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 Import Service available

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is a service now available in preview that can potentially help when the customer has quite a bit of data (either email or files) and a limited connection to the internet.  This is called the Office 365 Import Service. There are two components available, first is related to E-Mail…

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Microsoft Cloud Roadshow announced!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers! Just announced is an live event called the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow.  While not partner focused, is an opportunity to gain some more expertise on all things cloud. From the site: Build your Cloud skills Whether you know your way around the cloud and trying to stay current or are just…

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10 Ways to use Your US SMB Champs Club Incentive

One of the conversations we get wrapped into often is around our incentive programs and how partners can leverage them.  Often times the SMB Champs Club incentives are just seen as a way to increase margins.  While certainly that is one option it is not the only way.  Talking with partners I have learned some…

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Free eBook! Skype for Business User Tips & Tricks for Anyone!

Todd Sweetser I came across this excellent resource and felt it would be a great tool for your toolbox when working with customers.  It has a plethora of tips and tricks around utilizing  Skype for Business!  The goal of course is to get folks consuming the services, and this grouping of tips can give you…

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Excellent Partner Sales and Licensing On Demand Webcasts

There are some great resources to help you improve your sales and readiness for your business.  Especially if you are looking to get into EMS or Dynamics, these are must watch!  You can read about all of them here:  Rev up your sales with our on-demand partner sales webcasts  Here are the Top 10 list…

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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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Office 2016 for MAC is Available for Office 365 customers!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 for MAC has been released and is now available for Office 365 customers!  One of the great benefits of an Office 365 ProPlus or Office 365 Business subscription is that it gives your users access to Office for up to 5 workstations.  This includes Office for MAC.  This…

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Manage Users’ Activations of Office Applications in Office 365

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common ask we receive from partners is “How can we manage the Office applications that users install from an Office 365 subscription?”  This has been a challenge but a new management capability was just released that helps with this scenario! It is now possible to access a listing…

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Microsoft a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites

I have some exciting news from Gartner about our EMS suite: “Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Visionary in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. This Magic Quadrant rates vendors on their ability to help organizations integrate mobile devices into their security frameworks…

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Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Multi-channel capability. Sell a new way to existing customers.

Woody Walton   Hello Microsoft Partners! I know many of you actively sell Office 365 to customers through either our advisor model (direct w/ Partner of Record (POR) fees, or by selling  Open licenses through distribution, which has been available for a few years now. Based on channel feedback over several years, and in cooperation…

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Common Question: How to hold former employee(s) email?

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A common question we receive from partners regarding Office 365 Exchange Online is “Can Exchange Online retain emails from employees after they leave the company WITHOUT using an Exchange Online license?” The quick answer is YES!  This would utilize a function called “Inactive Mailboxes.”  It works via the Exchange Online…

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Recommended Reading — Consumption Economics: The New Rules of Tech

We are in an exciting and scary time in the IT industry! The cloud provides amazing possibilities that can help you provide fantastic solutions for you and your customers.  The cloud is also fundamentally changing on how the world of IT does business and how you do you business as well.  It is impacting the…

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Newly updated! Administering Office 365 for Small Business training

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make all aware of a recent update to the Administering Office 365 for Small Business course that is available on the Microsoft Virtual Academy.  This is the third version of this course, updated with the most current Office 365 functionality.  This is presented by Microsoft partners for Microsoft…

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Partner Technical Enablement Playbook

Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, Wanted to share with you what I hope will be a great resource for you and your teams.  The Technical Enablement Playbook was created with the idea of developing a “playbook” of the common “partner technical enablement” best practices that my TS2 colleagues and I guide our partners through every…

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Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of another tool you can use to help perform administration tasks on behalf of your customers while you are on the road.  The new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app is now available for Android and iOS and coming soon for Windows Phone.  This 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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Three Questions to Get to the Cloud with Office 365

Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Sellers, As you talk with your customers and prospects about moving to Office 365, here are three questions I would encourage you to incorporate into your discussions.  Working with customers and partners, we’ve found these three questions really resonating as some of the biggest value drivers for customers moving to Office…

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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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New Office 365 Sales Guidance for SMBs

Woody Walton Hopefully you are now aware of the New Office 365 Business Plans which released at the beginning of October.  These new plans were created based on both customer and partner feedback.  In the eyes of my peers and myself these plans represent some of best value in terms of productivity solutions universally, not…

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