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Ready for Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 Day 2? Some things to know…
Welcome to day 2 of Worldwide Partner Conference 2013! Yesterday was a fantastic start to the conference, I thought, and it was wonderful to see and hear so much positive feedback and excitement from the partners both here at the conference, as well as those joining virtually through social media. For...
9 Jul 2013
Congratulations to my fellow SMB 150 Award winners and thank you for your votes
Tomorrow night is the 2013 SMB 150 Awards Banquet being held here on the Microsoft campus, and I am honored to be joining the other nominees who were selected to be an SMB 150 Award winner again this year. As I have mentioned in past years when I was given the honor of being chosen for this award, “One...
3 May 2013
Second batch of 1,000 FREE Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses (Exam 74-324) Vouchers Released. Get yours now!
UPDATE: Thank you for your amazing interest in this promotion – all 2,000 free codes have been allocated to partners now. If you registered to take an exam, please be sure to complete it before 6/30/13 when the code expires. If you need to reschedule or cancel an exam, proper notice is required...
22 Jan 2013
We’re Giving Away 2,000 FREE Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses (Exam 74-324) Vouchers! Here’s how to get yours…
UPDATE: We have released the second set of 1,000 FREE Exam vouchers since the first set (below) were all claimed already. Here’s how to get one of the second set of 1,000 FREE vouchers . Here is a very exciting offer for partners everywhere (not just the U.S.). Right now, the first 2,000 partners who...
15 Jan 2013
I’d love your vote again this year in the 2013 SMB 150 Awards
It’s that time of year again, the voting for the 2013 SMB 150 is here. Last year, I had the honor to be nominated for and selected as a member of the SMB 150 , an award that honors individuals who have made a significant impact on the worldwide small and medium business (SMB) channel. Well, I was very...
2 Jan 2013
Recommended Small Business Scenarios with Windows Server 2012 Guide Available for Download
Back at Worldwide Partner Conference, several of us from Microsoft sat in a room with our SMB PALs from around the world and discussed small business server solutions moving forward with the arrival of Windows Server 2012 Standard and Windows Server 2012 Essentials. One of the asks from the partner community...
27 Nov 2012
Office 365 for Small Business Jump Start replays now available online, plus much more
Attention all of you partners out there working towards or planning to go after the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business competency, As you know, back in July announced the new 74-324 Exam coming for Small Business Competency to replace the 70-323 exam. Shortly after that announcement, we let you...
17 Sep 2012
Exam 74-324 details, plus get FREE exam vouchers if you failed the 70-323 exam for the Small Business competency
A few weeks back I brought you the exciting news about the new 74-324 Exam coming for Small Business Competency to replace 70-323 , (yes, it is 74 -324 NOT 70 -324, for those who have been asking) based on the input and feedback that we have received from you, our partners, about the 70-323 exam contents...
30 Aug 2012
Announcing Virtual Chat, Dynamic Updating, and more now in the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App v3.0
As you know, the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App was originally launched with the concept of helping you, our Microsoft partners, more easily find and connect with information here at Microsoft. With the new 3.0 version of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App, which is now available in the Windows...
8 Aug 2012
Announcing the Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses Jump Start for the 74-324 Exam
A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the New 74-324 Exam coming for Small Business Competency to replace 70-323 , which has been designed for Small Business focused partners and aligns better to the Small Business Competency within the Microsoft Partner Network. In that post, I mentioned that we would...
7 Aug 2012
New 74-324 Exam coming for Small Business Competency to replace 70-323
Here is some very exciting news for our partners out there looking to attain the Small Business Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network. For those of you that have participated in any of the online meetings we have been conducting about the Small Business Competency or who attended Worldwide Partner...
25 Jul 2012
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012, WPC12, social media, networking, keynote streaming, MPN Live, and mobile all for you
Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 is upon us and with it comes the opportunity for our partners worldwide to come together physically in Toronto as well as virtually across the world. For those of you that joined us last year, you undoubtedly saw the vast increase in social media usage from Worldwide...
6 Jul 2012
2012 Microsoft Partner Of the Year Award Winners and Finalists Announced! Congratulations to you all!
Today, Microsoft announced the 2012 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists. These winners and finalists were selected from nearly 3,000 entries coming in from over 100 countries! Wow, that’s an impressive number of submissions, partners! Thank you to all of you that submitted your...
25 Jun 2012
Microsoft Small Business Competency is here! Plus a $999 special (~46% discount!) promotional offer and more competency details!
I am extremely happy to share with all of you that the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency is now available! In addition to this very exciting news that I know many of you have been waiting anxiously for, we have continued to have conversations with and listened to feedback from you,...
15 Jun 2012
To be clear, Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) is a requirement, not a benefit of Microsoft the Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC)
After my What are the benefits of the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency? post on Friday, I received some inquiries from current SBSC members saying that the Action Pack benefits were missing under the SBSC column in the chart and should be there because the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription...
7 May 2012
What are the benefits of the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency?
As you know, I have been sharing several pieces of information here on my blog about the upcoming Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency which launches in June. What has been fantastic is the amount of feedback all of you have been sharing with me through the blog, though email, in online...
4 May 2012
Some additional information, a Q&A, on the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency
Last week I put up the What are the requirements to earn the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency? post here on the blog to bring you more information about what the actual requirements are to attain the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency when it launches in June. There...
2 May 2012
Microsoft Partner Info V2.7 brings pinning, support, more perspectives, a new look, and more
Today the new 2.7 version of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App released to the Microsoft Windows Phone Marketplace and brings with it a collection of new additions to the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App. First, let me offer my thanks to all of you that have been submitting your input and feedback...
30 Apr 2012
What are the requirements to earn the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency?
Earlier this month we announced Details on the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency that talked about what it is, some of the benefits of the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency, etc. and this morning on today’s MPN Live , the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency...
26 Apr 2012
Join us for the next MPN Live: Jon Roskill, Kat Tillman, Partners, All-Access WPC pass giveaway, cloud, Small Business Competency, and more!
Tomorrow is the next in our series of MPN Live events, which bring together Microsoft hosts, Microsoft partner guests, hot topics, fantastic insights, live interaction, and even an incredible giveaway: A free, all-access pass to Worldwide Partner Conference 2012. Talk about a value packed block of time...
25 Apr 2012
Details on the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency announced
At the beginning of March, we officially announced the Small Business Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network . If you looked at the comments from that post, you also saw that I said, “We will announce more program details in April,” in response to questions I received over the the Small Business...
17 Apr 2012
How to get your WPC 2012 Partner Award nominations in now. Time is running out!
With each passing day, we get another day closer to Worldwide Partner Conference 2012, which is July 8-12th in Toronto this year. I absolutely love Worldwide Partner Conference and it is by far my favorite conference of the year! What is also getting closer with each passing day is the deadline to get...
30 Mar 2012
Help! What/where are the key Microsoft partner social media connection points?
Last night, I received an online ping via social media from The VAR Guy (@TheVARGuy ) asking for a little direction and assistance from a social media perspective when it comes to navigating and following the information coming out of Microsoft. After all, I don’t think you will find many people that...
27 Mar 2012
Officially announced: Small Business Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network
Here is some very exciting news for all of our partners that focus on the small business segment. Today, Julie Bennani made the official announcement of a Small Business Competency coming to the Microsoft Partner Network, with a launch date of June, 2012! (You can read Julie’s post in her blog in the...
1 Mar 2012
Yes, that’s really me telling you to update your websites, tweets, posts, etc.
As you (should) recall, waaaaaaaay back in November of 2010 (my how time flies, doesn’t it?), the former “Microsoft Gold Certified Partner” and “Microsoft Certified Partner” brands were officially retired, put to rest, put out to pasture, however you want to phrase it. Just like any good friend that...
7 Feb 2012
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