We continue to add lots of technical training courses on pre-release and recently-released technologies (remember our Learning Partners can provide courses on more mainstream and mature technologies) - this is turning into a very comprehensive offering to our partners.

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Check this lot out and keep an eye on the Readiness Portal for more updates and to find out what is going on in your city.

.NET 3.0

This two-day workshop focuses on building user capability on the new technologies for building applications such as Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace (formerly code named "Infocard").

BizTalk 2006 R2 & Application Integration

This three-day, instructor-led teadiness event will include technical knowledge transfer on BizTalk Server 2006. Also focuses on the many applications and technology frameworks for connecting to legacy systems (mainframe and mid-range) and line-of-business applications (SAP, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and JD Edwards). Includes "RFID" tagging.

Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimisation (BPIO) University

BPIO University is a three-day, in-depth, instructor-led sales readiness workshop for Microsoft Partners. Focused on three main capabilities, Unified Communications and Collaboration, Enterprise Content Management and Business Intelligence, this BPIO course features Microsoft marketing strategies, field priorities and technology capability training. Partners will also learn how to work effectively with the Microsoft field, and how to execute their own BPIO customer campaigns and selling activities independently. This course is targeted towards Microsoft System Integrators (SI) and Independent Sofware Vendors (ISV) partners, and sales and technical pre-sales support personnel.

Branch Office (System Centre, Server Management & Operations Manager) & Virtualisation

This two-day, instructor-led, technical workshop includes hands-on labs and includse topics such as System Centre Management, Systems Mangement Server (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM), and Branch Office and Server Virtualisation.

Defense in Depth : Antigen; ISA Server 2006

Two-day, instructor-led Deep Dive on the Microsoft Security Management Suite. Includes Forefront, brand spans protection for the network edge (ISA Server), server applications (Antigen)�and the client operating systems (Forefront Client Security).

Enterprise Search

This one-day training course provides information on partner opportunities in the search arena: the addressable market, finding new customers, offering new solutions for existing customers and extending solutions with search capabilities.

Exchange 2007

Two-day technical readiness on the all new Microsoft Exchange, focusing on managing an Exchange Server-based messaging system, including installation and configuration to managing, monitoring and troubleshooting server performance, security features, recipient objects and address lists, and supportive technologies.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007

Two-day, hands-on Deep Dive on the 2007 Office Client products and SharePoint. Also includes Windows SharePoint Server collaboration.

SEARCH with MOSS 2007

One-day, hands-on Deep Dive on the Search functionality of MOSS 2007....

SoftGrid Training

This three and a half-day technical, instructor lead workshop examines not just what SoftGrid does, but how it does it. This course provides hands-on training and experience with application virtualisation, application packaging (sequencing), configuration and administration, troubleshooting and more.

SQL Server Deep Dive

This two-day course is aimed at improving skills of experienced SQL Server system integrators/consultants by deeply training MCS and partners in supporting mission-critical implementations on SQL Server.

SQL Server for Skeptics

This fast-paced, two-day module seminar is targeted at experienced Oracle consultants and developers who understand database technologies and want to get better acquainted with the capabilities of SQL Server 2005.

Visual Studio Team Suite (VSTS Level 300 - 400)

This three-day Deep Dive is a must for anyone responsible for deploying, supporting or extending Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server in an organisation.This level 300 event focuses on customising and extending Visual Studio Team Suite (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) and will help organisations realise many of the benefits of this new development environment.

Windows 2003 Release 2

This two-day Technical workshop is Instructor Led and includes Hands on Labs. Topics includes Windows 2003 Release 2; new Features.

Windows Vista

Technical & Instructor led Readiness on the four pillars of Vista - Optimising Desktop Infrastructure, Empowering Professionals, Enabling a Mobile Workforce, Security & Compliance - and using hands on labs for specific technical product information.

Windows Vista (for Partners) Desktop Deployment Program

This two-day technical workshop is designed to assist customers reduce the overall cost and time it takes to undertake a large-scale Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office sytem Professional Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Active Directory(r) deployment. Also included in the workshop is application compatibility.