Missed the May U.S. SMB Partner Insider call?

Tim Tetrick   We’ve got you covered. Catch up on all the great content you missed. Incentives in market, key events, product spotlights, sales & marketing resources to help you drive leads, Regional General Manager business insights and more! Visit the US SMB Partner Center to access the on-demand recording and download the presentation for…

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Missed the February US SMB Partner Insider Calls? We’ve got you covered!

Garrett Bundy   Hello Partners, Missed the February US SMB Partner Insider Call? We've got you covered. The calls are available on demand so you can easily catch up on the latest scoop for your region. New offers in market were announced, Azure & Windows Server Hybrid Cloud Scenarios were discussed, as well as the…

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Missed the January US SMB Partner Insider Calls? We’ve got you covered!

Garrett Bundy   Hello Partners, Missed the January US SMB Partner Insider Call? We've got you covered. The recordings and presentations are available to easily catch up on the latest scoop that was presented to SMB partners for each region.   · Central: Recording | Presentation · East: Recording | Presentation · West: Recording | Presentation…

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Help Lead Your Customers to the Cloud with MPN Advisory Hours: Sample Scenarios

One of the most valuable resources you may have access to as part of your MPN benefits is:  Advisory Hours    This is one of the core benefits of being a MPN partner, and often times a underutilized benefit.   Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network…

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Missed the December 4th US SMB Partner Insider Call? We’ve got you covered!

Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Did you happen to miss the December 4th US SMB Partner Insider Call?  Well no worries – we’ve got you covered!  All the regional calls are available on demand as well as the presentations located on the SMB Partner Center. Be sure to register for your regional January 8th US SMB…

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Missed the November 6th US SMB Partner Insider Call?

Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, If you missed the November US SMB Partner Insider Call, all of the regional calls and presentations are available on demand at the SMB Partner Center. On the East call, Nancie Williams, East Region General Manager shared valuable business insights, Terry Christmas of Synnex talked about the SMB SQL Server…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Internal Use Rights

Tim Tetrick As we kick off the blog series this month on Office 365 Things You Need To Know, I first want to make sure that as Microsoft Partners you are taking full advantage of your Internal Use Rights benefits. Microsoft Partners receive Internal Use Rights (IUR) licenses for Microsoft software and online services as…

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Windows 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Tim Tetrick Now that Windows 10 has released, I wanted to share a few of the frequently asked questions (and answers!) that I am getting from partners so far. Can I use the free upgrade offer to do a clean install?  You cannot use the free upgrade offer to perform a clean install on the…

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Attention US SMB Partners attending WPC 2015!

Tim Tetrick Are you joining the 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, FL next week? Here is one event you MUST ATTEND and one guide you MUST HAVE to ensure a successful WPC 2015 experience. 1. Download the US SMB Exclusive WPC Grab n’ Go Guide Exclusively developed for US SMB partners including US SMB…

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Project Online and Visio Online Internal Use Rights now available

Tim Tetrick Microsoft recently announced that select competencies now include Internal Use Rights (IUR) for Project Online and Visio Online.  If you’ve got a Cloud Performance Competency (Small & Midmarket Cloud Solutions, Cloud Productivity, Cloud Platform, Cloud Customer Relationship Management), or one of the other competencies listed below, I would encourage you to take advantage…

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Internal Use Rights for Enterprise Mobility Suite!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  My colleague Woody Walton recently blogged about the availability of EMS via OPEN here: It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday!) Now how can you get up to speed on this solution? Best way is to use it yourself! Starting now you have…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Setting Partner of Record in an Azure Subscription

Todd Sweetser In this video I walk through the steps involved in setting up Partner of Record in an Azure subscription.  I also share information on how it is used today as well as how it will be used in the coming months. Also see my recent blog post in this topic as well: Microsoft…

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Microsoft Azure and Partner of Record

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some of you may have noticed that there is a new setting in your customers’ Microsoft Azure account subscription settings, notably titled “Partner Information” as shown below: This is indeed where you can now set your firm as Partner of Record on each subscription.  After selecting item above you will…

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FREE Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! One of the excellent resources available to partners are the Practice Accelerator series of courses.  Normally they would consume some of your advisory hours allocated to you via Microsoft Action Pack subscription or your competencies.  I wanted to make you aware of an offer to attend the Office 365 Practice…

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Cloud Support Options for Microsoft Partners

Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I wanted to take a moment to review the pre and post-sales support options that Microsoft Partners have available to them for use with Microsoft Cloud products. First, I want to talk about Partner Advisory Hours, which are a fantastic benefit available to Microsoft Partner Network members.  This benefit has…

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Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers!  Wanted to make sure all were aware of the current SMB Advantage program in place, see info below! Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage! The SMB Advantage offers are valid from September 2, 2014 – November 30, 2014. The offers allow you to claim partner subsidy funds on…

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Free Ignite Training: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services

Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Wanted to make you aware of some no charge Office Ignite training coming up.  Great opportunity for excellent training on Office 365 Identities and Services! You're invited to attend a free 5-day instructor led virtual training on managing Office 365 identities and services. This free 5-day instructor led virtual course…

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Cloud SureStep: Azure - Azure focused resources for our SMB Partners!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is an excellent resource site that aggregates much of the available online information around Microsoft Azure!  It’s the US SMB Partner Center: Cloud SureStep: Azure site.  Similar to the Cloud SureStep: Office 365 (formally Cloud 1-2-3) site, it is a one-stop shop on Microsoft Azure content specifically designed with…

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Get Familiar with Microsoft’s New Partner Cloud Competencies

Michael KophsPartner Technology Strategist Partners, If you attended WPC in D.C. or have had a conversation with your partner contact at Microsoft recently, then you know that Microsoft is in the process of transforming to a “Cloud First” model.  Of course, this type of significant change means inevitable changes are coming to the Microsoft partner…

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Activating your Azure Internal Use Rights benefit

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of this recently posted video that covers the steps on how to set up your Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR) benefit.  Note that Action Pack subscribers and competency partners earn a US$100 credit per month, per tenant.  This allows you to start getting your hands…

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