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VMware Partner Network Spotlight Series – Everything Partner Exchange 2015

Welcome to the first installment of our new VMware Partner Network Spotlight series, where we bring you monthly video content highlighting our top partners news and information from across VMware Partner Network.

VMware Partner Exchange 2015 is less than 2 weeks away and because of this, we are excited to share some helpful resources to assist you in planning your time at the event. View this short and entertaining video to better understand the Partner Exchange 2015 agenda and how to make the most of it.

To build out your agenda, visit the Schedule Builder tool today and start planning your Partner Exchange experience.Don’t forget to include:

To sign up for these sessions and others that align to your business, please register for Partner Exchange and use your username and password to log in to Schedule Builder. From there you can select a session of your choice from the Content Catalog and click the “+” symbol to add it to your agenda. Learn more about the new Route-to-Market Keynotes and Breakout Sessions. Download the Schedule Builder Guide for more information.

You’re not going to want to miss one minute of the year’s lead virtualization and cloud-powered services event for VMware Partners.  We hope to see you there!

The VMware Partner Network Team

So…What is Changing at Partner Exchange 2015?

To quote the singer David Bowie, Partner Exchange 2015 will incorporate some exciting “ch-ch-ch-cha-changes”. From a change in the scope of the event, (heavy on services), to adding more personal touch opportunities with VMware executives, Partner Exchange 2015 is sure to surprise and impress, especially considering the quality and quantity of targeted content. Best of all, there is something for everyone.

Similar to years past, expect to hear about VMware’s roadmap and vision and how you fit into that vision from our top executives. This year you can also anticipate new and open discussion forums as well as targeted route-to-market keynotes and general sessions.

Listen as VMware’s CMO, Robin Matlock, and VMware’s Vice President of Partner Alliance Marketing, Toni Adams, discuss all the exiting changes happening at the partner event of the year.

If you have yet to do so, get registered before it’s too late. Need more reasons to attend? Check out the “Top 10 Reasons to Attend Partner Exchange 2015”. Curious about how to build your event agenda? Check out the “Schedule Builder” blog post.

As always, leave any questions or comments you may have below. You can also continue the conversation on our Partner Exchange Partner Link page. Dare to Thrive, as Partner Exchange 2015 just got more relevant than ever.

We can’t wait to see you there!

The VMware Partner Network Team

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend Partner Exchange 2015

Partner Exchange 2015 is around the corner, (Feb. 3-5), and we’re not kidding when we say that it is bigger and better than ever. Along with hearing from VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger and President and COO, Carl Eschenbach during the General Session, Partner Exchange will include new Route-to-Market Keynotes specifically designed for your line of business. Partner Exchange 2015 provides an excellent opportunity to connect with VMware executive and network with other partners.

Check out all the exciting changes, enhancements and the “Top 10 Reasons” you have to attend Partner Exchange 2015. Dare to Thrive at the partner event of the year. Register today.

The VMware Partner Network Team

Accelerate Your Service Provider Business at Partner Exchange 2015

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With Partner Exchange 2015 less than a month away, there are big things on the horizon, especially as they relate to the cloud. This year, our Service Provider partners are front and center as we continue making our way into this cloud era.

With an increased focus on the strength of our Service Provider community, Partner Exchange 2015 will include a targeted keynote and breakout sessions, enabling you to learn more about our renamed partner program, vCloud Air Network, and how to accelerate the growth of your business.

Join us at this industry flagship event and be part of Executive Discussions, VMware Hands-on Labs and targeted Product Expert Sessions as we work together to transform IT. If you have yet to do so, get registered today.

Listen as Geoff Waters, Vice President of the Service Provider Channel at VMware, shares his top reasons for Service Providers to attend Partner Exchange 2015 in this short video.

Check out all the Service Provider focused sessions and speakers in the Partner Exchange 2015 Content Catalog. We recommend:

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To sign up for these sessions and others that cater to your needs, please register for Partner Exchange and use your username and password to log in to Schedule Builder. From there you can select a session of your choice from the Content Catalog and click the “+” symbol to add it to your agenda. Learn more about the new Route-to-Market Keynotes and Breakout Sessions.

Dare to Thrive at Partner Exchange 2015 –we look forward to seeing you there.

The VMware Partner Network Team

Partner Exchange 2015 and Your ISV Cloud Business

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Attention ISV partners – this year Partner Exchange 2015 is bigger and better than ever, and we have the tailored content and a technology and business outcome focus to make sure of it. With an accelerated investment in our ISV community, we’re offering a targeted keynote and breakout sessions that focus on enabling you to go-to-market with a SaaS model.

While at Partner Exchange, take a deeper dive and learn how vCloud Air is providing solutions to monetize the shift to Hybrid Cloud in 2015. Join us at this industry flagship event and be part of Executive Discussions, VMware Hands-on Labs and targeted Product Expert Sessions as we work together to transform IT. If you have yet to do so, get registered today.

Listen as VMware’s Vice President of Global OEM Alliances and Technology Partners, Sanjay Katyal, shares his top reasons for ISVs to attend Partner Exchange 2015 in this short video.

Check out the top ISV focused sessions and speakers in the Partner Exchange 2015 Content Catalog. We recommend:

·      ISV4218: ISV Partners: Accelerate the Move to SaaS with vCloud Air

·      ISV4753: Differentiate Your Hybrid Cloud Solution: vCloud Air ISV Program Overview

To sign up for these sessions and others that cater to your needs, please register for Partner Exchange and use your username and password to log in to Schedule Builder. From there you can select a session of your choice from the Content Catalog and click the “+” symbol to add it to your agenda.

Dare to Thrive at Partner Exchange 2015 –we look forward to seeing you there.

The VMware Partner Network Team

Partner Exchange 2015 –Built With Resellers in Mind

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Attention Resell partners – you’re invited to attend Partner Exchange 2015, an event that has been designed to fit your unique needs and help accelerate your business in the new Mobile Cloud era.

Join us at this industry flagship event, as VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger and VMware’s President and COO, Carl Eschenbach share their industry leading vision, and how we will achieve this vision together. With an increased investment in our Resell community, Partner Exchange will include a targeted keynote and content tracks that specifically focus on increasing your revenue, helping you gain a competitive advantage, and expand your business.

Be part of Executive Discussions, VMware Hands-on Labs and targeted Product Expert Sessions as we work together to transform IT. If you have yet to do so, get registered today.

Listen as Dave O’Callaghan, Sr. Vice President of the Global Partner Organization, shares his top reasons for Resellers to attend Partner Exchange 2015 in this short video.

Check out all the Reseller focused sessions and speakers in the Partner Exchange 2015 Content Catalog. We recommend:

·      RSL4362: Accelerate Your Business and Increase Profitability: Leveraging VMware’s Solution Provider Programs

·      RSL42222: Distribution 2015 and Beyond

To sign up for these sessions and others that cater to your needs, please register for Partner Exchange and use your username and password to log in to Schedule Builder. From there you can select a session of your choice from the Content Catalog and click the “+” symbol to add it to your agenda.

Dare to Thrive at Partner Exchange 2015 –we look forward to seeing you there. 

The VMware Partner Network Team

What Partner Exchange 2015 Means for Your SISO Business

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Attention Global System Integrator and Outsourcer partners – with an increased investment in our SISO community, Partner Exchange 2015 will include a targeted keynote and content tracks that specifically focus on increasing your revenue, helping you gain a competitive advantage, and expand your business.

With a technology and business outcome focus, Partner Exchange 2015 will be bigger and better than ever. Join us at this industry flagship event and be part of Executive Discussions, VMware Hands-on Labs and targeted Product Expert Sessions as we work together to transform IT. If you have yet to do so, get registered today.

Listen as Todd Surdey, VMware’s Vice President of Strategic Alliances & Emerging Partners, shares his top reasons for SISOs to attend Partner Exchange 2015 in this short video.

Check out all the SISO focused sessions and speakers in the Partner Exchange 2015 Content Catalog. We recommend:

·      SISO4814- Time to Self Sufficiency and Capacity to Build-out to Sell and Implement Services for SDDC

·      SISO4813- Leveraging the VMware Workspace Platform to transform End-User Apps and Business Processes for the Mobile/Cloud Era

To sign up for these sessions and others that cater to your needs, please register for Partner Exchange and use your username and password to log in to Schedule Builder. From there you can select a session of your choice from the Content Catalog and click the “+” symbol to add it to your agenda.

Dare to Thrive at Partner Exchange 2015 –we look forward to seeing you there. 

The VMware Partner Network Team

Build Your Partner Exchange 2015 Agenda with Schedule Builder

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Are you ready to maximize your partner experience at Partner Exchange 2015? If so, now is the time to take advantage of the live Schedule Builder to help organize and keep track of the sessions that matter to you most. Schedule Builder will also help you stay up to date with session additions, cancellations and schedule changes.

Here’s how to get started with Schedule Builder:

Step 1: Get registered for Partner Exchange 2015 using your username and password

Step 2: Once registered, visit the Content Catalog for detailed information of the sessions that matter to you most— Boot Camps, Breakouts, Route-to-Market Keynotes, Group Discussions, Tracks and more

Step 3: Filter and sort by Session ID, Title or Relevance

Step 4: Click on the session/s you’d like to attend

Step 5: Using the “+” symbol, you can add the session to your Partner Exchange 2015 agenda

Just like that you will be well on your way and ready to take full advantage of all that Partner Exchange 2015 has to offer.

While at Partner Exchange, don’t miss the VMware Hands-on Labs that will let you explore the latest products and meet our product experts. You can even use them for your VMware Technical Sales Professional (VTSP) Accreditation.

Looking to recertify for the New Year? If you’re a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), Partner Exchange will be a great opportunity to recertify before the March 10th deadline at the onsite Certification Exam Center. VCP, VCAP and VCIX certification exams are 50% off if you register for the exam in advance.

We look forward to seeing you at Partner Exchange 2015 as we Dare to Thrive.

The VMware Partner Network Team

Dare to Thrive at Partner Exchange 2015

CAB_2280This year VMware Partner Exchange 2015 will include some exciting changes, making it better than ever. With a Business/Technical focus and a goal of engaging with partners across the entire ecosystem, don’t be surprised if Partner Exchange 2015 feels like it was created just for you.

If you have yet to register, do so soon. The sooner you register, the more you save. Now through midnight PST Sunday, December 14th, save $300 on registration.

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If you are a Partner Exchange Alumni, meaning you have attended two or more Partner Exchange events, there is a special $100 discount with your name on it. Learn more.

Partner Exchange 2015 is an excellent opportunity to renew your VMware certification or validate new skills with significant discounts offered on exams. Be part of the VMware Hands-on Labs experience and explore the very latest products and meet our Product Experts.

In addition, we are offering three days of boot camps to help you achieve accreditations and Solution Competencies prior to our conference. Be sure and check out the January 31- February 2 boot camp schedule before you register and book your travel. Dare to Thrive and the greatest cloud event of the year.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The VMware Partner Network Team

Time is Running Out- VCP’s Must Recertify by March 2015

Last Spring 2014 VMware announced a new recertification policy for (VCP). If you are a VCP, it will be imperative that you maintain your VCP status by recertifying, or your company will be at risk of losing its current Program Status, and possibly, its benefits.

As a VCP, your benefits of recertifying include:

·       Gaining new skills to boost your salary and advance your career

·       Having a different and more advanced technical qualification

·       Continuing to receive all theprofessional benefits of VMware certification

Please note that Premier Partners are required to have at least four current VCPs in developed countries, and at least two current VCPs in developing countries to maintain Premier Status.  Enterprise Partners are required to have at least two current VCPs in developed countries, and at least one current VCP in developing countries to maintain EnterpriseStatus.

Next Steps

Please ensure you take one of the following steps before March 2015:

1.    Update your VCP certification (e.g. If you are a VCP3, take the latest VCP5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam).

2.    Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track – such as Network Virtualization, Cloud or End-User Computing.

3.    Advance your certification by completing a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) or VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX) certification.

Our goal is to make recertifying as simple as possible, saving you both time and money. We are offering 25% off any VCP exam taken before January 1, 2015. You will find the details here.

There will also be an opportunity at Partner Exchange 2015, taking place from February 3-5, 2015 to recertify at the onsite Certification Exam Center. VCP, VCAP, and VCIX certification exams will be offered at 50% off if you register in advance.

For more information on this mandatory VCP Recertification initiative, please watch this short video.

For questions, please contact partnernetwork@vmware.com or visit the VMware Recertification homepage.

The VMware Partner Network Team