How to submit an ONLINE Advisory request

J.J. Antequino ———————————- One of the most valuable benefits to achieving an MPN competency is the ability to work with our Partner Technical Services team. I wanted to share with you one of the most convenient ways to get in touch with them: https://aka.ms/ContactPTS   How to submit 1.Visit https://aka.ms/ContactPTS  (MPN > Support > My…

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“Getting Recognized for the Work You Do”

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Ever since the Advisor program was introduced, we have always have stressed the importance of making sure partners were listed properly as the Partner of Record (POR) on their customer’s cloud subscriptions. Not only does that ensure that the partner receives the financial incentives that they are due, but it also gives…

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Accelerate Windows Accelerate

J.J. Antequino ———————————- This may be old news to some, but was recently brought up in a discussion I had with a partner around Windows 10 and the fact that it’s a Free upgrade… so how do they make money “selling” it? The highest margin opportunities have typically revolved around services. While a partner can…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Software Assurance Benefits

J.J. Antequino ———————————- When configuring or upgrading server hardware for customers, I often have conversations with partners about the value of selling a new Windows Server license under a Volume Licensing agreement as opposed to buying one pre-installed or even installing an older version [gasp!]. Partners definitely see the benefits to Volume Licensing such as…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Should I sell my customer Office 365 via Open or CSP?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Working through our wonderful Distribution Partners (Tech Data, Ingram, Synnex, and D&H), I’m often asked, “Should I sell my customer Office 365 via Open or CSP?” If you were at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando this past July, the answer would “clearly” be through the CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) program.  It…

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October 1st: Unlock Office 365 Opportunities with the New Office 2016

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Don’t miss this update hosted by the NPTS team! US Office 365 Partner Community Call – October Unlock more cloud value with Office 2016, the latest update to Office 365. This new release is an opportunity to build excitement with customers about the innovative new user experiences made for teamwork, and built…

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Windows 10 Community Call Series for SMB Partners

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Windows 10 Community Call Series   SMB Partners   Please join the Windows & Devices US Partner Team for our September FY16 Windows & Devices US Partner Community Call.     Join your host, Steve Adams, The Device Guy, will welcome Pang Ngernsupaluck from the US Windows & Devices Team for a Windows…

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Transitioning Office 365 Users from Advisor to Open – “You cannot redeem this product key based on the subscriptions you currently have.”

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Reselling Office 365 through the Open program is one of the most profitable ways for partners to get the power of Office 365 into your customers’ hands.  Additionally, you are able to decide how to bill your customer directly. Because of this, many of our Partners have decided to transition their customers…

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Windows 10: The Partner Opportunity

J.J. Antequino ———————————- We believe there is a ton of value around upgrading to Windows 10 through Volume Licensing where you will have deployment flexibility as well as central license management, but we also understand that some of your customers will want to utilize the Windows 10 Free Upgrade through Microsoft Update. So where’s the…

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Introducing the Azure Partner Readiness Catalog

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Just wanted to share/re-blog a great Azure resource to improve your Azure readiness from our colleague Frank Campise and team: Azure Partner Readiness Catalog When Microsoft Azure was first released a few years ago, one of the most consistent areas of feedback from partners was that there was just not enough Azure…

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Windows 10 will be Available on July 29th! SELL OFFICE 365 TODAY!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Partners, you have a tremendous desktop upgrade opportunity ahead of you. Earlier today, Terry Myerson announced the official launch date of Windows 10! http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/06/01/hello-world-windows-10-available-on-july-29/ We all know that when a customer upgrades their Windows desktop they will need Office to go along with it. With Office 365 you have the flexibility of…

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Windows 10 Deployment Masters Online Workshop Series COMING SOON!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Partners, with Windows 10 nearly upon us, you have a huge migration opportunity ahead of you. Not only will you be able to smoothly transition your customers that are currently running Windows 8.1, but many of your Windows 7 customers will be looking to finally make the transition as well! We are…

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Start a $100/$300 Azure customer POC with the Azure Taste Test offer!

Partners, As a follow-up to my colleague, J.J. Antequino’s blog a few weeks ago, introducing the Azure Test Test offer, I wanted to share with you a quick (3 mins) video on how to take advantage of the Azure Taste Taste offer today! Here is a link to the presentation deck, which includes instructions on…

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Have you gotten your “Taste” of Azure yet?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Along with the O365 incentives that I blogged about, I also wanted to make sure you were familiar with another offer that you will definitely want to take advantage of! Essentially what we have for here is the ability to help your customer’s get a “taste” of Azure when they purchase a…

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Earn up to 52% in incentives and rebates when you sell O365 TODAY!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- We are really excited to announce that there are quite a few offers in place to help you accelerate your Office 365 practice.  As you review the offers below, you will notice that the more customers you sell to, the bigger the incentives! First, choose your customer purchase path: Advisor or Open….

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QuickTenant now available for MEC Demo (MicrosoftCIE.com)

J.J. Antequino ———————————- We hope you all agree that demoing the benefits of Office 365 can go a long way towards closing a sale. But one of the negative aspects to enabling MEC Demo tenant in the past was the fact either the tenant creation process would contain errors or fail…. or take days to…

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Cloud Customer Relationship Management Competency coming in March!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- So you’re a pro at selling Office 365, and you ain’t too shabby at positioning Microsoft Azure, but are you prepared to build solutions around CRM Online? Often times, we have partners who say that Office 365 has become a “no-brainer” for small businesses, and with Azure they have the opportunity to…

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Connect with Customers Offer – 33% off CRM Online Professional!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- What better way to kick off the launch of CRM Online availability through the Open program than with a promotion your Office 365 customers will love! The easy to adopt, easy to use business solutions from Microsoft helps small and midsized organizations make their businesses more productive. Connect with customers – both…

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Training Spotlight: Special savings for holiday 2014 – Expires Dec 8th!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- The MPN Training team is helping you kick off 2015 with some great gifts of learning!  Here’s what Burke had to say! Practice tests Do you wish to study before you take your certification exam? Practice tests are a great way to gauge your knowledge and any gaps. The tests offer questions…

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Have you seen the new Microsoft Intune updates?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- With Microsoft Intune being available through Open, I seem to be getting more and more inquiries about it. When it originally launched we positioned as a way for partners to monitor their Windows PCs and standardize on a common Windows Desktop experience across users/customers. Over the years, it has transitioned and improved…

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