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Are you Microsoft accredited? You can now share that achievement on your personal LinkedIn page.

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.

Win a Windows Phone

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Microsoft Partner Network Contest

Pass one of the below assessments before March 30 2014 and have a chance to win a Windows Phone.

· Communications Presales Technical Assessment
Find prep training here.

· Small Business Sales Assessment
Find prep training here.

· Messaging Sales Assessment
Find prep training here.

CRM Sales Assessment or CRM Presales Assessment

Winners of previous contest

Erik Moreau – Aurelium NV
Johan Pockele – Herithos
Wim Bartels – Bits4kmo
Filip Heens – Nikos
Tim De Wilde – E-TRACE

The assessment must be passed between March 24 and March 30 2014 by an individual working for a Microsoft partner in Belgium or Luxembourg.

PASS ONE OF THE ASSESSMENTS

and HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A WINDOWS PHONE

Use this great opportunity to test your Knowledge

 

 

BI: Practice Accelerator

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Maak uw klant nóg succesvoller!

De laatste plekken voor de BI Practice Accelerator in juni!

De online Practice Accelerator trainingen zijn in volle gang! Wanneer u deelneemt aan de Practice Accelerator (PA) voor Business Intelligence, bent u in staat zowel zakelijke als technische behoeften van uw klant te beantwoorden met een succesvolle oplossing. Deze training is exclusief voor Microsoft Partners:

· U bent in staat deals nog verder te ontwikkelen en te vergroten

· U kunt na deze training nog effectiever implementaties bij uw klant uitvoeren

· U krijgt gespecialiseerde training, hulpmiddelen en best practices van Microsoft

U kunt nú voor 5 partner advisory hours deelnemen aan deze Practice Accelerator.

Vergroot uw business met herbruikbare Practices

Gebruik de uitgebreide, herbruikbare tools die wij u aanbieden om uw klanten de kracht van SQL Server 2012 en SharePoint Server 2010 te laten ervaren. Gebruik deze training om de complexiteit in het organiseren van bedrijfsgegevens te verminderen bij uw klanten

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Deze Practice Accelerator biedt u intermediate tot advanced training op het gebied van Business Intelligence. Bent u werkzaam in technische pre-sales en heeft u ervaring met SQL Server 2012 en Sharepoint Server 2010, dan is deze training voor ú!

Schrijf u nu in voor deze training en ervaar wat de training voor uw organisatie kan betekenen:

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Meer informatie over de training, requirements of programma? Klik hier

Win a Windows 8 Tablet

Earn your Sales Specialist or Pre-Sales Technical Specialist accreditation and be automatically entered to win.

Sales Specialist Pre Sales Technical Specialist

Are you selling Microsoft solutions to customers? Microsoft sales accreditations can help you increase revenue, shorten the sales cycle, and make you more successful.

Did you know that partners with Microsoft trained sales teams can:
• Realize up to 2.4 times higher revenue
• Enjoy up to 3.5 times larger deal sizes*

Plus now you can enter to win a Windows 8 tablet just by passing a Sales or Pre-Sales Technical assessment. From February through April, we are giving away one tablet a month for Sales Specialist and one tablet for Pre-Sales Technical Specialist accreditations.

How to Enter
Getting your Sales Specialist or Pre-sales Technical Specialist accreditation is just a few clicks away.

  • Select Sales Specialist or Pre-Sales Technical Specialist tab on the top, depending on your role.
  • Click to register yourself if you have not done so yet.
  • Select the Assessment Option on the left-hand side that fits your field.
  • Review the course materials to prepare you for the assessment.
  • When you are ready, take the assessment online in your selected language. Each passed assessment will count as one entry for the Sweepstakes.

If you have any questions about the promotion or the accreditations, please contact ssphelp@microsoft.com

Earn your accreditation and get expertise, get recognized, and get ahead.

Assess Your Readiness for Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012

Many of you have already taken some of the 60+ courses now available in the Windows Server 2012 Readiness Learning Path. But do you know you can also take online assessments to test your knowledge?

§ Pre-Sales Technical Competency Assessment for the Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization: This 60-question assessment (don’t forget to take the 4 courses that contribute to it first) quizzes pre-sales technical roles on the key selling points and technical aspects that will help enable you to make your first Windows Server 2012 sale. Passing the assessment by 80% or better contributes to the achievement of the Management and Virtualization Competency.

§ Windows Server 2012 Licensing Assessment: While not related to a competency achievement, this 9-point assessment exam will ensure you know the basics of the new pricing and licensing schema in this release. But you only get 3 tries to pass, so make sure you’ve taken the latest licensing courses first.

§ Coming Soon! In October, we will be releasing the Windows Server 2012 Sales Specialist Assessment. In the meantime, you should take the 5 sales courses that will prep you for the upcoming assessment.

Competency news

Dear Partner

At our 2012 Worldwide Partner Conference, we unveiled many upcoming competency changes designed to serve our customers better. Read below for news on the Application Development competency and those that include SharePoint and Windows 8.

Also important for partners seeking Small Business competency attainment: there will be a new Office 365 exam, 74: 324, designed specifically to meet the needs of partners implementing Office 365 for small business customers. See the competency info below for more details.

What’s New

New Pre-Sales Technical Specialist Accreditation Available Now

Microsoft Partner Network Pre-Sales Technical Specialist Accreditation is a new program designed to help individual pre-sales technical professionals strengthen your solution knowledge and gain recognition for solution expertise for a specific set of Microsoft solutions.

Did you know that 81% of managers believe that people who are trained are more productive? You can advance your career by attaining this new accreditation in your free time at no cost. You’ll earn a professional badge to print on your business cards and add to your CV.

This is a great way to get trained in a low-cost, efficient way and evidence shows that trained sales and pre-sales professionals close larger deals in a shorter timeframe.

We now have Pre-Sales Technical Specialist accreditation training and assessments available for the following five competencies:

· BI

· Communications

· CRM

· ERP

· Management and Virtualization

Are You Planning on Writing a Sales or Pre-Sales Assessment? If So, Register to Enter Our Contest and You Could Win a Cool Prize

New registrants for the Sales Excellence program must successfully complete an assessment on Sales Excellence Central to be automatically entered to win a ticket to WPC 2013 or TechNet through the Ready to Win contest. Get all the details and register here.

Did You Attend WPC? 2-for-1 Exam Offer Extended through August 17th

Double your readiness! This offer for WPC attendees has been extended. Note that both exams must be taken by the same candidate and all vouchers must be redeemed by and all exams taken by December 31, 2012. Complete details and purchase information here.

Business Value of MPN Benefits

Read this IDC white paper to see whether you are maximizing your membership benefits – valued by IDC at US$320,000, based on a 50-person company with US$5–10 million in revenue and from two to five competencies.

Competency Specific Information

 

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Show What You Know: New Pre-Sales Technical Specialist Accreditation

The Pre-Sales Technical Assessment for BI is now available, as well as training to help you prepare. Access the learning path and assessment here, and learn more about the program here.

New First-Look-Clinic and Updating Your Skills Courses for SQL Server 2012
Have a look at new features of SQL Server 2012 and update your skills through three new courses:

· 40007A: First Look Clinic: Microsoft SQL Server 2012

· 40008A: Updating your Database Skills to Microsoft SQL Server 2012

· 40009A: Updating your Business Intelligence Skills to Microsoft SQL Server 2012

COMMUNICATIONS

Show What You Know: New Pre-Sales Technical Specialist Accreditation

The Pre-Sales Technical Assessment for Communications is now available, as well as training to help you prepare. Access the learning path and assessment here, and learn more about the program here.

CONTENT MANAGEMENT

Upcoming Competency Changes

Effective November 2012, we are merging the Portals and Collaboration, Content Management, and Search competencies into a single competency to reflect customers’ requests for an end-to-end solution for finding, sharing, managing, and collaborating on content. The new Collaboration and Content competency will make it easier and more cost effective for SharePoint partners to engage with Microsoft. All partners in these existing competencies will be automatically transitioned into the new competency at launch automatically. Learn more about these changes by watching the recording of this WPC Value keynote here.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

Show What You Know: New Pre-Sales Technical Specialist Accreditation

The Pre-Sales Technical Assessment for CRM is now available, as well as training to help you prepare. Access the learning path and assessment here, and learn more about the program here.

Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Partner Strategy Announcement

Microsoft Dynamics made a number of announcements at WPC 2012 related to partner incentives. For more information, look here

DATA PLATFORM

New First-Look-Clinic and Updating Your Skills Courses for SQL Server 2012
Have a look at new features of SQL Server 2012 and update your skills through three new courses:

· 40007A: First Look Clinic: Microsoft SQL Server 2012

· 40008A: Updating your Database Skills to Microsoft SQL Server 2012

· 40009A: Updating your Business Intelligence Skills to Microsoft SQL Server 2012

DESKTOP

Are You Ready for Windows 8?
Get trained and get ready using our first series of early Windows 8 partner courses found on the new sales and marketing partner learning path. Training includes:

· Windows 8 Value for Small and Midsized Businesses

· Windows 8 Value for Enterprise Scenarios

· Windows 8 and RT (Runtime) Devices

A New Office Has Arrived

The next release of Microsoft Office features a new design that works with touch, stylus, mouse, or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. Social is included, and the UI unlocks new scenarios in reading, note taking, meetings, communications. It will be delivered to subscribers through an always up-to-date cloud service. So, where do you start? We’ll have more resources coming in the next few weeks, but here are key resources:

· For everyone, download the Preview

· For IT pros, check out these TechNet resources

Upcoming Competency Changes

Computing is now done on tablets and smartphones in addition to traditional PCs and laptops. Employees bring personal devices to work, a trend known as “consumerization of IT.” To reflect this market shift, the Desktop competency will evolve to become the new Devices and Deployment competency. Effective November 2012, this change is designed to recognize and reward partners who help customers select, configure, and manage a range of secure, productive devices. Learn more about these changes by watching the recording of this WPC Value keynote here.

DIGITAL MARKETING

Upcoming Competency Changes

Effective November 2012, we are updating this competency to include Bing advertising tools and assets. This helps us address customer demand for compelling, end-to-end online experiences integrating marketing campaigns across display and search advertising with demonstrable ROI. Learn more about these changes by watching the recording of this WPC Value keynote here.

ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING

Show What You Know: New Pre-Sales Technical Specialist Accreditation

The Pre-Sales Technical Assessment for ERP is now available, as well as training to help you prepare. Access the learning path and assessment here, and learn more about the program here.

Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Partner Strategy Announcement

Microsoft Dynamics made a number of announcements at WPC 2012 related to partner incentives. For more information, look here

 

ISV/SOFTWARE

Upcoming Competency Changes

Effective November 2012, we are consolidating the ISV, Software Development, and Web Development competencies into a single new Application Development competency. All partners in these existing competencies will be automatically transitioned into the new competency at launch. At the same time we will expand the number of other competencies with integrated Application Tracks to ensure they include benefits and requirements that are relevant for development focused partners. Additionally, Bing advertising credits will be available to all partners in the Application Development competency. Learn more about these changes by watching the recording of this WPC Value keynote here.

MANAGEMENT AND VIRTUALIZATION

Show What You Know: New Pre-Sales Technical Specialist Accreditation

Pre-sales technical specialists can now get relevant training on the Private Cloud, including System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012. The four courses in this learning path provide a private cloud overview, customer benefits of each product, a competition course, and demo resources and help prepare pre-sales technical specialists for the Private Cloud, Management, and Virtualization Assessment, which will be available later this summer. Access the learning path and assessment here, and learn more about the program here.

MESSAGING

A New Office Has Arrived

The next release of Microsoft Office features a new design that works with touch, stylus, mouse, or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. Social is included, and the UI unlocks new scenarios in reading, note taking, meetings, communications. It will be delivered to subscribers through an always up-to-date cloud service. So, where do you start? We’ll have more resources coming in the next few weeks, but here are key resources:

· For everyone, download the Preview

· For IT pros, check out these TechNet resources

· Developers, prepare to build apps using resources from MSDN

 

PORTALS AND COLLABORATION

Upcoming Competency Changes

Effective November 2012, we are merging the Portals and Collaboration, Content Management, and Search competencies into a single competency to reflect customers’ requests for an end-to-end solution for finding, sharing, managing, and collaborating on content. The new Collaboration and Content competency will make it easier and more cost effective for SharePoint partners to engage with Microsoft. All partners in these existing competencies will be automatically transitioned into the new competency at launch automatically. Learn more about these changes by watching the recording of this WPC Value keynote here.

A New Office Has Arrived

The next release of Microsoft Office features a new design that works with touch, stylus, mouse, or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. Social is included, and the UI unlocks new scenarios in reading, note taking, meetings, communications. It will be delivered to subscribers through an always up-to-date cloud service. So, where do you start? We’ll have more resources coming in the next few weeks, but here are key resources:

· For everyone, download the Preview

· For IT pros, check out these TechNet resources

· Developers, prepare to build apps using resources from MSDN

 

SEARCH

Upcoming Competency Changes

Effective November 2012, we are merging the Portals and Collaboration, Content Management, and Search competencies into a single competency to reflect customers’ requests for an end-to-end solution for finding, sharing, managing, and collaborating on content. The new Collaboration and Content competency will make it easier and more cost effective for SharePoint partners to engage with Microsoft. All partners in these existing competencies will be automatically transitioned into the new competency at launch automatically. Learn more about these changes by watching the recording of this WPC Value keynote here.

SERVER PLATFORM

Windows Server 2012 Training – Lots of New Role-Based Training!

The Windows Server 2012 partner learning path recently been updated with a multitude of new training.

For implementers, deep technical training – now on the learning path — covers popular technologies including:

· Virtualization

· Storage

· Networking

· Identity and Security

· Management and Deployment

· Remote Access

· Web/App

Sales professionals can take five short new Windows Server 2012 sales courses to help hone sales techniques on the latest release and prepare for the upcoming sales assessment that will be available later this year.

Licensing specialists can listen to the July 5th call recording to find details on licensing the latest release, as well as take these trainings:

· Getting Started with Windows Server 2012 Licensing, July 2012

· Windows Server 2012 Product and Program Overview July 2012

· Windows Server 2012 Pricing and SKU Overview July 2012

Finally, midmarket and small business-focused partners can explore this new courseware:

· Growing Your Mid-Market Business Practice with Windows Server 2012

· Growing Your Small Business Practice with Windows Server 2012

New: 40006A – Hands On Lab: Windows Server 2012

This three-hour hands-on lab complements the First Look Clinic (40005A). The lab is built on the Windows Server 2012 Consumer Preview (Beta release) software and will cover some of the key new features and functionality such as Server Manager, Windows PowerShell, Server Core, Active Directory, IP Address Management (IPAM), and Dynamic Access Control. It will also cover some of the significant changes that have taken place in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. Read the syllabus for more information.

SMALL BUSINESS

Competency Exam Advisory!

The former mandatory exam, 70-323: Administering Office 365, is changing. Exam 70-323 is based on enterprise scenarios that Small Business partners typically do not implement. Therefore, we are creating a new exam, 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Business that is based on a training course specifically designed to meet the needs of partners administering Office 365 for small business customers. This new exam should be available in the early September timeframe – make sure you’re following our Twitter feed @mpntraining for an announcement.

Once the new exam is available, exams 70-321 and 70-323 will be removed from this competency. See the updated learning path here.

Registration is now available for the JumpStart clinic especially designed to help you prepare for the new exam. Register for the August 29-30th event here.

SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT

Earn the Software Asset Management competency

Prepare to pass the Software Asset Management competency exam 70-673. Utilize the no-cost online tutorials, preparation guides and practice test to help you get ready—and keep visiting this site for the latest training materials.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Upcoming Competency Changes

Effective November 2012, we are consolidating the ISV, Software Development, and Web Development competencies into a single new Application Development competency. All partners in these existing competencies will be automatically transitioned into the new competency at launch. At the same time we will expand the number of other competencies with integrated Application Tracks to ensure they include benefits and requirements that are relevant for development focused partners. Additionally, Bing advertising credits will be available to all partners in the Application Development competency. Learn more about these changes by watching the recording of this WPC Value keynote here.

WEB DEVELOPMENT

Upcoming Competency Changes

Effective November 2012, we are consolidating the ISV, Software Development, and Web Development competencies into a single new Application Development competency. All partners in these existing competencies will be automatically transitioned into the new competency at launch. At the same time we will expand the number of other competencies with integrated Application Tracks to ensure they include benefits and requirements that are relevant for development focused partners. Additionally, Bing advertising credits will be available to all partners in the Application Development competency. Learn more about these changes by watching the recording of this WPC Value keynote here.

Management & Virtualization

 

SC 2012 Private Cloud/Virtualization Assessment: Now Available in 11 Languages!

The Sales Specialist assessment is now available in 11 languages. The assessment will help prime you to sell Microsoft’s Private Cloud with System Center 2012 solution to customers. And remember: the assessment is now a requirement for the Management and Virtualization Competency achievement.

On-Demand Technical Training: Private Cloud Jump Start

This series of discrete videos—broken out by implementer roles for Configuration/Deployment and Monitoring/Operating —provides an in-depth look at what it takes to deploy and maintain Microsoft’s Private Cloud solution. Each course replaces older, less current content. The original Jump Start training event was hugely successful with more than 4,000 registrants, so if you missed it, here’s a great chance to take a deep technical dive on demand (level 300).