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Maybe you recently passed a Microsoft Technical Specialist (TS) exam at the request of your Microsoft Partner Network employer. Great work! This may help your partner organization meet MPN requirements.

We want to help you, as an individual, also showcase your effort. After all, you’re the one who put in the time and energy to get certified.

I’m happy to announce that you can now showcase that knowledge and skillset on your personal LinkedIn page.

It’s simple—sign in to your LinkedIn profile (or set up a new account). Then go Profile, and Edit Profile. On the right-hand side of the page, you’ll see an option for Certifications. Click +Add and type in your recent certification. Make sure you select “Microsoft” from the Certification Authority field. Then click Save.

This option is available for TS certifications as well as Sales or Presales Specialist accreditations, too.

Let’s look at a few scenarios.

Let’s say you’re a systems admin who recently passed Exam 74-325 Administering Office 365 for Small Business. This helps your partner organization meet requirements for the Small Business competency—and helps you individually show off your technical knowledge of Office 365 accreditation. Add that to your personal LinkedIn page.

Or, maybe you’re in a sales role and took the Sales Assessment for Server Platform to help your partner organization meet requirements for the Server Platform competency. You’ve also individually earned the Sales Specialist accreditation for Server and Sales Specialist status. Add that to your individual LinkedIn profile!

By consistently updating your LinkedIn profile, you keep your name in front of your contacts via the LinkedIn news stream. You never know—maybe a potential employer is looking for your skills and the next great job is right around the corner.

As a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner and member of the Leading Belgian Learning Partners Association, RealDolmen Education has set up the ‘4 Gold ‘ action .

1 . For every official Microsoft training included in this action, you receive a free exam voucher worth € 150 .

Course Title Language Date Location
Developing Windows Azure and Web Services ( MOC 20487 ) EN 5-9/05 Huizingen
Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2 ( MOC 20417 ) EN 21-27/05 Huizingen
Day – to-day management database in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 EN 2-6/06 Huizingen
Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8.1 ( MOC 20689 ) EN 11-13/06 Huizingen


2 . They also have something for the Office users: Specifically for you, they’ve set up a free training that will dramatically increase the efficiency of your daily Office usage.

Course Title Language Date Location
Easy job with your MS Office 27/ 05 NL Huizingen
Easy job with your MS Office 28/ 05 FR Huizingen

 

 

Registration for these courses can be done via education.realdolmen.com.

Partner of the Year Awards are presented each year at WPC based on a self-nominating process by partners. Winners are celebrated at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington D.C. from July 13-17.

Recognition, prestige, and opportunity for all Microsoft partners

Partners, this is your opportunity to vie for awards that can showcase your solutions built on Microsoft technologies to benefit our mutual customers.

How Partner of the Year Awards benefit partners

Receiving a Partner of the Year Award positions your company for new business opportunities, generates positive press coverage, and can lead to even greater market recognition.

Winners appear onstage at WPC 2014 in Washington D.C. to be recognized by their peers. Award winners are also invited to an exclusive celebration during the conference.

The Partner of the Year Awards nomination tool is open now until April 11, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. Pacific time. Get started.

Review the 2014 Partner of the Year Award guidelines

Familiarize yourself with the complete Microsoft 2014 Partner of the Year Award guidelines (PDF). Preparing all of your answers and supporting documents now definitely makes it easier to upload your final entry.

Got questions? Read the FAQ

Find answers to your frequently asked questions (PDF) about the 2014 Partner of the Year Awards.

Get valuable advice from the judges

Download the Guidance from the Judges (PDF) document for tips and tricks about how to create a winning awards nomination.

Review these helpful tips on how to create an award winning entry

Here are some terrific words of wisdom on creating an award winning entry (PDF) that judges want to read and that tells your organization’s story.

2014 Partner of the Year Awards official rules

The Partner of the Year Awards program is a skill-based contest with the objective to recognize the best solution(s). We encourage you to closely read through the 2014 official rules (PDF) for the program prior to submitting your entry.

More information is available at www.digitalwpc.com/awards.

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What?

It’s an application on Windows 8(.1) and Windows Phone to find trainings available for Microsoft Partners. The app spots the training options for you!

Why should I install it?

  • It will filter all relevant trainings for you, based on your profile
  • No need to do extensive lookup, the app will notify you of new training opportunities in an automatic way
  • Take full advantage of all training resources that are available for you as a Microsoft Partner
  • The best news is: the app proactively notifies you of new relevant training session for your role. Use the Live Tiles in the Windows start screen to take full advantage of the feature

New in V2?

  • More trainings available, including local in-person trainings
  • The improved design allows to easily navigate, favorite and share trainings
  • Login option available so you can synchronize profile and favorites between devices (Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8)
  • Classroom trainings prioritized

TIP

Install the app on your start screen in order to receive the notifications when a new training, matching your profile, is available.

Install now on Windows 8
Install now on Windows Phone

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Dear Partners,

We hope you’re aware of the recent changes that have happened in our Partner Network.

However, we know it’s a lot to take in. You don’t always have the time to read all the communications we send you and it’s not always easy to know where to go if you have questions. That’s why we want to make it a little easier for you. We’re organizing a new call, this time focused on Cloud Essentials.

As you know, this Cloud program is coming to an end and we want to go over the changes and the other options there are for you.

We will hold this call on April 3 at 16h. The call will be 30 minutes long and will include some Q&A time.

If you’re interested in joining us, please send an email to fbnewsbe@microsoft.com and register for this MPN Live Meeting.

I hope to see you there!

Sara Holbrecht
Microsoft Partner Network Lead Belgium & Luxembourg

1. Microsoft Licensing Essentials training 05/05/2013

“They say that Microsoft licensing is quite complex.” That is correct, but doesn’t mean that you cannot learn the basics. If you attend the half-day Microsoft Licensing Essentials training, you will be able to explain your customer the most important elements of Microsoft licensing:

  • License types: Full Packaged Product (FPP), OEM license, Volume Licensing programs such as Open License and Open Value, introductions to MOSP (the vehicle for ordering Office 365) and SPLA.
  • Software Assurance: what is it, and how to get it?
  • Product licensing: which licenses are needed for Windows, Office and server products such as Windows Server and Windows Small Business Server?
  • Open License, Open Value: what are the most important features and benefits of these Volume Licensing programs?

more info & registration

2. Microsoft Product Licensing Workshop 09/05/2013

In one day, you learn how to use practical knowledge of Microsoft licensing in customer scenarios by attending the Product Licensing Workshop. In this course short presentations about product licensing alternate with five group exercises:

  1. Windows 8 and Office 2013 licensing
  2. Windows Server 2012 licensing in virtualized environments
  3. System Center 2012 licensing
  4. Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 licensing
  5. SQL Server 2012 licensing

This training is delivered by Didactive and offered to you free of charge by Microsoft.

more info & registration

3. Licensing Solutions Competency training: “Volume Licensing Specialist: Small and Medium Organizations” (070-671)

The Microsoft Partner Network contains among others the Licensing Solutions Competency. One of the competencies is the design and implementation of Volume Licensing solutions. To achieve this competency at least two of your employees must be certified for the MCTS exam 070-671 or 070-672.

On the dates mentioned below Didactive in cooperation with Microsoft BVBA delivers a training that prepares you for the MCTS exam 070-671 “Volume Licensing Specialist: Small and Medium Organizations”.

  • May 6th and 7th, 2014, Microsoft BVBA in Zaventem – register

Choose between the following rates:

  • The Early Bird rate of € 495 per attendee is available until six weeks prior to the training session. Early Bird registrations cannot be cancelled.
  • The regular rate is € 595 per attendee.

At a surcharge, this can be extended to a three-day program, thus also preparing the attendee for the 070-672 exam for large organizations. The rate of this extended program is € 695 (Early Bird) or € 850 (regular) per attendee.

Download the course description (Adobe® Reader required).

4. Licensing Solutions Competency training: “Volume Licensing Specialist: Large Organizations” (070-672)

The Microsoft Partner Network contains among others the Licensing Solutions Competency. One of the competencies is the design and implementation of Volume Licensing solutions. To achieve this competency at least two of your employees must be certified for the MCTS exam 070-671 or 070-672.

For the preparation for the MCTS exam 070-672 “Volume Licensing Specialist: Large Organizations” Didactive offers a two-day training on the following dates:

  • May 6th and 8th, 2014, Microsoft BVBA in Zaventem – register

At a surcharge, this can be extended to a three-day program, thus also preparing the attendee for the 070-671 exam for small and medium organizations. The rate of this extended program is € 695 (Early Bird) or € 850 (regular) per attendee.

Download the course description (Adobe® Reader required).

1. Sales Windows Azure Blitz training 3/04 EBC Brussels

Register

Learn in this sales training about Microsoft’s Cloud OS and how to position Windows Azure with customers to accelerate and expand your services businesses. Attendees will learn how to deliver the holistic Cloud OS pitch and to identify opportunities that drive more and richer SharePoint, BI, App Dev, O365, Storage, and Infrastructure deals with Windows Azure.
This training will enable you to accelerate existing deals, open new doors and elevate status with customers, build new pipeline, expand to new offerings, and grow their incentives payouts.

2. Technical Windows Azure Blitz training 10-11/04 Amsterdam

Register

The Partner Practice Enablement training starts with an introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks (Infrastructure Services).  It delivers the foundational knowledge needed for users intending to run new workloads in Windows Azure or migrate existing workloads from on-premises.

Students will be introduced to the rich features of Windows Azure Active Directory and see how it can be used to achieve single sign-on across cloud applications, protect application access, enforce multi-factor authentication, and integrate with Windows Server Active Directory.

The latter half of the boot camp builds on the technical knowledge from the first half, shifting to coverage of common workload scenarios for cloud computing, such as Dev/Test, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and monitoring of workloads running in Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.

Throughout the training, students will see presentations and demos followed with recommended resources and hands-on training experiences.

AGENDA:

· Infrastructure Services Introduction

· Infrastructure Services Networking

· Windows Azure Active Directory

· Windows Azure Active Directory Integration

· Cloud Services, Websites and Infrastructure Services

· Development and Test

· SQL Server and SharePoint

· Management and Monitoring