Recommended Telephony Devices for Skype for Business

The launch of the E5 suite of Office 365 and the PSTN calling functionality being built-in to Microsoft solutions has generated a lot of excitement.   Our customers excited about all the new capabilities, but more importantly I am hearing from all our partners about the new solutions they are able to offer their customers.  It…

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Office 365 E5 Resources to Help Grow Your Business

As many of you are aware today, we officially announced the Office 365 E5 SKU.  This really provides a whole new set of technical capabilities to Office.  You can read about some of the fantastic changes here: Office 365 brings significant new value to business customers worldwide  More importantly this provides some great opportunities for…

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Office 365 E5 and Skype for Business Resources on Drumbeat!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of some new resources that are available on the Office 365 Drumbeat portal focused on the upcoming Office 365 portal for partners.  For those not familiar with Drumbeat,  you can learn about proven sales best practices, programs, tools, and market insights. Then take advantage of…

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Office 365 Things You Need to Know: Office 365 Migration Tools and Services

So you have just landed your first customer for Office 365 including your managed services. Congratulations and Thank you! Now what?!?!  Well most likely it is time to get your customer’s tenant up and running then begin performing the actual migration.  So, where do you turn, what resources do you need and what resources do…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Excel 2016 Changing How You Work With Data

In Microsoft Office 2016 we have made a lot of enhancements in the products, especially in Excel 2016!  There are a ton of great features and you can read about them here: What's new in Excel 2016 for Windows.  For today’s post I will show you some of the great things Excel 2016 can do…

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Business is better with Office 365: Introducing Office 2016 Webcast Q/A

Good afternoon everyone!  Tim, Rob and I had the chance to answer questions on a customer facing webcast: Business is better with Office 365.  Everyone had great questions and I think we typed non-stop for the entire webcast.   I believe the Q/A list provides some insights into the types of solutions and technologies our customers…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Series Introduction

Ah October…. the crispness in the air, the changing of the leaves and so many more fond memories.  October brings us Halloween, Columbus Day, playoff baseball, football and s'more's.   More importantly this October is going to bring you several things you need to know about Office 365, to help you take your business to the…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know Blog Series

Welcome!  We are going to be doing a blog series in October on Office 365 and Office 2016.  The primary goal is to help your business get up to speed on Office 365 and take it to the next level.  We will also cover many other topics to help you grow your business during the…

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Office 365 Service Comparison Web Site

There is a great new site I just learned about to help you navigate the different offerings in Office 365.  The set lets you quickly filter on what your look for.  You can find the site here: Office 365 service comparison Here is what it looks like: The site offers the ability to look at…

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Ramping up on Windows 10 — Get Ready With Upcoming Training!

As you know Windows 10 is right around the corner and will be available shortly. We want to ensure you have all of the right tools and knowledge on the new operating system before your customers start inquiring.  Please attend these webinars and in person training  to learn more on how to keep current with…

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Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the pressing question top of mind for many of our partners. How do…

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Office 365 Training Opportunity and Resource! The Office 365 Summits!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Just wanted to drop a quick post regarding some upcoming training opportunities!  Office 365 Summit! The Office 365 Summit is a series of limited invitation 2 day workshops for Microsoft's most valued customers and partners providing deep-dive readiness on all productivity workloads from Microsoft product experts. Office 365 Summit will…

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MEC Demo 5.5 is now available!

Todd Sweetser MEC Demo 5.5 Now Available! MEC Demo 5.5 has launched! The latest demo version of the MEC (5.5) is now available at www.usmec.com.   MEC Demo is the lightweight MEC program alternative that empowers Microsoft and Partner sales teams to deliver the Microsoft platform value and Office 365 story with customers using a single…

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New US SMB Partner Center on MPN!

Todd Sweetser A new helpful resource has been created to help Microsoft partners focused on the SMB (Small and Medium Business) space!  We know that the amount of information that is out these can be quite challenging to navigate.  A web HUB has been created to help narrow down some of the most common needs…

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Microsoft SMB Accelerated Sales Process

B  V  A The Accelerated Sales Process was specifically designed to address the challenges described below, and create a pro-Microsoft bias, by re-aligning buying and selling activities.  Customers have fundamentally changed how and when they engage with sales professionals during their buying experience. Increasingly Office 365 prospects: Prefer self-service (trials) over sales conversations. Understand Office…

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Microsoft Cloud How To webcast series additions

B  V  A Wanted to let everybody know that we have added 2 more webcasts to our: “Microsoft Cloud How To” webcast series: 11-Jun 10-11AM PST Chris Large Online Services, Partner Business Development Manager Demystifying the Office 365 SKU Lineup                Join Microsoft experts as we breakdown the latest Office 365 offerings, which includes the…

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Free Office webinars every Tuesday, watch videos anytime

Todd Sweetser Hi Office and Cloud sellers alike!  Wanted to make all aware of this great resource that shows how to take advantage of Office and Office 365 components via short, focused webinars.  These are also available as recordings after each one so the library of useful videos grows each week!   Below is info…

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Making money with Office 365 Open and Office 365 FPP

B  V  A Microsoft is introducing new business models for Office 365, available March 1st.  This video, Part 1 of 3, highlights Office 365 Open and Office 365 Full Package Product. Many partners have asked for the ability to control billing and customer relationship, both new business models let partners accomplish this goal. Background on…

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Office Partner Refresher Webcast Training

  B  V  A   Are you ready for the new Office? The new Office is coming soon, and because you’re a valued partner, we would like to invite you to attend a partner ‘refresher’ event for the new Office.  This is your opportunity to stay current on enhancements to existing Office Bootcamp content and…

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New Thorough Office 2013 Content on MPN to Support Launch

Woody Walton   The needle in the haystack.  This syndrome is one I routinely hear from partners looking for good content on the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) or even on Microsoft proper form time to time.   These sites are not perfect and one can sometimes experience difficulty finding the right resource, but recent strides have…

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