IT and Business Insights for SMB Solution Providers

Eric Ligman

As the Sales Excellence Manager for the U.S. SMS&P Solution Partner business at Microsoft, my focus is leading our Solution Partner initiatives through our Partner Sales Executive (PSE), Partner Technology Strategist (PTS), Partner Practice Recruiter (PPR) communities to deliver joint success between Microsoft and our Solution Partners through driving Business Excellence.

Microsoft SMS&P Blog
December 17th, 2012 | Eric Ligman | Microsoft SMS&P Blog
This past week, I received questions from a couple partners regarding their current clients who are licensed for Windows SBS 2011 through the Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) and what should they order now and for how long. After conveying the information back to them, I received a simple - Read More
December 17th, 2012 | Eric Ligman | Microsoft SMS&P Blog
Here is a quick reminder of the importance to ensure you are CLOSELY reading your emails and the links included in them BEFORE you click on them. This weekend I received an email with the subject “Updated Information” that said it is from “Account Info Change.” Here is an image of the mail itself - Read More
November 27th, 2012 | Eric Ligman | Microsoft SMS&P Blog
Back at Worldwide Partner Conference, several of us from Microsoft sat in a room with our SMB PALs from around the world and discussed small business server solutions moving forward with the arrival of Windows Server 2012 Standard and Windows Server 2012 Essentials. One of the asks from the partner - Read More
November 22nd, 2012 | Eric Ligman | Microsoft SMS&P Blog
I know it is hard to believe, but it is once again the end of November and Thanksgiving Day is here. While Thanksgiving itself is a U.S. holiday, giving thanks is universal, and today brings with it a reminder to stop and give thanks for all of the things in our lives that we have and the - Read More
November 16th, 2012 | Eric Ligman | Microsoft SMS&P Blog
What does everyone love about “Black Friday?” Simple, the big promotions that save us all money! What do most people dislike about “Black Friday?” The lines to get those big savings. Well, I'm happy to let you know that Microsoft has the solution for those of you looking to take advantage of - Read More
October 22nd, 2012 | Eric Ligman | Microsoft SMS&P Blog
Following the amazing response to my “Large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks” post and with all of the excitement around Microsoft Office 2013, I thought I would share with you a newly released FREE Microsoft eBook: Deployment Guide for Microsoft Office 2013 which you can download today. This - Read More
October 9th, 2012 | Eric Ligman | Microsoft SMS&P Blog
I recently received an inquiry from a partner that I thought I would share here with you all, in case any of you have this same question. Here was the inquiry I received: “Eric, I recently received your partner satisfaction survey in my inbox and I was wondering, how honest should I really be? I - Read More
October 2nd, 2012 | Eric Ligman | Microsoft SMS&P Blog
Last month I told you about the “Cloud Easy” partner subsidy program that was announced and launched for partners in the United States. As I mentioned at the time, Cloud Easy is very similar to the very popular “Big Easy Offer,” only it is specifically aligned with our Microsoft online solutions. - Read More
September 17th, 2012 | Eric Ligman | Microsoft SMS&P Blog
Attention all of you partners out there working towards or planning to go after the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business competency, As you know, back in July announced the new 74-324 Exam coming for Small Business Competency to replace the 70-323 exam. Shortly after that announcement, we let - Read More
September 7th, 2012 | Eric Ligman | Microsoft SMS&P Blog
Last month I put up a series of two posts here on the blog providing you with access to over 80 FREE Microsoft eBooks that you can download in a variety of formats, covering topics from: SharePoint, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 365, Windows 8, Azure, Cloud, Windows Phone, Lync, Dynamics CRM, - Read More