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Event-O-Rama 2015
image   SMB Nation and O365nation have an exciting lineup of events coming to you in 2015! We are pulling together the best speakers to talk about Office 365, Azure, Windows 10 and more! Plus, we are doing a few special events, where we take the team on the road, and meet you online.

Here are the upcoming events:

Grabbing the Low Hanging Fruit
image   As a channel partner, you are probably always on the lookout for anything that will bring you additional revenue, a competitive edge, and enhanced relationships with your customers. If you are taking advantage of the move to cloud computing that’s sweeping the SMB world, you want products that fit into the cloud-based paradigm. The challenge is finding products that are easy to sell, easy to learn, and provide real value to your customers while complimenting what you are already selling. In other words, you are looking for the low-hanging fruit that you know is out there.

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Lenovo Marks Milestone: Decade of Success since Acquisition of IBM PC Business
  By Kaitlyn Hall, Contributing Writer,
SMB Nation, Inc. and O365nation

Lenovo celebrated today the 10-year anniversary of its acquisition of IBM’s PC business, bringing it from a China-only PC maker to its 2015 rank as No. 1 PC maker worldwide. Lenovo For Those Who Do

In 2005, Lenovo ranked No. 9 in the global PC industry with an annual revenue of $3 billion and a 2.3 percent market share, and today, it controls a 20 percent market share and earns a $39 billion annual revenue.

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Online Broadcast: GetConnected, June 2-3, 2015
image   By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation, Inc. and O365nation

The fact is, our current roadshow featuring independent Office 365 workshops in a handful of NFL cities is going swimmingly. We’re ahead of our plan for 100+ engaged and excited IT Pros per city, soaking up the fountain of knowledge from our hot shot speakers. ‘Nough said.

But we’ve had some learning along the way. One lesson is that traffic in every major city is a problem. It’s our biggest competitor to having you attend our workshop. So, we have a simple solution: a Connected Event that you can participate in from your office (even your home office!). Our online event is interactive, with video streaming from a Puget Sound studio, featuring live experts before a small studio audience, and YOU online. Your participation, including questions and comments, is paramount to the success of the connected event format!

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Catch the Office 365 WAVE!
Next Workshop: Dallas, TX, April 30!
image   Who comes to these things, anyway? You see the invitations and the emails for conferences claiming to be the key to your success.

Pictured: The O365 Tour  attendees
in New York, March 26

You look at the invitation—scoffing if it costs money, giving it a second glance if it’s free—and wonder: Who goes to these events, anyway? The answer, for the O365 conference, is simple.The people who attend are IT professionals who are the industry leaders of the future. They are the people who actively work to better their businesses.

Learn more here.

THE Fall Conference 2015
image   Ready...Set...Redmond! Meet us in Redmond, Wa, October 2-4 for our Fall Conference !

Be sure to save time for pre-day activities on October 1

An established INDEPENDENT professional conference focused on Microsoft Office 365, Windows 10 and Azure, this three-day conference is designed to provide practical solutions you can implement immediately.

Work side-by-side with the best and brightest Office 365, Windows 10 and Azure experts, creating amazing technical and business wins.

Visit our Event Site Here.


April 30
Issue 9-43

This Issue:
Lenovo Marks Milestone: Decade of Success since Acquisition of IBM PC Business
Harry’s Pick: Sizing Microsoft Azure And Amazon AWS Revenue
Online Broadcast: GetConnected, June 2-3, 2015
Catch the Office 365 WAVE! Next Workshop: Dallas, TX, April 30!
THE Fall Conference 2015
Upcoming Events
May 14, 2015: Office 365 Tour Stop, Washington, DC
June 2-3, 2015: GetConnected Site
July 21, 2015: Office 365 Tour Stop, Charlotte, NC

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SMB Nation Kitchen

Chef John's Pasta Primavera


8 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 pinch ground cinnamon, or more to taste
4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
4 scoops vanilla ice cream


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Arrange brown sugar, 1 teaspoon per peach, in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Top each brown sugar mound with a piece of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Place a peach half, cut-side down, on top of brown sugar-butter.

Bake in the preheated oven until peaches are soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Plate 2 warm peaches per serving and top with 1 scoop vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Source and remaining directions.

On This Day

April 30, 1803: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.


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