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  • Blog Post: Technical Training on Windows 7 for SBSCs in Toronto

    This is a quick note to SBSCs in the Toronto area – there is an upcoming technical training event for Windows 7 happening at no-cost. The event will review the new enterprise features and deployment tools for building and managing images, migrating user files and settings quickly using hard-link migration...
  • Blog Post: Make Web, Not War 2009 – Microsoft Canada’s Web Conference

    For the first time, Microsoft Canada is hosting a web conference focusing on web solution providers in Toronto and Vancouver. The event is aimed at helping you deliver the best web experience for your clients. At this free event, you can expect to: Hear from speakers from the startup, open source, and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: We’ve hit the East, now get ready in the West!

    Written by Kristin Schmidt , Partner Marketing Manager You can discover how to start readying your sales teams, updating your services business, and preparing customers for the next Windows OS! You are cordially invited to a live in-person event to help you get ready for Windows 7. This event will be...
  • Blog Post: Register for May 5 “Turn Economic Challenge into Opportunity” webcast

    We’re starting May off with an interesting new webcast on how to “ Turn Economic Challenge into Opportunity ”. The state of the global economy poses challenges and opportunities for every business. Our team at Microsoft Canada wants to help you be prepared for whatever the economy brings over the year...
  • Blog Post: Video now available for SBS 2008 Migration Breakfast

    I recently posted about a special SBS 2008 breakfast event we were holding in Toronto called Migration of SBS 2008 and Sales Opportunities for SMB partners. The event featured Philip Elder (pictured right), who gave an energetic and information-filled technical presentation on migration. With a packed...
  • Blog Post: Register for the SBS 2008 Breakfast in Toronto

    There’s an upcoming breakfast event in Toronto called Migration of Small Business Server 2008 and Sales Opportunities for SMB-focused partners. You can have breakfast with us and listen to guest speaker Philip Elder – SBS MVP, owner of MPECS Inc., and fellow SBSC from Alberta. Philip will walk you through...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft gamePLAN: Register for April 8 webcast to gain access first

    You asked, we listened. According to the first annual SMB Insights Survey of the SBSC community in Canada, 55% of you have made generating new marketing material a top priority for 2009. When we called for feedback from our SBSC Advisory Panel in Canada, they put their requests in for the same thing...
  • Blog Post: Download notes or watch the “Selling Microsoft Response Point” exclusive webcast

    We have yesterday’s SBSC exclusive “Selling Microsoft Response Point to Canadian SMBs” webcast now available for you to watch on-demand or the PowerPoint notes for download. We reviewed the small business phone system’s Canadian opportunity, sales strategies, perspectives, and offers available. Joining...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for Windows 7 – upcoming event and webcast

    With Windows 7 approaching, there are more early readiness events taking place to help you prepare for the major rel ease. With improved security, reliability, productivity, and performance, you can take advantage advantage of new growth opportunities for your business and your customers. If you are...
  • Blog Post: Technical Labcasts for SBS/EBS 2008 available on-demand!

    The Canadian Partner Learning Centre (PLC) setup a series of technical webcasts and virtual labs for those of you that didn’t attend the in-person deep-dive training on SBS 2008 or EBS 2008. The complete set of links are below for your reference. Take the time this Friday to catch-up on the training...
  • Blog Post: Register for ‘Selling Microsoft Response Point to Canadian SMBs’ exclusive webcast

    Please join us for this March’s exclusive SBSC webcast. We will explore sales strategies and cases for making Microsoft Response Point a profitable addition to your SMB-focused business. You’ll see why this small business phone system won the 2009 Technology of the Year Awards’ Best Small Business Phone...
  • Blog Post: It’s back! Do 2 SBS/EBS sales courses and receive $25 of FREE gas

    Last year we completed the popular SBS and EBS 2008 technical training offer, where you received $50 in FREE gas when you completed any 3 eligible online courses. As I had mentioned then, if you do network infrastructure and are SMB-focused, those courses were absolutely necessary for your business....
  • Blog Post: Watch the new Microsoft Canada “Tell Me More” partner program video!

    Microsoft Canada’s “ Tell Me More ” website might ring a bell for some of you, as it’s the portal that you would have read through when you first became a SBSC. I’m pleased to announce that the site’s gone through a makeover, still with the aim to help growing partners pinpoint the most popular and useful...
  • Blog Post: Download notes or watch on-demand the Microsoft Dynamics CRM exclusive webcast

      Yesterday we hosted the SBSC exclusive ‘Take control with Microsoft Dynamics CRM in SMB’ webcast with Kim Harrison, Solutions Channel Development Manager for CRM (and a familiar face to the SBSC community), and Laura Robinson, Technical Specialist for CRM Online. Today you can catch the entire...
  • Blog Post: Register for your exclusive ‘Microsoft Dynamics CRM in SMB’ webcast on January 27

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM is an area that you might otherwise be quick to throw off your list of ‘ways to make money in 2009’. If you do, you’re missing out big time. At the least, you need to understand how this could fit into your model – easily and profitably. With Dynamics CRM in your solutions, you...
  • Blog Post: Register for February’s MDOP technical training

    Here is a great opportunity for you to learn how to take advantage of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) with your medium-sized customers.. There is 2-day technical training being offered to teach IT professionals how to install, configure, troubleshoot, and administer the tools available...
  • Blog Post: Download notes or watch on-demand the Microsoft Forefront exclusive webcast

    This week we hosted the SBSC exclusive Win the Fight with Microsoft Forefront webcast with Robert Davidson, Principle Technology Specialist, and Vivian Wan, Project Manager, on the Forefront team in Canada. Now you can catch the entire webcast on-demand or download a copy of the presentation for information...
  • Blog Post: Why webcasts are important & this week’s schedule

    There are webcasts taking place all the time in the Microsoft SMB technology world led by Microsoft, members of the community, and/or third-party associations. It’s important for you to attend whenever you see topics that are of interest to you or even areas that you are already familiar with. Why? Because...
  • Blog Post: 14 days left to fuel your mind and earn up to $50 in FREE gas

    If you and your colleagues haven’t already, make sure you take the time to do this FREE on-demand training for SBS and EBS 2008. With these major product releases, this is really the absolute minimum you should be doing if ‘network infrastructure’ or ‘small/medium business’ (or ‘SBSC’) are keywords in...
  • Blog Post: Win the fight with Microsoft Forefront on December 17

    When you’re working with your small and medium business customers, you gain a comprehensive understanding of their business challenges, you integrate all of the right solutions, and you simplify the daunting world of IT. You take good care of them when you’re there. But do you make sure they can take...
  • Blog Post: Additional SBS 2008 technical training in Toronto opened

    In October we opened a set of one-day hands-on technical workshops in cities across Canada for both SBS and EBS 2008. These filled up rather quickly (as many of you experienced first-hand) and we have been working since on future options for this education. Today we have been able to arrange for an additional...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM – see it, buy it, and sell it

    If you are prepared to invest in the considerable revenue opportunities that exist with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, this is the right time to do it. This is a business solution that meets many of the growth challenges faced by typical SMB customers, and one that you can sell and service. The flexibility...
  • Blog Post: Download SBS/EBS 2008 launch webcast presentation

    Last week we hosted the SBSC exclusive Score Big with the SBS/EBS 2008 Launch webcast to a record crowd to discuss everything SMB-focused partners need to capitalize on this important launch. Due to some technical difficulties with our LiveMeeting audio (thank you again everyone for working through that...
  • Blog Post: MDOP technical training this December

    If you aren’t taking advantage of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) yet for your medium-sized clients (50 PCs +), this is your chance to learn everything you need about it. There is 2-day technical training being offered to teach IT professionals how to install, configure, troubleshoot,...
  • Blog Post: Score big with the SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 launch!

    With the highly anticipated launch of SBS/EBS 2008 only a little more than a week away, is your business ready to score big? This month in the exclusive SBSC LiveMeeting series we will be exploring the resources and tools that will help you capitalize on the launch of these key SMB products. Hosting...
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