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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

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: Use the Schedule Builder prompt to add the session to you 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 

The Social Media Rally Station is Back and Ready to Talk Social Content, Assessments & More

Back by popular demand for the third year in a row, we’re bringing you the Social Media Rally Station, powered by Channel Maven Consulting. It’s your FREE, one stop shop for optimizing your online presence at VMware Partner Exchange 2015.

This year, we have two new offerings in addition to the complimentary headshot and social media feedback you’ve always received with the Channel Maven consultants. The first offering is assistance with creating social content. This means that you can share what you’d like to communicate to your clients with your Channel Maven consultant, and they will help you create a blog post, a video script or even an infographic outline.

But that’s not all. To really make this time valuable, our second offering includes a social media assessment on your business. This is a great opportunity for you to learn where your company stacks up with the competition.  A consultant will have you enter your website and two of your competitors’ sites into there system. Next, they will analyze how you compare on social accounts and then review where you rank from a search engine optimization stance.  This intelligence enables us to give you recommendations and suggestions on ways to improve your profile, your social posts and SEO terms on the spot.

Let’s recap. Use the Social Media Rally station to:

1.     Take a professional head-shot to use on your social platforms and website

2.     Get walked through several options for learning how to better engage your end-customers

3.     Take part in a social media assessment

4.     Learn more about VMware’s social platforms

5.     Receive a document suggesting next steps and a link to short video tutorials

Visit the Social Media Rally Station during Partner Exchange 2015. It will be located in the Foyer of Moscone West Level 2 from:

·       Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 10:00AM to 6:00pm

·       Wednesday, February 4, from 10:00AM – 4:00pm

Watch the short video below to learn more about this great opportunity.

If you have any questions, please share them below in the comments section or in the Partner Exchange group on Partner Link.

Stay Social,

The VMware Partner Network Team 

The Partner Exchange 2015 Content Catalog is Live

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This month lends itself to giving a lot of thanks. Some of the things VMware is thankful for includes you, our partners, beginning a happy, healthy and successful 2015, and the fact that the Partner Exchange 2015 Content Catalog is now available for your viewing pleasure.

The Content Catalog is home to over 170 breakout sessions and workshops that will be offered at Partner Exchange 2015. This includes everything from End-User Computing and Hybrid Cloud, to Software-Defined Data Center sessions, Route to Market specific sessions, and much more. Further your technological expertise through our courses and certifications and start building our your Partner Exchange 2015 agenda today.

To add a little extra thanks to your giving, you can save $300 on registration if you act before December 9th. Don’t miss this great opportunity to attend the leading cloud infrastructure event of the year. What are you looking forward to most?

We will see you there,

The VMware Partner NetworkTeam

Closing Out the Year Strong

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 VMware is proud to announce that it has been selected as the 2014 Enterprise Software Partner of the Year by Insight Enterprises, Inc. The award was announced at Synergy 2015, Insight’s annual Partner Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona.

There is nothing better than a collaborative partnership – together we can work to offer innovative solutions, products and services to meet the complex needs of clients. We could not be more pleased to have received this award and to continue our partnership with Insight Enterprises.

How are you planning on closing out this year strong?

The VMware Partner Network Team

Welcome to the New VMware Partner Demand Center

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The VMware Partner Demand Center gives you convenient, one-stop access to integrated, customizable, and easy-to-deploy campaigns. With the content flexibility you need to generate leads and grow your business, the Partner Demand Center lets you:

  • Execute campaigns on the Demand Center or on your own marketing platform.
  • Download individual campaign assets or all campaign assets in a zip file, simply and quickly.
  • Put VMware campaigns to work at no cost.
  • Select from an expanding spectrum of campaigns available in the following languages: English, Czech, German, Danish, Iberian Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish, LATAM Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, and Finnish.

Over the next couple of quarters we will continue to deliver value and innovative ways to go-to-market through the deployment of additional integrated marketing modules like Social and Content Syndication, Online Advertising and more. Watch thevideo below as Toni Adams, VP Global Partner Marketing at VMware, shares more about these exciting updates.

The goal of the Demand Center is to provide you with a more holistic approach when it comes to going to market with us. As a VMware partner, you have access to one of the most comprehensive marketing web platforms in the industry. Access to the platform is free so you can start downloading integrated, customizable, and easy-to-deploy campaigns right away. Register for access to the Demand Center and start generating leads now.

The VMware Partner Network Team

You Got the Green Light for Partner Exchange 2015

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Are you ready to put your business in over-drive? Attending VMware’s Partner Exchange 2015 from February 3-5th in San Francisco is a great way to kick the year off right. From gaining go-to-market selling strategies that will enable you to accelerate your business, to interacting with experts and learning successful ways to meet your customer’s needs, we are pulling out all the stops this year to ensure you have a clear roadmap to success.

Why wait to register? Stay ahead of the game and register before December 9th to take advantage of Early Bird pricing and save $300 on your conference pass.

From Boot camps and Hands-on Labs, to General Sessions, Breakout Sessions and receptions galore, don’t miss the partner event of the year.

The VMware Partner Network Team

VMware’s All-In-One Solution- EVO:RAIL

With 2015 around the corner, now is the time to begin planning for a successful year ahead. When asked the question, “How is your IT department going to keep up with the speed of business?” The answer may be clear, but the roadmap to get there may not.

As we pivot to a Software Defined world, the need to simplify and automate is imperative, but how? Allow us to reintroduce VMware EVO:RAIL. When it comes to simplifying and automating via SDDC, EVO:RAIL is a scalable Software-Defined Infrastructure building block that delivers compute, networking, storage, and management to empower end-user computing, remote office and branch office environments, and small virtual private clouds. The EVO:RAIL engine that is responsible for deployment, configuration and management activities builds on the proven technology of VMware vSphere, vCenter Server, and VMware Virtual SAN. EVO:RAIL delivers the first HCIA that is 100% powered by VMware software.

Watch the video below to learn more about this ground-breaking product, and be sure to visit the EVO:RAIL product page.

Software-Defined is the future. Let EVO:RAIL help you get there.

The VMware Partner Network Team 

Drive Profits with VMware Power Plays

You heard about them at VMworld and you most certainly will be hearing about them this next year. VMware’s Power Plays are the focal point you asked for when it came to our complex product set. In an effort to drive profitability and value, we’ve selected four key VMware solutions to align with and increase: our partner incentives, our partner education, and our partners marketing and sales resources.

Here are the four Power Play products for 2H’14:

·      vSphere with Operations Management

·      Virtual SAN

·      vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

·      Horizon 6

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These four Power Plays are closely associated with our three main focus areas as a company: The Software-Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud and End User Computing. They are the primary sales motion designed to sharpen our focus and increase bookings. On each of these Partner Central product pages, you will find streamlined information to learn, market, and sell these products.

To learn more, please watch the short video below:

You can also visit the Power Play page for additional information.

Happy selling!

The VMware Partner Network Team