Microsoft Director of Sales Excellence - Eric Ligman

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Happy New Year 2013 wishes and a sincere Thank You from all of us at Microsoft

Happy New Year, 2013, Microsoft partners! As we usher in the new 2013 year, in looking back, there are always those years you look back on that are those easy years, filled with all upside, and then there are those years you look back on that test your resolve and help you see what you… Read more

Merry Christmas & happy holiday wishes to you all

Here on this Christmas Day, I want to take just a quick moment to extend to each and every one of you, on behalf of myself and my family, very Merry Christmas and happy holiday wishes. I have always said how absolutely blessed I feel to be able to have the opportunity to meet, connect… Read more

Windows SBS 2011 through SPLA: Answers to “What to order now?”

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 request asking where the information is… Read more

Beware: “Account Info Change” Phishing Scam

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: Click… Read more

Recommended Small Business Scenarios with Windows Server 2012 Guide Available for Download

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 community was, “We need an… Read more

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you and yours

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… Read more

Microsoft “Black Friday” training offers

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 Microsoft training. On… Read more

FREE Microsoft eBook: Deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2013

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 eBook comes to you from the Microsoft… Read more

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

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

The Big Easy Offer is back, and don’t forget about Cloud Easy too!

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. Well, I am very… Read more