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  • Blog Post: Get a professionally written company solution for the Solution Profile Tool

    To celebrate the launch of the new Microsoft Partner Solution Marketplace, we’re giving your business the chance to shine by helping you create a professionally written company solution profile that you can upload to the Solution Profiler Tool, and even use in your other marketing efforts. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Is your business in the know?

    Heads-up from our SMB team about our continuing customer profiling activities. I really feel these activities will result in more business for all & so am keen to hear your feedback / questions. Cheers, Robbie   Recently, we told you about our program to profile our customers so we can tailor...
  • Blog Post: Get 15% off Office & Windows Server

    Quick heads-up on our latest customer offer: get 15% off selected Microsoft Office & Windows Server products - offer ending December 31st, 2008. Following on from our " Economy " campaign, this is a great way to help customers save money as they start to tighten their belts. Details here...
  • Blog Post: Building your strategic network

    Good read from the American Express OPEN business forum around the importance of building your strategic network. Snippet: You can easily and logically develop joint marketing initiatives with one or more partners and share the costs of promotion while borrowing trust built by each partner. This can...
  • Blog Post: What's your take on the economy?

    Hard times. Nervous times. Companies losing confidence & the economy in turmoil. What to do? There's a very strong argument that says organisations should pull back, consolidate, stop spending and just ride out the storm. And that absolutely makes sense in many situations. But not all of them. Although...
  • Blog Post: SBS & EBS in the next Action Pack

    Given that Small Business Server 2008 & Essential Business Server 2008 have now been released to manufacturing, I'm happy to report that both will be included in the next release of the Microsoft Action Pack. Check out the full listing of contents here. This is due for shipment on October 24th meaning...
  • Blog Post: And congrats from me to the SBSC finalists

    Well done to you all and here's to an exciting conference next week ! Good luck at the award ceremony. Nick Mayhew
  • Blog Post: Our S+S Strategy - let me help the SBSC community with your questions

    I've just posted this note on my blog and I know from talking to Robbie that there are already some concerns and questions arising in the SBSC community around the announcements last week on BPOS and S+S at Worldwide Partner Conference. So here is my offer to the community - send me any questions you...
  • Blog Post: How to grow your word of mouth

    One of the common themes running through our recent series of SBSC roundtables was that most partners rely almost exclusively on word of mouth to generate new business, but that most didn't have a process in place to help maximize it. What about you? I'm not suggesting that you need to give a 5% discount...
  • Blog Post: WPC: 2008 SMALL & MIDSIZE BUSINESS PARTNER FORUM AND SMB TRACK

    WPC: 2008 SMALL & MIDSIZE BUSINESS PARTNER FORUM AND SMB TRACK Register for the third annual Microsoft Small and Midsize Business Partner Forum (formerly known as the Small Business Symposium). This year, for the first time ever, the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference will include an end-to-end...
  • Blog Post: New Find a Partner website

    The very cool map-based Find a Partner tool has just been launched. Some of you may have seen it at the Partner Conference - it uses Microsoft's Virtual Earth technology to give customers a fast and effective way to search for a Partner according to location and/or area of specialisation. The site also...
  • Blog Post: Partner-TV Launched

    At the Australia Partner Conference, the Partner Team announced the launch of Partner-TV Australia. This video blog, dedicated to Microsoft Partners, will consist of short interviews from Microsoft staff and Partners developing cool services or solutions which you can watch or listen to via a podcast...
  • Blog Post: Last few days to enter an Award submission

    With the deadline extended you have until this Friday to submit an award for the Australian Partner Conference. It's a great opportunity to have your solution recognized by Microsoft and by your peers and there is an award for Small Business Specialists only. The Small Business Specialist Award honours...
  • Blog Post: Presenting...... The New Partner Portal!!

    As many of you will have noticed, today heralded the launch of our brand spanking new and shiny Partner Portal . In response to feedback from you guys, we've made some significant changes that will help you find relevant information faster. Karina Silva, our Partner Communications Manager is the person...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Exclusive Add-On Kit

    We've finally had confirmation on the release date of the MAPS SBSC Add-On Kit - which will hit your desks in mid April. The Kit is part of a new value-add for SBSCers - and you will receive one every quarter. Despite the fact that the name of the kit implies that it is only for Action Pack subscribers...
  • Blog Post: Meeting Mr SBS FAQ...

    This week I met Wayne Small from SBS FAQ for a coffee and a chat in the Microsoft cafe. Wayne and I have known each other for a few years now.... since I first started at Microsoft.... I vaguely remember bonding over a few beers at the very first Partner Roadshow I ran. Now days Wayne is spending less...
  • Blog Post: Give Mathew a run for his money!

    Last year Mathew Dickerson, one of our Australian SBSCs won the Worldwide SBSC Partner Award. As you can see from the pic, he was pretty happy to win :-) Do you think you can give Mathew a run for his money at this year's Awards? If so, make sure you submit. See the official details below. ---------...
  • Blog Post: Exclusive SBSC event - SMB Nation coming to town

    After much juggling we've finally managed to finalise dates for the SMB Nation's visit to Australia..... I think we're just after Estonia and before India.... its amazing how much Harry gets around :-) So I've organised this event as an exclusive for SBSCs in Sydney and Melbourne - it will be an opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Exclusive - Win a Mobile Device

    Corp are offering a chance to win one of 10 mobile devices every month as part of the new mobility part of the Technology Assessment! So now, that means the new Technology Assessment offers you the chance to get the following: * Free copy of SBS R2 for every 5 assessments submitted * 1 partner point...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the latest Action Pack Updates

    I've just come back from a week at Building Number 122 at Microsoft Corp in Redmond - despite the fact that Redmond reminded me very much of the Truman Show :-) the visit was definitely worthwhile. I finally put faces to names of some great people who have been doing some good things for SBSCers worldwide...
  • Blog Post: New Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit

    Corp have just launched the updated Technology Assessment Toolkit . It's a great update and includes not only Small Business Server, but also assessments on the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Windows Mobile, and Windows Vista technologies. More importantly, you can take part in the " Assess and Win "...
  • Blog Post: New CRM and MS Finance Campaign

    The CRM Team have put together a very cool new marketing campaign for Partners and customers that not only enables you to trial the product with a 30-day download but also gives you a special Microsoft Finance deal to help you and your customers pay for it. Check out the details below or go here ...
  • Blog Post: Be there at midnight to win a copy of Vista signed by Bill Gates

    Only 7 sleeps until our biggest software launch in 10 years!!! If you want to be one of the first to buy a copy of Vista or maybe even buy one of only 5 copies of Windows Vista copies in the world signed by Bill Gates at 11.59pm then come along to ‘Midnight Mayhem’ at Harvey Norman in Alexandria next...
  • Blog Post: Join BILL GATES LIVE from New York!

    The Corp OEM team are putting on a LIVE online training event with a Q&A session to celebrate the launch of Vista and Office 2007. January 30 th at 8.30 am (Australian time) You can register here The session will be in 2 parts - the first being a general session and the second will focus on the system...
  • Blog Post: You heard it here first.....

    Hamilton Island here we come! It's only fitting that given my old role here at Microsoft that I be the first to break the news on the dates and venue for this year's Partner Conference. By popular demand we will once again be heading to Hamilton Island.... so make sure put the 29th August - 1st September...
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