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  • Blog Post: Elevate Your Skills with Windows Azure In This Online Hands-on workshop!

    @HOME WITH WINDOWS AZURE During this event we’ll guide you through the process of building and deploying a large scale Azure application. Forget about “hello world”! In less than two hours we’ll build and deploy a real cloud app that leverages the Azure data center and helps make a difference in the...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Premium and BizSpark Azure Benefit – How-To Open an Account

    As an MSDN subscriber or BizSpark member, your membership provides you 750 hours of Windows Azure compute time per month for 8 consecutive months at no-extra cost!  That’s a total of 6000 compute hours!  An estimated retail-value of $1,264! Have your attention?  Not leveraging your benefit...
  • Blog Post: Azure Pricing Details for Microsoft Partners

    As partners evolve their portfolio of offerings to include Azure, questions often arise about pricing.  Although there is a great deal of information online already, help is often needed to clarify some of the finer details.  The following information was recently provided as a follow-up to...
  • Blog Post: Web Professionals Get Discounted Hosting, Free Software, Marketing and Tools – Attend a WebsiteSpark event

    Microsoft Presents: Win with WebsiteSpark Get leads, free marketing, software and tools to build websites, and discounted hosting.  WebsiteSpark™ provides you software, tools, support and training that helps enable you to provide your customers with competitively priced hosting solutions on the...
  • Blog Post: Why [Insert Microsoft Product Technology Here]?

    Customers and partners occasionally reach out to me for help locating information and data to support their efforts to assess product technology and market opportunity.  There’s really no secret formula for how I go about collecting this information and often times rely on the same resources that...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Is Azure Right For My Business?

    Did you miss the Azure roadshow for Microsoft Partners in December? Are you still pondering the business opportunity behind Azure? Well block off 2-hours on your calendar today to attend our Live Meeting presentation of the roadshow content on Thursday, February 25th. Gather up your team for an extended...
  • Blog Post: Is Windows Azure Right for Your Partner Business?

    We’ve all heard about the industry shift to the Cloud, but are you jumpstarting your Windows Azure business to be a part of it? If you are a Microsoft Partner, specifically a system integrator who builds custom developed solutions, then you are cordially invited to attend our next ProDev Partner Briefing...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Expertise as a Microsoft Ambassador

    Microsoft’s U.S. Developer and Platform Evangelism organization recently launched the Microsoft Ambassador program (details below) to help our partner’s highlight their success in driving the early adoption of new and emerging application platform technology within their organization or their customer...
  • Blog Post: Developer Excerpts from The Learning Curve Newsletter for Partners – 22Jun09

    Ramp Up: New Training Tracks for Developers Announcing four new learning tracks for developers that can help you increase your skills to make you and your company more marketable: Web Development with ASP.NET, Move from ASP to ASP.NET, Move from PHP to ASP.NET, and Develop Windows Mobile 6 Applications...
  • Blog Post: Azure for Systems Integrators and Value-Added Partners

    Tonight I’m working on a bit of homework for an internal pilot-class on Azure that I am participating in.  Of course I’m always on the lookout for good content for my partner community.  This evening I came across the site Azure for Systems Integrators and Value-Added Partners | Azure Services...
  • Blog Post: East Region Learning Curve News 16Feb09

    The most recent bi-weekly announcement of Partner Training Opportunities is out.  If you are not yet registered to receive the Learning Curve Newsletter, I posted the most recent training opportunities in the East Region here for you: Mid-Atlantic Northeast NY Metros Southeast About The Learning...
  • Blog Post: Partner Training: Delivering Business Design Sessions to ISVs

      Webcast training for partners who are helping ISVs make the move to Software plus Services.  The training will help you understand the key success factors for moving to S+S and how to lead a S+S strategy session with an ISV customer. Webcast available on ISVInnovation.com Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: MDC Breakfast Briefing for Microsoft Application Development Partners

    Time : 7:30am – 8:30am Location : At MDC events in Orlando, Atlanta, DC, NY and Boston Audience : Business Leaders and Liaisons, Technology Decision Makers At the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) Microsoft presented a vision for the future of technology. We want you and your business...
  • Blog Post: Limited Time Promotional Offer for CDS and ISV Competency Partners!

    Custom Development and ISV partners are a critical factor in the overall success of Microsoft® products in the marketplace.  In recognition of your contributions, we want to help you empower your organization with a complete development environment. Between October 1, 2008 and December 31,...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Partner Conference - Highlights from Wednesday

    Highlights from Wednesday Allison Watson kicked off Wednesday with product announcements and demos from executives Simon Witts and Bob Kelly. Steve Ballmer expressed his commitment to driving product innovation and partner success in the coming year and talked about new opportunities with software-plus...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Partner Conference - Highlights from Tuesday

    Highlights from Tuesday Allison Watson kicked off the conference and invited Stephen Elop, Brad Brooks, and Andy Lees to discuss new products and opportunities for partners. Watson also featured her A-List. Missed the exec presentations or have staff back home unable to attend? Check out Digital WPC...
  • Blog Post: Latest SharePoint Development Resources to Support Top Partner Initiatives

    In April and May I conducted a series of 7 Partner briefings across the East Region targeting the Microsoft ProDev Partner Community. Since arriving back from TechEd last week, I've been hard at work crunching the numbers from the event to help me better understand the most important initiatives Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Exclusive Partner Training Opportunity - San Francisco, Jacksonville, Miami, Columbia (MD)

    I was recently notified that a number of seats are available for the OnRamp training course titled Next Generation Web Development on the Microsoft Platform . To date, 10 sold-out sessions have been delivered across the U.S, with another 10 scheduled for June. As of this writing 5 of our June events...
  • Blog Post: ProDev Partner Briefing Update and Partner Resource Cheat Sheet

    Over the past week I have traveled to New York City and Waltham, MA to deliver the first 2 ProDev Partner Briefings comprising a 7-city tour that I pulled together to meet with Application Development Partners up and down the East Coast. I am pleased to say that the events have been well received and...
  • Blog Post: Building an ALM Partner Practice

    The following information, forwarded to me by a colleague (Thank You Tara Walker), provides references to ALM training and/or resources that will assist you in developing a Microsoft ALM partner practice. Understanding Microsoft ALM Partnership Building a ALM Practice - SDLC Guidance: www.sdlcinabox...
  • Blog Post: Partner Developers Chomping at the Bit for Visual Studio 2008

    With the recent launch of Visual Studio 2008 many developers within our Partner community are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the latest copy of the software. Lately, I've received requests from a number of partner developers seeking clarification on what developer tools they do and do not...
  • Blog Post: The New U.S. Partner Learning Center Debuts February 22

    How often do you access the Microsoft Partner Portal? Do you even know your MSPP ID and, if so, have you associated your Hotmail or Live account to your company's membership? More often than not I am discovering that the site is being underutilized simply because employees of the partner organization...
  • Blog Post: ProDev Partners-Only Briefing - US East Region

    Innovation is a powerful force in our industry today. History has proven over and over that companies that innovate enjoy great success and companies that fail to innovate eventually become irrelevant. Over the next several years the products that make up Microsoft's application platform will be innovating...
  • Blog Post: Looking to Find Qualified Talent - Students-To-Business May be Your Answer

    We continue to hear from our partners that their #1 priority is finding and hiring qualified talent. The demand is high, but the supply is short. Well there is good news to report. Microsoft is rolling out a community initiative designed to connect Microsoft partners and customers with qualified students...
  • Blog Post: Tis The Season For Partners on Facebook

    The Holiday Season is upon us yet there is no rest for the wary at this busy time of year. Lately, I've been working to establish an online social community for Professional Developers and Architects working for a Microsoft Partner in the United States. After a short assessment period, I have settled...
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