SPLA Reseller Roadshow Training #SPLA #Hosters #ServiceProviders #Cloud

Register Here: http://bit.ly/14Y3qct

The Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) is designed for organizations that want to offer hosted software and services to end customers, such as Web hosting, hosted applications, messaging, collaboration, and platform infrastructure. SPLA partners have the ability to deliver a customized service with a flexible cost structure, no start-up costs, no monthly sales minimums or required term of commitment.

Microsoft now has over 22,000 service providers enrolled in the SPLA Program who have driven double-digit growth YoY for the past 3 years and in FY13 the global SPLA business surpassed the $1bn revenue mark.

Course Description:
This level 300 SPLA Reseller readiness training is specifically targeted at SPLA Resellers who want to have a detailed understanding of SPLA licensing. This training session consists of a series of short presentations followed by case work. Complex scenarios are covered such as Windows Server virtualization and SQL Server licensing.

Date & Time
4th September 2013
09:00 GMT – 16:00 GMT

Microsoft Ireland (Sales, Marketing and Services Group)
Building 3, Training room 5.42
Carmanhall Road
Sandyford Industrial Estate
Dublin 18

Directions on Microsoft Telebriefing: Microsoft Licensing For Bring-Your-Own-Device @DirectionsOnMS

Topic: Licensing For Bring-Your-Own-Device
Analyst: Rob Horwitz, Co-Founder, Research Chair
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT

When employees bring iPads to work and use them to access Microsoft software, they trigger potentially expensive and often unanticipated requirements for server applications, Office suites, and Windows client OS licensing, as well as impact the qualified devices count that must be reported under Enterprise Agreements (EAs).

This webinar will help organizations minimize licensing costs and avoid compliance issues by explaining the rules surrounding iPad use. Including how the different technical approaches iPads use to access Microsoft software can have widely variable licensing implications.

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Microsoft Enterprise Software Roadmap 2012 @On_MS_Products

Topic: Microsoft Enterprise Software Roadmap 2012
Analyst: Rob Helm, Managing VP
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. PST

Business intelligence, “cloud” data centers, and mobile devices will be the focus of major Microsoft software releases in 2012, and will be critical planks in the company’s longer-term enterprise strategy. In this webinar, Directions on Microsoft managing vice president Rob Helm summarizes Microsoft’s strategy, products, and 2012 releases and retirements in each of these three areas, and previews effects that they might have on a firm’s Microsoft licensing strategy.

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Ray Ozzie…’Dawn of a New Day’

Mary J Foley Wrote “…Ray Ozzie may be a lame duck at this point, as he will soon be leaving his Chief Software Architect post at Microsoft. But that hasn’t stopped him from publishing an updated assessment of Microsoft’s strategy and products.

On October 25, Ozzie posted to his newly minted blog a memo he sent to his staff and direct reports, entitled “Dawn of a New Day.” In it, Ozzie examines what Microsoft has and hasn’t achieved since he joined the company five years ago and penned his “Internet Services Disruption” memo.

The “Dawn of a New Day” memo makes it clear — at least to me — that Ozzie has concerns about Windows….”

Read more at the links below…

Microsofts Outgoing Chief Software Architect on the Post PC World

Ray ozzie: Dawn of a New Day Memo/

Ray Ozzie: The Internet Services disruption Memo

MSDN Flash Newsletter

Join the UK Technical Launch at Wembley Stadium

"… Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 are designed to help you be a leader in the new efficiency. That’s why we hope you’ll sign up for the UK’s live launch event to experience live demos and hear Microsoft’s technology specialists demonstrate how these products can work for you. This is the best chance to learn and network with 1,000 of your peers and explore the new efficiency…."

Windows 7 Showcase presentations & partner info

Presentations from the Windows 7 Showcase can be found here…
Use Windows 7 internally.
If you’re a Certified or Gold Partner (https://www.microsoft.com/msppdd/Home.aspx) , you’ll receive RTM internal-use licenses for Windows 7. With Windows 7 internal-use licenses, you’ll be able to run your business. Train your staff. Develop and test your new solutions. And demonstrate Windows 7 features to your customers using the Windows Demo Toolkit (https://partner.microsoft.com/40103571).
Learn about Windows 7.
Whether you’re in sales and marketing or an IT professional, you’ll be able to use Windows 7 role-based training (https://partner.microsoft.com/40110019) and readiness resources (https://partner.microsoft.com/40091612) to update your Windows 7 skills or acquire new ones.
Get the message out to your customers.
Get more value from your sales and marketing efforts with these launch event materials:
• Upgrade the Desktop Campaign (https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40068597)  offers sales resources geared toward small- and midsize business customers.
• Optimized Desktop Campaign (https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40083126) helps you capture the interest of your enterprise customers.
For additional Windows 7 resources, select your partner type from the list below:
• Windows 7 for System Builders – https://partner.microsoft.com/40103867
• Windows 7 for ISVs – https://partner.microsoft.com/40103819 
• Windows 7 for Services Partners – https://partner.microsoft.com/40103797 
• Windows 7 for Value Added Resellers (VARs) & Solution Providers – https://partner.microsoft.com/40103868 
• Windows 7 for Large Account Resellers (LARs) – https://partner.microsoft.com/40103860

Technet provides new High Level Strategy Resources for IT Managers/ Architects

Technet provides new High Level Strategy Resources for IT Managers/ Architects. Technet has long been a resource only for ‘In the Trenches’ IT Pro’s.

TechNet IT Management Portal – includes information on platform solutions, licensing and roadmaps.
TechNet IT Manager Webcast Series – looks into some of Gartner’s top technology trends for 2009.

Tech-Ed Highlights

Downloaded PowerPoints from some of the highlight sessions are available on my Skydrive viat:
I will add some more in time.
Unfortunately they are not creating a Tech-ED CD of post event resources, they have decided to go with an online-DVD, however this is only accessible by logging into the Tech-Ed site using a Registered Delegate Logon <Angry!!>
Why??? when the PDC 2008 resources have been made available and can be streamed ffrom Channel 9 MSDSN site  – http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008
Maybe they will see sense and make these sessions available to view by all </RANT>

PDC 2008 Highlights

The full list of sessions from PDC 2008 can be viewed at: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008
Keynote – Ray Ozzie, Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell
Keynote – A Lap around the Azure Services Platform
Symposium Title: Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground – A Practical and enthusiastic yet pragmatic look at the cloud opportunities. 
Symposium: Session 1: Expanding Applications to the Cloud
Symposium: Session 2: Enterprise Grade Cloud Applications
Symposium: Session 3: Cloud or No Cloud, the Laws of Physics Still Apply
A Lap Around Windows Azure
Under the Hood: Inside the Windows Azure Hosting Environment
Windows Azure: Programming in the CloudWindows Azure: Programming in the Cloud
Windows Azure: Essential Cloud Storage Services
Windows Azure: Architecting & Managing Cloud Services
SQL Services: Futures
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)
Downloadable powerpoint presentations (where available) for all the above sessions at:
Azure in a Nutshell
Azure consists of both an operating system and a set of services. Windows Azure is an operating system in the cloud which enables the building of applications and services hosted in Microsoft data centres. In addition it provides management capabilities that allows monitoring, trace and most importantly scale applications seamlessly as demand grows.
Read more about Azure Services platform at:


Microsoft PDC2008: Ozzie Introduces Azure

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie started off the company’s 2008 Professional Developer Conference With a discussion of the back-end , server parts of the company’s "software plus services strategy.
He introduced the new Windows cloud service, called Windows Azure – a new offering at the web tier of computing. (He thinks of tier one as individual clients – like Vista and Mobile; tier two as the enterprise, with products like Windows Server; and tier three as the web.)

Azure is a set of web services hosted on Microsoft’s servers, coming out now as a technology preview, but adding more features over time. Ozzie talked about how this builds up to a new "Azure Services Platform" – with the initial services including Live Services, .NET services, SQL services, SharePoint Services, and the Dynamics CRM Services all part of the platform.

Read more at: