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Invitation: Serious Games, Serious Business

Dear Partner,  

Gaming is much more than a pleasant pastime for young people who spend hours behind a television screen.  Gaming contains technics and technologies that provide an added value for company and organization applications, also in the health sector!

 That’s why the Microsoft Innovation Center invites you to: Serious Games, Serious Business”!

On this inspiring afternoon you become acquainted with:

applications that games and game technics offer to the health sector

opportunities and challenges in the national and international Serious Games market
ideas of all present speakers during an open panel discussion about entrepreneurship and Serious Games

experts and entrepreneurs out of the Dutch and Belgian gaming industry

Furthermore we launch a call for a participation of 4 Flemish gaming companies in Games4Health in Utrecht on November 4-5.

Date & Place:

Thursday June 20 at 3.30 pm
Business Faculty Brussel
St. Lendriksborre 6, 1120 Neder-Over-Heembeek

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Participation is free and you can subscribe via below link:

Please note that the sessions take place in Dutch.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Training Blitz Day

 

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Training Blitz Day: July 31, 2013 (or August 1, 2013

We are inviting you to an online, free 4-hour training blitz on the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM which is launching in H2 CY2013. During this training, we will showcase the incredible innovation coming in this next release including the new user experience complete with guided processes, the mobile sales application for Win8 tablets and iPad and embedded social capabilities. Come discover how we are making business personal with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

· Call to Action: Check out the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Launch Portal starting from today! for more information and how to register.

Free training: Windows 8 Store Apps UX – 2 Day Workshop

Windows 8 Store Apps UX – 25 & 26 JUNE @Kontich

Introduction

Windows 8 is a new digital canvas where you can showcase your creativity and flair with apps that reach hundreds of millions of people, from consumers to business people using LOB apps. The platform provides unique features like Live Tiles, Contracts and Cloud services, so you can engage your audience more deeply in new and creative ways. There’s never been a more exciting time to be a designer and we’re pleased to invite you to a 2 day hands-on Windows 8 UX Design training to learn how to design great apps.

In this training you’ll learn from experts on Windows 8 app UX design and apply what you’ve learned by working on an assignment of a Windows Store app, in different stages. During the course of the workshop, we’ll have experts on Windows 8 app design on hand to review your UX and design and answer your questions.

The content is tailed to introduce non-UX experts to the concepts, so if you are a project manager or developer this is a tailored training to help you get a better understanding of building great Windows 8 apps.

Register

Agenda:

1) UX introduction

2) UX / Design principles of Win8 UI

    – 5 UX / Design principles

    – Anatomy of a Win8 UI

3) How to build a GREAT application

    – the UX process in action

4) Designing for TOUCH

    – Ergonomy

    – Differences with mouse & keyboard interaction

5) Cases

6) Workshop

WPC: Refer-a-Colleague for a $100 Refund

Hello partners!

We want to reward you for reaching out to network and spreading the word about the tremendous value that WPC provides to partners. For all of next week, we’re re-offering the Refer-a-Colleague discount where you could earn up to a US$1,000 refund when your friends or colleagues register for WPC.

WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A $100 REFUND and your friend or colleague a $100 discount. Here’s how:

For next week only, from 7 a.m. PT on Monday, June 3 through 5 p.m. PT on Friday, June 7, you can receive a US$100 refund for each friend or colleague you refer who registers for WPC. Refunds will be provided for up to ten (10) unique, individual referrals, up to a maximum of US$1,000. But that’s not all: your referred colleagues will also receive US$100 off of the full registration price for a 2013 WPC all access pass, which means they will only have to pay US$1,895.

Here’s how you can earn a refund:

  • Share the following discount code with your friends and colleagues: PTGNREFER. Code is only valid during the week of June 3 through June 7.
  • Instruct them to register during the weeklong referral period, and ask them to provide your first name, last name, and email as their referrer during the registration process.
  • In order to be eligible for a refund, you must have already previously registered for WPC and your first name, last name, and email address must match your registration.

This is a phenomenal opportunity for partners to help other partners, and for you to strengthen your network while being rewarded. Reach out to the partners you want to see at WPC!

A few more details:

  • The WPC registration team will process refunds based on the first and last name provided and will match this to the registered attendee list. The first and last name provided must be identical to that associated with your registration.
  • Referrer names cannot be added after the attendee has completed the registration process. It must be provided during the registration process, prior to completion.
  • Validation of an individual having been referred and confirmation of refunds cannot be provided due to Microsoft privacy rules.
  • Individuals who received a complimentary partner all-access pass are not eligible to participate or receive a refund for referring registrants. (since no payment was received, a refund cannot be provided.)
  • Refunds are provided post event via the same method of payment used. No refunds for any reason will be issued after September 14, 2013.
  • Due to Microsoft privacy rules, you will not receive the names of the individuals you referred or validation or confirmation that an individual registered. The full, detailed terms and conditions can be found below.

Get ready to accelerate growth, together, at WPC in July. We can’t wait to see you there!

Terms and Conditions

  • This promotion is only valid between 7am PT Monday, June 3rd through 5pm PT Friday, June 7th.
  • You’re invited to refer a friend or colleague to register for WPC. This promotion is not limited to colleagues of your firm or business only.
  • “Referrer” is defined as a partner who registered for WPC and paid more than US$1,000 for a WPC all-access pass.
  • “Referral” is defined as an individual, who could be a friend and/or colleague of the referrer, who was provided with the discount code featured in this email by a referrer, a registered partner who paid more than US$1,000 for a WPC all-access pass.
  • “Event” is defined as the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) to be held in Houston, Texas, July 7 – 11, 2013.
  • When a friend or colleague (“Referral”) registers for the event, WPC, and properly inputs the Referrer’s first name, last name, and email address that corresponds with the Referrer’s registration, the Referrer will receive a refund of US$100 after the event has completed and no later than September 14, 2013.
  • The WPC registration team will process refunds to a Referrer based on the first and last name provided, and email address provided by the Referral, that corresponds with the Referrer’s initial registration. We will match this to the registered attendee list associated with registration. If there is a discrepancy or error in how this information is provided, if there are technical, hardware, or software malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections, failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, garbled, or delayed communications, whether caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or programming associated with this, or by human error, Microsoft is not responsible.
  • Referrer names cannot be added after the attendee has completed the registration process. It must be provided during the registration process, prior to completion of the registration process.
  • Multiple Referrer’s cannot receive credit for a single Referral. Only one Referrer can receive a US$100 refund per individual Referrer.
  • Due to Microsoft privacy rules, the Referrer will not receive the names of the individuals they referred or validation or confirmation that an individual registered. 
  • If a Referrer’s first name, last name, and email address is not provided during the registration process, a refund will not be issued to a Referrer.
  • If a Referrer’s first name, last name, and email address is incorrectly provided during the registration process, a refund will not be issued to a Referrer.
  • Refunds will only be provided for up to ten 10 unique, individual referrals, up to a maximum of US$1,000.
  • To qualify to receive a refund for referring, you must have previously purchased a WPC all-access pass and paid greater than $1,000.
  • Individuals who previously received a complimentary partner all-access pass or discount for a partner all-access pass that resulted in less than US$1,000 being paid, are not eligible to participate or receive a refund for referring registrants. (since little or no payment was received, we cannot provide a refund.)
  • Refunds are provided post event via the same method of payment used. No refunds for any reason will be issued after September 14, 2013.
  • One all access pass may be purchased per person using the discount code.
  • Discount code provides for $100 off the full price of a WPC all access pass. Purchase price after the discount will be US$1,895, not including any taxes or fees that may be imposed.
  • This promotion does not apply to day passes or expo day passes.
  • You are not allowed to re-sell pre-purchased passes to WPC 2013. The WPC Event Team reserves the right to rescind the pass at any time.
  • Microsoft reserves the right to amend or change these terms and conditions at any time.
  • You may expect to receive additional communication from wwpartnerconference@microsoft.crgevents.com and / or mswpc@microsoft.com.
  • The following companies and their employees and representatives are excluded from purchasing passes for, attending and / or participating in WPC 2013 and affiliated events:
    – Google
    – Oracle
    – Salesforce.com
    – VMware

 

 

Competency news June 2013

 

 

Dear Partner

First things first: are you coming to Houston for WPC 2013?

The annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is a great opportunity to connect with the people, trends, and tools that matter. Register for WPC 2013, taking place July 7 – 11 in Houston, Texas.

What’s New

How has Microsoft Virtual Academy helped you advance your career?

Did you get a promotion or find a better job? Let us know! Take the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) Fast Track Challenge by submitting your story for a chance to win cool prizes and be recognized by the MVA community.

Are you attending TechEd?

Check out a list of complimentary certification prep resources, plus 50 percent savings on MCP and MTA exams onsite.

 


MPN Competencies

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clip_image001[48] Application Lifecycle Management

clip_image001[49] Business Intelligence

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Competency Specific Information

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Windows Store Application Development on-demand training

Build your skills and learn best practices for designing Windows Store apps. Take training powered by Microsoft Services to expand your skillset and develop with confidence. These workshops can help you maximize the development tools and work more effectively with the Windows Store.

· Skill builder series

· Best practices

Now on-demand: Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start
Join Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Chris Mayo and Big Nerd Ranch Director of Design Brandy Porter as they show you the ins and outs of designing a better UX for Windows 8.

Build skills and prep for exams with on-demand C# Jump Starts

Whether you are developer looking to bulk up on C#, get a refresher on core concepts, or learn intermediate to advanced techniques for building Windows Store apps, this accelerated MVA course is for you. Microsoft Technical Evangelist Jerry Nixon and the co-founder of Crank211, Daren May, show simple and complex techniques you can take back to your workplace. As well, these Jump Starts help you get prepared for MCSD: Windows Store Apps using C# exams.

APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT

Jump Start exam preparation

Are you looking to attain or renew the ALM competency? MVA offers the following accelerated virtual training courses – now on-demand – to help you better understand the technology and solutions as well as prepare for the Microsoft Certification exams that are required to earn the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Application Lifecycle Management.

· Exam 70-496: Administering Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012

· Exam 70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012

· Exam 70-498: Applying ALM with Visual Studio 2012

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Discover the power of SQL Server 2012 at a Tech Showcase event

As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server 2012 can help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by mission critical confidence. Register for a Tech Showcase event to learn about new product features as well as MCSA: SQL Server 2012 and MCSE: Data Platform certification requirements.

COLLABORATION AND CONTENT

COMMUNICATIONS

Lync 2013 sales training: now updated with Technology Workloads module

“Lync Technology Workloads” provides detailed information on functionality within Lync 2013 that extends and enhances the collaborative experience and improves workplace productivity. Within the module are three training sessions: “Lync Voice,” “Lync Video for Everyone,” and “Lync Presence and Conversation.” Access the presentations in the Partner Learning Center; these training items will also be added to the Lync 2013 sales and presales technical learning path and used as the basis for a new Lync 2013 Presales Technical Assessment that will become mandatory for the Communications competency soon.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

Dynamics sessions at WPC 2013

Are you registered for WPC 2013? The conference takes place in Houston, July 7 – 11, and will feature more than 30 Microsoft Dynamics-focused sessions. Visit PartnerSource for more details.

Partner Incentives update

Explore a roadmap of long-term plan for partner incentives, learn about adjusted CSA Fee Rates, and improved alignment of Microsoft Dynamics products and the enterprise market space. These updates come as a direct result of partner feedback. Visit PartnerSource page for detailed information. 

DATA PLATFORM

Discover the power of SQL Server 2012 at a Tech Showcase event

As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server 2012 can help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by mission critical confidence. Register for a Tech Showcase event to learn about new product features as well as MCSA: SQL Server 2012 and MCSE: Data Platform certification requirements.

New Microsoft Certified Solutions Master for Data Platform

The MCSM: Data Platform certification provides validation and recognition of deep technical expertise on Microsoft SQL Server technologies to IT professionals.

DEVICES AND DEPLOYMENT

Office and Office 365 Ignite webcasts

· Introduction to Office 365 Architecture: Get insights into what Microsoft software developers and product managers are aiming to accomplish with Office 365.

· Office 365 Service Management: Learn how to service and keep Office 365 running efficiently with service incident communication, reporting, and utilizing the Office 365 Team.

Now on-demand: Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start
Join Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Chris Mayo and Big Nerd Ranch Director of Design Brandy Porter as they show you the ins and outs of designing a better UX for Windows 8.

Time is nearly out: submit your Windows Intune video before June 30!

The Windows Intune Gallery is a celebration of the knowledge and creativity of our partners. We want to showcase as many of your stories as possible. Create a short video that demo the product, talk about the partner business opportunity and showcases customer wins. Videos don’t need to be polished and professional. We’re looking for content rather than production quality. Hurry – time to submit is running out! 

DIGITAL MARKETING

 

ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING

Dynamics sessions at WPC 2013

Are you registered for WPC 2013? The conference takes place in Houston, July 7 – 11, and will feature more than 30 Microsoft Dynamics-focused sessions. Visit PartnerSource for more details.

Partner Incentives update

Explore a roadmap of long-term plan for partner incentives, learn about adjusted CSA Fee Rates, and improved alignment of Microsoft Dynamics products and the enterprise market space. These updates come as a direct result of partner feedback. Visit PartnerSource page for detailed information. 

Implementing core user scenarios with Office 365

for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

HOSTING

 

IDENTITY AND ACCESS

 

MANAGEMENT AND VIRTUALIZATION

Build a Private Cloud, prepare for Exams 70-246 and 70-247

Presales technical specialists, datacenter architects, and implementation consultants: step through the process of designing and implementing a Private Cloud with a complete solution stack including Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012, and Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. Contains expert-led video lectures and demos, structured reading materials, and step-by-step lab guides. This course also helps you prepare for MCSE Private Cloud certification exams 70-246 and 70-247, which can help you meet requirements for the Management and Virtualization competency.

MESSAGING

Upcoming Ignite events: Microsoft Exchange

Bookmark the Ignite portal where you can see upcoming Ignite events and webcasts, resource distribution, and interactive content.

MIDMARKET SOLUTION PROVIDER

MOBILITY

OEM

Coming July 2013: increase your skills for preinstalling the latest OEM software

Look for the new Exam 74-697: OEM Preinstallation to learn how to quickly and correctly deploy Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Office 2013, and other applications onto the PCs and devices you build. Certify your skills for preinstalling Microsoft’s latest OEM software and qualify your business for the OEM competency.

PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

New! Project and Portfolio Management Sales Specialist accreditation

This sales training and assessment is designed to help you sell Microsoft Project and meet requirements of the Project and Portfolio Management competency. Learn what’s new in Microsoft Project Professional 2013 and Project Professional for Office 365, how to demonstrate Microsoft Project, and deliver a successful proof-of-concept.

SERVER PLATFORM

MVA Q&A: System Center 2012 now on-demand

If you missed the live Q&A, watch it on-demand. In response to great feedback on previous System Center courses, we asked Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman to host this special session, and it was very well-received.

Windows Azure for IT professionals Jump Start

IT professionals who want a fast-paced and real-world understanding of the latest features of Windows Azure will appreciate this no-cost Jump Start course. Microsoft Lead Azure Technical Evangelist David Tesar and Azure Group Technical Product Manager David Aiken show how you can use Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, such as Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, to migrate, extend, run, manage and monitor common workloads in the cloud.

SMALL BUSINESS

June 11-12: Administering Office 365 for Small Business Jump Start

Register today for this one and a half day, demo-rich Jump Start aimed at helping IT pros administer Microsoft Office 365 for small and medium businesses. Stephen Hall, CEO – District Computers, LLC and Chris Oakman, Chief Infrastructure Officer – Eastridge Technology are back with a new and updated version of their popular MVA course covering Microsoft Office 365. This will be a fast-paced and engaging learning experience helping you get ready for the new and upcoming Microsoft Office 365 exam 74-325 not yet published.

Learn how to make money with the New Office

No-cost, online, on-demand training is available for partner sales teams on selling new Office to small and medium businesses, understanding revenue opportunities within the new Office business model, and accelerating the sales of cloud services. Take the Sales Specialist training and assessment for Small Business to sell more and to help your company achieve the Small Business competency.

SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT

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