We have 2 new resources available for partners in the MEPN (aka Partner Community Website):
1. Statement of Work Guides: for partners to accelerate the process of creating offers around Live@edu deployment.
Partners can download the zip file (attached) containing the guides and all the materials to respond to requests for proposal involving Live@edu services. We divided into 4 different categories to match different levels of customer technology sophistication (Basic, Standard, Integrated and Automated). Each category contains:
This is an invaluable tool for the partners to plan Live@edu engagements. All the estimates were done based on reality of deployment, so partners can adapt for their hourly cost and the components of the SOW (e.g.: not cover training) and charge the customer accordingly. The implementation is divided in 5 steps and the number of hours varies with the skill level of the partner, so the ranges of hours are described below:
For each step, partners can find in the SOW Guidance document, the tasks and a brief explanation, some resources and the range of hours he can expect to invest into that. Here is one example:
2. Online ISV Jumpstart Kit
We converted the ISV Jumpstart Kit into a section of the readiness page in the community. This is the one-stop shop for ISV and Custom Software Development partners. For those of you that don’t remember, the ISV Jumpstart Kit contains working code plus documentation, enabling partners to build applications that integrate with Live@edu. The Kit contains:
1. ISV Guidance – detailed information on coding best practices, sample code, and quick start guidelines
2. Testing Criteria – certification criteria helps partners understand the steps to ensure a solution is well-integrated and supportable
3. Helpers – source code and documentation solution like cross web domain communication and unified sign-in control
4. Scenarios – three scenarios that demonstrate using the APIs such as students seeking venues
63% of hiring managers believe that certified employees are more productive employees.
It takes a lot more than quick wit and charm to land a quality IT job. You need to walk into that interview with the knowledge and skills to do the job right. And how do you prove your bona fide technical skills to an employer? That’s where Microsoft Certification comes in.
IT hiring managers look for Microsoft Certification when viewing resumes because they know what it means—certified candidates typically have the necessary technical knowledge and job-specific skills.
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IT Interview Gone Wrong - full length
June 01, 2010 - 11:00 to 12:00 Pacific Time
Presented By: Michael Greene
Description: This Education Partner and Authorized Education Reseller session with Microsoft’s education technical resource, Michael Greene, will demystify virtual desktop licensing for academic customers. During this 1 hour webinar, we will simplify what licenses are needed for each scenario: remote access to applications, virtual hosted desktops, and streaming virtual desktops. Within each we will break down what this means for faculty, staff, students, and public labs, and help everyone understand the "why".
Level: 100 Partner Audience: Partner Sales
Register for the event here: https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/registrationex/LMS_Registration.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=583972
What to expect? Academy Live webcasts are 1 hour online events for Partners and Microsoft employees using Microsoft Office Live Meeting. Connect with Microsoft and other partners; listen to Microsoft subject matter experts as they discuss their areas of expertise related to Microsoft’s sales and competitive strategy. Learn more about Microsoft’s products (including insight into products on the launch horizon); positioning of business value to customers; sharing wins from the field and how the account team won; world class selling skills and best practice; and leveraging Microsoft resources to maximize your productivity. Webcasts for partners caters to all depths of knowledge.
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Did you know what great value the IT Academy Subscription is for CASA customers? Here’s what they’re saying:
IT Academy offers Over 300 courses and over £40,000 of Value to Education for approx. £1000 per year.
The Microsoft IT Academy program is exclusively available to accredited academic institutions and CASA-eligible organizations to provide an affordable learning solution and toolkit from Microsoft to benefit schools. One subscription per campus will cover everyone – students, faculty and staff; this is a great way to save on training.
For around £1000 per year, you can provide your students and staff with official Microsoft educational resources on the latest Microsoft technologies. Courses are available to students and faculty working toward proficiency with everyday business applications as well as to those pursuing advanced IT training. Membership can help to accelerate course development with a comprehensive package of courseware, e-learning programs, course management tools, and more. Schools also realize significant discounts on exams and courseware as part of the IT Academy program.
IT Academy members in the UK also receive a free Live Meeting training session and on-boarding support to ensure usage of their IT Academy benefits are maximized. This on-boarding is provided by Prodigy – our appointed Microsoft UK Academic Engagement Provider. Please contact your Microsoft Account Manager for more details.
IT Academy Benefit Highlights
There are a number of Office 2010 training materials and resources now available for partners via the Partner Network:
Winning Against the Competition with Office 2010
Selling Office 2010 with New PCs
Selling Office 2010
Office 2010 Conversations and Scenarios
Licensing and Activation
Developing on Office 2010
Online Course - Winning Against the Competition with Office 2010
Online Course - Selling Office 2010 with New PCs
Online Course - Selling Office 2010
Online Course - Selling Office 2010 Overview
Online Course - Office 2010 Simplified SKU Line-Up
Online Course - Selling Office 2010 in the Enterprise
Volume activation for Office 2010 client products
Selling Office 2010 with a Storytelling Approach
Leveraging Office 2010 to Drive EA Renewals - April 09, 2010
Office 2010 Technical Guarantee Program
Planning and Deployment Tools for Office 2010
Application Compatibility with Office 2010
Opportunities for Solutions and Services on Office 2010
Overview of Office 2010 for IT Professionals
Selling Office 2010 for Distributors
Core Office 2010 Development
Introduction to Advanced Office 2010 Development
Microsoft Office 2010: Developer Workshop
Microsoft Office 2010 Preinstallation
New - US Based Online Course
Microsoft Office 2010 OPK Overview For OEMs and System Builders
Microsoft Office 2010 Features and Partner Benefits
Wave 14 Pricing & Licensing
Pre-Sales - Exchange 2010 and Office 2010 - Better Together
Pre-Sales - Office 2010 Overview (Web Apps with compete twist)
Windows 7 and Office 2010 – All You Need to Know for BETT
Live Series - Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Office Web Applications
Download the SharePoint Server 2010 Trial Whether deployed on-premises or as a hosted service, SharePoint Server 2010 helps you cut costs with a unified infrastructure while allowing you to rapidly respond to your business needs. After registering, you will receive technical resources to help you evaluate SharePoint Server 2010. If you're a TechNet Plus subscriber, get your download.
Download the Office Professional Plus 2010 Trial Evaluate Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 in your lab environments and with Microsoft Office enthusiasts in your organization. When you download this 60-day trial software, you're automatically registered to receive valuable resources delivered at strategic intervals throughout the software evaluation period. If you are a TechNet Plus subscriber, log on to access your download
Test Drive the Future of Business Productivity Take the test drive of Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010. Access virtual labs, videos, free downloads, and more.
Download the Microsoft Office 2010 Deployment Kit for App-V If you are looking to deploy Office 2010 client apps with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), you will first need to install the Office 2010 Deployment Kit for App-V on the App-V sequencing station prior to monitoring the Office 2010 client installation.
Webcast: Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2010 (Level 200) May 20, 2010, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Kevin Remde leads a chat session for IT managers and IT professionals who want insight on SharePoint 2010 and wish to engage in a question-and-answer discussion.
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2 Ready for Download The Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2 contains 11 downloadable tools to help you manage and troubleshoot Configuration Manager 2007.
Webcast: Forrester Talks with Microsoft Security Experts on the Latest in Threat Trends May 25, 2010, 11:30 A.M. Pacific Time Join us for a panel moderated by Forrester vice president and principal analyst Khalid Kark and authors of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. They will discuss the latest findings from the second half of 2009 and answer your questions about the latest security trends in the U.S. and what IT professionals can do to achieve safer, more trusted Internet experiences
*NEW* 21st Century Skills Resources
We have some exciting announcements for K-12 teachers! We have two very special resources designed to inspire and guide educators to use technology in the classroom to improve student learning outcomes around 21st century skills. These resources have been created, designed, and reviewed by educators, for educators. First, the new Microsoft Innovative Teacher Toolkit is an integrated set of resources that includes:
Second, we have the first in a series of e-learning courses to support 21st century skills. The Collaboration Course helps teachers developing an understanding of the role collaboration can play in their teaching to use collaborative techniques in the development of classroom projects and learning activities.
Building 21st century teaching & learning skills in:
These materials have been made available at: www.InnovativeTeacherToolkit.com
The following additional resources are provided as an integrated part of the toolkit when it is delivered publicly.
This content was created by educators, for educators by using an extensive network of subject matter experts, who provided feedback throughout the process. It is currently being tested by in-service and pre-service teachers around the world. If you would like to contribute your feedback on the course, please email and let us know what you think!
The Collaboration Course (http://www.cpd21.com/ ) covers the following topics, and concludes with a quiz to assess learning:
We are pleased to announce the web release of Microsoft® Mouse Mischief™ a new member of the Multipoint family and a FREE add-in for PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.
Microsoft Mouse Mischief lets teachers easily make their classroom lessons interactive using ordinary mouse hardware [Internet, Press].
Microsoft Mouse Mischief is targeted primarily at teachers, Mouse Mischief is releasing worldwide in 12 languages and is a shared resource solution which should help:
1. Pull through Office 2007 and 2010
2. Enhance the case for upgrading to Windows 7
3. Provide unique capability that can't be delivered by Open Office/Linux or Google Apps.
So far there have been 12,000 downloads of the Multipoint Mouse add-in from the US web site in just 21 days. Here's a link to the Multipont Mouse Mischief website for the UK
Over the next week, we are moving the thousands of blogs that run on the blogs.msdn.com site over to a completely new web platform, which will give us lots of new ways of keeping in touch. We’ve had a trial run already, and it seems to be pretty smooth.
However, whilst the change is happening, there are a couple of things you need to know about:
We’ve also decided that we’re going to take the opportunity, whilst the builders are in, to revamp the site a little, to make it look a little nicer too. When we come back, on Monday 24th May, you’ll hopefully notice the difference, and I’m sure you’ll be good enough to rush in with your thoughts and comments.
Ben, Kristen, Stuart, Mark and I, who all blog for the UK Education team, are poring over our colour charts. To be honest, everybody’s choice is being influenced by their own life.
We’ll just have to see decide on something we get to next weekend
And just think – we’ll have hopefully stored up a few interesting blog posts for you to read in seven days.
Cambridge University Press, one of the world’s leading educational publishers, is calling for expressions of interest from technology providers for its Global Grid for Learning Partner Program.
Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) acts as a trusted broker for digital content. It currently connects teachers and students at all levels in education to a growing library of over one million copyright-cleared multimedia resources, sourced and selected from a base of more than 40 international content providers and publishers.
If you would like to know more about becoming a partner of Global Grid for Learning email email@example.com
For more information on Global Grid for Learning visit www.globalgridforlearning.com