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

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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

Product Software Development is a Marathon #AllAboutAgile

Taken from the post by www.allaboutagile.com

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…Most people like short things: short tasks, short emails, learn-how-to-program-java-in-24-hours books, lose-weight-in-a-month video guides. Modern society is cursed by impatience and time pressure. Information flows hit us from all sides and we just can’t resist. We spend more and more time on shorter and shorter things.

Software development demands focus. You can’t create anything significant hopping from one thing to another. That is obvious. Less obvious is that product development demands patience.

patience is a virtue

Service development is different. In most cases you have a project with a visible end. It may be a year long, or even several years long. But still project will be completed someday… Or abandoned. Most service products are sprints. Clients pay you money and they want to have something as soon as possible. They radiate the impatience. They set deadlines. They resist to invest much into good engineering practices like automated tests. Yes, you negotiate all that and sometime with a success, but still it’s quite hard to sell a great development process to the customer. So you rush, cut corners, drop some good practices to save time and argue about change requests. Agile approach helps to solve some of these problems, but you still feel the constant…

Hosting Exchange 2013 Webinar Nov28th #Parallels #ServiceProviders #Hosters #HostedExchange2013 #HSP #MSP #HMC-RIP

Description: Microsoft recently launched Exchange 2013 and its hosted version. Join us to learn how to offer hosted Exchange 2013 so your custo mers can have the latest applications and services.
During this webinar, you will learn the new features of Exchange 2013 and how you can take advantage of these features with the next version of the Exchange Hosting module for Parallels Automation.

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Homer Simpson….Product Manager?

What services to offer?....Don’t Build a Homer!

Homer Simpson - Product Manager?
Homer Simpson - Product Manager?

In one of my favorite episodes of The Simpsons, Homer discovers that he has a long-lost brother. While Homer is just a schlub working at the Springfield nuclear power plant, his brother Herb is the owner of a successful car company. Herb generously offers Homer the chance to design the next year’s model car, since Homer understands the sort of car that will appeal to the common man.

“The Homer” is a disaster that puts Herb’s company out of business and bankrupts Herb personally. What’s wrong with the car? The sticker price is $82,000–far out of the price range for “the common man–because of all the features Homer added, such as…

A bubble dome for the driver, and another for passengers.
An “extremely large beverage holder”
Car horns that play “La Cucaracha”
Shag carpeting
Chrome air scoop and spoiler
Tail fins
Straps and muzzles for small children

You can probably guess where I’m going with this.

The Homer is a metaphor for product design gone wrong. Too many things that the customer might want, but really doesn’t need, at a price that no one wants to pay. Sound familiar?

Use the 80/20 rule…

If you try to build a cloud that satisfies 100% of the requests you receive from your customers, you are probably doomed to failure.

The principle states that you should be able to satisfy 80% of your requirements with a set of standard offerings that require 20% of your effort.

The remaining 20% of requests can easily absorb 80% of your effort if you let them.

Build a catalogue or menu of standard services targeted at meeting this 80% of requests.

The benefits of using standard offerings are faster time to market, lower cost and you will likely find that 90% or more of the new requests you receive are for your standard offering.

Credit: http://ecvmagazine.com/ http://blogs.forrester.com/tom_grant/08-03-18-homer_simpson_product_manager