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Webinar: Quarterly Briefing: “Independent” Office 365 Updates and Analysis
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Join us for this impactful and informative quarterly briefing hosted by Office 365 Nation (O365nation) that delivers specific news you can use to keep abreast of the Office 365 platform. This webinar is for MSPs, Consultants and Partners. You will: Hear the latest Office 365 numbers Discover the latest Office 365 chatter and gossip (layoffs in July at MSFT?) Why is Office 365 emerging as a platform Who are the Top 25 Office 365 Influencers in the World and why you should care? Who are the latest ISVs to build Office 365-specific solutions? Question and Answer session Hosted by...
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IAMCP Seattle May Chapter Meeting with Microsoft Channel Chief
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Microsoft Channel Chief Phil Sorgen will join the monthly IAMCP Seattle chapter meeting May as he details how Microsoft can uniquely accelerate its partners’ momentum and profitability in the cloud. The meeting will be held from 8-9 a.m. May 21 at the Microsoft Civica building, and is open to IAMCP members and non-members. A question and answer period will be held after Sorgen’s presentation. Those interested in attending should register here.                       
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How Blackberry is being reinvented as the secure business software provider it’s been
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BY Patrick Houston, long-time industry leader and founder of Media Architects Who’d have thunk it? Not me. Or not until Harry and I had a recent conversation with Blackberry’s David Moellenkamp. Remember the days when every blockbuster business or government movie character clicked away on a Blackberry keyboard? Gone. And for a time everything at the Waterloo, Canada, company seemed to go went bad to worse. Its every attempt to reverse its slide — never mind regaining its stature — seemed tone deaf to its customer base, never more symptomatic than its ill-begotten launch of the Playbook tab...
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Ready…Set….REDMOND: Fall 2015 Conference OPEN!
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With the belief of “Discere Faciendo” (Learn by Doing!), it’s time to register for the annual Fall conference. This year the conversations include Office 365, Windows 10 and Azure. The core conference is October 2-4 with a pre-day on October 1st. The details are at fall2015.smbnation.com. I guess my thoughts are this. You have rebooted your way out of the recession. Done. So now it’s essential that you add fuel to the fire. There is a perfect storm brewing of:
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I’ll take a very small cup of coffee with my Office 365
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Life on the road breeds great war stories. A couple of years ago, while conducting a 44-city Windows XP Migration tour, I stopped for coffee one morning at a Starbucks. Ahead of me, a customer was a bit “short” in being able to pay for a cup of coffee. Unable to pay the full amount, he asked if he could buy a very small cup of coffee. The lady behind him paid it forward and covered his coffee costs. I guess you had to have been there, but it was both a comical and touching scene. It got me thinking about pricing out Office 365 E3 and the return of the coffee shop story. First, the current sto...
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Office 365: Dollar a Holler!
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Years ago, to promote the Microsoft 70-282 certification exam, we ran some low cost radio ads inviting IT Pros to an exam cram workshop. It’s where I learned the phrase “dollar a holler.” Over this past weekend, I was thinking about Office 365 pricing, and that phrase crept back into my mind. The following is not a perfect analogy, but its close enough. LOL. Basically I’m looking at how you can inspect the value of the Office 365 E3 Plan. I need to make a few assumptions for my academic “dollar a holler” thesis to work. Assumptions are:
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Hansen speaks out about MSFT Enterprise Mobility Suite
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“Every day is another sunny day as we do our best each day to make sure there are updated features.” Thomas Hansen, Vice President of Worldwide SMB, Microsoft, shared in a far reaching interview this week. “A couple of years ago it was ‘how are we going to transition to cloud, how will we make money?’ Today, through effort of people like you, we have a large ecosystem. One of largest in the world. Every cloud solution from MS is available in various channel models. The Channel is now putting its weight behind cloud.” I would concur. The favorable ratings on cloud are skyrocketing in 2015, as t...
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Net New Friends at Cloud Summit 2015
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There’s nothing like tapping into a new community and making new professional friends. Such was the case this week at the Cloud Summit 2015 conference in Phoenix, AZ. Visually, there were over 800 attendees who were mainly SMB resellers (I was told this number was up from 500 last year). Throw in 30 vendors supporting the cloud play (e.g. Parallels) and heaps of well-known speakers (yours truly, Howard Cohen, Ken Thorsen, Keith Lubner) and you’ve got the formula for an impactful event. I will repeat. Because Office 365 is my niche, I heard what I wanted to hear. In the Cloud Selling Best Prac...
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