Our showcase for this week is Practice Accelerator.
 
First things first. What is a Practice Accelerator? It is an online, interactive training that provides managed partners with Microsoft Consulting Services-defined deployment best practices and guidance, to help you grow profitable businesses around a specific Microsoft solution. Microsoft Practice Accelerator provides a set of reusable tools and deployment best practices to help you accelerate time to market, increase customer wins and retention, and improve delivery quality through proven guidance.
 
There are currently two Practice Accelerator offerings available:
  • Data Center Infrastructure and Management – designed for technical specialists deploying solutions based on Windows Server 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012, and Microsoft Azure. Learn to quickly design and implement a virtualization platform that provides a solid foundation for IT development, and the foundation for private cloud solutions.
  • Microsoft Office 365 for SMB – this is the newest Practice Accelerator. It helps you learn the fundamental deployment principles and processes that lead to repeatable deployments of Office 365 for small and medium business (SMB) customers. Also review new features and tools provided for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Yammer, and Lync Online deployments and migrations.
 
Why would you use a Practice Accelerator?
 
Imagine you are delivering a solution to your customers. Where do you start? How do you deliver it consistently, and repeatedly, time after time? Practice Accelerator offerings can help you build your services practice around Microsoft technologies. You can use the comprehensive set of reusable tools and best practices to identify customer requirements and project scope, analyze customer needs, and deploy solutions.
 
Practice Accelerator is generally best to be consumed early in the product lifecycle, to set you up with foundational knowledge and provide consistent experiences to your customers.
 
Who should consider this training?
 
These sessions are best used by IT managers, managers of an IT services delivery team, principal/senior technical consultants within an IT services delivery team, senior IT solution architects within an IT services delivery team, or project leaders managing an IT cloud transformation effort for a Microsoft managed partner organization.
 
Frequently asked questions
  • How much does it cost?

    A Practice Accelerator costs five partner advisory hours

  • How long does it take?

    Courses take approximately eight hours.

  • What specifically is included in a Practice Accelerator course?

    During the interactive course, your instructor will review materials provided in the Practice Accelerator toolkit, including project guides, templates, architecture guidance, and planning and design guides. You will also review a broad range of technical topics and scenarios that may be encountered during enterprise deployment.

 
Take action
 
Related resources
  • Associate your individual account with your Microsoft Partner Network organization – you’ll need to take this step in order to register for a Practice Accelerator through the Partner Learning Center registration tool. Watch a helpful video, use the Simplified Association, or review this new downloadable document with instructions on how to associate.
  • Read case studies to see how other Microsoft managed partners have used this resource.
  • Read this blog about Partner Technical Services
  • Learn more about additional services available for the following products:
 
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