth crunching through.  I…


Florida Partners: Transform your Business Model with Microsoft Online Services!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I know this is short notice, but I wanted to make sure our Florida partners were aware of this seminar next week (November 2nd).  If you are located in or close to Central Florida, please join Mark Williams from IPED as we explore doing business in the cloud. Here’s a little more…