Announcing the Windows 8.1 Devices Sweepstakes for IT Pros, Developers, and Sales Pros

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Each month, we announce a new sweepstakes to help IT pros, developers, and sales pros prepare for and take Microsoft certification exams and assessments on a featured topic. The Windows 8.1 devices sweepstakes for sales and technical roles is now available, to strengthen your knowledge of devices and mobility. Through November 30,…

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Amplify Office 365 Sales with Drumbeat!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Developed by Microsoft training experts and built on solution-selling methodology, this highly interactive Drumbeat Grow event provides tools and opportunities to refine and extend your sales skills—so you can transform customer product conversations into insightful, profitable, solution-based business discussions. You’ll learn how to assess customer business needs and to create a customized,…

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Microsoft Azure Business Development Training

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Business Development Training for Microsoft Partners Get Ready for Business as a Service Training! To successfully overcome the challenges of the Cloud, we have designed a one day Get ready for Business as a Service training to help you understand and develop the right business model for your market and support you…

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Partner Practice Enablement – Microsoft Azure Technical Training

J.J. Antequino ———————————- The 2 day training starts with an introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks (Infrastructure Services). It delivers the foundational knowledge needed for users intending to run new workloads in Windows Azure or migrate existing workloads from on-premises. What is this training about? This training delivers the foundational knowledge needed…

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How many new features have been added to Office 365 since June 2013?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- That question is answered in the Office Garage Series video that was posted last week. Jeremy Chapman and Julia White discuss how much innovation we’ve delivered to your customers in the past year!  And the great thing about an Office 365 Subscription, is that you get all of them included and updated…

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Weren’t able to attend the Cloud 1-2-3 Academy in person? View it online!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Back in February, Steve introduced the live in-person Cloud 1-2-3 Academy series. I just wanted to circle back on this and remind everyone that the modules have been made available to view by simply going to: https://aka.ms/C123 How impactful has this series been?  Listen to what these Partners have to say: Here’s…

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Switching Plans with Office 365 Open

J.J. Antequino ———————————- As you are probably aware, we have a nifty automated “Switch Plans” option for those customers who are looking to upgrade their Office 365 tenants.  Unfortunately, this option is only available for those customers who have purchased Office 365 through the Advisor/Direct method. However, did you know that Microsoft does support the…

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Azure in Open: What’s Coming….

J.J. Antequino ———————————- With the recent announcement of the upcoming availability of Microsoft Azure through the Open program, I’m sure you are all very interested in finding out a little more. While you will be learning much more through the Microsoft Partner Network in the coming weeks, I just wanted to point out a few…

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Did you know…. that you can earn an extra 8% incentive for Office 365 sales in May and June?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- If you are familiar with the US VAR Incentive Program, you are probably aware of some of the great incentives we have around selling Office 365… but wait… there’s more! New special Q4 accelerator: Earn an additional 8 percent on all Office 365 sales, on top of the original 8 percent in…

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Update: How do Microsoft partners sign up to sell Office 365?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I just wanted to send a quick little update on the fastest way for partners to start selling Office 365 and how they can become eligible to receive fees for selling Microsoft Online Services. It all comes down to signing the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement… otherwise known as the MOSPA. In…

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Watch Now: Why you should subscribe to the Action Pack

J.J. Antequino ———————————- A couple of posts ago, I wrote about the Internal Use Rights benefits that you would receive depending on your competency level. While I work with a large number of Silver and Gold competent partner, we see so much opportunity for partners getting started with the Microsoft Partner Network.  When the Small…

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So Office for the iPad is available now… Why should partners care?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Head on over to the Partner Marketing Center and click on the 5 Minute Friday video link [HERE]!! Ayman from the Office BG says: “From a partner perspective, this is a great opportunity to continue to talk about the Office 365 value prop.  So for customers that have only deployed certain workloads,…

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Attend THE MEC (Microsoft Exchange Conference) in Austin March 31 – April 2

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Not to be confused with the MEC (Microsoft Experience Center) , the Microsoft Exchange Conference is coming to Austin at the end of March.   MEC is the premier global event for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 professionals. But the tour is almost at an end! The headlining event is coming up…

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Windows tablets! Get your Windows tablets!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- As I prepare to speak to more partners and customers about Windows devices, I am so pleased with the diversity of form factors that Microsoft and our partners have put together. What is also amazing is the affordability and value that we have now been able to bring to your customers in…

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Did you know your customers still have an “SMB Advantage”?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Check out my older post here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2014/01/23/the-smb-advantage-cloud-easy-incentive-ends-on-january-31st.aspx We’ve been given more time, and the SMB Advantage: Cloud Easy offer is still available for your customers! With an end date of February 28th, your customers have the ability to earn partner subsidy checks to spend with you! https://www.microsoftincentives.com/SMBAdvantageCE/Default.aspx Let’s do a quick example…

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Your Office 365/Cloud Internal Use Rights in 2014

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I’ve been having a number of conversations with partners about some of the upcoming changes to the MPN program.  Among these changes is how Cloud Internal Rights are going to be distributed. Here’s a matrix showing what you will get depending on your MPN level: One important update that may not be…

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The SMB Advantage: Cloud Easy incentive ends on January 31st!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- When your customers purchase certain Office 365 offerings from January 1st through the 30th, they are eligible for a partner subsidy check that  they can use with you! The amount of partner subsidy funds available to a Qualified Organization is determined by multiplying the total annualized subscription value of the eligible Microsoft…

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Five Keys to Partner Success in SMB with Office 365

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Looking for some ideas on how you can succeed with your Office 365 practice? Take a look at this whitepaper! Five Keys to Partner Success in SMB with Office 365 (Note: You will need your MPN ID/Password to access) It’s a short 13 page read that shows how high-performing partners are implementing…

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Your customers have less than 6 weeks to grab hold of the SMB Advantage!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Partners, are you missing out on valuable Partner Subsidy dollars?  If you earned them with the Big Easy and Cloud Easy offers a few months ago, you will want to make sure you earn them again! The SMB Advantage offer is like Big Easy and Cloud Easy on Steroids… with a shot…

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You Bought E1. You Want E3. How do you upgrade?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I’ve been working with a bunch of Partners who got their customers all excited about Office 365, but at the time, all their customers seemed to want was Exchange Online.  Those partners were able to show their customers the value of Lync and Sharepoint Online, and for just a couple more bucks…

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