Newsletter 25th April 2017

The Modern Microsoft Partner Series

Our main goal within the Practice Development Unit is to make you as successful with the Azure platform as possible. To do this we have various initiatives focused around sales and marketing enablement and technical enablement and assistance. However we must not overlook the broader overall partner transformation process required to be successful in the public cloud market. With this in mind, Microsoft and research firm IDC ( have created a series of ebooks focused on the transformation process partners should consider when they are looking to transform their business into a cloud first partner. Please see the links below to download the ebooks.

GDPR is coming

Many of you will be facing questions from your customers around how they can prepare for GDPR which will come into effect in May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation is an updated data protection regulation which is applicable to any business or organisation which holds data referencing anyone within the European Union. With heavy penalties for those who infringe on any of the rules laid out in the GDPR, every business which operates in Europe needs to be up to speed on what the new regulations mean and how they can prepare for compliance.

With this in mind, Microsoft has created a lot of content around how our customers and partners can work with Microsoft solutions to ensure compliance. Please follow the below link to go to the Microsoft portal for all things GDPR in relation to Microsoft, detailing what GDPR is, and how Microsoft can help you be compliant with this new regulation

To help you further with GDPR, Microsoft will also be hosting the following webinar on the 18th May to assist our partners with having discussions with their customers around GDPR. I encourage you to join this webinar if you are unfamiliar with GDPR, and if you are already familiar with GDPR, but want to learn more about what Microsoft is doing to help businesses with compliance.

Microsoft Inspire Event – Discounts for Partners

If you are looking to attend the Microsoft Inspire event in Washington D.C. from the 9th to the 13th June, but are concerned about the cost. Then as a Microsoft CSP partner you are entitled to a $200 discount. Simply use the following discount code “PTGNDPVL” when registering at the below link

Azure ARM Template Snippets

We know many of you are looking to automate your infrastructure deployments into Azure and that many of you have been utilizing Azure Resource Manager templates and the concept of Infrastructure as Code to ensure you can quickly deploy your cloud based environments as quickly and consistently as possible. Many of you will have used Visual Studio and the Azure SDK to do this, some will use the cross platform Visual Studio Code text editor with the ARM template authoring extensions to do this efficiently. However if you want to know the anatomy of how the JSON which makes up the various resource types is structured utilising the latest API versions. You may want to check out the following link and search for the various resource types, Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks, Storage etc etc and understand what is required to stand up the resources you are looking to automate

Cloud Architect Bootcamp – Bellevue WA. USA

Registration is still open for the Cloud Architect Bootcamp in Bellevue, close to the Microsoft campus on May 15th-19th. If you have not already booked yourself in on this I encourage you to visit the registration page and consider this invaluable opportunity to get in front of Microsoft Product Managers and engineers across the various technology areas of Microsoft Azure. This is a fantastic chance to network with the people who build Azure and with your peers in the partner community. This boot-camp is open to all our Microsoft partners who are looking to go into deep technical depth on Microsoft Azure over a 4-day intense learning experience with the people who built the platform.

Please follow the below link to register:

Partner University

I know you are all on the lookout for places to learn more about Microsoft Azure. We all learn in different ways and we all have our preferred method of learning. For those looking for a structured learning path, you should really check out the Microsoft Partner University. Here you will find learning tracks with specific focus areas around Cloud Infrastructure and Management. You will also find tracks for Application Development as well as Data platform and analytics if you are looking to branch out your skillsets into other areas within the Azure platform.

Please check out the below link to access the Partner University portal and please take the time to see if the content here can assist you in your learning

UK Partner Concierge Service

The UK Partner concierge service is designed to assist our partners with navigating the Microsoft partner system and assisting partners from a commercial aspect with marketing as well as assisting with help navigating the Microsoft systems to assist you with realizing all the benefits you are entitled too and helping with any licensing queries you may have.

Please see the attached PowerPoint presentation for details of the service, and visit the following link for more details