This post may not look as directly applicable to partners as some articles, but this initiative from the Developer and Platform Evangelist team looks like a fantastic way of encouraging more students into the Microsoft ecosystem. In the long term, that’s something we should all see as valuable.
Here are the details which we would encourage you to share with your customers:
What are Microsoft S2B Career Streams?
Do your kids know what you did today?
It’s hard for students to understand the wide variety of careers in the technology industry and even harder to know that their choices are connected to jobs when they graduate. Developer, technical sales, business analyst, Web designer... Students are asking: What do people in these careers do? What skills are needed to get started? How do you get experience? Are there jobs if you have the skills? At the same time Microsoft's partners and customers are asking: "Why can't we find the employees we want with the skills we need?"
To address these gaps, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Microsoft S2B Career Streams. Career Streams will introduce students to a variety of technical careers that are in demand today and tomorrow in the Microsoft community. It will help them get the skills they need to get started in a technical career and offer them opportunities to gain that vital first work experience. Students will work through three stages of training:
1. Learn – about technical careers including a video of a professional in the field and an overview of the Microsoft tools and technologies necessary to enter the field.
2. Skill – complete introductory training to develop skills via webcasts and online resources.
3. Do – Practice the skills learned to create some “refrigerator art” and develop portfolio assets
Career Streams launching this year include: Web Developer, Web Designer, IT Security Specialist, Server Administrator, Network Specialist. More to come in FY11. Please feel free to share S2B Career Streams with a school or student via email, Facebook or Twitter. Click HERE to preview the career stream content without logging in.
The target audiences for Career Streams are:
· High School Students - Interested in learning more about careers in technology and the skills required to enter the industry.
· Higher Education Students – 4 year, 2year and career college students interested in pursuing a career in technology but are not familiar with different options in the industry.
Resources & Materials
The following materials are available to promote the career streams:
· Newly designed site
· New videos that highlight the key Microsoft Academic programs
NGOs Sponsor Projects to Help Students Gain Experience
Students need experience to get a job, but they can’t get a job without experience. Microsoft S2B is working on an effort to help students build experience for their resume through technical projects for NGOs. A pilot is running with the United Way and we plan to expand to reach more NGOs before the end of FY10.
Get the recognition you deserve! Submit and entry for a Microsoft Worldwide Partner Cconference 2010 Award today!
Get the recognition you deserve! Submit for a Microsoft WPC 2010 Award today. SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY NOW. Dear <Microsoft Partner>,
Have you delivered innovative customer solutions built on Microsoft technologies? Submit your company’s nomination for the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 Awards program now!
The Microsoft Global Awards program allows you to gain the recognition your customer solution deserves. This year, more partner solutions than ever before will be showcased at WPC 2010; including 64 categories and the NEW ‘Country Partner of the Year’ Award. Click here for more information and to submit your nomination! Microsoft WPC 2010 Award-winners receive advanced Microsoft publicity and onsite acknowledgement at WPC 2010, with access to Microsoft executives in recognition of your success. You will also receive a comprehensive marketing and press kit designed to help you win new customers, including customized logos and web banners identifying your company as an award-winning partner. Stand out from your competition, get recognized and submit your company’s nomination today! Nominations close April 2, 2010. Act fast! We look forward to receiving your submissions and seeing you in Washington, D.C.
Sincerely, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 Awards Team
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Windows Azure and Cloud Computing represent a strategic direction for Microsoft. The technology is ideally suited to Education and the delivery of services from the cloud.
Windows Azure is the development, hosting, and management environment of the Microsoft Cloud Platform that enables partners to run applications at Internet scale while leveraging the skills and tools you use today. The goal of this light-weight, free-form program is to get early hands-on access to the Windows Azure Platform and shape the content surrounding this exciting technology for use by selected faculty and students around their research and teaching needs.
The Azure Pilot site includes discussions, news, videos and explanations of cloud computing, the benefits, enabling technologies and available resources. It is a community site encouraging membership and participation. Please feel free to sign up and contribute.
OVERVIEW: Cloud computing represents perhaps the biggest paradigm shift in the delivery architecture of information services, since the invention of timesharing or the introduction of the client/server network. Source: Forrester The term cloud is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on how the Internet is depicted in computer network diagrams and is an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it conceals. And thus, cloud computing is the style of computing in which functionality [compute (applications) & storage (data)] is provided as a service over the internet or over an internal/external, location-transparent, centralized facility. No elaborate construction or development program is needed to kick-start such technology--the infrastructure is already in place and making money. Existing data centers, built to support the likes of Amazon and Microsoft, can rent spare capacity, creating a collection of services that provide the illusion of infinite computing power and storage on tap.
The key motivation behind the growth of cloud computing are the factors of cost and agility. In 2000, according to commerce department statistics, the average % of capital equipment budget spent on IT was 45%, which is a significant share. On the other hand, the % of utilized server capacity on average is 6% (Economist Survey on IT) mainly due to the overprovisioning of hardware due to the necessity to engineer for peak load. What cloud computing attempts to do is to provide access to the said infrastructure as a utility service thereby making the above problems obsolete. Additionally, unlike in-house or hosted investments in IT, cloud computing allows the provisioning of the resources to scale up and down with demand with almost no up-front lead time requirements. This allows a company to be as nimble as its operations require, resulting in increased agility and decreased cost. The following 2 videos, between them, expound on the above topics further and provide a very high level overview of the concept of cloud-computing and contrast it against the traditional hosting methodologies as shown in the above diagram.
Thus, cloud computing, while building on the same basic foundations of traditional hosting, are additionally characterized by the following properties:
There’s a great new site with a wealth of resources for Educators, Students and Administrators. These include:
Teacher guides can be found at:
Curriculum resources include:
Top Curriculum Materials (by subject):
Update your curriculum with the latest Microsoft software designed for Computer and Information Science faculty. Download for labs, classrooms, and student PCs—easily and inexpensively.
Access curriculum materials for your business classes along with finance, accounting, supply chain, operations research, and database software.
Explore Microsoft's training resources that support educators at two-year community colleges with the latest technologies for creating an active and cooperative learning environment in the classroom. Programs for Instructors:
The main curriculum site with information on all of the above is at:
WVC104PAL: Application Optimization: Opportunities for Improving Application Management as Part of a Windows 7 Deployment
Presented by: Jeremy Chapman (OS DEPLOYMENT)
Webcast Date: 2/18/2010
Webcast Start Time: 9:00 AM (Pacific)
PLC Registration Link for Partners
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner IT Professional
Application management and compatibility have traditionally been the biggest blocker to deploying new versions of Windows. As an extension to the Optimized Desktop vision, this session will explore new ways to use application management to create long term savings in cost, IT pro time to provision and maintain applications and end user time to install applications as part of the onramp to Windows 7. We will explain all of the options from inventorying currently installed applications, to rationalizing, testing, fixing, packaging and delivering applications in the Windows 7 environment with technologies like Application Virtualization, System Center Configuration Manager and the Application Compatibility Toolkit.
BRD33PAL: Leadership in a Tough Economy: Creating Predictable Revenue, Part 2
Presented by: John Rudow
Webcast Start Time: 10:00 AM (Pacific)
PLC Registration Link for Partners
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker
Creating predictable revenue is hard enough in "good" times, but what can you do when the economy is pushing every business to the edge of defeat? Managing a predictable revenue stream means gaining visibility into the entire business early enough to actually do something about it. Come to this session and learn how to create a business analysis culture from pipeline and forecast reports that can transform those tools into true business enablers. This session will teach you how to turn your pipeline and forecast discussions into true business management analysis. We will provide you insight into red flags and warning signs that appear long before the revenue dries up and give you tips and tricks on what to do about them. Don't get caught in the slowing economy - come to this session and learn how to beat the odds! (Part 2)
WNS182PAL: Make Money with Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation: Setting Up SharePoint Foundation 2010
Presented by: Brent Reeser, David Fabritius (Q&A)
Webcast Date: 2/22/2010
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner Training, Partner Developer, Partner IT Professional
Join us to learn how to discover opportunities with your small business customers to quickly and easily implement Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation. Do your customers want to improve their efficiency and productivity? Are they looking for a better way to collaborate, coordinate, and work together? You do not need enterprise-depth Windows Server knowledge to provide a robust solution for these problems, and we’ll show you how! In this session, we will discuss a framework that you can use to engage with your customers and close sales. We will demonstrate how to set up SharePoint Foundation 2010 (the next version of Windows SharePoint Services) to provide easy-to-use collaboration and intranet capabilities. Take your customer relationships to the next level and drive new revenue opportunities for your business with Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation.
MGT61PAL: Value of Building a Strong MSFT Virtualization Practice and Licensing System Center in Virtualized Environments for Large Account Resellers (VARs)
Presented by: Naren Narendra; Sean Suydam
Webcast Date: 2/23/2010
Webcast Start Time: 8:00 AM (Pacific)
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner Training, Partner IT Professional
This session will describe the value of building a strong MSFT Virtualization practice. We'll demonstrate with a quantitative model, why selling MSFT virtualization solutions will increase overall revenue and profits. We will explain licensing System Center in virtualized environments that will help you sell more effectively to your customers. Finally, we will highlight key resources built exclusively for LARs and how you can take advantage of them.
WVC99PAL: Application Compatibility for IE 8
Presented by: Maggie Chen
Learn about strategies to migrate from IE6 to IE8, while ensuring that web sites and web applications remain compatible. In this session, we will explore the real world case studies & scenarios that IT Professionals face, and walk through the tools, guidance and best practices they are using. We will also walkthrough the Microsoft and partner programs in place to help customers through this process.
WES34PAL: Beyond Facebook - Making the Rubber hit the road with Social Networking
Presented by: Stuart Crawford
Webcast Date: 2/24/2010
What do you think of when you here Social Media? Do you think Facebook, twitter or maybe LinkedIn. Sure these tools are great but these online services are nowhere to be found when you evaluate the ROI for your Small Business consulting practice. Want the inside scoop on what you need to do now to get traction using social media? Want to find out what the pros us to build trust and share expertise. Join Bulletproof InfoTech's Stuart Crawford as he shows you what the pros use online to build a following, to gain trust and to win business using Social Media. It stretches far beyond the solutions your kids use!
WNS183PAL: Make Money with Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation: Identifying and Selling to Small Business Customers
Presented by: Kate Butcher, David Fabritius (Q&A)
Webcast Date: 3/1/2010
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner Training, Partner Developer, Partner IT Professional
Join us to learn about Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation: how it compares to Windows Server Standard, what the market opportunity is, and how you can identify customers who will benefit from purchasing their first server. In this session, we will discuss various solutions that Windows Server Foundation can offer to address your customers’ business needs--solutions that simply aren’t possible with peer-to-peer networking and desktop operating systems. We will provide the answers you need to easily position Windows Server Foundation to your customers and successfully close sales.
OFF110PAL: Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP - Overview & Rapid Deployment Program Opportunity
Presented by: Christian Reichel ; Howard Beader
Webcast Date: 3/4/2010
This webcast will be offered live at two separate times to accommodate various time zones and busy schedules. The presenters will cover the same topics at each session; please attend the one that best fits your schedule:
Webcast Start Time: 8:30 AM (Pacific)
Webcast Start Time: 5:30 PM (Pacific)
As a result of our continued partnership with SAP and feedback from our joint customers, partners, and our respective field organizations, Microsoft and SAP have taken the Duet for Microsoft Office and SAP (“Duet”) concept to new levels and introduced a new, jointly developed product offering—Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP (“Duet Enterprise”). While Duet focused on delivering pre-packaged business scenarios, Duet Enterprise will focus on providing a foundation that enables out-of-the-box interoperability between SAP applications and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010, tools and services, and ready-to-use capabilities to quickly compose solutions that blend the worlds of process and collaboration—Delivering immediate value to end users, IT organizations, and developers.
In this presentation, we will share an overview of Duet Enterprise, including the system requirements and architecture. We will also discuss the difference between Duet and Duet Enterprise, and provide guidance on how to engage in our upcoming Rapid Deployment Program (RDP).
WVC100PAL: Windows 7 and Solid State Drives: Performance Myths and Facts
Presented by: Stephen Deming; Derek De Vette
Webcast Date: 3/10/2010
Webcast Start Time: 9:30 AM (Pacific)
Partner Audience: Partner IT Professional
More customers are looking at solid state drives (SSDs) to augment or replace existing storage technology in laptops and desktops. What are the benefits of SSDs, above and beyond traditional hard drives? What are the myths around performance? How does file and free space fragmentation really affect SSDs? And how accurate are available benchmarking tools? Join engineers from Microsoft and Diskeeper Corporation as we answer these questions to help you successfully work SSDs into your current customer offerings.
MGT63PAL: Opalis Overview – Partner Focused
Presented by: Louise Johns; Paul Ross; Charles Joy
Webcast Start Time: 10:30 AM (Pacific)
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner Training
As you know Microsoft recently acquired Opalis Software, a leader in IT process automation software. In order to better prepare you on identifying opportunities and selling Opalis to your customers, we invite you join us for this foundational sales training. In this meeting we will cover topics such as:
VRE05PAL: Pinpoint Overview: Learn How to Leverage the Online Marketplace to Generate Sales Leads
Presented by: Chris Lange
Webcast Date: 3/15/2010
Partner Audience: Partner Training
Pinpoint is Microsoft’s IT marketplace that connects customers with Microsoft partners. But what is it exactly? How does it work? How can it benefit you? How is it different from other Microsoft marketplaces?
In this webcast you will: Learn about Pinpoints exciting features, including powerful search and filter features, customer rating and reviews, automatic customer lead notification, and personalized traffic analytics. Get tips and tricks about how best to profile your company or solution. Learn how to leverage customer reviews and ratings to optimize search results.
MOS21PAL: Let Microsoft Online Services Make You a Star!
Presented by: Lauren Delgado
Webcast Date: 3/17/2010
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker
Join us for our monthly webcast where we provide an overview of Microsoft Online Services and discuss partner program opportunities. Microsoft Online Services are enterprise-class software delivered as subscription services, hosted by Microsoft and offered by partners like you to generate predictable, recurring revenue. Help customers increase their efficiency with the messaging and collaboration solutions in the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite. Sell Microsoft Online Services to earn advisor fees, expand your base, and serve new segments. Join each month for important updates and a chance to win an X-Box 360 Pro Console System and Rock Band 2 Kit. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MGT50PAL: Opportunity Knocks: Selling System Center in the Midmarket
Presented by: Jason Buffington; David Mills (MKTG)
Webcast Date: 3/25/2010
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner Developer, Partner IT Professional
As you probably already know, midsize businesses struggle with using disparate IT management tools and manual processes to keep their infrastructures up and running. In many cases, they’re simply not aware of the management and virtualization technologies available to help them reduce IT complexity, improve IT availability and prevent data loss. In this webcast, we’ll introduce you to Microsoft’s latest virtualization and management technologies built into Data Protection Manager 2010, System Center Essentials 2010 and Hyper-v. Next, we’ll show you the opportunities these solutions provide partners for expanding their roles as trusted advisors, delivering increasing business value and winning more business.
There are some great technical and developer events scheduled for April. Registration is now open so book early to avoid disappointment.
IT Professional and IT Manager Days – Shepherds Bush Vue Cinema, London
Registration for UK Tech Days events from 12th to 16th April is now open!.
UK Tech Days is a week-long series of free events run by Microsoft and technical communities to celebrate and inspire developers, IT professionals and IT Managers to get more from Microsoft technology. Our day events in London will cover the latest technology releases including Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, Virtualisation, Silverlight, Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 plus events focusing on deployment and an IT Manager day.
We’re expecting certain events to fill up quickly so register now if you want to attend.
Please visit our website for full details: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/techdays and follow what’s happening @uktechdays
Monday, 12 April 2010 - Virtualization Summit – From the Desktop to the Datacentre
Designed to provide you with an understanding of the key products & technologies enabling seamless physical and virtual management, interoperable tools, and cost-savings & value.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 - Office 2010 - Experience the Next Wave in Business Productivity
The event will cover how the improvements to Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Project and Visio will provide a practical platform that will allow IT professionals to not only solve problems and deliver business value, but also demonstrate this value to IT’s stakeholders.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 - Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – Deployment made easy
This event will provide you with an understanding of these tools including the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010, Windows Deployment services and the Application Compatibility Toolkit. Understanding of these tools including the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010, Windows Deployment Services. We will also take you through the considerations for deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and migrating your server roles.
Thursday, 15 April 2010 - SQL Server 2008 R2 – The Information Platform Highlighting the new capabilities of the platform, as well as diving into specific topics, such as consolidating SQL Server databases, and tips and techniques for Performance Monitoring and Tuning as well as looking at our newly released Cloud platform SQL Azure.
Friday, 16 April 2010 (IT Managers) - Looking ahead, keeping the boss happy and raising the profile of IT IT Managers have more and more responsibilities to drive and support the direction of the business. We’ll explore the various trends and technologies that can bring IT to the top table, from score-carding to data governance and cloud computing.
UK Tech Days also includes a week of Developer events. See http://www.microsoft.com/uk/techdays for more details.
Developer Days – Fulham Vue Cinema
Monday, 12 April 2010 (For Heads of Development and Software Architects)
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Launch - A Path to Big Ideas
This launch event is aimed at development managers, heads of development and software architects who want to hear how Visual Studio 2010 can help build better applications whilst taking advantage of great integration with other key technologies. NB – Day 2 will cover the technical in-depth sessions aimed at developers
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 Getting started with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Microsoft and industry experts will share their perspectives on the top new and useful features with core programming languages and in the framework and tooling, such as -- ASP.NET MVC, Parallel Programming, Entity Framework 4, and the offerings around rich client and web development experiences.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 The Essential MIX Join us for the Essential MIX as we continue exploring the art and science of creating great user experiences. Learn about the next generation ASP.NET & Silverlight platforms that make it a rich and reach world.
Thursday, 15 April 2010 Best of Breed Client Applications on Microsoft Windows 7 Windows 7 adoption is happening at a startling pace. In this demo-driven day, we’ll look at the developer landscape around Windows 7 to get you up to speed on the operating system that’ll your applications will run on through the new decade.
Friday, 16 April 2010 – Registration opening soon! Windows phone Day Join us for a practical day of detailed Windows Phone7 development sessions covering the new Windows Phone specification, application standards and services
We are hosting a Virtualization Summit 2010 – From the Desktop to the Datacenter on Monday 12 April 2010 at Shepherds Bush Vue Cinema in London.
Looking at virtualization but unsure about your options? Thinking about Windows 7 migration? Interested in VDI and server virtualization? Want to save on costs but wondering about ROI? Have more questions than answers on the topic?
This 1-day event will provide you with an understanding of the key products & technologies enabling seamless physical and virtual management, interoperable tools, and cost-savings & value. Microsoft Virtualization provides a completely virtualized infrastructure for your organisation, from the datacenter to desktop to the cloud.
Please mark your calendar for Microsoft Virtualization Summit on Monday 12 April 2010 in London. Join us and interact live with Microsoft, key partnerships and early adopter customers in this informative event near you.
For more information, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/virtualization-summit.aspx
08.30AM – 09.30AM
09.30AM – 10.30AM
Session 1: Virtualization 360 – Datacenter to the Desktop to the Cloud
10.30AM – 11.30PM
Session 2: Next Generation Optimised Desktop
11.30PM – 12.00PM
12.00PM – 13.00PM
Session 3: Implementing a Comprehensive VDI Solution
13.00PM – 14.00PM
14.00PM – 15.00PM
Session 4: Physical to Virtual Management with System Center
15.00PM – 15.30PM
15.30PM – 16.30PM
Session 5: Deploying Business Critical Workloads and Applications
16:30PM – 17.30PM
Session 6: Building a Foundation for Your Private Cloud
17.30PM – 18.30PM
Networking & Close
Would your customers be interested in attending?
If so, register today at: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/techdays/dayitp.aspx
Please find below the latest Training and Skills development content for Microsoft Partners. This newsletter is split by Category area and shortcuts are available in the above menu. Product shortcuts are available to the right.
These courses have been carefully selected to provide you with the best training relating to that particular product. If you cannot find the particular course you want please go to Microsoft Learning where our Learning Partners offer a wealth of other courses. Any other training requests please contact your Microsoft representative.
Core Infrastructure - Courses and New Training
Core IO & Deployment
Core Infrastructure Practice Builder – Launched at WPC09
Expand your role as a Trusted Advisor and deliver increasing business value. Click Here
Academy Live: Building an MDOP Practice
Join this session to get an overview of the technologies involved in the MDOP suite. You can learn about best practices for successful delivery of a proof of concept for Application Virtualisation, which is a core element of MDOP. Review the business case for MDOP and get real-world advice from two of the most-experienced field leaders in selling and deploying MDOP solutions. Click Here
Windows 7 & Deployment
Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client (Includes Free Software & Exam Voucher) – London 15th March
This 2 day instructor-led course is intended for IT Professional who are interested in expanding their technical knowledge of Windows 7 Client. In this course Students learn to install, upgrade and migrate to Windows7 client. Students then configure Windows7 client for network connectivity, security, maintenance and mobile computing. To align with the Microsoft Career Campaign helping individuals enhance their career, this Windows 7 Course includes a "Career Package". MOC + Certification Voucher + Windows 7 Ultimate Edition.
Only £100 per delegate. Click Here to Register
Deploying and Managing Windows 7 with System Center– London 23rd March
The Client Management Bootcamp is a 4-day technical ILT designed to enable System Center, Windows Client, MDOP, and Desktop Deployment SI partners to deliver successful POCs based on top customer scenarios around client management. The course coverage includes Optimized Desktop architecture, deploying and managing Windows 7 and Office 2010 in the enterprise. Only £250 per delegate Click Here to Register
Windows 7 – One Day Deployment Workshop – Wokingham 26th Feb
This 1 day workshop will walk Partners through the Deployment Tools, Methodology and Scenarios of Deploying Windows 7 into the Enterprise.
Only £100 per delegate Click Here to Register
Wokingham 26th Feb, Manchester 19th March, London 29th March
Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployment and Environments – London 1st March
This five-day instructor-led course is intended for desktop administrators who want to specialize in desktop deployment, configuration, and management . In this course, students will learn how to plan and deploy Windows 7 desktops in large organizations . They will also learn how to design, configure, and manage the Windows 7 client environment. This course helps students prepare for the Exam 70-686, Pro: Windows7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator. £750 per delegate Click Here to Register
Manchester 19th April, Wokingham 10th May
Windows Server 2008 R2
The Collaborative Learning Solutions Programme: Updating your Network Infrastructure and Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 R2 – 12th April
In its normal format this curriculum is delivered as a single 5-day intensive classroom event, however, when implementing this content through the Collaborative Learning structure the time attendees physically need to be together at a single location is reduced to 2 extended days. The program will be launched through a virtual session where we will introduce you to the full program structure, the content available to you, how to access the portal and how to use the forum facilities. What you will receive through the Collaborative Learning delivery of the M6416 (R2 version) content includes access to the Collaboration Portal, the Microsoft Official Manual, Book 24 x 7, White papers, Assessment tests, labs to practice what you learn, regular access to the instructor and support team along with an exam voucher allowing you to verify the skills you have learnt and be recognised with a Windows Server 2008 R2 accreditation.
PLEASE NOTE: this course includes an overnight residential stay at a hotel in Wokingham. Subsidised for Microsoft Partners £500 per delegate. Click Here to Register
Register by 9th April for Course starting 12th April (Classroom dates 6th & 7th May)
Windows Server 2008 R2: Overall Value and Sales Opportunities
This 60-minute, self-paced intermediate online course explains how to articulate the overall value of Windows Server® 2008 R2. It covers the value of Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as the value of the Microsoft® platform. The course includes information on the customer and partner value around Windows Server 2008 R2 and how to have effective discussions focused on how Windows Server solutions provide important benefits that meet the customer/partner needs.
JumpStart Readiness Clinics – Updating Your Skills to Windows Server 2008 & Windows Server 2008 R2
This course provides an overview of the benefits, technical details, and implementation of the improved or new technologies, features and tools that are included in WS08 and WS08 R2. This course discusses new and enhanced options for virtualisation, security, remote management, integration with the Web, scalability and reliability. Click Here
Windows Server 2008 R2 Online Tutorials including: Click Here
WNS115AAL: What's New in Active Directory for Windows Server 2008 R2
WNS116AAL: Windows Server 2008 R2 -- Better Together with Windows 7
WNS133PAL: Selling Business Value of Windows Server 2008 R2
WNS69QH: Windows Server 2008 R2, A Survey of Developer-Oriented Features
WVC35AL: Windows 7 BranchCache – Next Generation Branch Office Optimizations
Server Virtualisation Competency Fast Track
Implementing and Managing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V & SCVMM (4 Day) – London 6th April
This course combines the syllabus of Microsoft courses 6422 and 6331 providing delegates with the knowledge to take Exams 70-652 and 70-403 which can lead to the new Server Virtualisation Competency.
£400 per delegate Click Here to Register
London 6th April, London 18th May, London 25th May
Desktop Optimisation with Microsoft & Citrix - Understanding the Virtualisation Opportunity with VDI – Reading 16th Feb
Many Partners have VDI as a key focus area this year, which may include VDI deployment goals in your partner sales plan. To help the partners with positioning we are running a VDI overview 1/2 day workshop, in conjunction with Citrix. A number of partners are planning their own VDI based events, so the structure of this session will be designed with partner re-delivery in mind. We will have a number of key Microsoft and Citrix staff in attendance on the day – who are preparing presentations on various topics, which you will be able to re-use after the workshop for your own events. We are also in planning with Citrix around joint activities with partners to help drive the VDI goals. FREE Register Here
Core IO University – Integrated Virtualization Online Sales Training
This workshop would train you to identify opportunities engage customers handle objections and increase sales using Microsoft's virtualization solutions. You will also gain access to sales resources like customer presentations whitepapers ROI calculators and design tools Click Here
Microsoft Virtualisation Fundamentals Web Seminar Series - Online, 8 hours
Explore the fundamentals and architecture of each of the Microsoft virtualisation products, including Windows Server Virtualisation (Hyper-V), Application Virtualisation and Presentation Virtualisation through this eight-part series. Click Here
An Overview of Microsoft Server Virtualization
This online tutorial introduces and explains the four types of virtualization and why virtualization is important to our customers, partners, and Microsoft. This includes server virtualization, application virtualization, presentation virtualization and desktop virtualization. Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, are discussed in more detail, along with their customer benefits. Click Here
Licensing Server-Based Products in Virtual Environments
This online tutorial explains how different server-based products are licensed in virtual environments and will help you understand how products from the Server OS, Server/CAL and Per Processor Product Category Licensing Models, or PCLMs, can be cost-effectively licensed in different deployment scenarios. Click Here
Architecting Microsoft Server Virtualization Solutions with Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager
This labcast series provides an introduction for Microsoft and VMware partners to consolidate the physical or virtual Infrastructure into a flexible, dynamic, and low cost Microsoft Dynamic Datacenter, which consists of Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008. With TCO/ROI calculation and design concepts, you will be able to prove the real savings with Microsoft Dynamic Datacenter solutions to Microsoft customers and partners. You will also learn how to transfer, migrate, and convert the existing physical or VMware environment. Click Here
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 A Dynamic Desktop Solution (Level 200) - February 18th at 11:00 – 13:00 (charged 2 hour against advisory hours)
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) enables you to transform applications into centrally managed virtual services to reduce the cost of application deployment, eliminate application conflicts and reboots. As well as covering an introduction to App-V, this session covers App-V architecture as well as the changes to App-V 4.6
Target Audience: System Administrators, Field Consultants, Technical Business Consultants
Click Here To Register
System Center Competency Fast Track:
The System Center Suite Technical Bootcamp R2 - London 3rd March & 12th May
The System Center Suite Bootcamp is a new update of the dynamic 3-day training course from the System Center Technical Readiness team which brings together the core products from Microsoft’s System Center Suite in a series of “Real World”, data center management scenarios. The course has been specifically designed for Technical Consultants to give them the skills and understanding they need to successfully implement the System Center Suite for customers and end users. The course consists of a series of instructor led, hands on labs (HOL), which guide the student through the steps required to both successfully configure and use System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 in conjunction with core data center applications such as Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 running on the Microsoft Hyper-V platform. Only £200 per delegate. Click Here to Register
System Center Client Management Bootcamp - Deploying and Managing Windows 7 – London 23rd March
Data Centre Solutions: Sales
Get the basics of selling System Center enterprise data centre solutions. Learn how they help customers reduce costs, improve efficiency and increase availability. Click Here
Desktop Solutions: Sales
Discover new sales opportunities with System Center enterprise desktop management solutions, which streamline the connection of any authorised user to any application. Get familiar with key capabilities, licensing options and deployment options. Click Here
Essentials Learning Path
Working on a project for a small or medium-size business? Microsoft System Center Essentials can meet your customer's needs. Find the learning path for sales professionals and gain resources to sell and deploy the right System Center solutions for this growing market. Click Here
Managing Windows, Sharepoint and Exchange Server with Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE)
The SMSE Labcast is a dynamic set of actual customer scenarios which walk you through a series of “Real World” data center management situations including disaster recovery, and optimizing Windows, SharePoint and Exchange Server in the Data Center. Click Here
System Center Operation Manager TechNet Virtual Labs
TechNet Virtual Lab: Building Management Packs with the Authoring Console
TechNet Virtual Lab: Extending Operations Manager 2007 to Monitoring SAP on SQL
TechNet Virtual Lab: Installing Operations Manager 2007
TechNet Virtual Lab: Monitoring Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Exchange 2007
TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Authoring Management Packs – Introduction (ITPro)
TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Authoring – Advanced (ITPro)
TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 - Advanced
TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 - Introduction
TechNet Virtual Lab: Understanding the Operations Manager 2007 SDK
Small Business Server 2008
Windows Small Business Server 2008 – Onboarding Webinar
This three part web seminar provides students with the necessary knowledge to plan and implement Windows Small Business Server 2008. Students gain first-hand knowledge on topics such as installing, migrating, monitoring, securing, and backing up data.
Part1 | Part2 | Part3
Windows EBS 2008 Exam Cram
This exam groundwork session will guide you in your preparation for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam 70-654, Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring. No matter if you are building on existing certifications or going for the first time, this session will provide clarity to help you succeed. Learn about the exam scope and what it means, get the right point of view, as well as the strategy and knowledge required to pass this exam. You may even pick up a mental aid that will give you just the advantage you need!
Part 1 Click Here | Part 2 Click Here
Get More Out of Exchange Server 2007 with Windows Essential Business Server 2008
Windows Essential Business Server 2008 is an enterprise-class server solution designed and priced for midsize businesses. For those customers who are considering an upgrade to Exchange Server 2007, EBS 2008 represents an ideal way to provide the benefits of Exchange as part of an integrated solution built on Windows Server 2008. Join us to learn more about the great productivity enhancements available in Exchange Server 2007 and how EBS 2008 solves the messaging, management, and security needs for midsize businesses. Click Here
Identity & Security
Business Ready Security – Microsoft Integrated Security Strategy – Reading 22nd April
In this seminar we will provide an overview of the business and technological climate which has shaped security needs. We will look at the overall Microsoft strategy and how the products can be used as business enablers and we will look at some of the products in action. Overview of the Threat Landscape, Overall view of the Forefront solution set, Demos and key features of FPE, UAG and FOPE, Best Practices, Licensing and Pricing Click Here
Microsoft® Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Upgrade Training Boot Camp – London 16th March
This course is intended for Systems Engineers, Developers, or Architects who need to understand how Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM) can be applied to manage identity information across a number of directories or databases. Special subsidised rate of £50 Click Here
Implementing Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint and Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server – London 16th Feb
This two day course will focus on deploying and configuring Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint in existing Exchange Server and SharePoint Server environments. The course will also highlight Forefront Protection Manager and Forefront Online Protection for Exchange. Special subsidised rate of £50 Click Here
Implementing Web Protection Using Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 – London 18th Feb
This two day course focuses on installing and configuring Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) for edge protection, and explores its authentication, packet filtering, network intrusion system (NIS), and SMTP protection features. Special subsidised rate of £50 Click Here
New TechNet Virtual Labs: Secure Messaging and Collaboration
The virtual lab and on-demand webcast series provide a closer look at a variety of ways in which Microsoft provides a more secure messaging and collaboration through a family of products that help protect information and control access. Click Here
Forefront TechNet Webcasts and V-labs
Forefront Client and Server
TechNet Webcast: Forefront Code Name "Stirling" Technical Overview (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling” – An Integrated Security Suite (Level 200)
TechNet Webcast: Forefront code name “Stirling” - The next generation of Forefront Security for Exchange Server (Level 200)
TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Forefront code name “Stirling” - The next generation of Forefront Security for SharePoint (Level 200)
TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling” – Forefront Client Security 2.0 Release Update (Level 200)
Identity and Access
TechNet Webcast: Overview of Microsoft Edge Secure Access Technologies (Level 200)
IT Manager Webcast: Closing the Network Backdoor: Using Forefront Threat Management Gateway Beta 2 (Level 200)
TechNet Webcast: Identity Lifecycle Manager 2 (Part 1):Empowering Users with Self-Service Identity Management Solutions (Level 200)
TechNet Webcast: Identity Lifecycle Manager "2" (Part 2 of 3): Expressing and Enforcing Business Policy (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Identity Lifecycle Manager "2" (Part 3 of 3): Extensibility and Provisioning with ILM "2" (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway - Hands on with Beta 2! (Level 300)
Online Technical Resources:
Extend Your Services Offerings with Forefront Client Security
Deploying Microsoft® Forefront™ Client Security (6078AE)
Deploying Microsoft® Forefront™ Server Security Products (6080AE)
Forefront Edge Security and Access – (On Demand)
Portals & Collaboration – “Get Ready for SharePoint 2010”
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010: Introduction, Capabilities and Business Value Overview – Reading 12th March & London 9th April
This training day is intended to introduce partners to the end user capabilities of SharePoint and the potential value to customers. At the end of the session, attendees should have a clear understanding of the range of out-of-the-box features of SharePoint, the key differences between 2010 and 2007, and the main differences of the various licensing options. The course will be suitable for business decision makers who are looking into building a SharePoint practices, technical staff new to the product who want a high-level overview, and specialist sales personnel who need to know detail around the functionality.
Reading 12th March, London 9th April, Edinburgh 25th March, Reading 15th April Click Here to Register
SharePoint 2010 Developer Bootcamp – Midlands 6th April & London 1st June
Thorough education is key to working with SharePoint 2010 productively. This Combined Knowledge (MVP) course guides you through essential 2010 elements, from pre‐requisites to system integration, giving you the skills to work confidently and leverage full value from new technology. This course is being subsidised for Microsoft Partners £500. Click Here to Register
SharePoint 2010 Admin Bootcamp – London 22nd Feb & Midlands 10th May
Step-by-step understanding is key to successfully implementing and deploying SharePoint 2010. This 15-module course will guide you through each critical stage, giving you exactly the skills you need to leverage full value from the latest SharePoint technology. This course is being subsidised for Microsoft Partners £600. Click Here to Register
SharePoint 2010 Architect Workshop – London 1st March & Midlands 1st April
This 1 day Combined Knowledge (MVP) Workshop is aimed at providing IT Professionals, Developers and Architects with an Architecture overview of SharePoint 2010.
This course is being subsidised for Microsoft Partners £100 Click Here to Register
SharePoint 2010 – Hands on Labs – Various Dates and Locations
These 1 day HOLS have been created by SharePoint MVPs Combined Knowledge to allow Partners the flexibility to study specific key topic areas within SharePoint. These labs are being subsidised for Microsoft Partners £100
Installing and setting up your farm in SharePoint 2010 , Backing up and Restoring your SharePoint Content - the full story
Combined Knowledge London 8th April Click Here to Register
Design and Configuring Web Applications in SharePoint 2010, and Design, Manage and Deploy, Site Collections in SharePoint 2010
Combined Knowledge London 9th April Click Here to Register
The ECM Story – Configuring Document and Records Management in SharePoint 2010
Combined Knowledge London 27th April Click Here to Register
Building Enterprise Content Types and Managed Metadata term Sets in SharePoint 2010 and Configuring and Managing Search in SharePoint 2010
Combined Knowledge London 28th April Click Here to Register
Creating and Designing Infopath forms in SharePoint 2010 and Creating and Developing Custom Workflows using SharePoint
Combined Knowledge London 5th April Click Here to Register
Security and Services – Membership Providers and Role Providers, Web Services, Timer Jobs and Site and List Workflows
Combined Knowledge East Midlands 7th June Click Here to Register
Site and List Definitions, Application Life Cycle Management, , Change Log, Usage Log, and Auditing
Combined Knowledge London 12th April | East Midlands 8th June Click Here to Register
SharePoint 2010 for Developers
This is a free online eLearning course for .NET developers who are just starting out in SharePoint development. It includes 10
modules of video content, hands on labs and code samples. Click Here
SharePoint 2010 – Live Series Webcasts – Various Subjects and Dates
These 1 hour long live meeting have been created and will be hosted by the Microsoft Partner Technology Advisors. They should help the basic understanding of Microsoft Office SharePoint 2010 from a technical perspective.
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 All-Up Positioning Delivered by Chris Parkes and Hayley Rixon |23rd February 4pm – 5pm Click here to view The Live Series Website
Sites and Portals in Microsoft SharePoint Sever 2010 Delivered by Jessica Meats |2nd March 4pm – 5pm Click here to view The Live Series Website
Communities and Collaboration in Microsoft SharePoint Server Delivered by Jessica Meats|9th March 4pm – 5pm Click here to view The Live Series Website
Content Management in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Delivered by Tara Hellier|16th March 4pm – 5pm Click here to view The Live Series Website
Enterprise Search in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Delivered by Tara Hellier|23rd March 4pm – 5pm Click here to view The Live Series Website
Business Insights in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Delivered by Chris Parkes |30th March 4pm – 5pm Click here to view The Live Series Website
Composites and Custom Applications in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Delivered by Jessica Meats|6th April 4pm – 5pm Click here to view The Live Series Website
Microsoft SharePoint Online and Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) Delivered by Tara Hellier|13th April 4pm – 5pm Click here to view The Live Series Website
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Office Web Applications Delivered by Chris Parkes|20th April 4pm – 5pm Click here to view The Live Series Website
Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 Delivered by Chris Parkes and Tara Hellier|27th April 4pm – 5pm Click here to view The Live Series Website
Installing, Configuring, and Maintaining Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 – Wokingham 1st March
This MOC course is a specially discounted one for partners to get skilled early on Exchange 2010. It is or people who have experience with previous versions of Microsoft Exchange Server and who want comprehensive Technology Specialist training on Exchange Server 2010 and/or for those who want to be enterprise-level messaging administrators. £550 per delegate. Click Here to Register
Wokingham 1st March, Leeds 1st March, Wokingham 22nd March, London 12th April, Manchester 10th May, Wokingham 24th May
Office Communications Server 2007 R2 (OCS) Ignite – London 22nd Feb
This course will give you a thorough technical introduction into the technology in Office communications server 2007 R2. You will learn to install, manage & troubleshoot the OCS 2007 R2. The target audience is IT professionals who wish to update their skills on the new features and capabilities in OCS 2007 R2. £550 per delegate. Click Here to Register
Wokingham 22nd March, Manchester 12th April, London 19th April
Microsoft UC Voice Ignite Readiness Workshop – 8th March
UC Voice Ignite is a 5-day technical workshop based on the interaction of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 with PBX systems in terms of UC Voice interoperability. The goal of UC Voice Ignite is to enable telecommunications, and networking plus IT professionals to successfully deploy Microsoft's UC Voice solution in production with gateway and PBX interoperability. £950 Click Here to Register
Labcast: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Ignite
This course provides an introduction to Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 R2, including how you can use OCS 2007 R2 for real-time interactions between users, and how you can unite OCS 2007 R2 with Microsoft Exchange Server as part of Microsoft Unified Communications. Click Here
Exchange 2010 & UC – Sales & Technical online courses
Sales & Marketing
Enhanced Communication and Collaboration Campaign in-a-box
UC Cost Saving campaign BOM
Exchange 2010 Upgrade Campaign BOM
Exchange 2010 Demo Showcase
E2010 Deployment and Migration
Exchange 2010 Ignite Workshop (HOLOs) (Beta)
Mobility in Exchange 2010
Exchange 2010 Outlook Web Access
Exchange 2010 Demos
Transitioning from Exchange Server 2007 to Exchange Server 2010
Exchange Server 2010 (Beta) HA and Storage Scenarios Virtual Lab
Configuring Exchange Server 2010 Unified Messaging Virtual Lab
Exchange Server 2010 (Beta) Setup and Deployment Virtual Lab
E2010 Learning Snack (Beta)
Collection 6899: Exploring Features of Exchange Server 2010
Exchange 2010 Voice Mail enabled by UM
Exchange 2010 Archiving and Retention
Exchange 2010 High Availability
Exchange 2010 Information Protection and Control
Exchange 2010 Management Tools
OCS R2 Ignite
SQL 2008 R2 Sales Webinars
How to sell SQL Server Data Warehousing Click Here
How to sell SQL Server Business Intelligence Click Here
Selling Against Competition Click Here
SQL Server 2008 – Partner Academy Live Series
These are 1 hour managed webcasts for Partners using Microsoft’s Live Meeting 2007. Listen to Microsoft subject matter experts as they discuss their areas of expertise related to Microsoft’s sales and competitive strategy. Click Here
SQL Server 2008 – Webcasts
Server Consolidation with SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 Data Management Overview
The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Data Warehousing Enhancements
The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Manageability Overview
The value of Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2008
Visual Studio 2010
Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4 (2 day course) – London 1st March
This 2-day instructor led training course will show developers how to take advantage of the new features being released in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0. Click Here to Register
VS 2010: Early Launch Briefing – Web Seminar
Introductory (100 level) online course prepares you to explain key features and goals of Visual Studio 2010. Click Here
MSDN Webcast: GeekSpeak: Architecture Tools in Visual Studio 2010 – Web Seminar
David Starr introduces us to the new architecture tools in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. David shows us how to discover and refactor existing architectures and how these new architecture tools are not just for large up-front design projects. Click Here
MSdev.com: 1hour Webinars
Introduction to .NET 4.0 - This course provides an overview of new features including the Managed Extension Framework (MEF) threading and design by contract.
ASP.NET AJAX 4.0 - This course provides an introduction to ASP .NET AJAX 4.0 focusing on the new client-side controls and templating capabilities including the dataview control.
New Features in Visual Studio 2010 - This course demonstrates some of the new features in the Visual Studio IDE including the new start page, the code editor, the XML schema editor, and new tools for web development and deployment.
MSdev.com: New Features in Visual Studio 2010
This course demonstrates some of the new features in the Visual Studio IDE including the new start page, the code editor, the XML schema editor, and new tools for web development and deployment. Click Here
Software + Services – Courses and New Training
Microsoft Online Services (BPOS)
Microsoft Online Services (BPOS) Partner Sales Workshop – How to position and sell BPOS to your customers – London 23rd Feb FREE!
Join the Microsoft BPOS Sales and Partners Team at these monthly sales seminars to gain further insight into the Microsoft Software + Services business and to understand the sales and implementation opportunities for your business. Click Here to register
London 23rd Feb, Reading 23rd March
Microsoft Online Services (BPOS) Modular Bootcamp:
Day 1 & 2 - Migration and Onboarding Deep Dive - Reading 18th March
This two day instructor led course focuses on how to migrate from an existing customer e-mail and directory to the Business Productivity Online Suite. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to identify key technical issues and challenges faced when migrating a customer to Microsoft Online. Subsidised for Microsoft Partners £50 per delegate
NOTE: Please bring own LAPTOP Click Here to Register
Day 3 & 4 - Implementing and Customizing SharePoint Online – Reading 22nd March
This two-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to build and develop SharePoint Online intranet portals and collaboration sites. The course focuses on building a well organised SharePoint Online site collection and explores the customization options made available using SharePoint Designer. Subsidised for Microsoft Partners £50 per delegate.
NOTE: Please bring own LAPTOP Click Here to Register
Live Series - Microsoft Online Services (BPOS) – What is it and how do partners make money from it?
This 30 minute Live Meeting will cover what is offered within Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite, what is the opportunity in the market place at the moment for Partner selling BPOS? How to ensure that you qualify every opportunity. 19th Jan, 16th Feb, 16th March Click Here to Register
Live Series - Microsoft Online Services (BPOS) – Quarterly Sales Update
This 1 hour Live Meeting will provide you with an update to new features and functions within the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite. This will be a quarterly update and will have time for questions and answers.
17th March, 26th May Click Here to Register
BPOS – What is it and how do partners make money from it?
The purpose of this session is to provide Microsoft partners with an overview of the Microsoft BPOS proposition and how they can take it to market. Click Here
Business Productivity with Microsoft Online Services
The Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) from Microsoft Online Services includes Exchange Online SharePoint Online Office Live Meeting and Exchange Hosted Filtering enterprise-class software delivered as a subscription service hosted by Microsoft and sold with partners. This session introduces BPOS and its components and demonstrates the ease with which IT professionals can set up the service for their organizations and users. Click Here
Learn how you can provide your customers with cost-effective IT Solutions with Microsoft Online Services
Building on the recent Software-plus-Services announcements from Microsoft and the need for Partners to assist customers in building cost effective solutions given the current economic market join us for a deep dive on the Partner opportunity with Microsoft Online Services and the recently launched Business Productivity Online Suite. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of how the Business Productivity Online Suite fits into Microsoft S+S strategy and the value proposition for Partners. Click Here
Webcast: What is Azure?
What exactly is the Azure Services Platform and what does it allow me to do? This session covers the basics including architecture and function, as well as new opportunities the platform provides. Learn too how customers are thinking about cloud computing and how you can join the conversation. Recent updates to the service will also be covered. Click Here
The Azure Quickstart – The Hub!
This community portal provides Microsoft partners with a single destination to start driving their business with Windows Azure. We update this page regularly as new content, whitepapers and presentations become available, provide you with the latest training resources and toolkits to help you get started with your Windows Azure projects, and connect you to the Microsoft partner community and the Microsoft sales, marketing and product management community around Windows Azure. Click Here
Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – Updated Labs from PDC 2009
The Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services. The November release includes new and updated labs in addition to information about Microsoft Codename “Dallas”. Click Here
Windows Azure – Value for Partners How does Windows Azure compare to the competition? In this session we explain why the Windows Azure Platform is a very competitive offering in today’s marketplace and offers great value for Partners. Join us for an in-depth look at the value Azure provides and what you can expect from Partnership with Microsoft. Click Here
Windows Azure Platform - TCO Tool In this webcast we will answer our partners’ questions around value and TCO, by walking you through the model and giving you a demonstration of how the TCO tool works so you can build your own cost savings case for Windows Azure. Click Here
ISV Innovation for Developers – This 5 part web series covers various topics for Developers, from fundamentals to specifics. Topics include Fundamentals, Developing Applications, .NET Services, SQL Data Services and Live Framework Services. Click Here
Build Managed Services with the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Hosting Providers
Your customers are looking for agile infrastructure delivered from secure, highly available data centers so they can quickly respond to rapid business fluctuations. You can address this need by extending your hosting portfolio with high-value, high-margin services, such as managed hosting, on demand virtualized servers, clustering, and network services. With the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Hosting Providers, you can deliver these services, built on Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ and Microsoft System Center. The toolkit contains guidance to help you establish appropriate service level agreements (SLAs) and create portals that your customers can use to directly provision, manage, and monitor their infrastructure. Click Here
The Hosting Develop Hosting Deployment Accelerator (HDA) DVD - Now available online!
Includes Technical, Sales and Marketing information for hosted service providers across several key Microsoft technologies: Windows Server 2008/IIS7; Hyper-V; SQL Server 2008 and System Centre. Click Here
Key Online Courses:
Sales & Licensing – Courses and New Training
Licensing’s Cool Event – MLSS Lite - Various Dates and Locations
This half day course is great for new starters in the industry of for people that need a little revision on both the most popular Microsoft Products as well as how Microsoft Licensing works. These two modules form part of the Microsoft Licensing Accreditations and at the end of this course you will have the opportunity to sit the assessments to gain this accreditation. Click here to Register
Advanced Licensing’s Cool Event – Selling to Small and Medium Businesses - Various Dates and Locations
This half day course is aimed at people who have already completed the MLSS Lite. This half day event will cover Volume Licensing for Small and Medium Businesses and eliminate all of the myths around complexity of Microsoft Licensing. These two modules form part of the Microsoft Licensing Accreditations and at the end of this course you will have the opportunity to sit the assessments to gain this accreditation. Click here to Register
Advanced Licensing’s Cool Event – Selling to Large Organisations - Various Dates and Locations
This half day course is aimed at people who have already completed the MLSS Lite. This half day event will cover Volume Licensing for Large Organisations and eliminate all of the myths around complexity of Microsoft Licensing. These two modules form part of the Microsoft Licensing Accreditations and at the end of this course you will have the opportunity to sit the assessments to gain this accreditation. Click here to Register
Intensive Licensing’s Cool Event – Selling to Small and Medium Businesses - Various Dates and Locations
This full day course is aimed at people who would like to complete their MLSS Lite with the Microsoft Product Fundamentals and Microsoft Licensing Fundamentals modules as well as two of the modules that make up the MLSS that cover Volume Licensing to Small and Medium Businesses. All of these modules form part of the Microsoft Licensing Accreditations and at the end of this course you will have the opportunity to sit the MLSS Lite assessments to gain this accreditation. Click here to Register
Selling School training courses are designed for sales and licensing staff to give relevant knowledge and appropriate sales strategies around the Microsoft capabilities. Microsoft Virtualisation and Management | Microsoft SharePoint
Save Energy, Save Carbon; Save the Environment
Taking place on the 10 February at 14:00 (GMT), this Live Meeting, as part of the Live Series, will help you to position how can we help customers meet their sustainability targets using our technology. This strategic sell provides new motives for customers to consider the full Microsoft technology platform. At Microsoft, we are committed to software and technology innovations that help people and organisations around the world improve the environment. Our goal is to reduce the impact of our operations and products and to drive responsible environmental practise. Click Here to register
If you are having problems registering for any of these courses please send a mail directly to email@example.com or call 0870 8509442 stating the course details/date and you will get assistance registering.
We have three new online resources that are key to the Live@edu strategy of building partner capacity. Partner scale is incredibly important to the continued growth of Live@edu because partners provide selling capacity, deployment services, and unique skills for customising solutions. The three web resources dedicated to Live@edu partners are…
Dedicated partner website – https://www.mseducommunity.com/Technologies/Liveedu
This updated Live@edu partner website is the primary destination for current and interested partners, and is a one-stop destination for training podcasts, party-ready BOM content, case studies, news about Live@edu, useful links and FAQ's, and much more. As part of the Microsoft Education Partner Network (https://www.mseducommunity.com), this site explains the Live@edu hosted service and shows the business opportunity, then helps partners get up-to-speed so they can offer value-add services to education customers. The broader Microsoft Education Partner Network gives partners access to timely product information, industry news, and updates; training and events alerts; partner marketing materials, and information about education programs and initiatives at Microsoft. The site’s community forums, including Live@edu blogs, enable Microsoft-to-partner and partner-to-partner interaction with the goal of fostering a vibrant education partner ecosystem.
(FYI, if you are new to www.mseducommunity.com, you'll need to register on the home page by associating your personal WLID to your Microsoft email account in a simple online process).
Partner landing page on MPN.com – https://partner.microsoft.com/40095410
This web page gives Live@edu a refreshed presence on the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) site. With updated summaries of partner business opportunities and links to key sites such as the Live@edu customer home page, this landing page taps the high traffic of the MPN site. The main call to action is for partners to visit the above Live@edu site on the Microsoft Education Partner Network to learn about the hosted service in detail. By cross-linking with various Industry, product, MPN Competency, readiness, and other pages on this MPN site, partners with expertise ranging from software-plus-services to identity management will be introduced to Live@edu.
Online partner readiness – http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, partners interested in developing service offerings for Live@edu may take technical and sales training online. For instance, the sessions from a two-day technical Airlift are being delivered via the web on the Partnercast website, http://www.microsoftpartnercasts.com. So now partners can view classes online about Identity Management, Single Sign-on, SharePoint Integration, provisioning, federation, and more. Partnercast hosts free readiness on a number of Microsoft technologies –all in one online location. These podcasts can be loaded to mobile devices, and partners can subscribe to the specific Live@edu feed to be updated as new content is added to the site. Partners can study Live@edu at their own pace, by viewing a combination of courses and demos covering the end-user features, administrative capabilities, and technologies that partners use to customize and integrate Live@edu. Check out the dedicated Live@edu readiness webpage and view some of the new online partner curriculum. Return to this site as new demos and training courses will be added regularly.
The Microsoft IT Academy program is exclusively available to accredited academic institutions and CASA-eligible organisations to provide an affordable learning solution and toolkit from Microsoft to benefit schools.
Why drive attachment of the Microsoft IT Academy Program?
• The IT Academy market is growing fast with 6000 members already worldwide (+600 in the UK) which is set to grow to 9000 by the end of FY10
Partner readiness materials surrounding this exciting new opportunity can be found via the link below.
For more information on the Microsoft IT Academy program benefits, please visit www.microsoftitacademy.com