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The Place to Start-up or Start Over! August 28, 2016 + Issue 11-4
 
Dan the Man: What Cloud Partner Program is Best?!

Long-time SMB Nation member Daniel Williams (Xpedeus) from Tampa, FL asked a very relevant question this past week. I wanted to crowd source the answer.

Dan Williams is a long-time SBSer and VoIPer!

Dan asked: What MS “certs” or MS programs can our Xpedeus consultants gain for becoming “MS Cloud”
consultants and transitioning Xpedeus to become an MS Cloud consultancy? In the old SBS days it was easy, just become Small Business Specialist. What is the equivalent in the cloud? It seems MS has so many programs for becoming a “cloud guy” I am not sure which applies best to Xpedeus customer base of 5-250 knowledge-worker companies.

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Labor Day Approaching: Should MSPs Unionize? 

Earlier this month, the Seattle Times ran a thoughtful article about a long journey for Microsoft contractors to unionize. The short story is these “perma-temps” where seeking benefits and stability afforded permanent Microsoft employees.
Don't mess with our MSP community!
Many words have been written over the past two years about the changing nature of the relationship between partners and vendors. My own take is that partners pride themselves as technology and business advisors providing value as consultants to clients. That’s what gets us up in the morning. No doubt about it.

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SQLSoft3 is selling 30 Microsoft Exam Vouchers at $20 under cost

I was speaking to my friends at SQLSoft3 and they have 30 extra Microsoft Exam Vouchers that they are selling at $20 under their cost. When the 30 are gone, that's it.... so if you are a Microsoft Partner or an IT Pro or Developer who is interested in certification, you won't find Microsoft official certification exams any cheaper. Microsoft has a certification exam quota and SQLSoft3 needs to sell 30 more of them this year; so their loss is your gain!
Be a life learner!
Here is how it works:

Purchase one or more standard Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers - Use the coupon code of "QUOTA" at checkout and you can purchase your exam voucher for $20 below cost of the usual $165 price (after "QUOTA" discount - $145) or the Plus version with a Practice Test for $190 after the "QUOTA" discount. Buy now and you still have 12 months to register for the exam.              

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There is also a Microsoft Exam Voucher Promo that gets you more, but is only good until August 31. Purchase one or more Microsoft's Booster Pack Promo 1-2-3 options and use the promo code "QUOTA" to get $20 off. Microsoft's Booster Pack promotion includes an exam voucher and practice test and/or 4 exam retakes. Note: The Microsoft Booster Pack promotion ends in five days on August 31, so this promo will be gone after that.

If you don’t already know, SQLSoft3 is the home of reality-priced IT Professional, Developer, and Security training for Azure, SQL Server, Identity Management, Windows 10, Windows Server, Sharepoint, System Center, Visual Studio, Exchange, Skype and more. SQLSoft3 offers the lowest prices for Microsoft MOC On-Demand training in the known Universe and continues to deliver live IT Instructor-led training to individuals as well as custom training events for national and global companies. Over the past 20+ years, they have trained over 50,000+ IT Professionals and Developers.

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REPLAY!
Weekly Webinar: MSP M&A Part III: Q&A
Hour

If you missed the HOT TALK last week, you can watch the replay here.

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