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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

Focus on drive to training, enabling career growth including certification

Become a Microsoft app expert.

Hands-on technical training helps you create new app experiences that scale across the tablet, PC, and phone. Whether you are building your first app in HTML5 with JavaScript or sharpening your competencies in C# and XAML, our comprehensive curriculum covers the skills and tools to broaden your expertise.  Reach your potential with training that fits your schedule and goals.

Choose from online learning or on-site classroom training that helps you continually learn the latest technology, build your skills, and advance your career. Further differentiate your skills with MCSD certification, the globally-recognized standard for developer excellence.

GO NOW to Microsoft Virtual Academy

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.

How to become a MCSA Windows 8 Solutions Associate

Do you want to be recognized for your Windows 8 knowledge ?

Prove you have the expertise to configure, manage and maintain a Windows 8 enterprise system.  A good foundation for your professional career !

The Oak3 Academy organizes 2 boot camps to help you earn your MCSA for Windows 8 Configuring

(exams 70-687 and 70-688).

We offer three possibilities to help you become a MCSA:

1. Training during office hoursSubscribe

Session 1

  • 5-8 August 2013 (9 – 16:30 h): 4 days training: course MS20687A: Configuring Windows 8
  • 9 August 2013 (9 – 12 h): Exam cram: the trainer explains what students can expect for the exam
  • 9 August 2013 (13 – 17 h): Exam: in the OAK3 Testing Center the attendees can take their exam immediately
  • Pricing: € 1.622 (VAT excl), including 4 days training, 1/2 day exam cram, 1/2 day exam, course material, exam voucher and lunches

Session 2

  • 30 September-3 October 2013 (9 – 16:30 h): 4 days training: course MS20687A: Configuring Windows 8
  • 4 October 2013 (9 – 12 h): Exam cram: the trainer explains what students can expect for the exam
  • 4 October 2013 (13 – 17 h): Exam: in the OAK3 Testing Center the attendees can take their exam immediately
  • Pricing: € 1.622 (VAT excl), including 4 days training, 1/2 day exam cram, 1/2 day exam, course material, exam voucher and lunches

2. Training during evening sessionsSubscribe

Session 1

  • 16-23-30 July and 2 August 2013 (19 – 21 h): 4 evenings: course MS20687A: Configuring Windows 8. Only the theory will be explained, attendees are expected to do the exercises in their own time.
  • 8 August 2013 (9 – 12 h):  Exam cram: the trainer explains what students can expect for the exam
  • 8 August 2013 (13 – 17 h): Exam: in the OAK3 Testing Center the attendees can take their exam immediately
  • Pricing: € 1.372 (VAT excl), including 4 evening sessions, 1/2 day exam cram, 1/2 day exam, course material and exam voucher

Session 2

  • 3-10-17-24 September (19 – 21 h): 4 evenings: course MS20687A: Configuring Windows 8. Only the theory will be explained, attendees are expected to do the exercises in their own time.
  • 4 October 2013 (9 – 12 h):  Exam cram: the trainer explains what students can expect for the exam
  • 4 October 2013 (13 – 17 h): Exam: in the OAK3 Testing Center the attendees can take their exam immediately
  • Pricing: € 1.372 (VAT excl), including 4 evening sessions, 1/2 day exam cram, 1/2 day exam, course material and exam voucher

3. Only exam cram and the examSubscribe

Session 1 : exam 70-687

  • You can choose not to take the training, and only join the 5th day with the exam cram and the exam itself
  • 9 August 2013 (9 – 12 h):  Exam cram MS20687 : the trainer explains what students can expect for the exam
  • 17 May 2013 (13 – 17 h): Exam 70-687: in the OAK3 Testing Center the attendees can take their exam immediately
  • Pricing: € 300 (VAT excl), including 1/2 day exam cram, 1/2 day exam and exam voucher

Session 2 : exam 70-688

  • You can choose not to take the training, and only join the 5th day with the exam cram and the exam itself
  • 4 October 2013 (9 – 12 h):  Exam cram MS20688 : the trainer explains what students can expect for the exam
  • 4 October 2013 (13 – 17 h): Exam 70-688: in the OAK3 Testing Center the attendees can take their exam immediately
  • Pricing: € 300 (VAT excl), including 1/2 day exam cram, 1/2 day exam and exam voucher

New Windows 8 Exams available !

Now available on Microsoft Learning: Exam 70-688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 and Exam 70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8. Note that Exam 70-688 is an optional exam for the Devices and Deployment competency.

More resources about Windows 8

Want to win a free exam voucher?

Dear Partner,

Win now a free exam voucher!

How?

Check your knowledge on Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2012 and demonstrate you are ready for presales engagements at your customers: take the MPN Pre-Sales Technical Assessment now. If you are one of the first 10 persons in Belgium and Luxembourg that passes the MPN Pre-Sales Technical Assessment you get your free exam voucher.

The first winners will receive an email (Live ID linked in MPN) in the first week of February.
Have a look here at the resources to prepare for the assessment.

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If you didn’t pass, you can always get more materials at the BI Presales Learning Path and improve your chances of closing deals. These materials can also help with upgrade/migration to SQL Server 2012 questions.

The exam voucher needs to be used before 1th of May 2013 for one of the below exams:
Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
Exam 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-457: Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012 – Part 1
Exam 70-458: Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012 – Part 2
Exam 70-459: Transition your MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 or MCITP Database Developer 2008 to MCSE: Data Platform
Exam 78-702: TS: Designing and Managing a Microsoft Business Intelligence Solution


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Free Study Guides Help Partners Pass Exams

Free Study Guides Help Partners Pass Exams

Two free study guides are available to give partners 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 partners self-assess their preparedness for each exam as well as providing free study resources for each objective area to quickly close knowledge gaps.

 

Jump Start for Exam 70-417 now on-demand

This accelerated, demo-rich virtual training session is designed to help IT pros upgrade skills to Windows Server 2012 in preparation for exam 70-417. The course is led by Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Ed Liberman from TrainSignal, two seasoned Windows Server experts with real world experience.