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Microsoft Rolls Out Free Azure Training To Partners, Customers

Microsoft is offering free Microsoft Azure training courses and discounted Azure certifications, which will be made available to both partners and customers, the company's global channel chief, Gavriella Schuster, announced Tuesday.

The free offer will include 12 new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) courses for IT professionals, each of which will take four to 16 hours to complete, said Schuster, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Group.

Solution Providers May Find Digital Transformation Opportunity Beyond The Tools

Helping Beyond Providing The Tools

Businesses are moving forward with digital transformation projects, but getting employees to use the new tools, and managing the change that such projects bring, may cost a lot more than the tools themselves, according to survey results from solution provider SADA Systems.

AWS: New Competencies Will Help Channel Partners Meet Customer Demand

(NOTE: This story was originally posted to Nov. 29.)

If you're a channel partner of Amazon Web Services (AWS) - or want to be - there are new professional competencies you can take advantage of to drive more business.

AWS on Tuesday introduced to its partners several competencies designed to boost a cloud channel that's increasingly reliant on targeted market expertise and specialized technological skills.

On-Demand Webinar: Six Reasons Managed Service Providers Should Consider Asigra for Disaster as a Recovery Solution Provider

With organizations demanding faster recovery time as RPO’s and RTO’s are decreasing to meet service level agreements, as an MSP you’re looking for a solution that will suit the full scope of the business needs of your customers – a solution that has the best RTO, a solution that will lower your total cost of ownership (TCO) with one comprehensive, agentless, end-to-end converged solution which offers continuous data protection and virtual disaster recovery.

Channel Lesson From Investor's Prodding Of Cognizant: Don't Ride A 'Dinosaur'

(NOTE: This story was originally posted to Nov. 28.)

The push by an activist investor to shake up solution provider powerhouse Cognizant Technology Solutions underscores a clear lesson from other solution providers: Winning in the technology business means you have to change, evolve and stay ahead of the curve.

Norton Exec Sees Partner Opportunities From Symantec-LifeLock Deal

(NOTE: This story was originally posted to Nov. 21.)

If you're in the security space, Symantec's acquisition of LifeLock may help your business.

While the deal, announced late Sunday, is a big boost to Symantec's consumer business, Norton Executive Vice President Fran Rosch said partners should expect to see some benefits to the enterprise security portfolio, as well.

Blog Roundup: Buyer's Remorse On Public Cloud?

Why are some businesses pulling back on public cloud? And what business benefits can your customers derive from unified communications? Read all about it here.

CSC: Buyer's remorse on public cloud?

Steven Vaughan-Nichols looks beyond the big finding in a survey: that nearly 40 percent of businesses with public cloud have moved those workloads back on premise, mostly because of security and costs.

How to Select the Best Data Protection and Recovery Solution for Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Managed Service Offering

As you look for robust offerings to add to your service portfolio that can drive monthly recurring revenue, increase walletshare from existing customers and expand your total addressable market, selecting an end-to-end converged data protection solution that includes backup and VM replication is key to reducing your total cost of ownership.