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Friday, December 21, 2012

Microsoft Cloud

Cloud program updates 
Access your personalized "Cloud Dashboard" and cloud tools Now!
Log in now to the newly launched Cloud Partner Program page on the Microsoft Partner Portalto use a new exciting feature. Once logged in, you will be able see a dashboard of your Cloud activities and quickly link to detailed reports.  Additionally on the new cloud pages you will find quick access to the most relevant and top used cloud tools and range of resources availablesuch as tools to help drive demand, resources to help you sell to and service your online services customers.  Get started now.

Utilize Delegated Administration to manage customer trials and accounts
As a benefit of being a Cloud partner, you have delegated administration privileges which allow you to administer your customer accounts including performing tasks such adding users, resetting passwords, or more technical tasks such as adding a domain. Get started now. 

Don’t miss out on Software License Benefits through Cloud Essentials!
As a Cloud Essentials member, you have access 25 software licenses of Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, and CRM online you can use to test drive Microsoft cloud services. By deploying your Cloud Essentials internal-use software you gain valuable hands-on experience that can help you more effectively sell cloud solutions and support your customers. Get started now.
Cloud solution updates 
Announcing - Cloud Deployment Program
The Microsoft Cloud Deployment program is designed to help Microsoft partners build a capable cloud deployment practice enabled through training, deployment tools and support to onboard enterprise customers to Office 365. As a part of this program, we will be making a significant investment in increasing support for our partners. Partners in the program will benefit from access to partner technology consultants to assist them in building their deployment plans and a new dedicated partner focused break/fix team of experienced technical support engineers that will soon be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help quickly resolve any technical glitches that may arise through the deployment process. You must have a minimum of Cloud Accelerate in order to join the enablement phase of the program. To get started, go here.

New Release of Windows Intune coming soon!
There are lots of exciting new changes coming with the next release of Windows Intune. New licensing terms, new product SKUs and of course new features. Make sure you’re in the know! The latest training sessions are below and look out for more events coming soon!

New Look to the Windows Intune Page
Taking feedback from our partners, we’ve introduced the Windows Intune Partner Digest to make it easier for partners to find what they are looking for and to make sure they’re looking at only the most recent and up-to-date materials. Visit our new page now!

Online Services Advisor - OSA Form Submission process for EAs
Effective November 1st, the submission steps to process a Partner of Record on an EA has been modified.  Partners should email their OSA Attach forms to their respective country Regional Support Center (RSC) email alias. To find the RSC email and contact number, please go here.  After sending in a completed form, you will receive an email from the RSC, with a unique tracking number.  You can refer to this tracking number for support and questions as needed.

New Online Services Advisor - Implementation Guide
The Online Services Advisor Implementation guide is now available on the Microsoft Partner Network!  This guide will give you the step-by-step view on how to participate, earn and maximize recognition of your sales efforts for Office 365, Windows Intune and CRM Online with Partner incentives. The guide can be found here.

Online Services Advisor - Jul - Oct Payment Update
There was a delay in the payout of Advisor incentives for Q1 (July – October).  A back payment to get caught up is scheduled for affected partners with an out of cycle payment to be disbursed in December. If you have any questions, please contact your OAM or the Regional Service Center (RSC)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM December 2012 Service Update - Release Preview Guide
Microsoft continues to bring new innovation and significant value in customer relationship management (CRM) software with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, a productive and flexible CRM solution that enables dynamic businesses to transform the way they find, win and retain customers. Our charter is to reimagine business applications and drive innovation. Learn more about CRM's long-term vision or Learn more about our latest product launch  - the December 2012 Service Update.

New tenant Qualification process for Academic and Government customer
Academic and Government customers who purchase Office365 via Web Direct will now be prompted to enter the domain to be process via an automated domain verification. Upon approval, customer will be able to continue their purchase. If Microsoft is unable to verify the domain, a support agent will contact the customer directly for verification. Click 
here for more information.
Sales & marketing 
New Cloud Case Study Template Available Now!
Publicize your cloud wins with the Cloud Newsletter Template exclusive to Microsoft Cloud Partners. Customer evidence is a great sales and marketing tool that can be used during customer visits, company website, as well as press exposure. Get started now

Office 365 Email Migration Solutions to help your customers!
Learn about Microsoft Partners  that provide Office 365 email migration services to help your customers make the transition to Office 365 and ensure that the process will be smooth and cost-effective. Get details about their solutions and current offers for Cloud Essentials and Cloud Accelerate partners now.
Support & training 
Speed up your business growth through Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365
Practice Accelerator for Office 365 guides you through an Office 365 deployment project from start to finish in three phases: deployment overview, planning and preparation guidance, and migration and post-deployment guidance. This is a Virtual, instructor-led, live training session for four hours per day over a four-day period. Multiple options in terms of languages and dates/time are available and can be found here. The Office 365 training is available to Cloud Accelerate or Cloud Essentials free of charge.
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