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 As Microsoft transforms into a services and device company in this cloud-first, mobile-first world, it is very essential for us to collectively adapt our approach to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving market. Riding on this market potential, we have transformed the accessibility levels of our resources and trainings for partners to focus on their skill-building in the last one year.
This year we are further building the momentum with an integrated training calendar and a greater focus on specialized trainings on the type of the services, value or technology that partners would provide to their customers. These range from Level 100 – 300 trainings delivered through Cloud Café platform – Koffee with Experts, Coffee Tech Days and Tech Brew Fest to focused sessions for Hosting Service Providers (HSPs) and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs); In-person Workshops and Hands-on-labs too have been scheduled for intensive skill development. Over and above these trainings, online learning material is also available on Microsoft Virtual Academy and Cloud Platform University.
Cloud Café:
We recently announced the trainings calendar for the current quarter. Between now and September, twenty nine level 200 Coffee Tech Day sessions have been scheduled for your IT professionals and technical team. These trainings will be delivered in the form of webinar and cover a range of technologies – Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Windows 10, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Intune, Yammer and Windows Server 2016. You can check the schedule of August sessions on Cloud Café. We are soon going to release a handy digital flipbook as well as a ready reference for trainings.
HSP Competency Roadmap:
As I mentioned in the beginning, this year we are focused at developing competency in sync with the services you offer or plan to offer to your customers and the opportunities available in the ecosystem. We have taken the first step in this direction and rolled out a scalable competency plan for our HSP (Hosting Service Providers) partners. The schedule for this quarters’ trainings has just been released. We have 8 technical sessions lined up till September end providing expert insights into Office 365, Enterprise Mobility and Azure. Practice accelerators for Azure IaaS and Solution Accelerator trainings too will be delivered online through webinars. Not to be missed are the in-person workshops on COSN, SQL server and HOLs scheduled in August and September months. These will be held in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. In coming days, we will also deliver customized trainings to get on-boarded, grow or optimize your business as a Hosting provider depending on how far you have travelled on this road.
Special Savings on Certification Exam Vouchers:
While trainings is core to building readiness, certifications are equally critical to build your competency in the desired technology area.  We want to help partners increase market value, and one of the best ways to do that is to help you keep your workforce up-to-date and agile. Hence, recently we have announced big savings on Microsoft competency exams. By purchasing a Microsoft competency exam pack, you take a step toward meeting your organization’s Microsoft gold or silver competency requirements. This is the right time for you to buy the Voucher packs – with additional 10 Exams and 3 exams available for free if you purchase 10 exams and 5 exams at full price, respectively. Do check the details of this offer here and quickly choose the pack that works best for your company.
While this is just a snap shot of our readiness initiatives planned for the current quarter, I will keep sharing information on our future plans, especially the competency roadmap for CSP and other partners. Do watch out for the next communication on readiness!