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Actie: RealDolmen 4 Gold

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

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

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

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

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



Registration for these courses can be done via

Ready for the MPN Changes?

Earlier this week, previously communicated changes to the Microsoft Partner Network program officially went into effect. These include updates for Microsoft competencies and requirements.

Complete details of the changes can be found on the Microsoft Partner Network website, and you can refer to the Disclosure Guide that highlights what has changed.

Today, I want to call out one of the changes regarding Presales Technical assessments – and how we at MPN Training can help.

As part of the updates this week, Presales Technical assessments will now be required to earn the following competencies:

Collaboration and Content
Customer Relationship Management
Business Intelligence
Devices and Deployment
Enterprise Resource Planning

This requirement is designed to help you in your presales activities. Beyond being a requirement for these business areas, the Presales Technical Specialist program is a great way to boost your business: internal research shows that the impact of trained Presales Technical Specialists can lead to larger and faster deals. You can learn more about the Presales program here, and you’ll also find links directly to our partner learning paths, which show a recommended training path and can prepare you and your employees to pass the required assessments.

To help you make the transition to these new program changes, you can consult our learning paths. Also, take advantage of the Exam Pack offer to help you purchase packs of required certification exams.

Thank you for your interest in the Microsoft Partner Network.

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




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.




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.


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.



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.




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.


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.



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.




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.


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.


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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


Top 5 reasons to earn a Small Business competency

Capture the Small Business opportunity. Silver_promo

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.

SB benefits

Exclusive Nokia Lumia Promotion for BeLux Partners

As you certainly know, Windows Phone is having great momentum with Nokia, and yet we want to have another boost. That’s why today, we are announcing a special B2B Partner Promo.

Partners have been telling us, they would like to get more value out of their partnership. Well, here it is. For partners from Belgium & Luxembourg, with at least one gold, one silver competency or that are Cloud Essentials can buy Nokia Lumia 800’s at a very special low price*. On top of that, for the first 80 orders of more than 10 devices, we’ll give 1 Nokia Lumia 800 for free*!!! First come, first served.

This is a now-or-never offer for you as a partner (promotion ends May 31, 2012).

You can equip all your employees with great smartphones, or work out a promo for your B2B customers.

For more details, go to the Dutch or French promo sites.

*full details, terms and conditions on promo pages (see links above)