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Exam 74-325: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses replaces the predecessor Exam 74-324

We have released the new Exam 74-325: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses which replaces the predecessor Exam 74-324 and becomes an additional Small Business Competency option.

Earning the Small Business competency uniquely positions your business to demonstrate advanced skills, technology expertise and to provide cost-effective services. ​Learn about the growing maturity of cloud computing and how it can open major revenue streams for you in the small business segment and get prepared for the exam with the new Jump Start training.

You can find more information here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=74-325 and go here for a jumpstart: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/O365-SMB-Jump-Start.

Top 5 reasons to earn a Small Business competency

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Small businesses are a key engine for global economic growth, employment, and innovation. With over 148M small and medium-sized businesses worldwide in with 350M PCs, now is the time to grow your small business practice.* As 75% of the market opportunity is comprised of Software as a Service (SaaS) technology solutions, Microsoft recognizes that the growing maturity of cloud computing represents a major revenue opportunity for partners in this market segment. The new Microsoft Small Business competency helps you showcase your expertise in helping small business customers leverage technology to differentiate themselves in the market. The competency equips you with the
sales and technical expertise to lead with Microsoft cloud-based services, while enhancing your ability to deliver enterprise-level capabilities that are cost-effective and highly reliable.

*Source: IDC, Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2010–2014 Forecast, June 2010

1. Differentiate your business
Build your small business expertise and help address small business customer needs by providing cost-effective, enterprise-level IT capabilities in the cloud or on-premise.

2. Gain exclusive competency benefits
Small Business competency partners gain exclusive benefits.
• Access expert Microsoft pre sales support and technical guidance with advisory support hours.
• Internal use licenses.
• Marketing materials in the Small and Medium Business Resource Center.
• Use Microsoft Pinpoint and the Office 365 Marketplace to increase your visibility and develop new customer connections.
• Bing advertising credits.

3. Gain market advantage with cloud technology expertise
Provide a deep understanding of cloud solutions that best fit small business customers’ needs.

4. Offer cost-effective services
Find the most cost-effective way to service customers efficiently with minimum overhead.

5. Expand your existing Partner engagement.
Microsoft partners in the following programs, competencies, and subscriptions today are well-positioned to achieve the new Small Business competency.
• Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC): Partner support will continue during a grace period until MPN and SBSC become a shared community experience. Earn the Small Business competency now to take advantage of deeper engagement with Microsoft, and receive rich benefits to help grow your business.
• Microsoft Action Pack Subscription: Action Pack partners who are investing / building a business in the cloud can gain expertise in small business specialized solutions.
• Mid-Market Solution Provider (MMSP): SMB-focused partners who provide technical expertise across IT solutions can be in the lead as the market transitions to cloud services.
• Cloud Accelerate / Cloud Essentials (CA/CE): Small Business competency creates opportunity for partners new to the cloud or partners actively building a cloud presence, while taking advantage of the incremental IUR and advisory hours not offered in CE and CA.

Small businesses are shifting IT to the cloud—be there when they do! Earn the Small Business Competency now. You can find more information in the Small Business Brochure. For any questions, take a look at our FAQ.

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Ignite Webcast – Office 365 ProPlus Deployment

Thank you for attending this Ignite Webcast. If you missed it, don’t worry! You can view the Webcast recording below and download the Webcast Presentation here. The video recording can also be viewed here. Be sure to look out for our next Ignite Webcast sessions here.

Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses different Office 365 technical subjects and scenarios and is beneficial to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Office 365 suite. View the Ignite Site for more information about Ignite programs and webcasts. You can view past Ignite Webcast sessions here. Do you want to learn more about Office 365 ProPlus? Are you looking to launch Office 365 ProPlus into your organization? Our upcoming Ignite Webcast discusses several technical facets of Office 365 ProPlus:

  • Integrating Office 365 ProPlus with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Intune
  • Software update management with Office 365 ProPlus

This webcast will be led by Jeremy Chapman, Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager. This is a unique opportunity to interact and learn from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft. Be sure to attend this session to learn more Office 365 ProPlus Deployment and to participate in a Q&A session with Jeremy Chapman.

Remember, to sign up for this webcast please download and save the Ignite Webcast Office 365 ProPlus Deployment Calendar Invite here. We are excited to see you there!

Two-for-one priced exam pack – Cloud

Fast Track to the Cloud with Two-for-One Exams

Get your certification current, and get to the cloud with the limited-time Microsoft two-for-one priced exam pack. Purchase and take a qualifying exam at full price by June 30th 2012, and receive a voucher valid for a complimentary Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) exam in the next version of the same technology path when it becomes available. View the offer details.

New Exam Promo’s !

1. Take a  Fast Track to Cloud (MCSE) Certifications with the “Two for One” exam offer

The best path to cloud certifications is to complete your Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) – or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification and upgrade to the equivalent MCSE certifications when they become available with the “Two for One” exam offer.

Fast Track to Cloud Certifications for you:

Step 1

Request a voucher code here

Step 2

Purchase qualifying exam at full price with the voucher code provided and take any exam from the technology path below by 30 June 2012:

Windows 7 (Client)

Windows Server 2008 /Private Cloud

SQL Server 2008

Visual Studio 2010

Step 3

When the next version exams in your technology path release, you will be emailed a voucher code valid for one free exam when redeemed within 90 days of the Certification availability:

• Windows 8 (Client)

• Windows Server 8/Private Cloud

• SQL Server 2012

• Visual Studio 2012

2. Microsoft Data Platform Certification Set of Exams Voucher

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  1. Microsoft Private Cloud Certification Set of Exams Voucher

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  1. Microsoft Business Intelligence Certification Set of Exams Voucher

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Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365

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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.

PRACTICE ACCELERATOR FOR OFFICE 365

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.
FREE FOR CLOUD ESSENTIALS & CLOUD ACCELERATE PARTNERS

 

REGISTER NOW!

 

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.

Guidance for Partners Selling into SMB

If you work with small and medium business (SMB) customers, you know they have specific needs. In many cases they also face limitations on time, resources, and even budget.

To guide you through sales conversations with this unique market segment, I’ve outlined a few key priorities and products you can focus on. Here are some recommendations on training and readiness to get you up to speed:

First, lead with the cloud. It’s a buzz word for a reason! Cloud solutions enable businesses of all sizes to reduce overhead and storage costs. This is an especially vital selling point for your SMB customers.

There’s real value for you as a Microsoft partner. Those who lead with the cloud earn more revenue from on-premise product deployments of Microsoft technology.

Get more training through this Cloud Sales Training – SMB Partners learning path.

Next, pull through Small Business Server. This is the optimal server platform solution for your SMB customers because it’s affordable, and simplifies small business IT. Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is a great option for businesses with up to 25 users. It enables those customers to organize and access business info from virtually anywhere — safely. Small Business Server 2011 Essentials integrates with cloud technology — providing a way of seamlessly introducing the server into a cloud conversation. Check out this Windows Small Business Server 2011 Sales learning path as a starting point.

Finally, continue to sell Microsoft Office 2010 with Windows 7. They work better together to help your SMB customers optimize the desktop, work and collaborate better, stay productive anywhere, and protect their work. We have learning paths for both Office 2010 and Windows 7 to help you get started.

Questions on readiness for selling to SMBs? Ask  Brigitte Hayes !