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Training Spotlight: Small Business Competency Announcements
Burke Fewel
Director, Partner Capability Development Management
1/15/2013 10:00 AM
It’s been a while since we’ve covered the Small Business competency, and now’s the time as we have some really great news to share.
 
First up, the offer to earn the Silver Small Business competency for only US$999 has been extended! You can participate through June 30, 2013. Get details here.
 
I’m also happy to announce that we now have free exam codes for Exam 74-324 Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses. What this means is you could take the exam – a requirement for attaining the Small Business competency – for free from Prometric! The code is MPNO365  MPNO365PD (Updated January 21) – enter this at the Prometric website. Note that this code is valid for the first 2,000 partners through June 30, 2013 – whichever comes first – so act quickly! For complete rules, see below. Thank you for your amazing interest in the voucher promotion – all 2,000 free codes have been allocated to partners now.  If you registered to take an exam, please be sure to complete it before 6/30/13 when the code expires.  If you need to reschedule or cancel an exam, proper notice is required and fees may apply.  Please see the Prometric website for terms and conditions.
 
Finally, as the Small Business competency and Office 365 go hand in hand, I’m sure you’ll also be interested to know about the upcoming Office 365 Ignite Plus training session, January 22-24th. This exclusive premier partner pre-launch event is designed for sales professionals and technical consultants and will be held at the Microsoft Corporate campus in Redmond, USA. Attend to hear about the new technical capabilities of this release as well as business opportunities. Ignite Plus will feature presentations, demonstrations, and ample time for discussion with experts from the Microsoft Office Division and the Microsoft Partner Network. Space is limited – so register to attend now.
 
Terms and Conditions
  • Promo code is MPNO365 MPNO365PD (note: code includes an upper-case “O” and not a zero)
  • Promo code can be applied for exam 74-324 only
  • Promo code is available until the maximum cap (2,000) is reached or the expiration date of the code (6/30/13), whichever comes first
  • Promo code may be applied towards one exam, delivered at an Authorized Prometric Testing Center (APTC)
  • Candidates must register for and take their examination prior to the expiration dateof the promo code
  • Promo codes cannot be extended under any circumstances
  • Promo codes are not transferable between programs
  • Promo codes are program specific and in some cases, exam specific.  Please ensure you redeem the promo code for the correct exam
  • Promo codes may not be redeemed for cash or credit, or refunded
  • Promo codes may not be applied to exams that have already been taken
  • Promo codes are intended to be used by individuals who work for partner organizations registered in the Microsoft Partner Network
 
Steps to redeem a promo code:
 
 
comments(100)
ric glowienka
21 Sep 2014 - Can you provide a source for your stats?
Sarah Greenwalt
19 Sep 2014 - Hi lindar -- This is Sarah Greenwalt, the Microsoft liaison to the IAMCP WIT Community. We would love to have you get involved. There are local communities in a number of areas around the US and the world, and its growing every month. Would you mind sending me an email so we can discuss further? I am happy to point you in the right direction. sarahgre@microsoft.com.
Sarah Greenwalt
19 Sep 2014 - Hi lindar -- This is Sarah Greenwalt, the Microsoft liaison to the IAMCP WIT Community. We would love to have you get involved. There are local communities in a number of areas around the US and the world, and its growing every month. Would you mind sending me an email so we can discuss further? I am happy to point you in the right direction. sarahgre@microsoft.com.
MPN Training
18 Sep 2014 - Hi Grace Dineros - Yes, all the offers discussed here should be available worldwide. There may be a few country exceptions due to various laws/rules, so please check the details of the specific offer you're interested in to verify. Thank you for the interest!
Marc
18 Sep 2014 - BTW IAMCP stands for International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners ! :-)
Grace Dineros
18 Sep 2014 - hi. is this available worldwide?
lindar
18 Sep 2014 - i want to join. How ?
Kelvin Kirby
17 Sep 2014 - And IAMCP members can connect with peers via the IAMCP Yammer network at https://www.yammer.com/IAMCPorg
MPN Training
17 Sep 2014 - Hi Ryan Hernandez - This offer does not come with Second Shot.
Ryan Hernandez
17 Sep 2014 - Have we got provisions for the second shot if candidate fails the first exam attempt?
German Gold Partner
15 Sep 2014 - I totally agree to the other partners. 'Remote onboarding assistance'... are you joking? That means one of two things will happen: - NO partners needed at all (thank you Microsoft for your loyalty). - The customer will work with a partner but expects a low-budget offer because 'hey, MS can do this remotely, migration must be a no-brainer'. More of these well-thought steps, but maybe with other partners?
Jeff Goldstein
15 Sep 2014 - Erik, that is awesome, thank you for your support!
Jeff Goldstein
15 Sep 2014 - Erik, that is awesome, thank you for your support!
Marcia Nita Doron - Altico Advisors
15 Sep 2014 - Thanks, Jeff and to all who commented. I think there are many partners who agree that playing nice in the sandbox together benefits everyone. Erik and Joe - We'd love to know more about the Concur Advisor Program as well as the DigitalWPC forum. Yours, Marcia Nita Doron, Altico Advisors. mdoron@AlticoAdvisors.com
Jeff Goldstein
15 Sep 2014 - Erik, that is awesome, thank you for your support!
Erik
15 Sep 2014 - Jeff, Thanks for your decade of great introductions and mentoring. This is a great topic and we all appreciate your effort helping to make DigitalWPC a year-round forum. Finally, thanks for the introduction to Concur. Nurture Marketing has become a Concur Advisor Program Member - something that every organization that touches DynamicsERP should do!
Burke
12 Sep 2014 - You have to be a registered member of the Microsoft Partner Network to view training in the Partner Learning Center (PLC).
Kapellmann
11 Sep 2014 - Jeff and Max have a very nice meeting breakfast yesterday in Mexico, also we went to a Jeff customers and make an introduction with the CIO, next week we are going to have a second meeting to find opportunities to star a business relationship !!! thanks Jeff, this is working well...
Anne Marie
09 Sep 2014 - So useful... I'm in the process of having to do something similar and this gives me a great start point with researching what's best for what I need! Thanks
Lee Anne Forbes
08 Sep 2014 - I agree. WPC and IAMCP are terrific avenues for partnering and for sharing common issues or obstacles in sales and marketing and creative ways to overcome them. IAMCP and WIT are two great organizations that add a great deal of value to my role as a Managed Partner marketer.
Sid Schneider
06 Sep 2014 - I've known you for many years and yes, you are correct. Personally, I find that the best way to recommend a partner is to join them at a meeting or conference call with the prospect. An intro email just does not cut it today, years ago, yes, today's biz climate, no. You and I have met prospects and have been quite successful. It's a pleasure to work with you and know you. Stay in touch!
Jeffrey Goldstein
06 Sep 2014 - Jim, thank you for the kind words of encouragement. It is great working with you and the SOHO Dragon Solutions team. Thank you for your support of the IAMCP and the New Jersey Chapter.
Jim Blottman
04 Sep 2014 - Jeff and I have been networking together for a few years now and he simply "gets it" when it comes to teamwork, business, partnering and doing the right thing. I have worked with numerous partners over the years and many of them have a one track mind only thinking of themselves. Jeff is the opposite of this attitude in the fact that he is always willing to lend a helping hand, provide advice, guidance, and presenting opportunities where they make sense. I encourage people to participate in the IAMCP and help the organization thrive. Stronger together! Thank you for your continued support, Jeff!
Ken Thoreson, Acumen Management
04 Sep 2014 - Very excited to see our program: 50 Business Tips in 50 Minutes listed!
JUAN PABLO CAMPO
04 Sep 2014 - Por favor por lo menos coloquenle subtitulos en nuestro idioma
Jeffrey Goldstein
04 Sep 2014 - Joe, thank you for your support of the Microsoft MPN program and the IAMCP (International Association for Microsoft Certified Partners). I am glad that they were valuable resources for you & the Concur organization and thank you for your continued support. I am looking forward to working together on the several opportunities that we have together with our customers and prospects.
Joe Martino - Concur
03 Sep 2014 - Well put Jeff and fantastic recommendations! Many thanks for your continued partnership and support. I've taken tremendous value away from your suggestion of joining the IAMCP. Let's continue working together to Connect. Lean. Grow.
Gavriella Schuster
03 Sep 2014 - Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments and feedback. As the partner lead for this program, and more broadly for MPN, it is my role to make sure that we are listening to and actively soliciting feedback from partners, and using this feedback to improve our programs and processes to identify and promote opportunities for partners to help build a profitable business working with Microsoft. As a part of the process to build this program, we solicited input from several of our top deployment partners and many customers. We learned that most customers that are ready to adopt Office 365 want to do so quickly, especially if they have tasks that can be done remotely. The majority of our Office 365 partners also shared that their biggest revenue opportunity happens once the customer is already on the platform. By shortening the time for onboarding by automating repeatable tasks required to onboard to O365, we are helping partners focus on providing high value services to customers that customers are willing to pay for. And through the partner to customer connections we make through the onboarding center, we hope to open the door for partners to deliver the higher value added services. It is up to us as a company to ensure that we deliver on the promises we’ve made regarding the program, and I want to continue to hear from you now that the programs are in market. You have an open invitation to reach out to me directly or to my team WPGFTQ@microsoft.com and continue to share feedback. Thank you, Gavriella Schuster, General Manager.
JDB
30 Aug 2014 - We have deployments we have been working on for 6 to 12 months and for larger customers. It looks like all the investments made will get flushed with this program. Why should we spend that kind of time talking with customers and watch MS pull the most profitable part away from us? Bad decision to proceed with this program Microsoft.
MSPartner
29 Aug 2014 - This has been abysmally messaged and handled. There is far more to a migration than Microsoft appreciates and customers need to understand exactly what's required to have a smooth transition to the cloud, not have Microsoft both over-simplify and under-value the process as well as make obscure promises to perform a half-*** migration.
Ludi Cortinas
28 Aug 2014 - Thank you for building a better future! By developing this type of apps you are making a huge difference, congratulations!
Mitchell
27 Aug 2014 - Thanks Dan, appreciate the feedback. Helping non-profit organisations is pretty rewarding and we get a real buzz from seeing their ability grow and grow.
Lois
27 Aug 2014 - I think your link to the training module doesn't work :-(
Vootwerk
27 Aug 2014 - It's in the right direction but like others have said, the commission model selling Azure like Office 365 create greater incentives for us.
Dave Huth
22 Aug 2014 - Legacy email archive migrations to Office 365 are not included in FastTrack. Nuix Intelligent Migration is the go to solution for archive migrations to Office 365.
Charly
22 Aug 2014 - Good for Microsoft and BAD for Partners ! Microsoft will deliver direct migration services to customers reducing Partners business or will provide ridiculous founds instead (much much less than FY13). VERY DISSAPOINTED. I hope Microsoft feels the pressure of the Partners complaining about this strategy.
Lance
22 Aug 2014 - Not good news for partners who have invested in the development of migration tools and personnel Thanks Microsoft
Darach
21 Aug 2014 - MS are going to take on the migrations now :(
Steve Vighn
21 Aug 2014 - Very concern about MS offering free services for items that the partners charged for. What's next azure migrations? Lync deployments?
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Dan Callahan
14 Aug 2014 - Great article Mitchell! Glad to see your success in the cloud and your help for a great non-profit. Best Dan CGNET
Dermott
14 Aug 2014 - Video works great in New Zealand and we are the other side of Mars
Steven McKnight
14 Aug 2014 - Super...I have noticed certain...patterns. and this would explain things.
Lionel
13 Aug 2014 - It would be great to watch these videos, but the video viewer you are using is terrible. Slow in every browser! Unusable! Please post these videos somewhere we can see them or allow us to download them.
Pierre Boulianne
06 Aug 2014 - respect et honoré par bing
Doug Groves
05 Aug 2014 - It's great to create something that's fun and has such a positive impact. You're team and you should be delighted and proud
Lee Connor
04 Aug 2014 - Great story Nigel - congratulations!
Maisha
04 Aug 2014 - Glad to know Nigel and the team at LCG! BTW - My son loves the spelling bee app! Will be sharing it with his class this year!
David E. Patrick
04 Aug 2014 - I'm always impressed with Nigel and his team at LCG!
testNebula
01 Aug 2014 - test
Mark E
25 Jul 2014 - Very interesting article and interesting comments. You could argue this should be available to partners for Free. Why not - they drive your business without partners MS would be back to selling operating systems preinstalled on PCs. Its the partners that show what can be done. As for cloud - I am sure there are loads of pointy haired bosses who would embrace any idea and so it happens.
David
23 Jul 2014 - Is it possible to take advantage of this offer still?
Transport truck sales
23 Jul 2014 - Transport truck sales Our inventory is all over Canada & USA. These trucks are owned by the trucking companies or owner operators who have asked for our help to locate retail or wholesale buyers and we Buy & Sell Used Trucks including Sleepers, Daycabs and Straight Trucks! Other services we offer: 1. Financing (new and used trucks) 2. Extended Warranties (used trucks) 3. Factoring to help your
Lee Anne Forbes
21 Jul 2014 - WPC 2014 was great! All the WIT events were extremely valuable and well done. Delighted to attend and participate. KUDOS to WIT!
Laurent
18 Jul 2014 - How do we process to buy these discounted vouchers ?
Bredero
16 Jul 2014 - Sounds good
martin
16 Jul 2014 - speed problems - seriously.... would Apple have cut costs on bandwidth?
Ravi Potturi
15 Jul 2014 - Great
Nick
15 Jul 2014 - I found it! They should update this page. The search tags are not good for his on the App Store. Found it with world wide partner conference 2014 Other search terms bring up nothing It exists. Thank you
Nick
15 Jul 2014 - How is Microsoft delivering on the mobile first world if they can't even have an app for a large portion of the mobile market for those who are actively trying to engage Microsoft. This is not a challenger mentality; it's the same old ways. It's frustrating because wpc has shown great ideas, but obviously the execution still isn't there.
tim
15 Jul 2014 - How do I download this to watch on the train?
tim
15 Jul 2014 - how do I download this video to watch on the train?
Roberto
15 Jul 2014 - Motherboard model information and cpu/gpu/hdd temperature in task manager would be cool too for us advanced computer users who build our own pc's.
Roberto
15 Jul 2014 - it would be cool if microsoft buys avast, gpuz and cpuz and includes them in windows 9. I think its time for a video / video game capturing app that would work with xbox one and other devices and applications.
Roberto
15 Jul 2014 - it would be nice to have an advanced feature for task manager to be able to select more than one process or service and disable or terminate them.
Roberto
15 Jul 2014 - I would like to be able to right click service properties in task manager and change startup type right from task manager. a more detailed task manager with detailed information on gpu such as name and model and usage.improved task manager with more accurate information such as proper network usage with ethernet and wireless, i never seem to get accurate uppload and download data in task manager
Juana Castro
14 Jul 2014 - Lovely mix!!!!!
john
14 Jul 2014 - marvelous
Jenny
14 Jul 2014 - Scott Guthrie == Blue shirt => Does not compute.
Brian @ AgileIT
14 Jul 2014 - Thanks Phil, definitely want to learn more about the Cloud Signature Support coming in September as we do focus a lot of effort on our migration services here at Agile IT.
barb
14 Jul 2014 - so what **is** the margin model on azure or o465 sales for partners?
David Howard
14 Jul 2014 - No IOS app on day 1. #fail
Jordan
13 Jul 2014 - Babar & JP...if you are having trouble downloading the unity player than go download mLevel from any of the public app stores. Once you install the app inset either MPNAzure or MPNOffice365 in the username field and hit login. You will be redirected to the live I'd login page but once you authenticate will be returned to the app and can begin playing.
xo
13 Jul 2014 - last year lenny kravitz...!
Carillon Brig
13 Jul 2014 - I agree with David Howard. Looking forward to Satya, but Kevin Turner? Not so much. Give us visionaries and doers, not a dorky sales guy.
Mike Sanders
13 Jul 2014 - Do people still use IOS?
Schmidt
12 Jul 2014 - iOS app release eta?
Babar
11 Jul 2014 - I am using surface 2. It does not work on it.
Doug
11 Jul 2014 - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lifeline-response-premier/id531619809?mt=8
Craig Joseph
11 Jul 2014 - Hi, is there an update on when the iOS version will be available? Many thanks
Martin Saunders
11 Jul 2014 - Hi, do you know when the Apple iOS version will be released?
Kirsty Nenadic
10 Jul 2014 - Great advice for FTA Jeff, look forward to meeting you on Sunday.
Julie
08 Jul 2014 - Does this mean I have to schedule the exams by August 31st and take them by December 31st, or can I schedule the exams after August 31st?
Paul!
08 Jul 2014 - We lost our licenses to CRM along with the 250 for Office 365 and I was told MPN call center in the philipines that it is not possible to access our CRM and that the data is lost forever! This is not acceptable!
W. Wardell
08 Jul 2014 - I wish I had had this info when I was a hiring manager for one of my former employers. It could have saved a lot of time and money.
Susan Harkema, BluePrint Healthcare IT
07 Jul 2014 - Super helpful on crafting our WPC strategy! "Brilliant!"
Michael A. Jackson
06 Jul 2014 - Would love to attend the conference unfortunately I am in a position that will not allow me to fund the trip for several months, possibly more. Hopefully I can work out the funding situation. After owning my firm for 18 years Federal Laws shutdown my as well as my competitions' business. Good luck. I really would like to see you prevail.
Michael A. Jackson
06 Jul 2014 - It is here and it will not be going away anytime soon! It is an opportunity that simply can't be ignored! The ongoing questions will be what can be offered to make Rosebud stand out from the competition other than simply price? What other services can be associated with the Cloud base services that others have failed to see? Make Rosebud's customer service extremely valuable! Even more!
Dana Manciagli
05 Jul 2014 - Invest time in YOUR career! Come to my session on Wednesday, July 16th from 4m - 5pm. http://bit.ly/1rzBGo5 Need private coaching? Connect with me at WPC for a free 30 minute consulting session. Open to men and women, of course, no matter what the title says! See you there! Dana Manciagli cell 206-849-1000 Dana@DanaManciagli.com http://DanaManciagli.com
JP Breton
04 Jul 2014 - The unity Web player is not loading on Win8.1 Tried on 2 different PC.
kc
03 Jul 2014 - Thx, I only have a windows phone. The best phone.
Giacomo Listi
02 Jul 2014 - Hello! Thank you so much for your curiosity in what LifeLine Response does. You can download LifeLine Response on your iPhone or your Android phone at the following link: http://www.llresponse.com/download.html. Don't worry Windows lovers because LifeLine Response has partnered with Microsoft to make it available soon! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated! @LLResponse
Ian
02 Jul 2014 - Can you extend the contest ? :-)
kc
02 Jul 2014 - So, why can't I find this in the app store?
Mark Wells
02 Jul 2014 - Brilliant insight into how to plan and run your first WPC
Michelle Hollis
01 Jul 2014 - Love the reach outside the circle tip, it is so easy to get caught up with people from your region/locale and not integrate with new people. To make the best of both points above, during the last few WPC's, I had a goal of seeking out to meet at least 4 new people at each event and introduce those new contacts to at least 3 existing contacts.
EJ Harof
01 Jul 2014 - Hello I spent a lot of time putting together the video and messaging that I felt would provide the greatest value to people All the contacts I have spoken with (100s) cannot find where to view them through your link This is very disappointing. I am sure the others worked very hard also. Can you make it easier to access? I have tried 6 different links and then there are too many steps to see it
EJ Harof
01 Jul 2014 - Hello I spent a lot of time putting together the video and messaging that I felt would provide the greatest value to people All the contacts I have spoken with (100s) cannot find where to view them through your link This is very disappointing. I am sure the others worked very hard also. Can you make it easier to access? I have tried 6 different links and then there are too many steps to see it
Jeff Hilton
01 Jul 2014 - Good point Tony. But Starbucks is so popular!

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