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December 2012

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Learn what’s new about your competency and get the latest info and tips!

MPN Competencies

clip_image001[1] Application Development

clip_image001[2] Application Lifecycle Management

clip_image001[3] Business Intelligence

clip_image001[4] Collaboration and Content

clip_image001[5] Communications

clip_image001[6] Customer Relationship Management

clip_image001[7] Data Platform

clip_image001[8] Devices and Deployment

clip_image001[9] Digital Marketing

clip_image001[10] Enterprise Resource Planning

clip_image001[11] Hosting

clip_image001[12] Identity and Access

clip_image001[13] Management and Virtualization

clip_image001[14] Messaging

clip_image001[15] Midmarket Solution Provider

clip_image001[16] Mobility

clip_image001[17] OEM

clip_image001[18] Project and Portfolio Management

clip_image001[19] Server Platform

clip_image001[20] Small Business

clip_image001[21] Software Asset Management

Competency Specific Information

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Take the HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript Jump Start – get an exam voucher! 

Microsoft partners: You can get a voucher for Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 when you take the Developing Windows 8 Apps Jump Start online training. Get details (log-in required).

APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT

Visual Studio 2012 readiness

First, review the learning path to discover the latest sales, licensing, and technical training.

· How sell Visual Studio 2012 and attach other products: partner materials, reseller kit

· Host customer events using launch-in-a-box kits Part 1 and Part 2

· Host ALM customer events with the ‘Rise to the New Normal’ IT decision maker event-in-a-box kit

Sales Specialist competency assessment

This 200-level, 45 minute sales assessment covering Visual studio 2012 can help you prepare to meet ALM competency requirements. Available in English.

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Upcoming Practice Accelerator session December 10th

Business Intelligence (SQL Server 2012) – December 10th 9 a.m. Pacific. Register here.

COLLABORATION AND CONTENT

New! Beta publication of the new SharePoint 2013 exams

· 71-331 Core solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (live version will be available February 1st)

· 71-332 Advanced solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (live version will be available February 1st)

Courseware mapped to these exams is in development and scheduled to go live in the coming months:

· Course 20331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

· Course 20332: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

Google compete courses

· New Office: Competing to Win Against Google Apps in the Enterprise

This session is designed to help you become stronger in knowing the key value pillars and differentiators in Office 365, to help your business compete to win against Google Apps in your enterprise customer engagements in winning against and winning back from scenarios.

· New Office: Competing to Win Against Google Apps with Small Business Customers

This session is designed to help you become stronger in knowing the key value pillars and differentiators in Office 365, to help your business compete to win when engaged in Google Apps competitive scenarios such as winning against, and winning back customers.

Workshop: Building apps for Microsoft Office and SharePoint 2013 using web technologies

Developers: learn the concepts of the new app model and how to use it for building apps for Office and SharePoint. Also, consider about elasticity, scalability, and reliability of your backend services, and the steps for getting your app into the Office Store. Find an event in your area.

COMMUNICATIONS

Lync conference February 19-21, 2013

You are invited to the first-ever Lync Conference to learn about the Lync platform futures, and connect with the Lync engineers, consultants, partners, and attendees. Event takes place in San Diego, California. Visit the conference website to register.

Newly available Lync 2013 exams

· 70-336 Core solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013

· 70-337 Enterprise voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Courseware mapped to these exams is in development and scheduled to go live in the coming months:

· Course 20336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013

· Course 20337: Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Deploying Lync Server 2010?
Take Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice to get best practices and reusable tools that can help you enable customers to communicate from anywhere in a cost-effective and secure manner. Use your Microsoft Partner Network benefit – 5 partner advisory hours – to participate in this training.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

New technical training: Microsoft Dynamics CRM

· SDK new features

· Cross browser and online new features

Convergence 2013 – early registration now open!

Register for this premier Microsoft Dynamics event by January 25, 2013, to receive $300 USD off the registration fee! Convergence is a great event to attend with your customers—it provides an opportunity to increase revenue, strengthen relationships, and network with peers and experts from around the world. Register now and check PartnerSource (login required) for easily customizable marketing materials and resources to help you drive attendance by your customers.

DATA PLATFORM

DEVICES AND DEPLOYMENT

Increase Volume Licensing opportunities with Windows 8 and new Office

The updated Good-Better-Best sales card for enterprise can help you qualify opportunities and drive sales for Windows 8 and the new Office. Learn how to engage with customers, listen to their challenges, sell these new products with EA attach, and more. This training is specifically tailored for LAR and SI partners who sell into the Corporate Account segment with 250 PCs to 2,500 PCs, who can take advantage of Enterprise Agreements, Select and other VL products.

Windows 8 e-book offer

Get a no-cost e-book to explore the new features Windows 8 offers for IT professionals and businesses. This e-book is designed to help you prepare to deploy Windows 8, deliver apps, and manage recovery, security, and virtualization. Download this first preview release. For full details on the offer, visit the Microsoft Press blog website

Put your optimized desktop practice on the fast track
Learn how you can use delivery methodology and templates developed by Microsoft to help guide your customers to create a more secure and reliable desktop environment. Use your Microsoft Partner Network benefit – 5 partner advisory hours – to participate in this training.

DIGITAL MARKETING

Take the HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript Jump Start – get an exam voucher! 

Microsoft partners: You can get a voucher for Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 when you take the Developing Windows 8 Apps Jump Start online training. Get details (log-in required).

Sales Specialist competency assessment
This 200-level, 45 minute sales assessment can help you prepare to meet Digital Marketing competency requirements. Available in English.

Updated competency learning path

Now featuring updated assessments including the Sales Specialist item (see above) and Bing ads and SEO assessments.

ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING

New technical training: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

· Financial new features – Part 1 and Part 2

· System-wide new features

Convergence 2013 – early registration now open!

Register for this premier Microsoft Dynamics event by January 25, 2013, to receive $300 USD off the registration fee! Convergence is a great event to attend with your customers—it provides an opportunity to increase revenue, strengthen relationships, and network with peers and experts from around the world. Register now and check PartnerSource (login required) for easily customizable marketing materials and resources to help you drive attendance by your customers.

HOSTING

 

IDENTITY AND ACCESS

 

MANAGEMENT AND VIRTUALIZATION

Upcoming Practice Accelerator session

Datacenter Consolidation and Migration – December 10th 9 a.m. Pacific. Register here.

Free study guides to help you pass exams

Two free study guides are available to give you the best prep possible to pass Microsoft Learning (MSL) exams. The guides were created by Microsoft Evangelist Keith Mayer, who recorded all the study resources that he used to pass the exams himself. Each guide helps you self-assess their preparedness for each exam as well as providing free study resources for each objective area to quickly close knowledge gaps.

· Study guide for Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

· Study guide for Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization (Note: through January 2013, exam 70-659 may be taken in place of Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012)

MESSAGING

New! Beta publication of new Exchange 2013 exams

· 71-341 Core solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (live version will be available January 15th)

· 71-342 Advanced solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (live version will be available January 15th)

Courseware mapped to these exams is in development and scheduled to go live between January and March 2013; however, if you want to get a head start, visit this site to access the new Exchange online guided lab platform.

Deploying Exchange Server 2010?
Customers are demanding greater mobility, with anywhere access to communications. Meet that demand more easily with tools and resources provided through Practice Accelerator. Use your Microsoft Partner Network benefit – 5 partner advisory hours – to participate in this training.

MIDMARKET SOLUTION PROVIDER

MOBILITY

Take the HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript Jump Start – get an exam voucher! 

Microsoft partners: You can get a voucher for Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 when you take the Developing Windows 8 Apps Jump Start online training. Get details (log-in required).

Windows Phone 8 Development Internals – special offer

Microsoft Press is making Windows Phone 8 Development Internals available in two preview digital editions—plus the final e-book, when ready—at special promotional pricing. This e-book provides an in-depth look into how the new Windows Phone 8 platform works, how it differs from Windows Phone 7.x, and how you can take advantage of the platform to build apps and games that you can sell through the Windows Store to reach millions of customers directly. See complete details.

Study guide for exam 70-243

This guide, developed by Microsoft Evangelist Keith Mayer, contains various study resources and presents the exam objectives in a checklist format for ease of use. This guide is designed to help you prepare to pass Exam 70-243:  Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

OEM

Competency exam changes

The OEM competency qualifying exams are being updated to help ready our OEMs, resellers and system builders on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. See the OEM competency learning path for the latest list of qualifying exams and training resources.

PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

SERVER PLATFORM

Upgrade your Windows Server 2008 certification – special offer

Windows Server 2008 certification holders: Buy an MCSE: Server Infrastructure, MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure, or MCSE: Private Cloud upgrade certification exam set, and get an exam 70-417 at no-cost, along with complimentary training for the exam and Second Shot offers (retakes!) on all of the exams in the pack. Request your certification today.

Refreshed sales assessment

The Sales Specialist assessment has been revised for Windows Server 2012 and is now available for you to take as part of your Server Platform Competency achievement. It’s in English only right now, but will be available in multiple languages later this year.

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V meets high IT demands, saves on costs

An independent evaluation recently published by ESG Labs reveals that Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V running SQL Server 2012 tier-1 workloads in a virtualized environment significantly improved performance, scalability, and the ability to reduce IT’s total cost of ownership. The report is fully redistributable by partners and a great tool for helping customers understand Hyper-V’s ability to meet their most demanding IT needs without sacrificing performance. For more information, check out the Server and Cloud blog or go directly to the full and summary reports.

Windows Server 2012 learning path – more than 80 technical courses

Find training on popular topics including Hyper-V, networking, and storage. Less techie-types can check out the sales and licensing training, get a product overview, or take an MSL course and exam that leads to MCSA/MCSE certifications.

Windows Server 2012 exams

The following exams, which can help you meet Server Platform competency requirements, are now available at Prometric test centers worldwide. These exams are also applicable for Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification:

· 70-413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

· 70-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

SMALL BUSINESS

Reminder: Small Business exam

Have you taken Exam 74-324 Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses yet? This was created especially with small business-focused partners in mind. You can get ready for this exam now through the associated Jump Start training.

$999 offer ending soon

Through December 31st, you can earn a Silver Small Business competency for USD $999. Find complete eligibility and details here. Also, view the Small Business Competency requirements page for information about the competency benefits and requirements.

Build a practice in the cloud

Be sure you’re ready to help your customers move to the cloud. Special offer: Practice Accelerator for Office 365 is available at no cost to Cloud Essentials and Cloud Accelerate partners.

SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT

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