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Scammers active in BeNeLux

Yesterday, we were made aware by the Computer Crime Unit that scammers are active in the BeNeLux market, trying to take over computers from innocent users. They call the person stating they are from Microsoft and that their PC is infected. They instruct to go to a specific website which then installs malware to be able to take over the PC completely. You can read our official statement here (in Dutch) or here (in French). Please spread the word amongst your customers and friends.

Wie volg jij? / Qui suivez-vous ?

Every year, we ask our partners and customers for feedback. On many occasions, partners have raised communication and the overload of it.

Introducing…. www.netgenoeg.info or www.justeassez.info, your one-stop shop where you – as a partner – can indicate what information you want and where to find it. Because let’s face it, it’s not always that clear who to follow on Twitter, or to become member of what LinkedIn group. Let alone finding the right email in the overload in your inbox.

Our goal is to send fewer mails, but more tuned to your needs. You will also see different colors in the mails. There are 3 flavors:

  • the green ones: information on MPN or generic partner events
  • the blue ones: anything that goes out from a sub community of partners
  • the pink(ish) ones: all relevant information on training

So, go the site, indicate what your areas of interests are and you can immediately subscribe to the relevant newsletters or join the LinkedIn groups.

Let us know what you think about this and you can send us your feedback: via email, Twitter, LinkedIn and yes, even by regular post.

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Use your Partner Benefits !

Partner advisory hours are one of the many benefits available to Microsoft Partner Network members.

Build your expertise in a particular solution area. Connect with Microsoft consultants to develop technical knowledge that can help you succeed in the marketplace.

Below is a list of all the Technical Enablement Offerings we have available in November in Dutch, English and French !
Subscribe now and don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend workshops led by experienced Microsoft partner consultants in an interactive training environment.

  • Power Start
Essential knowledge for Microsoft products and solutions. Learn about new features and presales opportunities, and get an overview of a solution with these workshops.
  • Practice
    Accelerator
Reusable tools and best practices to help identify requirements and deploy solutions.
  • Momentum
Technical training for deployment, development, and migration to deepen your skills and knowledge base. They are designed to be an in-depth resource to help you deliver to your customers. 

NOVEMBER

Date

Workshop Locale Offering

Level

08-Nov

Office 365 Power Start – Technical Introduction – Dutch Dutch Power Start

200

08-Nov

Power Start  Office 365 – Exchange Online
Overview
English Power Start

200

09-Nov

CRM 2011: ADFS/IFD Troubleshooting and Common Issues
English Web Seminar

09-Nov

Power Start Exchange 2010 – Exchange and Forefront
Better Together
English Power Start

200

09-Nov

Power Start Office 365 – SharePoint Online Overview English Power Start

200

09-Nov

Power Start Windows Azure Compute – French French Power Start

200

09-Nov

Power Start Windows Azure Storage – French French Power Start

200

09-Nov

Windows Azure Momentum Workshop – Windows Azure Platform – French French Momentum

300

10-Nov

Fixed Assets in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 English Web Seminar

10-Nov

Momentum Migration and Coexistence English Momentum

300

10-Nov

Power Start Windows Intune  – Protection anti-malware. – French French Power Start

200

10-Nov

Power Start Workshop – Protecting Windows Clients English CEE Power Start

200

11-Nov

Power Start  Exchange 2010 – Information Protection and Control English Power Start

200

14-Nov

Momentum: CLR Fundamentals – Workshop English Momentum

300

14-Nov

Power Start Exchange 2010 – Mailbox Resiliency English Power Start

200

15-Nov

Exchange French French Practice Acc

200

15-Nov

Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 integration  three tier setup, Demo English Web Seminar

15-Nov

Exchange 2010 Momentum Workshops English/Nordic Momentum

300

15-Nov

Office 365 Power Start – Exchange Online Overview – Dutch Dutch Power Start

200

15-Nov

Office 365 Power Start Workshops – Office 365 Technical Introduction English CEE Power Start

200

15-Nov

Power Start Office 365 – Lync Online Overview English Power Start

200

15-Nov

Power Start Virtualization – Infrastructure
Optimization
English Power Start

200

16-Nov

Power Start Building ASP.NET Applications in Windows Azure – French French Power Start

200

16-Nov

Power Start Exchange 2010 – Management English Power Start

200

16-Nov

Power Start Introduction to SQL Azure – French French Power Start

200

16-Nov

Power Start Introduction to Windows Azure AppFabric – French French Power Start

200

16-Nov

Power Start Office Compet English Power Start

200

17-Nov

Install and Setup of “Performance Analyzer Version 1.0 for Microsoft Dynamics AX English Web Seminar

17-Nov

Momentum Edge Server Deployment English Momentum

300

17-Nov

Power Start Virtualization – Microsoft Virtualization Issues and Proven Solutions English Power Start

200

18-Nov

Office 365 Power Start Workshop:  SharePoint Online English CEE Power Start

200

18-Nov

Power Start Exchange 2010 – Mobility with Exchange ActiveSync English Power Start

200

21-Nov

Power Start Exchange 2010 – Outlook and Exchange 2010 English Power Start

200

22-Nov

Momentum Enterprise Voice Overview English Momentum

300

22-Nov

Power Start Windows Intune – MDOP overview – Dutch Dutch Power Start

200

22-Nov

What’s Up in Dynamics NAV Inventory Costing English Web Seminar

23-Nov

Power Start  Exchange 2010 – Outlook Web App (OWA) English Power Start

200

23-Nov

Power Start Connecting Apps with Service Bus and Azure Connect – French French Power Start

200

23-Nov

Power Start Identity and Access Control in the Cloud – French French Power Start

200

23-Nov

Power Start Managing, Debugging, and Monitoring Windows Azure – French French Power Start

200

24-Nov

Results from “Performance Analyzer Version 1.0 for Microsoft Dynamics AX English Web Seminar

24-Nov

Momentum Planning and Deploying Enterprise Voice English Momentum

300

24-Nov

Office 365 Power Start – Lync Online Overview – Dutch Dutch Power Start

200

24-Nov

Power Start  Windows Intune– Alertes et assistance à distance. – French French Power Start

200

25-Nov

Power Start  Exchange 2010 – Security English Power Start

200

28-Nov

BI French French Practice Acc

200

28-Nov

Momentum  Virtualization Basics English Momentum

300

28-Nov

Power Start  Exchange 2010 – Unified Messaging English Power Start

200

29-Nov

Deploying Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 RTC-Over-Wan for Mobile Users English Web Seminar

29-Nov

Momentum Enhanced 911 and Location Services English Momentum

300

29-Nov

Office 365 Power Start – SharePoint Online Overview – Dutch Dutch Power Start

200

30-Nov

Power Start Exchange 2010 – Upgrade and Deployment English Power Start

200

BeLux Partner Events: Where To Go And What To Do

As a partner it is not always that easy to understand what events you should attend, considering the truckload of invites you probably see passing by. I just wanted to give a bit of background on our event strategy.

Basically, there are 2 main partner groups to simplify things:

  • partners that focus on Enterprise and Large Mid Market customers
  • partners that focus on Small & Medium Sized customers

Every year, there are 2 main events and every event will have an in-person version as well as an online part afterwards.

So, for Enterprise partners, this event is called Microsoft Connect, for SMB partners, it’s called Partner Roadshow. And then there’s the Worldwide Partner Conference in July for all partner types from around the world.

Let’s put this in a grid and you’ll see it’s actually very simple.

In Person Online
Enterprise Partners

2011
Microsoft Connect
Online
Microsoft Connect
SMB Partners 2011
Partner Roadshow
Online
Partner Roadshow
All Partners WPC DigitalWPC

 

First up is 2011 Microsoft Connect on October 11th, 2011 in Affligem (Montil). If you consider yourself as a partner that fits the target group, you are more than welcome. If not, stay tuned for more news on the Partner Roadshow.

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Leads, leads, leads… Anyone interested?

“Just give me some leads” is the most heard answer to the question: “What would you like to get from Microsoft as a partner?”. Well, about 6 months ago, we launched Microsoft Pinpoint in Belgium (and in the mean time we are ready to accept Luxembourg partners as well).

Pinpoint is a new platform to allow partners to profile themselves towards potential interested customers, not to call them prospects. But, this is not your average listing tool, just showing a truckload of names. The goal is to really interact with customers. As this tool was built from the ground up, we could implement SEO principles from day one. For instance, every partner profile is an individual page, meaning that search engines can go right to your page on Pinpoint (if you make it attractive to these search bots of course). You could also link to your own profile on the Microsoft page, which might increase your site credibility.

Customers can also provide ratings (you know the 5-star system from any other website). This ratings will also help you to get ranked higher. You can create service and applications to show to your prospects what you are doing exactly.

But how do we get customers to this site? Well, I’m glad you asked. Last week we started an advertising campaign to generate traffic to a page explaining what a partner is and why you should work with our partners (another often heard comment that we don’t explain to customers what a partner is). Besides the display ads on numerous sites, we also had a panel on our homepage. We will surely repeat this in the near future, so don’t panic if you think you missed the boat.

Just make sure you get on Pinpoint. If you are… good, but maintain your profile so your customers have the latest info. If not, go the Get Listed page on Pinpoint and log in to the dashboard (please note it might take a few days before your access to the dashboard has been cleared).

Oh, and one last thing…Go and visit the site as if you were a customer. Would you buy from yourself? Is it appealing enough? You could have a look at what your colleagues in the market are doing? But, this is work for marketers. So get your creative engines going… And dazzle your potential customers…

Good Luck!