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Competency news March

Dear Partner

Last month, many program changes took effect, including requirements updates for Microsoft competencies and programs. In case you missed what changed, you can always review your Microsoft competency’s details. Also, the MPN Training team has resources to help you study for and pass required assessments and certifications. We recommend you start with our learning paths. And, remember that you can use the Exam Pack offer through May, to purchase packs of required certification exams.

Want to get an overview of all Belux training? Check out the Training Calendar!

. Are you making the most of your Microsoft Partner Network membership?

A new infographic from Microsoft Partner Network Training shows MPN Training by the numbers, including the quantified benefits of certification to teams, and how much training costs. Learn how you can best leverage their Microsoft partnership and MPN Training resources.

Stand out from the Crowd: 2014 Partner of the Year Awards!

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

40% off Certification Exams and a Second Shot to Pass!
Microsoft Partner Network competencies show your customers that you have proven capabilities and expertise on the latest Microsoft technologies. Right now, you can purchase packs of certification exams at up to 40% off. In addition, each voucher comes with a Second Shot if retakes are needed. Order packs before May 31, 2014 and be sure to use them before they expire at the end of the year.

Azure Technical curriculum – live training starts March 4

New Azure Technical Curriculum resources are available now on this MPN learning path. Live webcasts begin March 4.

Competency Specific Information

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

APPLICATION INTEGRATION

APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT

April 9: DevOps – Visual Studio Release Management Jump Start

Developers, IT administrators, and project managers: Are you interested in improving the software release processes? This no-cost, online live Jump Start is for you. Users of Visual Studio ALM will learn the skills to build an effective release pipeline with the Release Management functionality of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. Register here.

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

COLLABORATION AND CONTENT

COMMUNICATIONS

Sales Specialist Assessment for Communications (Lync 2013) – Hosting Track

To support the new Competency requirements, this assessment is now available in English + 10 localized languages.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

Virtual Convergence 2014

Can’t make it to Atlanta this year? You can still attend Convergence via Virtual Convergence, the no-cost, online event. Tune in the morning of March 4, 2014 for live broadcasts including the pre-show and keynote address, followed by general sessions. Come back after the event for on-demand access to hundreds of session videos. Register today and return March 4-6 for the live event.

Get ready for Microsoft Dynamics CRM spring release 2014

To prepare for the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the Getting Ready Guide has been updated to include information on readiness events and materials focusing on this new release. This document will continue to be updated as new materials become available over the coming months.  Check out Addendum I in the Getting Ready Guide to find out more.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM spring release 2014 Training Blitz

Save the dates: April 9, 2014 and April 10, 2014 for online training, designed for the following roles:

· Marketers

· Sales Specialists

· Presales Specialists

· Functional consultants

· Technical consultants

· Developers

Registration info coming soon.


Microsoft Dynamics CRM Enterprise Academy

This training provides 300-level technical training to help address the unique needs of your enterprise customers. Drive more architectural type knowledge into deals and implementations, and access technical content designed by R&D and Microsoft Services. All material is based on the new features and functionality of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013. Sessions are scheduled for the coming months – register today.

DATA PLATFORM

DEVICES AND DEPLOYMENT

Exams updated with Windows 8.1 content
Two new exams that count towards the Devices and Deployment competency are now updated with Windows 8.1 content: Exam 70-688 and Exam 70-689.

Partner Opportunity – Windows 8 Devices

In this 5-minute video, the Microsoft Windows product team demonstrates Windows 8.1 on a range of Windows device form factors to satisfy various customer usage requirements. Then, partners can discover five key resources where they can learn more to begin selling Windows 8.

DIGITAL ADVERTISING

 

ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING

Virtual Convergence 2014

Can’t make it to Atlanta this year? You can still attend Convergence via Virtual Convergence, the no-cost, online event. Tune in the morning of March 4, 2014 for live broadcasts including the pre-show and keynote address, followed by general sessions. Come back after the event for on-demand access to hundreds of session videos. Register today and return March 4-6 for the live event.

New E-Learning for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

The first Microsoft Dynamics course available on Microsoft Virtual Academy is now available. Be sure to take advantage of this free, on-demand learning offering for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013: Business Intelligence in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM spring release 2014 Training Blitz

Save the dates: April 9, 2014 and April 10, 2014 for online training, designed for the following roles:

· Marketers

· Sales Specialists

· Presales Specialists

· Functional consultants

· Technical consultants

· Developers

Registration info coming soon.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Enterprise Academy
This comprehensive technical training program is designed to enable enterprise partners to accelerate technical and functional capabilities to successfully sell and implement Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 solutions. These interactive trainings provide an opportunity to learn from Microsoft Certified Trainers or the Microsoft R&D team for the Advanced Workshops. Sessions are scheduled for the coming months – register today.

HOSTING

New Hosting track training and assessments
The Presales Technical Specialist Assessment for Datacenter – Hosting Track is now available in English + 10 localized languages. Coming soon: Presales Technical Assessment for Data Platform – Hosting Track.

See the Communications and Messaging sections for additional details related to Hosting tracks.

IDENTITY AND ACCESS

INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS

Save up to 40% on Intelligent Systems competency exams

Are you hoping to attain this new competency? Qualifying partners may receive 40% off the cost of exams required to fulfill the requirements. Exam vouchers are available for other MPN competencies as well.

Intelligent Systems development and deployment training

As part of the requirements for the new Intelligent Systems competency, the Windows Embedded team has developed a new training course and associated technical assessment around developing and deploying Intelligent Systems solutions, Microsoft’s solution that addresses the Internet of Things opportunity and the focus of the newest MPN competency. Access this training via the Intelligent Systems competency learning path.

LEARNING

 

MANAGEMENT AND VIRTUALIZATION

System Center 2012 R2 Advisor for IT Pros

This on-demand course explains the benefits of using System Center Advisor, and how to deploy and use Advisor on its own or integrated to System Center Operations Manager. You’ll also learn about the high level architecture in System Center Advisor, along with how it can be used to optimize your installation of Windows Server and server workloads.

App Performance Monitoring with System Center 2012 R2

Learn how to improve your company’s Application Performance Monitoring (APM). Also get insights into reporting and a holistic overview of APM and the application delivery lifecycle.

MESSAGING

Microsoft Exchange Conference April 2 in Austin, Texas
MEC is just around the corner: April 2, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Register now and connect with partners and experts on Exchange in the world of Office 365.

Sales Specialist Assessment for Messaging – Hosting track
This is now available in English + 10 localized languages. A newly published learning asset titled “The Value of Hosted Exchange” is also available in English.

MIDMARKET SOLUTION PROVIDER

Update your skills on Office 365
Exam 74-325 is available as an option to qualify for the Midmarket Solution Provider competency. Access Midmarket training via partner learning paths.

 

 

OEM

Competency requirement changes

Changes made to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) includes updates to the OEM competency requirements.  These updates include new Silver and Gold requirements for passing a qualifying exam or certification and passing a new business-focused assessment: MCP’s must pass Exam 70-684 or Exam 74-697 and a Device Sales Business Assessment. Also, new exams 74-324 and 74-325 have been added and are now available. Download and review the revised MPN disclosure guide (published in December) for detailed OEM competency updates that may affect you.

PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

Prepare for the Certification Exams
Study guides now available for Exams 74-343: Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013 or Exam 74-344: Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013.

SERVER PLATFORM

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

In this on-demand course, Microsoft Product Marketing Manager David Fabritius takes you through Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the new Windows Server Essentials Experience role available on the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2012 R2.

SMALL BUSINESS

New Exam: 70-687
This counts toward Small Business competency requirements.

Update your skills on Office 365
Exam 74-325 is available as an option to qualify for either the Small Business competency. Find Small Business via partner learning paths.

SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT

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

 

 

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.

Save up to 50% on competency exams

Build your product knowledge and capabilities by earning the certifications and accreditations that help you and your company stand out.

By purchasing a Microsoft Competency Exam pack, you take a step towards meeting your organization’s Microsoft gold or silver competency requirements. Hand out exam vouchers to individuals within your organization that need to get certified. Whether you’re looking to meet new competency requirements or to simply highlight your team’s world-class skills, this is the best way to get started.

Through December 31, 2013, MPN Competency Exam packs are available for 50% off a pack of 20 exams or 40% off a pack of 5 exams. Individuals have until May 31, 2014 to schedule and take the qualifying exams in the packs. These vouchers do not come with Second Shot. For a list of qualifying exams, please visit Prometric. 

Buy your vouchers today!

Competency news June 2013

 

 

Dear Partner

First things first: are you coming to Houston for WPC 2013?

The annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is a great opportunity to connect with the people, trends, and tools that matter. Register for WPC 2013, taking place July 7 – 11 in Houston, Texas.

What’s New

How has Microsoft Virtual Academy helped you advance your career?

Did you get a promotion or find a better job? Let us know! Take the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) Fast Track Challenge by submitting your story for a chance to win cool prizes and be recognized by the MVA community.

Are you attending TechEd?

Check out a list of complimentary certification prep resources, plus 50 percent savings on MCP and MTA exams onsite.

 


MPN Competencies

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Competency Specific Information

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Windows Store Application Development on-demand training

Build your skills and learn best practices for designing Windows Store apps. Take training powered by Microsoft Services to expand your skillset and develop with confidence. These workshops can help you maximize the development tools and work more effectively with the Windows Store.

· Skill builder series

· Best practices

Now on-demand: Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start
Join Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Chris Mayo and Big Nerd Ranch Director of Design Brandy Porter as they show you the ins and outs of designing a better UX for Windows 8.

Build skills and prep for exams with on-demand C# Jump Starts

Whether you are developer looking to bulk up on C#, get a refresher on core concepts, or learn intermediate to advanced techniques for building Windows Store apps, this accelerated MVA course is for you. Microsoft Technical Evangelist Jerry Nixon and the co-founder of Crank211, Daren May, show simple and complex techniques you can take back to your workplace. As well, these Jump Starts help you get prepared for MCSD: Windows Store Apps using C# exams.

APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT

Jump Start exam preparation

Are you looking to attain or renew the ALM competency? MVA offers the following accelerated virtual training courses – now on-demand – to help you better understand the technology and solutions as well as prepare for the Microsoft Certification exams that are required to earn the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Application Lifecycle Management.

· Exam 70-496: Administering Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012

· Exam 70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012

· Exam 70-498: Applying ALM with Visual Studio 2012

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Discover the power of SQL Server 2012 at a Tech Showcase event

As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server 2012 can help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by mission critical confidence. Register for a Tech Showcase event to learn about new product features as well as MCSA: SQL Server 2012 and MCSE: Data Platform certification requirements.

COLLABORATION AND CONTENT

COMMUNICATIONS

Lync 2013 sales training: now updated with Technology Workloads module

“Lync Technology Workloads” provides detailed information on functionality within Lync 2013 that extends and enhances the collaborative experience and improves workplace productivity. Within the module are three training sessions: “Lync Voice,” “Lync Video for Everyone,” and “Lync Presence and Conversation.” Access the presentations in the Partner Learning Center; these training items will also be added to the Lync 2013 sales and presales technical learning path and used as the basis for a new Lync 2013 Presales Technical Assessment that will become mandatory for the Communications competency soon.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

Dynamics sessions at WPC 2013

Are you registered for WPC 2013? The conference takes place in Houston, July 7 – 11, and will feature more than 30 Microsoft Dynamics-focused sessions. Visit PartnerSource for more details.

Partner Incentives update

Explore a roadmap of long-term plan for partner incentives, learn about adjusted CSA Fee Rates, and improved alignment of Microsoft Dynamics products and the enterprise market space. These updates come as a direct result of partner feedback. Visit PartnerSource page for detailed information. 

DATA PLATFORM

Discover the power of SQL Server 2012 at a Tech Showcase event

As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server 2012 can help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by mission critical confidence. Register for a Tech Showcase event to learn about new product features as well as MCSA: SQL Server 2012 and MCSE: Data Platform certification requirements.

New Microsoft Certified Solutions Master for Data Platform

The MCSM: Data Platform certification provides validation and recognition of deep technical expertise on Microsoft SQL Server technologies to IT professionals.

DEVICES AND DEPLOYMENT

Office and Office 365 Ignite webcasts

· Introduction to Office 365 Architecture: Get insights into what Microsoft software developers and product managers are aiming to accomplish with Office 365.

· Office 365 Service Management: Learn how to service and keep Office 365 running efficiently with service incident communication, reporting, and utilizing the Office 365 Team.

Now on-demand: Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start
Join Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Chris Mayo and Big Nerd Ranch Director of Design Brandy Porter as they show you the ins and outs of designing a better UX for Windows 8.

Time is nearly out: submit your Windows Intune video before June 30!

The Windows Intune Gallery is a celebration of the knowledge and creativity of our partners. We want to showcase as many of your stories as possible. Create a short video that demo the product, talk about the partner business opportunity and showcases customer wins. Videos don’t need to be polished and professional. We’re looking for content rather than production quality. Hurry – time to submit is running out! 

DIGITAL MARKETING

 

ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING

Dynamics sessions at WPC 2013

Are you registered for WPC 2013? The conference takes place in Houston, July 7 – 11, and will feature more than 30 Microsoft Dynamics-focused sessions. Visit PartnerSource for more details.

Partner Incentives update

Explore a roadmap of long-term plan for partner incentives, learn about adjusted CSA Fee Rates, and improved alignment of Microsoft Dynamics products and the enterprise market space. These updates come as a direct result of partner feedback. Visit PartnerSource page for detailed information. 

Implementing core user scenarios with Office 365

for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

HOSTING

 

IDENTITY AND ACCESS

 

MANAGEMENT AND VIRTUALIZATION

Build a Private Cloud, prepare for Exams 70-246 and 70-247

Presales technical specialists, datacenter architects, and implementation consultants: step through the process of designing and implementing a Private Cloud with a complete solution stack including Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012, and Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. Contains expert-led video lectures and demos, structured reading materials, and step-by-step lab guides. This course also helps you prepare for MCSE Private Cloud certification exams 70-246 and 70-247, which can help you meet requirements for the Management and Virtualization competency.

MESSAGING

Upcoming Ignite events: Microsoft Exchange

Bookmark the Ignite portal where you can see upcoming Ignite events and webcasts, resource distribution, and interactive content.

MIDMARKET SOLUTION PROVIDER

MOBILITY

OEM

Coming July 2013: increase your skills for preinstalling the latest OEM software

Look for the new Exam 74-697: OEM Preinstallation to learn how to quickly and correctly deploy Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Office 2013, and other applications onto the PCs and devices you build. Certify your skills for preinstalling Microsoft’s latest OEM software and qualify your business for the OEM competency.

PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

New! Project and Portfolio Management Sales Specialist accreditation

This sales training and assessment is designed to help you sell Microsoft Project and meet requirements of the Project and Portfolio Management competency. Learn what’s new in Microsoft Project Professional 2013 and Project Professional for Office 365, how to demonstrate Microsoft Project, and deliver a successful proof-of-concept.

SERVER PLATFORM

MVA Q&A: System Center 2012 now on-demand

If you missed the live Q&A, watch it on-demand. In response to great feedback on previous System Center courses, we asked Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman to host this special session, and it was very well-received.

Windows Azure for IT professionals Jump Start

IT professionals who want a fast-paced and real-world understanding of the latest features of Windows Azure will appreciate this no-cost Jump Start course. Microsoft Lead Azure Technical Evangelist David Tesar and Azure Group Technical Product Manager David Aiken show how you can use Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, such as Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, to migrate, extend, run, manage and monitor common workloads in the cloud.

SMALL BUSINESS

June 11-12: Administering Office 365 for Small Business Jump Start

Register today for this one and a half day, demo-rich Jump Start aimed at helping IT pros administer Microsoft Office 365 for small and medium businesses. Stephen Hall, CEO – District Computers, LLC and Chris Oakman, Chief Infrastructure Officer – Eastridge Technology are back with a new and updated version of their popular MVA course covering Microsoft Office 365. This will be a fast-paced and engaging learning experience helping you get ready for the new and upcoming Microsoft Office 365 exam 74-325 not yet published.

Learn how to make money with the New Office

No-cost, online, on-demand training is available for partner sales teams on selling new Office to small and medium businesses, understanding revenue opportunities within the new Office business model, and accelerating the sales of cloud services. Take the Sales Specialist training and assessment for Small Business to sell more and to help your company achieve the Small Business competency.

SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT

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Competency News April

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This month we feature a variety of offers and other time-sensitive announcements – be sure to look for key dates in the sections below. Also, check out Exam Preps for SQL Server and Windows Server, which offer a great way for you to get ready for competency-required certification exams.

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Through April 30: you could win a Windows 8 tablet!

Congrats to winners of the February “Win a Windows 8 Tablet” promotion! Eddie Duffy, a Senior Account Manager from Orchid Business Computing in the UK, won one of the Windows 8 tablets. Eddie has earned the Sales Specialist in Communications/Microsoft Lync solutions. The February Presales Technical Specialist winner is Anagha Ambalkar, a SharePoint developer from Genie Infotech in India. “I found the free, online BI presales course helpful in visualizing customer business requirements and providing solutions as per their existing business infrastructure,” explains Anagha. There’s still time for you to enter. Pass a Sales Specialist or Presales Technical Specialist assessment through April 30 and be entered to win a Windows 8 tablet. Complete details here.

Microsoft Competency Exam offer ends May 31

Purchase a pack of 3, 5, 8, or 20 competency exams for up to 40% off and, for a limited time, get a no-cost second chance to pass the exams if needed. This is only available until May 31, 2013, but if you order yours today, you have until December 31, 2013 to complete all exams.

Competency Specific Information

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

On-demand: Advanced Windows Store app development with HTML5 Jump Start

Microsoft technical evangelists Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo deliver this accelerated course, full of great demos. Discover advanced techniques to help build Windows 8 apps that stand out. This one received excellent reviews and can help you prepare for Exam 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript.

Building web apps with ASP.NET Jump Start

Get an accelerated introduction to building modern web applications with ASP.NET, targeting key scenarios for building mobile ready websites, social web applications, and modern HTML5 browser features. Led by principal program manager Scott Hanselman and technical evangelist Jon Galloway.

Programming in C# Jump Start: Exam 70-483 preparation

Microsoft technical evangelist Jerry Nixon and co-founder of Crank211 Daren May deliver an engaging, demo-rich Jump Start course, now available on-demand on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The accelerated course for intermediate to seasoned developers covers core concepts and features of C#. The course loosely follows the criteria for Exam 70-483.

On-demand Jump Start: build apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Developers: learn best practices and techniques to help you deliver apps for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Engaging, demo-rich courses is led by senior technical evangelist Ben Riga.

APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

April 18 webcast: Important changes to SQL Server 2012 licensing model

Learn about the shift from the per processor licensing model to a per core licensing model for SQL Server 2012. These transition options can be complicated, and early indications show these are happening incorrectly. This Academy Live session will recap changes made and provide a guide on how to help customers transition correctly to a per core licensing model. In addition to this webcast, you can find valuable information on SQL Server licensing, sales, and migration on-demand using these Sales Specialist and Presales Technical Specialist training resources.

No-cost Exam Preps for SQL Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-461, 70-462, and 70-463.

PASS Business Analytics Conference April 10-12

Are you traveling to Chicago? This is your chance to get answers to data collection and analytics questions that impact your customers’ decision-making process. You also can network with thought leaders, learn industry-specific case studies, and apply the knowledge you learn to help customers stay ahead in the competitive marketplace.

COLLABORATION AND CONTENT

Ignite series: partner readiness days

Learn how to sell Office 365 to the enterprise, explore how to build your practice, and learn the new Office partner value proposition. Technical training also available. See the schedule and register here.
Office Ignite sales and technical content

For sales roles, the Office Ignite Sales modules provide you with insights, resources, and tools to sell the new Office to your SMB and enterprise customers. Learn best practices, discover selling programs, and explore available tools to help you.

For technical partners, check out the Office Ignite Technical modules, a mix of 300- and 400-level content. These sessions are designed for IT professionals and Exchange administrators who develop, design, or deploy for their organizations or customers. Note that these modules require both a technical background and experience with prior versions of Office, Office 365, and Exchange. sales readiness March 15, 2013
• Bangalore Technical readiness March 18-20, 2013, Partner O365 sales readiness March 21, 2013
• Beijing Technical readiness March 26-28, 2013
• Miami Technical readiness April 9-11, 2013, Partner O365 sales readiness April 8, 2013
For more info or to register go to http://aka.ms/bg01e5sales readiness March 15, 2013
• Bangalore Technical readiness March 18-20, 2013, Partner O365 sales readiness March 21, 2013
• Beijing Technical readiness March 26-28, 2013
• Miami Technical readiness April 9-11, 2013, Partner O365 sales readiness April 8, 2013

COMMUNICATIONS

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

Did you miss Convergence?

If you registered for Virtual Convergence, you can access sessions and content on-demand, including replays of the keynote and general sessions.

DATA PLATFORM

No-cost Exam Preps for SQL Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-461, 70-462, and 70-463.

DEVICES AND DEPLOYMENT

On-demand Jump Start: build apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Developers: learn best practices and techniques to help you deliver apps for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Engaging, demo-rich courses is led by senior technical evangelist Ben Riga.

DIGITAL MARKETING

 

ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING

Date Change for Competency Exam Requirement

The retirement date for Exam 70-432: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance, previously communicated as May 2013, has been moved to October 2013. Your company must employ or contract with MCPs who have passed Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases prior to your first renewal date after October 2013.

Reminder: Microsoft Certification Exams Now Available

A reminder that the following exams are available in advance of upcoming certification requirements for the ERP competency: 

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 (required starting in October 2013):

o Exam MB7-700: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Installation & Configuration

o Exam MB7-701: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Core Setup & Finance

o Exam MB7-702: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 C/Side Development

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (required starting in January 2014):

o Exam MB3-700: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Installation & Configuration

Microsoft Dynamics C5 2012 (required starting in January 2014):

o Exam MB5-700: Microsoft Dynamics C5 2012 Application Consultant

Did you miss Convergence?

If you registered for Virtual Convergence, you can access sessions and content on-demand, including replays of the keynote and general sessions.

HOSTING

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412.

IDENTITY AND ACCESS

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exam 70-412.

MANAGEMENT AND VIRTUALIZATION

April 3: MVA live Q&A on Microsoft Virtualization

Interested in Microsoft virtualization? Join senior technical evangelist Symon Perriman April 3 8:30-10:30 a.m. Pacific for a live Q&A session focused on topics covered in the “Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start. In case you missed that Jump Start, it is now available on-demand. Bring your questions to the Q&A! Register now.

Gain access to data center migration tools

When you complete Practice Accelerator for Data Center Consolidation and Migration, you become qualified to access the Virtual Machine Migration Toolkit. This toolkit helps automate the migration of virtual machines for conversion to Hyper-V.

MESSAGING

MIDMARKET SOLUTION PROVIDER

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-410, 70-411, 70-462, and 70-463.

MOBILITY

Programming in C# Jump Start

Microsoft technical evangelist Jerry Nixon and co-founder of Crank211 Daren May deliver an engaging, demo-rich Jump Start course, now available on-demand on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The accelerated course for intermediate to seasoned developers covers core concepts and features of C#. The course loosely follows the criteria for Exam 70-483.

On-demand Jump Start: build apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Developers: learn best practices and techniques to help you deliver apps for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Engaging, demo-rich courses is led by senior technical evangelist Ben Riga.

OEM

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412.

PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

SERVER PLATFORM

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exams 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412.

SMALL BUSINESS

Exam 74-324: Schedule your exams

If you registered to take Exam 74-324 using the free vouchers, be sure to complete it before June 30, 2013 when the code expires. If you need to reschedule or cancel an exam, proper notice is required and fees may apply. Get more details on the updated Training Spotlight blog post.

No-cost Exam Preps for Windows Server 2012

Do you know about the 90 Days to MCSA program? It’s a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server that includes free Exam Preps, a clear roadmap, tools, and community support. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today. Includes training for Exam 70-410.

Practice Accelerator for Office 365 – no cost for Cloud Essentials and Cloud Accelerate partners 

Did you recently join the Cloud Essentials program? If so, or if you are already a Cloud Essentials or Cloud Accelerate partner, you can take the Practice Accelerator for Office 365 at no cost. This Practice Accelerator can help you be sure you’re ready to help your customers move to the cloud. Get details here.

SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT

Competency news: December edition

December 2012

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Learn what’s new about your competency and get the latest info and tips!

MPN Competencies

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Competency Specific Information

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Take the HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript Jump Start – get an exam voucher! 

Microsoft partners: You can get a voucher for Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 when you take the Developing Windows 8 Apps Jump Start online training. Get details (log-in required).

APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT

Visual Studio 2012 readiness

First, review the learning path to discover the latest sales, licensing, and technical training.

· How sell Visual Studio 2012 and attach other products: partner materials, reseller kit

· Host customer events using launch-in-a-box kits Part 1 and Part 2

· Host ALM customer events with the ‘Rise to the New Normal’ IT decision maker event-in-a-box kit

Sales Specialist competency assessment

This 200-level, 45 minute sales assessment covering Visual studio 2012 can help you prepare to meet ALM competency requirements. Available in English.

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Upcoming Practice Accelerator session December 10th

Business Intelligence (SQL Server 2012) – December 10th 9 a.m. Pacific. Register here.

COLLABORATION AND CONTENT

New! Beta publication of the new SharePoint 2013 exams

· 71-331 Core solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (live version will be available February 1st)

· 71-332 Advanced solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (live version will be available February 1st)

Courseware mapped to these exams is in development and scheduled to go live in the coming months:

· Course 20331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

· Course 20332: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

Google compete courses

· New Office: Competing to Win Against Google Apps in the Enterprise

This session is designed to help you become stronger in knowing the key value pillars and differentiators in Office 365, to help your business compete to win against Google Apps in your enterprise customer engagements in winning against and winning back from scenarios.

· New Office: Competing to Win Against Google Apps with Small Business Customers

This session is designed to help you become stronger in knowing the key value pillars and differentiators in Office 365, to help your business compete to win when engaged in Google Apps competitive scenarios such as winning against, and winning back customers.

Workshop: Building apps for Microsoft Office and SharePoint 2013 using web technologies

Developers: learn the concepts of the new app model and how to use it for building apps for Office and SharePoint. Also, consider about elasticity, scalability, and reliability of your backend services, and the steps for getting your app into the Office Store. Find an event in your area.

COMMUNICATIONS

Lync conference February 19-21, 2013

You are invited to the first-ever Lync Conference to learn about the Lync platform futures, and connect with the Lync engineers, consultants, partners, and attendees. Event takes place in San Diego, California. Visit the conference website to register.

Newly available Lync 2013 exams

· 70-336 Core solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013

· 70-337 Enterprise voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Courseware mapped to these exams is in development and scheduled to go live in the coming months:

· Course 20336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013

· Course 20337: Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Deploying Lync Server 2010?
Take Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice to get best practices and reusable tools that can help you enable customers to communicate from anywhere in a cost-effective and secure manner. Use your Microsoft Partner Network benefit – 5 partner advisory hours – to participate in this training.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

New technical training: Microsoft Dynamics CRM

· SDK new features

· Cross browser and online new features

Convergence 2013 – early registration now open!

Register for this premier Microsoft Dynamics event by January 25, 2013, to receive $300 USD off the registration fee! Convergence is a great event to attend with your customers—it provides an opportunity to increase revenue, strengthen relationships, and network with peers and experts from around the world. Register now and check PartnerSource (login required) for easily customizable marketing materials and resources to help you drive attendance by your customers.

DATA PLATFORM

DEVICES AND DEPLOYMENT

Increase Volume Licensing opportunities with Windows 8 and new Office

The updated Good-Better-Best sales card for enterprise can help you qualify opportunities and drive sales for Windows 8 and the new Office. Learn how to engage with customers, listen to their challenges, sell these new products with EA attach, and more. This training is specifically tailored for LAR and SI partners who sell into the Corporate Account segment with 250 PCs to 2,500 PCs, who can take advantage of Enterprise Agreements, Select and other VL products.

Windows 8 e-book offer

Get a no-cost e-book to explore the new features Windows 8 offers for IT professionals and businesses. This e-book is designed to help you prepare to deploy Windows 8, deliver apps, and manage recovery, security, and virtualization. Download this first preview release. For full details on the offer, visit the Microsoft Press blog website

Put your optimized desktop practice on the fast track
Learn how you can use delivery methodology and templates developed by Microsoft to help guide your customers to create a more secure and reliable desktop environment. Use your Microsoft Partner Network benefit – 5 partner advisory hours – to participate in this training.

DIGITAL MARKETING

Take the HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript Jump Start – get an exam voucher! 

Microsoft partners: You can get a voucher for Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 when you take the Developing Windows 8 Apps Jump Start online training. Get details (log-in required).

Sales Specialist competency assessment
This 200-level, 45 minute sales assessment can help you prepare to meet Digital Marketing competency requirements. Available in English.

Updated competency learning path

Now featuring updated assessments including the Sales Specialist item (see above) and Bing ads and SEO assessments.

ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING

New technical training: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

· Financial new features – Part 1 and Part 2

· System-wide new features

Convergence 2013 – early registration now open!

Register for this premier Microsoft Dynamics event by January 25, 2013, to receive $300 USD off the registration fee! Convergence is a great event to attend with your customers—it provides an opportunity to increase revenue, strengthen relationships, and network with peers and experts from around the world. Register now and check PartnerSource (login required) for easily customizable marketing materials and resources to help you drive attendance by your customers.

HOSTING

 

IDENTITY AND ACCESS

 

MANAGEMENT AND VIRTUALIZATION

Upcoming Practice Accelerator session

Datacenter Consolidation and Migration – December 10th 9 a.m. Pacific. Register here.

Free study guides to help you pass exams

Two free study guides are available to give you the best prep possible to pass Microsoft Learning (MSL) exams. The guides were created by Microsoft Evangelist Keith Mayer, who recorded all the study resources that he used to pass the exams himself. Each guide helps you self-assess their preparedness for each exam as well as providing free study resources for each objective area to quickly close knowledge gaps.

· Study guide for Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

· Study guide for Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization (Note: through January 2013, exam 70-659 may be taken in place of Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012)

MESSAGING

New! Beta publication of new Exchange 2013 exams

· 71-341 Core solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (live version will be available January 15th)

· 71-342 Advanced solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (live version will be available January 15th)

Courseware mapped to these exams is in development and scheduled to go live between January and March 2013; however, if you want to get a head start, visit this site to access the new Exchange online guided lab platform.

Deploying Exchange Server 2010?
Customers are demanding greater mobility, with anywhere access to communications. Meet that demand more easily with tools and resources provided through Practice Accelerator. Use your Microsoft Partner Network benefit – 5 partner advisory hours – to participate in this training.

MIDMARKET SOLUTION PROVIDER

MOBILITY

Take the HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript Jump Start – get an exam voucher! 

Microsoft partners: You can get a voucher for Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 when you take the Developing Windows 8 Apps Jump Start online training. Get details (log-in required).

Windows Phone 8 Development Internals – special offer

Microsoft Press is making Windows Phone 8 Development Internals available in two preview digital editions—plus the final e-book, when ready—at special promotional pricing. This e-book provides an in-depth look into how the new Windows Phone 8 platform works, how it differs from Windows Phone 7.x, and how you can take advantage of the platform to build apps and games that you can sell through the Windows Store to reach millions of customers directly. See complete details.

Study guide for exam 70-243

This guide, developed by Microsoft Evangelist Keith Mayer, contains various study resources and presents the exam objectives in a checklist format for ease of use. This guide is designed to help you prepare to pass Exam 70-243:  Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

OEM

Competency exam changes

The OEM competency qualifying exams are being updated to help ready our OEMs, resellers and system builders on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. See the OEM competency learning path for the latest list of qualifying exams and training resources.

PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

SERVER PLATFORM

Upgrade your Windows Server 2008 certification – special offer

Windows Server 2008 certification holders: Buy an MCSE: Server Infrastructure, MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure, or MCSE: Private Cloud upgrade certification exam set, and get an exam 70-417 at no-cost, along with complimentary training for the exam and Second Shot offers (retakes!) on all of the exams in the pack. Request your certification today.

Refreshed sales assessment

The Sales Specialist assessment has been revised for Windows Server 2012 and is now available for you to take as part of your Server Platform Competency achievement. It’s in English only right now, but will be available in multiple languages later this year.

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V meets high IT demands, saves on costs

An independent evaluation recently published by ESG Labs reveals that Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V running SQL Server 2012 tier-1 workloads in a virtualized environment significantly improved performance, scalability, and the ability to reduce IT’s total cost of ownership. The report is fully redistributable by partners and a great tool for helping customers understand Hyper-V’s ability to meet their most demanding IT needs without sacrificing performance. For more information, check out the Server and Cloud blog or go directly to the full and summary reports.

Windows Server 2012 learning path – more than 80 technical courses

Find training on popular topics including Hyper-V, networking, and storage. Less techie-types can check out the sales and licensing training, get a product overview, or take an MSL course and exam that leads to MCSA/MCSE certifications.

Windows Server 2012 exams

The following exams, which can help you meet Server Platform competency requirements, are now available at Prometric test centers worldwide. These exams are also applicable for Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification:

· 70-413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

· 70-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

SMALL BUSINESS

Reminder: Small Business exam

Have you taken Exam 74-324 Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses yet? This was created especially with small business-focused partners in mind. You can get ready for this exam now through the associated Jump Start training.

$999 offer ending soon

Through December 31st, you can earn a Silver Small Business competency for USD $999. Find complete eligibility and details here. Also, view the Small Business Competency requirements page for information about the competency benefits and requirements.

Build a practice in the cloud

Be sure you’re ready to help your customers move to the cloud. Special offer: Practice Accelerator for Office 365 is available at no cost to Cloud Essentials and Cloud Accelerate partners.

SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT

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