Partners: ‘Ahead of the Game’ technical training will help get your IT IQ up to speed

Small- and midsize businesses are seeing a lot of changes as new technologies in cloud services, mobile computing and business intelligence transform the IT landscape. “All of this change adds up to an overwhelming number of choices for SMBs, from new pricing models to different deployment options,” writes Diane Golshan on the US Partner Team Blog.

Members of the Microsoft Partner Network can get a leg up on helping their customers take advantage of the new technology by attending the “Microsoft Ahead of the Game” two-day course in one of the cities below. The first day covers virtualization and cloud; the second day, mobility, remote access and business intelligence.

Here is the schedule:

Feb. 25–26: Cleveland
March 4–5: Los Angeles
March 18–19: Dallas
March 25-26: Denver
April 1–2: Boston
April 7–8: Minneapolis
April 23–24: Bellevue, Wash.
April 28–29: Mountain View, Calif.
May 1–2: Atlanta
May 5–6: Chicago
May 8–9: Washington, D.C.
May 12–13: New York City
May 20–21: Houston
May 27–28:Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Registration is free for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners, Golshan says. “In addition to two days of hands-on technical training, each participant will receive a complimentary voucher for Exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. Lunch, an afternoon snack, and beverages will be provided.”

To learn more about the course overview, registration links and hardware requirements, head over to the US Partner Team Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff