Expand Your SMB Practice with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest growing Microsoft products in SMB. If you are new to Azure, now is the time to get started and get ahead of the competition … especially with Azure in Open licensing becoming available starting in August!

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Everything you need from A to Z can be found at CloudSureStep: Azure, whether you are just beginning or already have a thriving Azure practice. Leverage the familiar directory style format you know from Cloud SureStep:Office 365 (formerly Cloud 1-2-3), to help set you up for success and nurture you along the path.

Visit Cloud SureStep:Azure today and check back often with new content being added frequently.

Ready to get started?

Take the first step and use the checklist below to jumpstart your Azure practice. We have consolidated and outlined the resources you will need to help you get to know the Azure platform, set up your practice, learn how to make money and which solutions to sell, and much more. Get started today!

Checklist to Get Started with Microsoft Azure:

Meet Microsoft Azure
Meet Microsoft Azure & Microsoft Azure 101
Azure Services Overview
□ Learn about Microsoft Azure in Open
     -Azure Ramp Up Virtual Summit
     -Azure in Open Ready-to-Go resources
How to purchase
□ Get familiar with the core Microsoft Azure scenarios
□ Learn how to create a virtual machine
□ Learn about Microsoft Azure backup
□ Learn about Microsoft Azure websites

Set up your Microsoft Azure practice
□ Download and use Microsoft Azure internally
□ Enroll in Action Pack and receive a $100/month Microsoft Azure credit
□ Learn about Microsoft Cloud Performance Competencies – NEW
     -Earn a Silver Cloud Competency - FREE for a limited time

Hone your Microsoft Azure skills
Azure Essentials Web Series
     Business Track:
       □ Getting Started with Microsoft Azure (on-demand)
       □ The 4 Fastest Paths to Microsoft Azure - 9/4/14 (Register)
       □ How to Buy and Make Money with Microsoft Azure - 9/9/14 (Register)
       □ Solving Security and Compliance Concerns with Microsoft Azure - 9/11/14 (Register)
       □ Winning Against the Competition - 9/25/14 (Register)
     Technical Track:
       □ Tech Dive: Protecting Customer Data with Microsoft Azure Backup ­­(on-demand)
       □ Tech Dive: Easily Extend Customer Networks with Microsoft Azure (on-demand)
       □ Tech Dive: Microsoft Azure Identity Management and Office 365 (on-demand)
       □ Tech Dive: Extend Your Customer Data Center with Microsoft Azure - 9/16/14 (Register)
       □ Tech Dive: Tap Into the Power of SQL with Microsoft Azure - 9/18/14 (Register)
□ Partner Learning Center Microsoft Azure training courses
Microsoft Azure Technical Training Kit
□ Sales Training
       □ Answers to Common Questions for Microsoft Azure Pre-Sales
       □ Driving Business Opportunities with Microsoft Azure
       □ Microsoft Azure: Assessing the Feasibility of a Potential Deal

Create customer demand for Microsoft Azure
Demo the Power of Microsoft Azure
□ Connect with customers using Azure Ready-to-Go Marketing campaign
□ Sign customers up for the free one-month Azure Trial and get $200 to spend on all Azure services
□ Create customer quotes with the Microsoft Azure Pricing Calculator
□ Host a Microsoft Azure event with Microsoft Community Connections

Manage your customer’s Microsoft Azure services
□ Setup a new Azure Pay As You Go account
□ Start adding customer sub-tenants to your account

Go-To Resources and Support
Cloud SureStep: Azure everything you need from A-Z to jumpstart your Microsoft Azure practice
Microsoft Azure website or call 1-800-867-1389 (US)
Microsoft Azure Support
Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) members can use their MPN Support benefits for Microsoft Azure support.
Microsoft Azure Scenarios – Single Slide Summary
Microsoft Azure ROI / TCO Tool
Microsoft Azure Customer Scenario Datasheet
Microsoft Azure Pack Whitepaper
US Azure Partners Yammer group (how to join here)
TS2 Blog
In the Cloud blog
Microsoft Azure YouTube Channel