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This month, why not take on-demand or live training to help you prepare to pass required certification exams? Read below for offerings including live sessions in the popular Jump Start series.

What’s New

Microsoft competency exam offer ends May 31

Did you purchase exam packs with second shot? If purchased before December 31, 2012, you are required to use all exams by May 31, 2013. There is still time to purchase packs containing 3-20 exam vouchers and a second chance to pass exams; however, the second shot offer ends May 31. Check out the Microsoft exams that qualify!

Did you miss Microsoft Certified Career Day 2013? 

Watch the recorded webcasts now and learn more from the esteemed panel of IT industry experts on the topic of cloud technologies, and the opportunities for advancing IT careers through skills development, training and certification. View the recordings.

Who won a Windows 8 tablet?

Congratulations to the March Presales Technical winner of the “Win a Windows 8 Tablet” promotion, Rob Riley from Catapult Systems. “Being accredited as a Microsoft Presales Technical Specialist shows potential customers that we have made the investment with Microsoft to deliver them a top quality solution by a trusted advisor who believes as much as they do in the Microsoft line of products,” says Riley.


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

APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT

Upcoming Visual Studio 2012 Jump Starts
The following offerings in the popular Jump Start series can help you prepare to pass Microsoft certification exams that will soon be required for the Application Lifecycle Management competency. Review the offerings below, and see the requirements for this competency.

· May 28: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012 (Exam 70-497)

· May 29: Administering Visual Studio TFS 2012 (Exam 70-496)

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

No-cost Exam Preps for SQL Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-461, 70-462, and 70-463.

COLLABORATION AND CONTENT

COMMUNICATIONS

New Lync 2013 sales course and learning paths

A new seven-module sales training is now available on-demand. The training covers the following topics:

· Understanding the Microsoft opportunity

· Accelerating your sales cycle with an effective demo

· How Microsoft programs can help

· Understanding Lync licensing

· Working with Microsoft to sell Lync solutions

· Engaging the partner ecosystem

· Winning against the competition

You can access the on-demand recordings and downloadable presentation materials decks through the Lync 2013 sales and presales technical learning paths.

These training modules will also be used as the basis for new Lync 2013 assessments for the Communications competency, to be available in June. The 2013 assessments will replace the 2010 assessments and become mandatory beginning in October.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

You could close Microsoft Dynamics CRM sales faster

Whether you are a sales or a presales technical consultant, you can leverage online training courses and assessments to help improve your Microsoft Dynamics CRM expertise. The Sales Specialist accreditations also count toward your company’s Microsoft Partner Network competency. Learn about the Microsoft solution selling process, tips on how to sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, the Sure Step customer engagement methodology, and competing effectively against Salesforce – choose from the sales or presales links above. 

DATA PLATFORM

No-cost Exam Preps for SQL Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-461, 70-462, and 70-463.

DEVICES AND DEPLOYMENT

New Practice Accelerator offering

Practice Accelerator for Flexible Workstyle, designed to help you build a practice around deploying Windows 8, is now available.

DIGITAL MARKETING

ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING

HOSTING

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412.

IDENTITY AND ACCESS

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exam 70-412.

MANAGEMENT AND VIRTUALIZATION

Microsoft tools for VMware migration integration

IT pros: Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) now features a no-cost, half-day course for those of you interested in integrating and migrating VMware with System Center 2012. The course covers several key tools designed to help you integrate better with VMware, or migrate to the Microsoft platform. The session is led by Microsoft technical evangelist Symon Perriman, joined by four additional content experts. Watch now.

MVA virtualization Q&A now on-demand

This recording of the April 3 MVA Live Q&A features virtualization experts Symon Perriman and Jeff Woolsey, who answer technical questions about the Microsoft approach to virtualization. This is a follow-up to the Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start course that introduced Hyper-V infrastructure, networking, storage and management, Hyper-V high availability, and live migration.

MESSAGING

Ignite webcast: Exchange eDiscovery
This presentation
, now available on-demand, covers Exchange Server 2013 eDiscovery advancement and capabilities.

MIDMARKET SOLUTION PROVIDER

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-410, 70-411, 70-462, and 70-463.

MOBILITY

OEM

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412.

PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

SERVER PLATFORM

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412.

SMALL BUSINESS

Microsoft Certified Career Day 2013: Windows Server 2012 product session

Senior technical evangelists Rick Claus and Joey Snow discuss how to get the training needed to transform IT operations and deliver a whole new level of business value with Windows Server 2012. They also share their certification stories and discuss the value of Microsoft certification. Check out the session video, and also look at the resources from the 90 Days to MCSA challenge – all can be used to help you get cloud-certified.

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exam 70-410.

SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT

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