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Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365


Build a Services Practice to Fast Track Your Business

Practice Accelerator (PA) is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. PA is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting. PA enables you to identify customer requirements, analyze their needs, scope projects, plan solution requirements, and deploy Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator can help you build your business capacity. The complete, reusable documentation set includes project guides, templates, architecture guidance, and planning and design guides, as well as leave-behind materials for your customers.


Become ready to help your customers transition to the cloud with Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 takes the industry’s most recognized set of productivity and collaboration tools and delivers them as a subscription service. With these cloud services, your customers’ organizations can lower overall costs and deliver the right set of tools for the right users, all with appropriate layers of security and compliance.

You can use your Partner Advisory Hours to pay for Practice Accelerator. Ten advisory hours will be deducted from your organization upon registration.




DELIVERY INFORMATION Cost – 10 Partner Advisory Hours (Partner Advisory Hours are the payment method for Practice Accelerator). Cloud Essential and Cloud Accelerate Partners can participate in this Practice Accelerator at no cost.

Attendees –Participants should have basic to intermediate (100- 200) technical level in the solution, but we recommend a 200 level to get the most out of Practice Accelerator.

Delivery method – PA for Office 365 is presented by Microsoft experts via Microsoft Office Live Meeting for 4 hours per day over 4 consecutive days (totaling 16 hours). Daily outline can be found by clicking HERE.

Azure lunches: Food for thought

We believe that many companies out there still have questions and second thoughts when it comes to Cloud. That’s why we are setting up some Azure lunches, open for all and free to attend. The set-up is simple: we’ll bring the food, you bring some thoughts.

  During the lunches, Azure Microsofties will be available to think with you about your questions. Our hope is to inspire you and help you with your next step into the Cloud. So why not spend your lunch time at Microsoft – Here are a few dates we’re proposing, pick one and Register Now

– Thursday 23/02

– Thursday 08/03

– Thursday 22/03

– Thursday 05/04

– Thursday 19/04

– Thursday 03/05

– Thursday 17/05

In case you have a problem when registering – just send a short mail to with your date of preference. Feel free to bring along a customer, partner or friend. The lunches are open for all !

Ps: max 6 persons per lunch

Prepare for the Virtual SQL 2012 Launch event!





With over 157K downloads of the CTP3 and Release Candidates, and the Virtual Launch Event fast approaching, it’s time to brush up on everything that’s new in SQL Server 2012 and make sure you’re ready to leverage opportunities with our enhanced database platform, BI and developer tools. This update is to ensure you are aware of and can take advantage of training available now.

Below you can find:

1. Updated exam information

2. Updated Learning Paths

3. Tech 100-200 (On Demand)

4. Technical On Demand, Hands-on-labs Online

5. Developers

1. Microsoft Learning has updated exam information for SQL Server 2012. Those exams and preparatory courses with links have additional information:





Querying Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012

5 days


Administering Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Databases

5 days


Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012

5 days


Developing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Databases

5 days


Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft® SQL Server® SQL Server 2012



Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012

5 days


Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012


The Hands on Labs have been upgraded to Release Candidate. See the Technical section below for the replacement links.

Learning Paths

2. Updated Learning Paths role-based to help partners find training suitable for them. The SI path has been updated with MSL’s instructor-led courses and exams.

§ SQL Server 2012 (Product)

§ System Integrators

§ LARs

§ VARs

§ Distributors

§ Hosters

Scroll down for a list of on-demand training available now in the Partner Learning Center (PLC):

3. Tech 100-200 (On Demand)

We have three mini-course (saved searches):

1. SQL Server 2012: Technical Overview for BI Consultants

2. SQL Server 2012: Technical Overview for Database Administrators

3. SQL Server 2012: Technical Overview for Application Developers

that include the following titles:

For BI Consultants:

§ Technical Overview of New Features: SQL Server Code Name Denali

§ SQL Server: Data Discovery and Managed Self-Service BI

§ SQL Server Code Name Denali: Credible, Consistent Data

§ SQL Server Code Name Denali: Complete Data Warehousing Solution

For Database Administrators & Developers:

§ Technical Overview of New Features: SQL Server Code Name Denali

§ SQL Server Code Name Denali: Required 9s and Data Protection

§ SQL Server Code Name Denali: Blazing Fast Performance

§ SQL Server Code Name Denali: Organizational Compliance

§ SQL Server Code Name Denali: Scale on Demand

For Application Developers:

§ Technical Overview of New Features: SQL Server Code Name Denali

§ SQL Server Code Name Denali: Optimized Developer Productivity

§ SQL Server Code Name Denali: Extend Data Virtually Anywhere

4. Technical On Demand, Hands-on-labs Online

The following Virtual Hands-on-Labs in the PLC have been upgraded to Release Candidate:

§ Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Exploring Project Power View – level 200

§ Microsoft SQL Server 2012: What’s New in Datawarehousing and EIM – level 300

§ Microsoft SQL Server 2012: What’s New in Manageability – level 300

§ Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Contained Databases – level 300

§ Microsoft SQL Server 2012: AlwaysOn Availability Groups – level 400

5. Developers

SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit contains labs, demos, and presentations to help developers learn to develop database and BI solutions using SQL Server 2012.

Learning Paths

§ SQL Server 2012 (Product)

§ System Integrators

§ LARs

§ VARs

§ Distributors

§ Hosters

Other Resources

§ Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Release Candidate (RC0)

§ SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit

§ Tutorials for SQL Server 2012 updated for RC0 

§ Virtual Launch Event

SQL Server Migration Assistants:

· Download of the SSMA for Oracle

· Download of the SSMA for Sybase

· Download of the SSMA for MySQL

§ Download of the SSMA for Access



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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Newsletter

Dear CRM enthousiast,

In this newsletter we want to provide you with an overview of important training opportunities on Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The subscription links are included in the post. Hope to see you all there !

Year after year thousands of technology professionals come together at the TechDays to network with peers and experts, while diving deep into Microsoft technologies and learning about the latest products and solutions.

In an effort to broaden the topics of the conference there will also be 3 sessions about Microsoft Dynamics on the TechDays agenda. All 3 of them are scheduled on February 14:

10:45 – 12:00 > Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – Better Together (Wim Coorevits)
13:00 – 14:15 > Integrating on premise Line Of Business applications with CRM Online (Sam Vanhoutte)
14:30 – 15:45 > Extending the reach of your Microsoft Dynamics AX Application with the next-gen tools (Jeroen Doens)

ð You can register to attend these sessions by buying a 1 day TechDays ticket on February 14  but 2 or 3 day packages for the conference are available.

ð Don’t forget to invite your customers. In attach you can find customizable email marketing where you can add your logo on it or include in your newsletter.


Hope to see you at the TechDays 2012!
Questions? Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or simply via e-mail.


Sales @night CRM 29/02/2012 More info & Registration
Technical Evening CRM 21/03/2012 Save the date
Sales @night CRM 24/04/2012 Save the date
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Sales from “Click to Close”  On demand training More info & Registration
Selling the Business Value of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 On demand training More info & Registration
Having the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Customer Conversation On demand training More info & Registration
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online: Pricing and Licensing On demand training More info & Registration
Compete to Win: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and On demand training More info & Registration
How to Sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 On demand training More info & Registration
Click-Through Demos for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011  On demand training More info & Registration
Best regards,

Siska Bossuyt

Business Group Lead Dynamics CRM

Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg

Phone +32 474 99 71 30

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Lync Mobile Clients are Here!


We are excited to announce the update to Lync Server 2010 that enables new Lync mobile clients!

Lync mobile clients enable you to stay connected, communicate and conference on the go. Mobile clients for Microsoft Lync 2010 take the power of unified communications mobile—including rich presence, instant messaging, audio conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface.


Key Features

· Join conferences with a single touch;no access code or pin number required.

· Stay connected, while controlling your availability;see who’s available at a glance and connect over IM, email or a call; set your own status and notification settings so you can stay in touch while protecting your “off-work” time.

· Communicate with others using a single, consistent identity.Call-via-work allows outbound calls using your Enterprise Voice number, making it easier for others to recognize calls from the Lync mobile client.

· Connect with confidencethrough channel encryption, transport layer security (TLS) support, and perimeter/internal network protection that help safeguard your communications.

Read full announcement details on the Office Blogs.


Calls to Action

1. Watch the “Lync Mobile: Clients, Server & Deployment (UC123PAL)” webcast recording here.
For other Lync sessions click here.

For more online sales training click here.
For more online technical training click here.

2. Visit Next Hop“Lync Server 2010 Mobility Service Update” announcement to download server updates and supporting documentation.

3. Check back hereto understand timing and availability of Lync mobile clients.

4. Leverage thru-partner marketing materials such as screenshots, to customer ppt. deck, and more…updated in the Lync Event in a Box (coming soon this week – check link for availability)


Lync Partner Team

Azure, get to know the invisible friendly giant

The Windows Azure Platform … what is it and what can it do for you. That’s what we want you to find out. You can read stuff on websites or watch some video’s but it’s always good to meet people and interactively discuss what you want to know.

So … If you’re wondering why there’s so much fuzz about Azure but you don’t really know what it is and how you could benefit from it, then consider putting this in your agenda:

We are organizing an informal evening combining drinks with info at a location near you

  • 16/01: Brussels (Microsoft Offices – Da Vincilaan 3, Zaventem)
  • 17/01: Ghent (De Zebrastraat – Zebrastraat 32/001, Ghent)
  • 18/01: Antwerp (Grand Café Leroy – Kasteelpleinstraat 46, Antwerp)

Her’s how we planned the evening:

18.30h – 19.00h:

Welcome with food and drinks

19h – 19.45h:

What the Windows Azure platform is and what’s in it for you?

Expect a non-technical business approach explaining the platform with the help of scenario’s and real life examples. (applications for devices and mobile, social media marketing campaigns, departmental apps on premises and/or in the cloud, Extend SharePoint to the public cloud, highly-scalable and worldwide websites or applications)

19.45h – 20h:

short break

20h -20.30h:

How to get started with the Azure platform

Learn where to start and how to get help from Microsoft. We’ll also include some pricing examples.

20.30h – 21.30h

Drink & discussion

We encourage interaction and questions during the presentation but we also foresee some time for discussion during a drink.

If you’re not sure this is something for you or if you have some questions, feel free to contact Tom Crombez via

Otherwhise : Register now (limited seats per location)

Have a great Christmas and enjoy the New Year!

Business Model Transformation Workshops

Cloud is happening !

Make sure you and your business are making the most out of the Cloud opportunities.

Join us and learn how to adapt your business model to the chances and the dangers of the Cloud.

For more info check out the website Nl. / Fr.