Here is another great resource from Microsoft that partners can use to support their bids and proposals.
The Software Entrepreneurship for Students Curriculum was developed specifically to target technical universities and colleges. The curriculum provides technical students with additional knowledge and tools to develop successful and sustainable ventures by giving technical faculty the tools to introduce students to real world management skills and competencies needed to fuel innovation, support entrepreneurism and aid employability of the next generation. The objective is to connect faculty and graduating students with resources to foster partnerships locally and encourage entrepreneurship.
The Software Entrepreneurship Curriculum materials can be found here:
The list of University Network Partners includes UCL, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Bournemouth, de Montford and the incubators at Bath and Bristol. The full list is available at http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/FindNetworkPartner.aspx.
Information about the BizSpark programme and other offering for start-ups can be found at www.microsoftstartupzone.com and companies can sign up at http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/bizspark, or they can contact the UK Emerging Business Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UK software market is evolving, and customers want to embrace the change. Forecasted growth for subscription software is expected to achieve a compound annual growth rate of +30% during the next three years - considerably outpacing the traditional software market. (Below is a chart summarising the potential growth) .With this in mind, we are offering you another chance to attend FREE training on Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) - Microsoft's new customer solution.
Worldwide $Revenue Projections for BPOS
By providing Microsoft Business Productivity Online Services you can help customers increase their efficiency with messaging and collaboration solutions and earn advisor fees, to expand your base, and serve new segments.
To book attendance at our BPOS event please select one of the links below:
26th March 2008 AM Session Invitation Code - 1DC9A9 or Phone : 0870 166 6680 ref: 4090 PM Session Invitation Code - 291A9C or Phone : 0870 166 6680 ref: 4093
1. Learn about BPOS
2. Stay informed by joining the BPOS Network
3. Deliver a BPOS deal
saved BPOS search
5. Promote new sales/marketing resources...
We need your help identifying partners who are successfully leveraging Microsoft tools, resources and technology to thrive in the current economy. We want to identify these partners and capture their success stories to help support our Partner Economic Campaign.
We are especially interested in partners who are successfully leveraging the following technologies:
We are also interested in partners who are successfully leveraging the following Partner Program tools and resources:
The goal of the worldwide partner group is to interview 100 Partners and capture their success stories. We will then take the 20 most compelling success stories and build out mini case studies. Featured partners will benefit from global exposure to customers, partners and Microsoft via the partner economic campaign. In addition Partner success stories will be featured on the new portal evidence page and be leveraged in our public relations efforts and executive communications.
To submit your story for consideration please provide us with the following information:
Our goal is to identify partners and start interviews by March 3rd. So if possible please respond to email@example.com with the necessary information before then.
DreamSpark is simple, it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so they can create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on their career. Have Questions?
What is DreamSpark? Other than totally cool? Here’s how it works: current university students can download professional Microsoft developer, designer, and gaming software through DreamSpark at no charge. It doesn’t matter what classes students are taking right now, just as long as they’re a current student in a verified, accredited University and use the tools in pursuit of advancing their education in one of these areas.
Currently, students can get the following Microsoft tools from DreamSpark:
In addition, in the spirit of cool things to download and “one-stop shopping”, you can also download software (currently available on www.microsoft.com at no charge) like:
For partners bidding large transformation projects Dreamspark is another valuable Microsoft resource to support partner bids and skills development within customer communities.
The 2009 Worldwide Partner Conference will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) July 13-16. Registration Opens March 12th.
WPC 2009 Theme - Partnering Power
It’s about reinforcing the power of partnering with Microsoft, partners, vendors, and suppliers to drive innovation, sales excellence, and the delivery of high-performance, low-cost solutions that save customers money and drive their business results.
Every experience should embody the consistent, genuine commitment of Microsoft to help partners grow their business in these tough economic times through meaningful, relevant, and compelling use of a clearly articulated story that captures the hearts and minds of the audience.
Every presentation should demonstrate visionary leadership, ignite new ideas, and showcase innovative solutions that help partners and their customers save money and drive business results.
Every touch point should invite partners to engage, meet the experts, learn, connect, get the top story, share their story, collaborate, stay up-to-date, and find out what’s happening in business across town or around the globe.
That’s the power of partnering.
This year, WPC is organized by integrated solutions, driven by innovative technologies, and loaded with business value. The conference provides partners with the opportunity to actively engage with Microsoft executives, staff, and other partners to strengthen their network to help them deliver the cost-saving, innovative solutions customers demand.
Each year, the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) awards programme recognises partners who have delivered innovative solutions built on Microsoft technologies. This global programme represents a unique opportunity for you to showcase your solutions and to earn recognition from peers and customers. Finalists and winners for the 2009 awards will be announced on 15 June 2009 and will be recognised at the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, 13-16 July 2009. For more information please go to https://partner.microsoft.com/UK/trainingevents/40051582 and see the 2008 WPC Awards Winners.
Read the complete Descriptions and Eligibility page for a list of awards and the entry requirements for each award.
To be considered for an award, your company must nominate one of its specific solutions using the Submission Tool. Partner entries will be accepted through this tool between 17 February and 2 April 2009 (the awards tool will close on 2 April and no extensions can be granted). Sign in to the awards tool with your Windows Live ID credentials. You can get submission suggestions from awards judges before you start.
What is the Semblio web site? Where can I get Photosynth and Auto Collage? What's the location of the new Education Partner Community? Here are all these links and more ... all in one place:
Resources and Web Sites
Product and Demo Links
Have you considered the partner opportunity in Scotland? Are you already a Microsoft Partner working in Scotland? Would you like to know more about the education opportunities north of the border?
If so, why not join us in Edinburgh on Wednesday 1 April for an Education Partner event? Come along to find out more about the opportunities and trends in the Education marketplace, Microsoft’s strategy and how we can support you in developing and growing a successful business within this sector.
AGENDA (subject to minor change)
10:00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
10:20 Introduction & Welcome
10:30 Microsoft in Education
11:30 Marketplace, Trends & Opportunities
12:45 Technology Platform including Demonstrations
13:45 Education Partners – Resources & Engagement
14:25 Partner Case Study
14:50 Q & A
15:00 Wrap Up, Tea & Coffee
This event is specifically for Education partners or those with potential and desire to engage in the sector. The technical content will be fairly high level but will assume some background knowledge to the Microsoft stack.
Wednesday 1 April from 10 am to 3.30 pm.
‘Burns’ Boardroom, Microsoft Edinburgh, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG (www.microsoft.com/uk/about/map-edinburgh.mspx)
Please confirm your attendance by emailing Bonami Meredith (firstname.lastname@example.org). This event is limited to 20 attendees.
MICROSOFT LEARNING GATEWAY TECHNICAL WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATION PARTNERS
This free of charge workshop will introduce Microsoft Learning Gateway concepts, infrastructure, implementation and customisation through instructor led presentations, demonstrations and hands on labs.
On completion of this training course attendees will be able to:
· Understand the fundamentals of the MLG 2007 framework
· Configure, install and deploy the MLG 2007 solution
· Identify the different implementation scenarios
· Understand how different Microsoft servers integrate including the Microsoft SharePoint Learning Kit (SLK)
09:00 Welcome and Introductions
09:30 MLG 2007 Overview
10:45 Walkthrough Demonstration
11:00 Lab 1: MLG 2007 Walkthrough
12:00 Learning Gateway Infrastructure
13:45 MLG Architecture & Deployment Scenarios
14:30 LAB 2: MLG 2007 Installation
16:30 Q & A
17:00 Wrap Up & Close
This is tailored technical training for Education partners implementing or planning to deploy Learning Gateway based solutions. It is aimed at system administrators, developers and infrastructure professionals. Please nominate 1-2 technical representatives who can re-deliver the information internally within your organisation.
Thursday 2 April from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
“Watt” Training Labs, Microsoft Edinburgh, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG (www.microsoft.com/uk/about/map-edinburgh.mspx)
BI59PAL: SQL Server 2008: Business Intelligence Overview
Presented by Herain Oberoi
For those attending from Redmond, WA:
• Tuesday, March 10, 2009
• 4:00 – 5:00 pm Pacific Time
PLC Registration Link for Partners
As the platform for the end-to-end Microsoft Business Intelligence offering, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 builds on the strong momentum in the business intelligence market. This session will provide an overview of the new business intelligence capabilities available with SQL Server 2008. In addition to discussing the overall value of the Microsoft business intelligence platform delivered with SQL Server 2008 you will also have the opportunity to see the new SQL Server 2008 BI capabilities in action through a set of product demonstrations.
BOS28PAAL: BPOS Partner Solutions Showcase Program Helps Partners Deliver Customized Apps and Integration for Microsoft Online Services
Presented by Sanjeev Jain
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
8:30-9:30am Pacific Time
Come and hear about a new program to help partners deliver customized application and integration for Microsoft Online Services. The Partner Solutions Showcase demonstrates how Partners are able to quickly deliver value to customers through the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite. Partners can utilize their business expertise, technical expertise, and technology innovations to deliver value quickly to their customers in different functional areas like human resources, sales, legal, and operations. Partners can integrate SharePoint Online and Exchange Online with other SaaS applications, on-premises systems, Microsoft Office, and Internet technologies to deliver custom solutions that address specific business needs of their customers.
IAG08AL: How to Sell IAG For both Internal Audience and Partners
Presented by Pradeep Bethi
Monday, March 02, 2009
8:00-9:00am Pacific Time
Important part of selling is understanding the product you are selling at least to a base level. In this session we will go over how IAG could be made part of the discussions based on IAG feature set so that it could easily articulated to customers and associate IAG to Customer requirements.
FOR35PAL: Overview of ISA Server 2006 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Presented by Jim Harrison and Bill Jensen
• Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Join us for a technical overview of the fixes and enhancements delivered in the Internet Security & Acceleration (ISA) Server Service Pack 1 (SP1). SP1 fixes over 200 bugs and integrates all Hotfixes since ISA Server 2006 was released. Additionally, SP1 delivers new enhancements to improve overall ISA Server supportability, manageability and configuration troubleshooting. This includes configuration change logging/tracking, Web publishing rules testing, a traffic simulator and an integrated diagnostic logging viewer. Additional information can also be found at: http://blogs.technet.com/isablog/archive/2008/05/23/isa-server-2006-service-pack-1-features.aspx.
LIC19PAL and LIC19PAL2: Session 2: Subscribing to Microsoft Online Services: How Customers Process an Order Step-by-Step and Partner’s Role - PARTNER TRAINING
Presented by Dana Cole , Chris Rininger, Andy Boyd, Jeff Gindin and Jeffrey Smoll,
Two Live Deliveries at:
LIC19PAL: Thursday, February 19, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time
LIC19PAL2: Thursday, February 19, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time
PLC Registration Link for Partners –LIC19PAL
PLC Registration Link for Partners – LIC19PAL2
You already participated in the introductory session that explains how customers can subscribe to Microsoft Online Services through the Microsoft Online Subscription Program or Microsoft Volume Licensing.
As a valued partner, you need to know how to guide the customer through the end-to-end experience. This session provides in-depth training on how the licensing and pricing experience works for buying Microsoft Online Services. By participating in this session, you will be able to guide a customer through the step-by-step process online or through their existing agreement. The Worldwide Licensing and Pricing team will present screen shots and guidance on how to buy, download, activate, and manage services. You will also learn about current feedback we are hearing from customers and how you can help.
Who should attend: All partners interested in learning how to guide customers through the subscription process.
SQL61PAL and SQL61PAL2: Update on Migrating to SQL Server 2008
Presented by Joel Shalaby and Dmitry Balin
SQL61PAL: Thursday, March 05, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time
SQL61PAL2: Thursday, March 05, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time
PLC Registration Link for Partners –SQL61PAL
PLC Registration Link for Partners – SQL61PAL2
The opportunity to migrate databases to SQL Server has never been better. That said, migrations can be a challenge. In this session, SQL Server Subject Matter Experts in migrations to SQL Server will discuss how to approach migration opportunities, reduce sales cycles, and lesson the effort required in actually moving databases. We will also discuss examples of successful migrations and demonstrate migrating databases using the SQL Server Migration Assistant.
Objectives: 1. reduce the SQL Server migration sales and execution cycle. 2. Utilize SQL Server Migration Assistant for migrating (Oracle, Sybase, & Access) to SQL Server 2008. 3. Complete successful customer database and application migrations.
APP06PAL: SI Opportunities with Microsoft’s SQL Server Data Warehousing Offering
Presented by Jack Tang
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Grow your DW business,
Learn the DW Roadmap
Learn more about the Reference Architectures for upcoming MS DW products
Become a Microsoft DataWarehousing SI partner and offer services for this technology
WNS92PAL: Microsoft Hyper-V Server - Stand Alone Server Virtualization Product
Presented by Arun Jayendran and Bryon Surace
• Tuesday, February 24, 2009
• 3:00 – 4:00 pm Pacific Time
PLC landing page for all Virtualization sessions
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable, and optimized virtualization solution, enabling improved server utilization and reduced costs. This webcast provides an introduction and overview of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, and a comparison between Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition with Hyper-V, and Data Center Edition with Hyper-V. Since Hyper-V Server is a dedicated stand-alone product, which contains only the Windows Hypervisor, Windows Server driver model and virtualization components, it provides a small footprint and minimal overhead. Microsoft Hyper-V Server easily plugs into customers’ existing IT environments, leveraging their existing patching, provisioning, management, support tools, processes, and skills.
WNS99PAL: Scalable Virtualization Solutions with Citrix® Essentials™ for Microsoft® Hyper-V
Presented by Dai Vu, Gordon Mangione and Michael Cooper
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
10:00-11:00am Pacific Time
Citrix’s new product, Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V, is designed to work with both Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager to create Hyper-V based virtualization solutions that are scalable, easy to manage and are extremely agile. Essentials helps automate configuring and attaching enterprise storage, manually patching, updating and maintaining VMs and manually creating/provisioning dozens of virtual machines – challenges which make it difficult to respond quickly to changing business needs.
In this session, you’ll learn how Essentials makes Hyper-V more scalable by reducing VM sprawl and simplifying storage set-up, configuration and operation, more manageable by automating the entire VM lifecycle, and more agile by dynamically provisioning virtual and physical servers from single, golden images.
WNS108PAL and WNS108PAL2: SAM Webcast Series: Windows Server 2008 Licensing for Partners
Presented by John Cullen
SQL61PAL: Thursday, March 05, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time
SQL61PAL2: Thursday, March 05, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time
PLC Registration Link for Partners –WNS108PAL
PLC Registration Link for Partners – WNS108PAL2
Windows Server 2008 Licensing introduces many improvements that are designed to help Windows Server administrators manage licensing more efficiently. Learn about the basic licensing requirements, Windows Server product lineup, various licensing scenarios including a discussion of licensing in a virtualized environment, and other licensing improvements.
WCS03PAL: Microsoft® Commerce Server 2009: Trends, Sales Strategies, and Solutions
Presented by Steven Bergman
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Commerce Server 2009 offers powerful, comprehensive e-commerce solutions for B2C (business-to-consumer), B2B (business-to-business), and B2X scenarios (combining B2C and B2B). Please join us for a presentation of Microsoft Commerce Server 2009, a next-generation e-commerce solutions platform. In this session, the Commerce Server Product Unit will review key market trends and discuss how these trends are driving the vision and development of the product, including an overview of the Commerce Server roadmap. We will discuss the different decision-makers within an organization and how Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 will address their specific e-commerce objectives and illustrate how Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 can both save as well as make your customers money. Partners will also gain a better understanding of some of the new features, including interoperability with Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server and Windows Live Services and why this new functionality is so valuable to your customers.
WCS04PAL: The New Microsoft® Commerce Server 2009 Product Release
Presented by Scott Cairney
Thursday, February 26, 2009
In this technical session you will get an in depth look into the new Commerce Server 2009 product release, available in Q3/FY09, and the improved capabilities to compress time to market for e-commerce sites. Learn how to use Commerce Server's next-generation e-commerce API and web parts to rapidly develop high performance, rich multi-channel e-commerce user experiences. See improvements to the programming model, improved functionality for working with the desktop and devices, and integration of Commerce Server with Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server and ASP.NET. We’ll also cover future product roadmap.