While this announcement is for any small business focused on Office 365, it's especially targeting members of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) interested in obtaining the Small Business Competency.
Because Microsoft's two Office 365 exams (70-323 & 70-324) are primarily designed for enterprise organizations adopting Office 365, we have replaced them as requirements on the Small Business Competency Learning Path with a new exam designed specifically for IT Professionals who are migrating and implementing Office 365 for small businesses. This new exam, 74-324, will be released September 6, 2012 and this FREE event is provided to help you prepare.
This 1.5 day (10 hours) live online course is being designed, developed and delivered by two Microsoft partners who focus exclusively on small business and have enabled their customers to experience success with Office 365. Here are the details:

  • Date/Time: Aug. 29 (9am - 4pm PST) & Aug. 30 (9am - 12pm PST)
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Location: Live online (wherever you are)
  • Target Audience: IT Pros focused on small business
  • Instructor Team: Chris Oakman from Eastridge Technology & Stephen Hall from District Computers

Prerequisites: This is an accelerated course. Attendees are expected to have some hands-on experience with Office 365, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Office, firewalls, SSL certificates and public-facing websites. Exposure to Microsoft Active Directory will also prove beneficial. If you do not have access to Office 365, please create an Office 365 trial account on which to practice now.

For students who may not have acquired these skills, we suggest reviewing (1) this free eBook from Microsoft Press: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime, and (2) Microsoft eLearning Collection 10954: 70-323: Administering Office 365.

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