Medium Business Solution Provider Competency Really provide value to partners or customers?

Medium Business Solution Provider Qualifications Midsized business customers want partners that deeply understand their business process, infrastructure needs, and future growth costs. [At Risk] By earning this competency you can show your customers your proven expertise in medium business market segmentation, establishing yourself as a leader among other IT generalists by offering customers the most current technology and IT solutions and focusing on what medium businesses need most. [At Risk] Benefits Partners who achieve a competency receive a set of general or ―core‖ competency benefits (one time) and competency-specific benefits. For details on core benefits, see the section in this … Continue reading Medium Business Solution Provider Competency Really provide value to partners or customers?

Has Microsoft abandoned its mid-market comptency in the Microsoft Partner Network?

There is a big hole in the mid-market with the loss of the EBS product suite. The Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) announced last year at the World Wide Partner Conference included distinct categories around SMB qualified partners. There were two categories one for S and one for M. Although the small business category seems to be strong the medium business category lost its only unique product offering on March 5 when they canceled Essential Business Server. As we approach the one year mark on the MPN its seem the competency has yet to take shape and even as the President of … Continue reading Has Microsoft abandoned its mid-market comptency in the Microsoft Partner Network?

Express Pass and Nexus Toll Users of The Niagara Falls Bridge Commision

Have you been having problems with your Express Pass or Nexus for paying tolls crossing the Queenston-Lewiston or the Niagara Falls Rainbow bridge? For people who have been using the pass system to pay tolls at these bridges and need to add funds to their pre-payment account here is some valuable information: Website to prepay the funds: https://expresspass.nfbridges.com/AccountLogin.aspx Don’t Know your Nexus Card’s Express Pass Account Number? If you use Nexus and do not have your account number ask for a receipt from the toll agent and your account number should show on that. Who to contact if you need to … Continue reading Express Pass and Nexus Toll Users of The Niagara Falls Bridge Commision

Software Startups get Microsoft Software for free

Bizspark – Software Startups get what you need! Microsoft has an exciting new program specifically designed to provide early stage Startups like yours with software, support, and visibility to help ignite your success. The program, called BizSpark, provides access to: Software. Join BizSpark and you’re just clicks away from having access to current, full-featured development tools, including Visual Studio Team System, plus production licensing to develop and bring your solution to market. Support. BizSpark provides you with professional technical support from Microsoft and connects you to a global community of business experts who can help guide you through the hurdles … Continue reading Software Startups get Microsoft Software for free

Essential Business Server – The Product – The Vision

Regrets I was saddened to see Microsoft put EBS on the chopping block. I am writing this post wearing the original Code Name Centro T-shirt as an early founder of the product. I gave a lot of early input in to this great product’s future development starting in 2005-6. The Vision Truth be known, the soon to come V2 was far more like the early advice I gave to the team than V1. And the current strategy might be directly partially my fault given the feedback I gave as recently as two weeks ago at MVP summit on lightening the … Continue reading Essential Business Server – The Product – The Vision

Who is influencing you in the SMB space?

Please find a survey for the SMB space about who is influencing you at the following address: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=n1hWLs8jl4ReYWSEWoLC2A%3d%3d#q1 Be sure to let them know about yours truly! Jeff LoucksAvailable Technology  Subscribe in a reader 

SBS 2008: Increasing Mailbox Quota

It is never too late to post good information. Here is a link to a technet artcile which covers increasing the mailbox quota: Change Exchange Server 2007 mailbox sizes for Windows SBS 2008 migration http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc527564(WS.10).aspx Jeff LoucksAvailable Technology  Subscribe in a reader