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Relive TechDays Belgium 2013 online!

2 weeks ago we closed the Microsoft TechDays 2013 in Antwerp. Close to 2900 IT Professionals, Developers and Students enjoyed 90 sessions with top content led by a broad selection of international and local top speakers. A special THANK YOU goes to our partners, our MVP’s and MEET (Microsoft Extended Experts Team) members and of course, all our enthusiastic attendees!

What’s next?

The session videos and slides are now available on www.techdays.be! (Re)live the sessions and take the next steps to truly master the technologies.

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Warm up with a selection from our Technical Evanglists Arlindo Alves and Katrien De Graeve:

Arlindo’s Top Selection Katrien’s Top Selection
Hackers (Not) Halted with Paula Januszkiewicz Become a Windows 8 and Windows Phone App Developer at TechDays with Ben Riga
Moving from Device Centric to a User Centric Management with Corey Hynes Bigger, Faster, Stronger: Optimizing ASP.NET 4 and 4.5 Applications with Mads Kristensen
Windows 8 Client: Part 1 “The OS internals for IT-Pro’s” andPart 2 “The Application internals for IT-Pro’s” with Tom Decaluwé Behind the scenes of (as many) C# language features with Bart De Smet

Enjoy!

Last chances before the summer holiday to attend a Practice Accelerator

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DATE TRAINING TITLE REGISTRATION LANGUAGE
29-30/04 & 03/05 Optimized Desktop Practice Accelerator: BDM Onboarding and Pre-Envision, Envision (for Business Decision Makers- BDM’s, Practice owners and Practice Managers) (ENG-UK) Register English
21,23 & 26/04/2013 Practice Accelerator for Flexible Workstyle (Windows 8) Register English
29,30/04 & 03/05 Office 365 Practice Accelerator: Introduction and Business Envisioning (for Business Decision Makers) Register English
21,21 & 24/05/2013 Business Intelligence Practice Accelerator Register English
20,21 & 24/05/2013 Practice Accelerator for Flexible Workstyle (Windows 8) Register English
10,11 & 14/06/2013 Practice Accelerator for Flexible Workstyle (Windows 8) Register English
10,12 & 14/06/2013 Business Intelligence Practice Accelerator Register English

Early Bird discount for WPC 2013 ends on April 5!

The Early Bird Discount is ending on April 5 and you still haven’t registered for the 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference? What are you waiting for? Here are 10 of the many, many reasons you should be in Houston, July 7-11. Be there, or be square!

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Windows 8 exam preparation: Unique Promo’s!

 

Dear Partner,

Check out the different possibilities to prepare for one of the new Windows 8 exams.

Microsoft Learning Partners have done an effort to offer promo’s. Make sure to register now and make use of the unique and limited offers!

Configuring Windows 8

Find the Microsoft Learning Partners offering this course.
Promo 1
Bootcamp MSCA Windows 8 Solutions Associate
Do you want to prove you have the knowledge on Windows 8 installation, configuration and maintenance?
3 possibilities to get certified during April and May 2013:

  1. Via a 4-day training course + 1/2 d exam cram
  2. Via 4 evening sessions + 1/2 d exam cram
  3. Via a 1/2 day exam preparation

On 17 May 2013, you have the occasion to pass the exam and become a MCSA. A great way to boost your career!!
Register now
Promo 2
Configuring Windows 8 course in French – April 15th to April 19h.
1750 € exam voucher included!
Register now
Promo 3
Combination Windows 8 configuring & Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 in 5 days.
Register now
Promo 4
Configuring Windows 8 (in English) : from March 25th to March 29th
Promo: 5% discount for the session
Configuring Windows 8 (in French) : from April 15th to April 19h
Promo: 10% discount for the session
Register now
Promo 5
Configuring Windows 8 – 5 jours
Du 22 avril au 25 avril
Training 20% discount for ordering two course
Register now
Promo 6
Configuring Windows 8 + Free exam voucher
Register now

Managing and Maintaining Windows 8

Do you want to learn how to design the installation, configuration, and maintenance of Windows 8? This course is one of a kind due to the integration of cloud services and Windows Intune.
Promo 1
On April 22nd our course (M20688) Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 will be taught in Mechelen. We offer you 2 possibilities to take this course and pass the exam:

  1. Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 + ½ day exam cram + Exam
    This course will be thought from Monday till Thursday. Friday will consist of ½ exam cram and the actual exam.
    Now 25% off € 2.195 1 €1.646,75 (Exam included)
  2. Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 self-study + ½ day exam cram + Exam
    You learn all about Windows 8 through self-study. On Friday you will join the other students in our Exam center in Mechelen for ½ day exam cram and the actual exam.
    Now special offer €365 (Exam Included)
    Book now the Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 course and benefit from this unique opportunity. So block week 17 (April 22nd to April 26th) in your schedule!

Register now
Promo 2
Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 (in English): from April 22nd to April 26th
Promo: 5% discount for the session
Register now
Promo 3
Combination Windows 8 configuring & Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 in 5 days.
Register now
Promo 4
Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 – 5 jours
Du 27 mai au 31 mai
Training 20% discount for ordering two course
Register now

For more training concerning Windows 8, check out the
learning path

Licensing Classroom Trainings

1. Microsoft Licensing Essentials training

2. Microsoft Licensing Solutions Competency training: “Volume Licensing Specialist: Small and Medium Organizations” (070-671)

3. Microsoft Licensing Solutions Competency training: “Volume Licensing Specialist: Large Organizations” (070-672)

 

1. Microsoft Licensing Essentials training

“They say that Microsoft licensing is quite complex.” That is correct, but doesn’t mean that you cannot learn the basics. If you attend the half-day Microsoft Licensing Essentials training, you will be able to explain your customer the most important elements of Microsoft licensing:

  • License types: Full Packaged Product (FPP), OEM license, Volume Licensing programs such as Open License and Open Value, introductions to MOSP (the vehicle for ordering Office 365) and SPLA.
  • Software Assurance: what is it, and how to get it?
  • Product licensing: which licenses are needed for Windows, Office and server products such as Windows Server and Windows Small Business Server?
  • Open License, Open Value: what are the most important features and benefits of these Volume Licensing programs?

This training is delivered by Didactive and offered to you free of charge by Microsoft on the following date:

  • May 21st, 2013: 12:30 (registration) – 13:00 (start) – 16:30, De Montil, register

2. Microsoft Licensing Solutions Competency training: “Volume Licensing Specialist: Small and Medium Organizations” (070-671)

The Microsoft Partner Network contains among others the Licensing Solutions Competency. One of the competencies is the design and implementation of Volume Licensing solutions. To achieve this competency at least two of your employees must be certified for the MCTS exam 070-671 or 070-672.

On the dates mentioned below Didactive in cooperation with Microsoft BVBA delivers a training that prepares you for the MCTS exam 070-671 “Volume Licensing Specialist: Small and Medium Organizations”.

  • May 22th and 23rd, 2013, Microsoft BVBA in Zaventem – register

Your investment is € 495 per attendee. At a surcharge of € 200, this can be extended to a three-day program, thus also preparing you for the 070-672 exam for large organizations.

Download the course description (Adobe® Reader required).

3. Microsoft Licensing Solutions Competency training: “Volume Licensing Specialist: Large Organizations” (070-672)

The Microsoft Partner Network contains among others the Licensing Solutions Competency. One of the competencies is the design and implementation of Volume Licensing solutions. To achieve this competency at least two of your employees must be certified for the MCTS exam 070-671 or 070-672.

For the preparation for the MCTS exam 070-672 “Volume Licensing Specialist: Large Organizations” Didactive offers a two-day training on the following dates:

  • May 22nd and 24th, 2013, Microsoft BVBA in Zaventem – register

Your investment is € 495 per attendee. At a surcharge of € 200, this two-day training session can be extended to a three-day program, thus also preparing you for the 070-671 exam for small and medium-sized organizations.

Download the course description (Adobe® Reader required).

Pass your Windows 8 exam and become MSCA !

Bootcamp MSCA Windows 8 Solutions Associate

Do you want to prove you have the knowledge on Windows 8 installation, configuration and maintenance ?  

You have three possibilities to get certified during April and May 2013:

1. Via a 4-day training course + 1/2 d exam cram

2. Via 4 evening sessions + 1/2 d exam cram

3. Via a 1/2 day exam preparation 

On 17 May 2013, you have the occasion to pass the exam and become a MCSA. 

A great way to boost your career !!

Read more.

Competency Training News Digest March 2013

Dear Partner

This month, the Digest features many upcoming live events, so get out your calendars! Also find in-depth training for the latest Microsoft products such as the new Office.

What’s New

Now through April: chance to win a Windows 8 tablet!

Get the expertise. Win with us. Earn a Sales Specialist or Pre-Sales Technical Specialist accreditation and be automatically entered to win a Windows 8 tablet. Complete details here.

Certified Career Day: March 12

As the cloud continues to transform IT, the need for qualified IT professionals has never been more urgent, and certification has never been more valuable. Certified Career Day will feature a live, interactive panel discussion with IT managers and industry experts discussing how the cloud is redefining IT recruitment and the growing need for up-to-date certification. Event capacity is limited – register now.

Time to Thrive webcast March 13: Sean Frontz

Sales Success System evangelist Sean Frontz of Ninety Five 5 will share three keys to demand creation: Prioritize, Prepare, and Personalize. Register for the March 13th webcast now. If you’ve missed any prior sessions, visit theSales Specialist site webcast archives to watch replays of the webcasts.

Nominate for a 2013 Partner of the Year Award by April 5th!

The 2013 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards include categories for Sales Specialist of the Year and a newPre-Sales Technical Specialist of the Year. Both are awarded for demonstrating exceptional Microsoft solution knowledge and sales expertise. Read more about the awards here.

Act by May 31: up to 40% on Competency Exam Packs 

Exam packs in quantities from 1 to 20 are available for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Office 365, and Microsoft Dynamics. Partners who purchase exam packs have until December 31, 2013 to use vouchers. Find out more here.

Competency Specific Information

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
Upcoming Jump Start: March 13

Intermediate to seasoned developers: do you need a C# refresher? Join Microsoft technical evangelist Jerry Nixon and co-founder of Crank211 Daren May for an accelerated, one-day no-cost course that will loosely follow the criteria for Exam 70-483: Programming in C#.

 

APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
PASS Business Analytics Conference April 10-12

This is your chance to get answers to data collection and analytics questions that impact your customers’ decision-making process. You also can network with thought leaders, learn industry-specific case studies, and apply the knowledge you learn to help customers stay ahead in the competitive marketplace. Held in Chicago, USA.

 

COLLABORATION AND CONTENT
Upcoming Jump Start: March 19

Register today for this no-cost, live course designed for IT pros interested in improving SharePoint performance with SQL Server settings and configuration.

Ignite series: Partner Readiness Days

Exclusive partner readiness days will focus on how to sell Office 365 to the enterprise, practice building, and the new Office partner value proposition. Technical training also available.

· Copenhagen technical readiness March 12-14, 2013. Partner Office 365 sales readiness March 15, 2013
· Bangalore technical readiness March 18-20, 2013. Partner Office 365 sales readiness March 21, 2013
· Beijing technical readiness March 26-28, 2013
· Miami technical readiness April 9-11, 2013. Partner Office 365 sales readiness April 8, 2013

Learn more and register here.

sales readiness March 15, 2013
• Bangalore Technical readiness March 18-20, 2013, Partner O365 sales readiness March 21, 2013
• Beijing Technical readiness March 26-28, 2013
• Miami Technical readiness April 9-11, 2013, Partner O365 sales readiness April 8, 2013
For more info or to register go to http://aka.ms/bg01e5

sales readiness March 15, 2013
• Bangalore Technical readiness March 18-20, 2013, Partner O365 sales readiness March 21, 2013
• Beijing Technical readiness March 26-28, 2013
• Miami Technical readiness April 9-11, 2013, Partner O365 sales readiness April 8, 2013

COMMUNICATIONS
CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT
Convergence partner-only event March 17

While the focus is on customers during this conference, this day is specifically set aside for Microsoft Dynamics partners. The partner-only day will feature an executive Q&A followed by a hosted reception from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Also encourage your customers to attend the Convergence conference, March 18-21, with you. Register here.

Microsoft Dynamics: New readiness resources

Microsoft Dynamics partners: Check out the newest training and upcoming events for Microsoft Dynamics partners on the Training Spotlight blog.

 

DATA PLATFORM
Upcoming Jump Start: March 19

Register today for this no-cost, live course designed for IT pros interested in improving SharePoint performance with SQL Server settings and configuration.

 

DEVICES AND DEPLOYMENT
Three new Office training courses now available

· New Office pitch perfect: having the customer conversation

This training pairs sellers with their managers to learn and practice the new Office pitch customized to a CxO based on business objectives. Also includes how to respond to common questions and objections, and how to differentiate Microsoft in the competitive landscape.

· The New Office: enterprise pricing and SKU overview

Review the new licensing programs that enable you to offer Office 365 in a range of flexible configurations, from simple kiosk-only arrangements for basic information workers right up to full enterprise-ready plans that include integration with on-site IP telephony.

· The new Office: enterprise and SMB compete

Learn to compete effectively in offering Office 365 to prospective customers. Includes Office 365 messaging for enterprises or SMBs, and the top reasons why these segments might choose Office 365 over Google Apps.

 

DIGITAL MARKETING
ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING
Convergence partner-only event March 17

While the focus is on customers during this conference, this day is specifically set aside for Microsoft Dynamics partners. The partner-only day will feature an executive Q&A followed by a hosted reception from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Also encourage your customers to attend the Convergence conference, March 18-21, with you. Register here.


Microsoft Dynamics: New readiness resources

Microsoft Dynamics partners: Check out the newest training and upcoming events for Microsoft Dynamics partners on the Training Spotlight blog.

 

HOSTING
IDENTITY AND ACCESS
MANAGEMENT AND VIRTUALIZATION
March 14: Microsoft tools for VMware integration and migration

The no-cost, online Jump Start session will include best practices and insights on how to manage, monitor, and automate VMware using System Center 2012. Course features technical evangelist Symon Perriman and principal System Center PM lead Eric Winner.

On-demand Virtualization training

· Microsoft Virtualization for VMware professionals

Discover the competitive advantages Microsoft has over the technologies and products from VMware, and focus on how using the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 SP1 can help you build, deploy, and manage private cloud architecture.

· Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start

This demo-rich course is designed for IT pros experienced in virtualization who want to learn to leverage Hyper-V to perform essential tasks in the Windows Server 2012 platform.

 

MESSAGING
MIDMARKET SOLUTION PROVIDER
MOBILITY
Upcoming Jump Start: March 13

Intermediate to seasoned developers: do you need a C# refresher? Join Microsoft technical evangelist Jerry Nixon and co-founder of Crank211 Daren May for an accelerated, one-day no-cost course that will loosely follow the criteria for Exam 70-483: Programming in C#.

 

OEM
PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
SERVER PLATFORM
March 14: Microsoft tools for VMware integration and migration

The no-cost, online Jump Start session will include best practices and insights on how to manage, monitor, and automate VMware using System Center 2012. Course features technical evangelist Symon Perriman and principal System Center PM lead Eric Winner.

Move customers to Windows Server 2012

Many Windows Server customers are still using Windows Server 2003 technology. In just two hours you can get trained on selling scenarios, objection handling, simplified licensing structure, and ways to move customer to the Private Cloud and Windows Server 2012. Download the Windows Server 2012 Sales Specialist training.

New training: Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Learn to deploy, manage, and use the features and technologies of Windows Server 2012 Essentials with a free course from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

SMALL BUSINESS
Exam 74-324: Schedule your exams

If you registered to take Exam 74-324 using the free vouchers, be sure to complete it before June 30, 2013 when the code expires. If you need to reschedule or cancel an exam, proper notice is required and fees may apply. Get more details on the updated Training Spotlight blog post.

 

SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT