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Exclusive Nokia Lumia Promotion for BeLux Partners

As you certainly know, Windows Phone is having great momentum with Nokia, and yet we want to have another boost. That’s why today, we are announcing a special B2B Partner Promo.

Partners have been telling us, they would like to get more value out of their partnership. Well, here it is. For partners from Belgium & Luxembourg, with at least one gold, one silver competency or that are Cloud Essentials can buy Nokia Lumia 800’s at a very special low price*. On top of that, for the first 80 orders of more than 10 devices, we’ll give 1 Nokia Lumia 800 for free*!!! First come, first served.

This is a now-or-never offer for you as a partner (promotion ends May 31, 2012).

You can equip all your employees with great smartphones, or work out a promo for your B2B customers.

For more details, go to the Dutch or French promo sites.

*full details, terms and conditions on promo pages (see links above)

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Ready for System Center 2012? New sales, licensing and technical training available !

 

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Welcome

Are you ready for System Center 2012? Corporate has created an abundance of training courses across sales and technical roles to help you drive readiness—including six just-released Private Cloud Sales Training Modules for SIs and LARs. Check out the training resources available for you today, and remember to to bookmark and visit the SC 2012 learning paths created for SIs and LARs.

What’s New ?

§ Sales Expertise: Private Cloud Sales Training. These six short training videos will help you sell the Private Cloud solution and achieve accreditation (beginning in March) as a Private Cloud Sales Specialist. While you’re at it, don’t forget the How Partners Can Make Money Selling Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions course—a great primer for sellers.

o Module 1 – Setting up to sell the Private Cloud

o Module 2 – Starting Conversations with Customers

o Module 3 – Understanding the Microsoft Private Cloud

o Module 4 – Competing with VMware

o Module 5 – Increasing Your Revenue

o Module 6 – Partner Sales Tools and Resources

§ Technical Expertise: Creating & Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start. In this virtual class, you will learn how to deploy, manage and maintain Microsoft’s private cloud solution.

§ You can always find the latest training by bookmarking and visiting the Learning Paths for LARs and Learning Paths for SIs.

Sales & Licensing (On Demand)

On January 17th, we announced significant changes to System Center 2012 and ECI licensing that dramatically reduce complexity. You are more crucial than ever to our success in this area, and we need your help in telling the Private Cloud story. A rich set of readiness resources have been created for you.

§ System Center 2012: Understanding the Private Cloud

§ Storyteller – System Center 2012 & The Private Cloud

Ross Brown explaining the Private Cloud value propositions:

§ The Microsoft Private Cloud and Partners

LAR (Licensing) Readiness:

§ Getting Started: Microsoft System Center 2012 Licensing

§ Product and Program Overview: Microsoft System Center 2012 Licensing

§ Pricing and SKU Overview: Microsoft System Center 2012 Licensing

§ Software Assurance Migration Rights: Microsoft System Center 2012 Licensing

§ Microsoft® System Center 2012 Live Q&A Series with Microsoft Licensing Experts

The “Get Licensing” webcast is now available on demand in the PLC:

§ System Center 2012 Services Provider Value Proposition & Licensing Overview

Now available: Beta MOC courses! LS partners should get these courses on the schedule: 

§ Course 10747AB: Beta: Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

§ Course 10748AB: Beta: Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Additional On Demand Sales Courses:

§ Overview of Private Cloud and Datacenter Management with System Center 2012

§ Private Cloud and Datacenter Infrastructure Management with System Center 2012

§ Private Cloud and Datacenter Application Management with System Center 2012

§ Maximizing FY12 Revenue Through Selling the Private Cloud with System Center 2012

§ Driving FY12 Revenue with a Deep Dive on Datacenter, Private Cloud and System Center 2012: Session 1- Fabric Management

§ Driving FY12 Revenue with a Deep Dive on Datacenter, Private Cloud and System Center 2012: Session 2- Application Management

Sales (Partner Academy Live Sessions)

§ System Center 2012 Services Provider Value Proposition & Licensing Overview

Tech 100-200 (On Demand)

§ Overview of Private Cloud and Datacenter Management with System Center 2012

§ Private Cloud and Datacenter Infrastructure Management with System Center 2012

§ Private Cloud and Datacenter Application Management with System Center 2012

§ Datacenter and Private Cloud Management with System Center 2012: Configure and Deploy the Private Cloud Fabric

§ Datacenter and Private Cloud Management with System Center 2012: Configure and Deploy the Private Cloud Infrastructure

§ Datacenter and Private Cloud Management with System Center 2012: Configure and Deploy Applications

§ Datacenter and Private Cloud Management with System Center 2012: Configure and Deploy Service Delivery and Automation

§ Datacenter and Private Cloud Management with System Center 2012: Monitor and Operate the Private Cloud Fabric

§ Datacenter and Private Cloud Management with System Center 2012: Monitor and Operate the Private Cloud Infrastructure

§ Datacenter and Private Cloud Management with System Center 2012: Monitor and Operate Applications

§ Datacenter and Private Cloud Management with System Center 2012: Monitor and Operate Service Delivery and Automation

Learning Paths

§ System Center 2012 Learning Path for Large Account Reseller (LAR) Partners

§ Private Cloud (SC2012): SI

§ Private Cloud/Virtualization: Existing VMware Partners

§ Private Cloud: Existing Microsoft Virtualization Partners

§ Private Cloud: New to Private Cloud and Virtualization


Top Ways to Maximize Your MPN Technical Service Benefits

 

Webcast Date: 14/03/2012

Presented by: Sharon Collins, Riyaz Jaffer

 

 

Webcast Start Time: 8:00 AM (Pacific)

 

Take advantage of your Partner Technical Services benefits. Attend this webcast to learn about your benefits and how to get started using our expertise and insights with the right information to win the business; get more from our technology by deepening your Microsoft product knowledge to maximize the sales potential of individual products; improving your skills with training workshops and best practices; and staying up-to-date with guidance on deploying the latest technology to run in your IT environment.

 

Registration link here! 

Lync Mobile Clients are Here!

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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)

Sincerely,

Lync Partner Team

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

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!

Windows Phone back in the game: exclusive promotion through Tech Data

Since the launch of Windows Phone 7, we have received very strong
appreciations from our first users. Not less than 93% is satisfied to very
satisfied and 90% recommends Windows Phone 7 to others. It’s a smartphone which
allows you to become more productive with the best e-mail experience through
Outlook, MS Office for Mobile and SharePoint. It is ready for Office 365 and
future Windows Phone upgrades (like Mango) are included. And our marketplace
already contains over 17000 applications.

With the Samsung Omnia 7, you’ll have a powerful device with a brilliant 4”
Super AMOLED display at a very sharp price of €362. If you buy more for your
company or even for your customers, you might even save points for extra
hardware from Samsung or Microsoft.

And most of all: enjoy a great phone, which is different from all the
others!!

Get more info on: www.techdata.be/brightstar