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  • Blog Post: The SBS/EBS Solutions Pathway - what's it all about?

    Lots of discussion at the moment around the recently announced "Solutions Pathway" & so I thought I'd steal Eric Ligman's post to summarise - see below. Basically, Solutions Pathway is our new upgrade process for all things SBS & EBS & so please take a couple of mins to read through...
  • Blog Post: 15 additional CALs for SBSC partners only

    Just received word that the exclusive SBSC Toolkit shipping with the October Action Pack will include 15 additional CALs for SBS & EBS. Nice. The kits will be at the Microsoft post office from October 24th & so should be with you a few weeks after that. So along with all the other fun stuff ...
  • 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: Guest post #2 from Hilton - Aussie SBSC PAL

    See guest post #1 here. Thanks, Robbie As the Australian SBS User Groups are changing focus, direction and names into the SMB IT Professionals groups, we need to ensure that we're not only changing our names, but living up to them. Microsoft has really expanded our market upwards by introducing EBS....
  • Blog Post: SBSC feedback - what is Microsoft doing?

    As promised when summarising the feedback from the last series of SBSC roundtables (apologies for the delay), we would like to share our response to the questions & concerns that were raised. You can download the document here that shows the issue, context & Microsoft Australia's thoughts &...
  • Blog Post: Media coverage for BCA - SBSC partner of the year

    Great to see some media coverage coming through for SBS MVP Stu Applegate & the team at Business Computing Australia , Microsoft's SBSC Partner of the year . Check it out in the weekend's Courier Mail . Robbie
  • Blog Post: Guest post from Hilton Travis - Australian SBSC PAL

    Welcome to the first of our guest blogs from Hilton Travis , the Australian Small Business Specialist Partner Area lead . Enjoy. :-) Robbie   With the release of SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 just around the corner, now is the time to start looking at what these two new products have to offer if you’ve...
  • 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: Partner to Partner networking nights

    Great pick-up from Nick Mayhew's blog around the upcoming Partner-to-Partner networking nights. Open to Gold, Certified & SBSC partners. This round will focus on Local Government & whilst there's no specific focus on SMB per se, it could still be a useful night out for you if you're interested...
  • Blog Post: Volume licensing training just like Mama used to make

    One of the consistent pieces of feedback we receive is that there's not enough training around Volume Licensing. So in conjunction with Ingram Micro, here you go:  register your attendance . Cheers, Robbie Volume Licensing Boot Camps Want to build your licensing capabilities and strengthen your...
  • Blog Post: Another SBSC award winner: Productiv

    There must be something in the water up north as another Qld SBSC partner picked up an award at the recent Australian Partner Conference held in Port Douglas. Congratulations to Productiv , Partner of the Year for Information Worker Solutions, Portals and Collaboration . Cheers & well done, Robbie
  • Blog Post: SBSC Partner of the Year: Business Computing Australia

    Big congratulations to Stuart Applegate & the team from Business Computing Australia after they picked-up the SBSC Partner of the Year award at the recent Australian Partner Conference in Port Douglas. In the words of Inese Kingsmill, Microsoft Australia Director of SMB: "We are delighted that...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Server - RTMs !!

    Straight from the official SBS product team blog , Small Business Server 2008 has 'released to manufacturing' - which means the code is baked and moves to escrow etc. The product will be generally available within a few weeks and the worldwide launch date is officially 12th November - more soon I am...
  • 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: SBSC Partner of the Year finalists announced

    And the nominations for 2008 Small Business Specialist of the Year are: Business Computing Australia Calvert Technologies Comcity Technology Evolve IT Australia We had a record number of entries this year with consistently high quality, so even being named as a finalist is a grand achievement. The winner...
  • 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: Keynote from the WPC SMB Partner forum

    Microsoft's VP of SMB, Michael Risse, gave the keynote in yesterday's SMB Partner Forum at the WW Partner Conference in Houston - check here for details. Whilst the deck is obviously designed to be presented live (ie there's space for a demo), I've kept most of the comments pages in so that you can get...
  • Blog Post: Aussie SBSC PALs at the WW partner conference

    Good to see the Australian Small Business Specialist PALs past & present together & distributing a little bit of Aussie cheer at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston. Noice. Dean & Hilton have made personally sure that all 12,000 attendees know that Australia is THE place for all things...
  • Blog Post: The PAL is dead... long live the PAL

    Today is July 1st & that means the official handover of Australian Small Business Specialist PAL duties from Dean Calvert to Hilton Travis. I want to take the time to officially thank Dean for his continuing contributions to the Microsoft partner community in Australia & also welcome Hilton to...
  • Blog Post: Going to the Australian Partner Conference? Then come join the SBSC networking group

    The Australian Partner Conference is only 6 weeks away & so now's the time to register & get your networking boots on. Note - APC is open to Gold & Certified partners only. The Connect tool is also open for business meaning you can: Check out all the other attendees (including over 100 Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Feedback from the SBSC Roundtables held in May

    The second series of Australian SBSC Partner Roundtables were held in May 2008 as a follow-up to the events of November 2007. The 22 attendees across Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney were a mix of new partners & those that had been involved in the earlier events. Sessions were moderated by Athena Thompson...
  • 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: Only 2 weeks to go to get your SBSC award entries in

    The June 16th deadline is looming & so why not take 10 minutes now to get your entry in for the Australian Small Business Specialist partner of the year award. Gotta be in it to win it. :-) Robbie
  • Blog Post: Meet the new Australian SBSC PAL - Hilton Travis

    As per our earlier announcement , we've appointed a new Small Business Specialist Partner Area Lead ( SBSC PAL ) for Australia - Hilton Travis . Although not officially picking up the mantle from Dean Calvert until July 1st, Hilton has already made his voice heard via the recent SBSC Partner roundtables...
  • Blog Post: Australian SBSC Roundtables - next steps

    We've now completed the May series of SBSC Partner Roundtables . My colleague Athena Thompson and I would like to say a big thank you to the partners who gave three hours of their time to provide thoughtful, in-depth feedback, and give the wider SBSC community an update as to what happens now. We'll...
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