(Stephen Parker, Head of Cloud Strategy)
Although many Microsoft partners have addressed their “Why?” questions regarding MS Online and BPOS (soon to be Office 365), they are now asking “How?”. I will follow up with a fuller post at a later date but for now here are a few links that may be helpful:
- Following link is to an IDC white paper looking at successful BPOS practices around the world. (Disclosure - I provide associate services to IDC and was the co-author of this) https://partner.microsoft.com/productssolutions/40152835
- Microsoft Essentials. This is a new program from MS that is the first step to the “cloud competencies” that MS are working to introduce. This is free and provides additional internal usage rights for BPOS, CRM, Azure and InTune.
- Goto www.microsoftcloudpartner.com
- Sign in with the LiveId you use to manage your MS partner account
- Accept the “do you want to join” request
- If you have already signed the MOSPA you should have 2 green ticks on the qualify page. If the first box “active member of the MPN” is not ticked it is because you have not re-enrolled since the partner program was revamped at the start of November and you will need to go to the Partner Portal and simple re-enrol.
- Once you have two ticks you are an Essentials member and can claim your benefits (nb if you are an Australian partner look out for the special link for you to claim your benefits)
- MS Windows InTune will be available as part of the MS Online offers and part of your MOSPA in the new year. This will I believe be a significant play for specialists who target small businesses. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2010/08/06/microsoft-windows-intune-information-amp-resources-for-you.aspx