The Azure Applications & Infrastructure Community Call, this week is on Using the Azure Calculator

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Just wanted to drop a quick blog on the upcoming Azure Applications & Infrastructure Community Call!  This week’s topic is on Using the Azure Calculator.  Jeff Wagner will walk everyone through building out a price estimate and what the caveats are.  This is a common ask from our partner community…


Register today! Windows as a Service (WaaS) and Security Workshop

Todd Sweetser Join us for this upcoming workshop in a location near you! Hi Cloud Partners!  I thought this L200-L300 technical training would be of interest…. Windows 7 End of Life is less than 14 months away. Customers need help making the leap to the new way to build, deploy, secure and service Windows! This…


The secret formula for a higher valuation…

Todd Sweetser Top Partners seeking higher valuations have some basic strategies in common—tactics that you can use no matter where you are in your business journey. And, more importantly, tactics that will help you grow your profitability. What are they? It’s as easy as S-V-P: Specialize, Verticalize, and Productize. Now you can learn how to…


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…


“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…


Resources available to help with Office 365 upsell scenario from Exchange Online!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! How many of your customers have purchased and are using the standalone Exchange Online Plan 1 SKU?  Did you know that for $1.00 per user per month more they can get access to the entire suite of services with the Business Premium plan?  This includes 1TB of OneDrive for Business…


Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Partner Technical Benefits

Tim Tetrick We are a little more than halfway through our blog series this month on Office 365 Things You Need to Know.  So far you’ve picked up some great information to help you sell and deploy Office 365 to your customers.  If along that journey you find yourself needing technical support, training, or assistance,…


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…


It’s time to register for your October 2nd Regional Partner Insider Call!

Onur Dogruoz It’s time to register for your October 2nd Regional Partner Insider Call!  Each region will be covering unique high demand content specifically requested by partners on Office 2016, MPN updates, and Customer Lifecycle Management (CLM) best practices! Learn more and register for your region’s call now! · East- Nancie Williams, East Region General…


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…


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…


New MPN Offer – Internal Use Rights for SkyKick

Onur Dogruoz MPN Team announced a new Internal Use Rights (IUR) offer to help you with your migration to Office 365. This offer is called “Office 365 IUR SkyKick Migration Offer” and gives you free use of SkyKick’s Migration Suites to easily migrate and deploy your own business to Office 365. We hope you take…


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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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…


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…


Have you used your Partner Advisory Hours to get up to speed on Azure?

Michael KophsPartner Technology Strategist Cloud Partners, Did you know that with your Microsoft partnership comes Partner Advisory Hours benefits that can assist you with building out your Azure practice?  Just call 800-MPNSOLVE, give them your Partner ID and you will be directed to a subject matter expert that will provide technical guidance on your area…


Update: New Cloud Competencies Announced

  Josh Condie – Reposting of Gavriella Schusters Blog post from yesterday.  Key highlights: Microsoft is making it easier for partners to grow Cloud and Hybrid Cloud practices. Partner Incentives are focusing more heavily on Cloud Increased Performance increases benefits 4 Competencies: Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Cloud Productivity Cloud Platform The Small and Midmarket…


Register today for a FREE course on how to design and develop a Windows Apportal. Space is limited!

Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Whether you’re an established developer or new to the field, this course will give you guidance on how to design and develop a fully functional Windows Apportal.  Introduced in July, a Windows Apportal is a Windows 8.1 app that can integrate a customer’s entire line of business (LOB) stack into a…


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…