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Hi Everyone,

This week sees the start of my new role as the Partner Capability Development Manager for Australia, don’t worry I will still be blogging and the new Microsoft Partner Network Manager Jack Pilon will also start blogging on all matters MPN.  I am excited about my new role as I get to work with you all in a new capacity.  As there is a lot happening around readiness I though i should do a Readiness Highlights post to share with you, on what is new this week.  I would love to hear your feedback on all things readiness and if you found this post useful or if you have any questions or suggestions.

Competency and Product News

Small Business Competency

Office 365 for SMB Jump Start video recordings released!

Thank you to those who attended the live Jump Start sessions on August 29-30, 2012. Chris Oakman, Stephen Hall, and Microsoft Learning appreciate your time and focus on Microsoft public cloud offerings.

We wish you success on Exam 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses.

The HD-quality video recordings have been made available for your review—FREE—on the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). To access the videos please register, or login, and then select the Office 365 track from the Tracks page.

Windows Server 2012

New Help for Exam 70-246: Free Study Guide

A free study guide is now available to give you the best preparation possible to pass your Microsoft Learning (MSL) Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Centre 2012, the final exam needed to complete the MCSE Private Cloud certification track. Created by Microsoft Evangelist Keith Mayer, who collected the study resources that he used to pass the exams himself, the study guide presents the exam objectives in a checklist format for ease of use.

Virtualize Big Workloads with Best Practices and Key Learning's

Planning a virtualized Exchange deployment? Want to figure out how to virtualize your heavy-duty SQL Server workloads? Check out these latest resources that will help you manage the big jobs more easily:

· Best Practices for Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange

· Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server on Windows Server 2012

New MSL Courses and Exams: Get Certified!

Microsoft Learning (MSL) is nearing completion of the latest certifications for Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) for Windows Server 2012 (both new and those looking to upgrade their WS 2008 certifications) and the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) for Server Infrastructure. Take a look at the courses and exams required for each program and begin to further your SME status today!

Reminder! Windows Server 2012 Technical Overviews

Implementer roles who want to better understand the key technologies in Windows Server 2012 can now access a set of seven overview courses delivered by Microsoft technical staff. The courses will guide partners through the technical details of virtualization, networking, and storage, to name a few.

Ready to Win Contest - be sure to enter by Oct 31st!

This contest is open to new registrants of the Sales Excellence program (Sales Specialist and Pre-Sales Technical Specialist) and gives you a chance to win a pass to WPC 2013 or TechEd. Find more details on the RTW contest page.

Time To Thrive – World Class Selling Skills for Partners

Be sure to mark your calendars and attend our Time to Thrive World Class Selling Series each month. Each month we feature a top WPC Speaker, Industry Leader or Business Group expert helping you improve your selling effectiveness. Save the date for the session on October 10th at 8:00a.m. (PDT) featuring Andrea Sittig-Rolf, Chief Blitz Master & CEO of Blitz Master on “How to Leverage the Aha! Formula to get appointments -- Anticipate the objection, Handle the objection, Ask for the appointment.” Andrea was one of our speakers from WPC and most popular presenters last year.

All sessions are recorded and posted to our Sales Specialist site under Time to Thrive. In addition, we recorded 10 world class selling topics last year which are posted to the Sales Specialist site under Webcast Archives.

New to the Partner Learning Centre (PLC)

Newly Published Titles

Product Code

Sales/ Tech

Level

Length

Activity Type

Competency

How to Sell Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Solution Selling Sales 200 30 min Course (Online) NA
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Installation and Deployment New Features - Charts and Report Development Dynamics NAV 2013 Tech 200 1 hour, 8 min Course (Online) ERP
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Installation and Deployment New Features - SharePoint and Web Client Dynamics NAV 2013 Tech 200 1 hour Course (Online) ERP
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Installation and Deployment New Features - Upgrade Dynamics NAV 2013 Tech 200 39 min Course (Online) ERP