US Office 365 Partner Update Newsletter for May

Josh Condie – The Online Services Partner Update Newsletter is a great resource for the evolving world of resources (demo environments, pre-sales, etc.), programs and support for both new and mature Microsoft Online Services partners.  I highly encourage you to subscribe below, if you haven’t already.       Special Edition: May 9, 2012                                                    …

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Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions for Partners – Starting May 7th

  Josh Condie – Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting. Practice Accelerator enables you to identify customer requirements, analyze their needs, scope…


the big easy–back in market

B  V  A       The Big Easy Offer 8 is back by popular demand! The Big Easy Offer 8 is back and the offer is valid from March 5th- June 30, 2012.  Remember, the offer includes online as well as on-premise SKUs! About The Big Easy Offer 8 The Big Easy Offer 8…


Making more Margin with FY12–H2 VAR Rebate

  B  V  A U.S. Partner Rebate Program: Microsoft FY12-H2 U.S. VAR Rebate Program Eligibility: In order to receive U.S. Partner Rebate Program rebates from Microsoft, you must be a Value Added Reseller of Microsoft Corporation software ("Partner") in good standing with Microsoft and in strict compliance with these General Terms and Conditions, the terms…


Office 365 Demo Provisioning Toolkit–NOW KNOWN as MEC

B   V   A UPDATE – We have a NEW Microsoft Experience Center – Check out Todd’s Post – http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2013/03/01/get-demoing-office-365.aspx New Link for TOOL – https://www.usmec.com Looking for a great way to really demo Office 365 for your customers, have you heard about the “Demo Provisioning Toolkit for Office 365” yet?  With the Provisioning Tool, you…

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Announcing the SMB Server Experience Tool

  By Ron Grattopp ….. You’ll want to check out the brand new SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page (screenshot below) of the microsoft.com Server and Cloud Platform site.  These tools  just launched today and are a unique solution which will hopefully make it very easy for our…


Windows Small Business Server 2011 Hands On Labs

  B  V  A While at SMB Nation in Las Vegas, this past week, we had several partners ask about the SBS 2011 Hands-On-Labs.  These are available for use 24 hours a day and can be launched through the links below. Windows Small Business Server 2011 End-End Scenarios Access videos, Interactive HOL’s and click-thru demonstrations…

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Central Region VAR Summit Resource List from Detroit and Minneapolis

  Woody Walton   First of all I want to personally thank again all those partners that took valuable time out of their day to attend the VAR summits in Detroit and Minneapolis this week.  I hope you learned a lot, and know that I always learn a lot from you. At times during the…


Microsoft FUSE Labs releases CompanyCrowd – a social content aggregator for businesses

  Josh Condie – This is a month late in posting, but a useful social media and news aggregator that can be company or industry specific, and evolves into a more tailored resource as you interact with it: Microsoft FUSE Labs just released a brand new project – called the “CompanyCrowd”. This new research project…


Heading to WPC this year in Los Angeles

  SMB is the Place to Be – Come meet the team supporting SMB space     As a Microsoft partner who focuses on small and midsize business (SMB) customers, you won’t want to miss Thursday, July 14, at the 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). Get a firsthand look at the Microsoft technology road…


Revamped SkyDrive

   B  V A As we prepare for Office 365, I am still amazed at the number of Partners and Customers that are not aware of our Free consumer offerings marketed, or rather under-marketed as “Live”.  Specifically I wanted to remind you of SkyDrive.  SkyDrive is not only a free 25gb cloud based storage area,…


Microsoft Sales Demos

    Have you heard about Microsoft Sales Demos located at http://www.mssalesdemos.com.  This site was developed by the Microsoft Business and Products group to provide solutions and demonstrations across the full range of Microsoft technologies. Users have access to live hosted Virtual Machine images, self-running streaming videos via Microsoft Silverlight, and downloadable images, videos and…


2011 WPC – Registration Now Open

Welcome to WPC 2011 July 10th-July 14th in Los Angeles, California Why Attend WPC 2011? •Meet and network with other partners and with Microsoft •Hear the product and technology roadmap from Microsoft executives •Learn about Microsoft priorities for the partner business in our new fiscal year (FY12 starts July) •Obtain guidance to win with your…


Simple Strategies for Increasing Sales

Are you ever faced with the situation: “Microsoft encourages me to sell volume licensing with Software Assurance but I really don’t see what I get out of the deal?” Join us to learn how to: Develop and utilize a plan to integrate desktop virtualization Take advantage of licensing to add another revenue stream Partner with…


East Region VAR Energize Summits

Hosted by: Kim Tubbs-Herron, East Region SMB General Manager & the local Microsoft Area Partner Territory Managers As a Microsoft Value Added Reseller, we would like to invite you to attend one of the upcoming East Region VAR Energize Summits.  We’ll discuss ways to help grow your Microsoft business and network with other VARS in…

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VAR Rebate now available !!!

  On January 1, we launched the FY11 H2 VAR Rebate Program. It will run from January 1 through June 30, 2011, the second half (H2) of the current Microsoft fiscal year (FY11).   The FY11 H2 U.S. VAR Rebate Program allows you to earn up to 20% in rebates when you sell annuity agreements,…


Windows Small Business Server 2011 Training

Q: (from Chris) I am very excited about the new Microsoft Server 2011, Office and Windows 7 family. My question is how can I learn more about these products? I am a small business but have a large client base that almost all use your software. I would like to be trained more on all…

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Finding a Partner

Q: (from Jason) We’re looking for a Microsoft Partner in our area that resells Great Plains. I’m having a really hard time finding this information through the Microsoft Partner website. Is it possible that you can help me out?   A: Have you used the PinPoint (http://pinpoint.microsoft.com) tool to find a local partner? I did…