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This week in BPOS news is a recurring segment on the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog that covers news from all sectors of Cloud Computing and the Microsoft Online Services business suite known as the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). You can read all past This Week in BPOS News segments here.

This week in BPOS news we cover two stories that include a tale about a town named Buda and its new affiliation with a product named BPOS, and a new partner perk.

1. City of Buda, TX.

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Have you been to Buda, TX? Buda is located near the capital of Texas, Austin, and is becoming one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Microsoft conducted a case study about the city of Buda tapping into Microsoft’s BPOS Suite for email and collaboration software. Buda’s City staff, including the bimonthly City Council, needed a way to manage emails and agenda items. An Email system for any city’s government can include thousands of emails with large files, meeting requests, and other items which result in a daunting task for whoever maintains the email system. The city was seeing productivity losses surrounding their previous email solution and knew that they needed to upgrade their collaboration capabilities. The solution lied in the hands of Microsoft Online Services.

“After the City of Buda went through an extensive evaluation process to replace an existing e-mail system -- which included looking at Google and other cloud providers -- staff decided to go with Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS),” says Rishi Khanna, President and CEO of ISHIR, the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner who worked with the City of Buda to deploy the solution.

Soon after migration, the city of Buda already started seeing an increase in productivity with the BPOS Suite. “I’m really pleased because right off the bat, people were saying how much better their performance was, how much easier it was to get reports and to get connected with their colleagues,” Ruiz says.

You can read more about Buda, TX and their experience migrating to BPOS with the Microsoft case study which dives into the situation, solution and benefits of Buda choosing Microsoft Online Services over the competition.

2. Microsoft doubling BPOS initial margins for top US partners

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Microsoft is working hard to make partners happy. One perk that partners are going to see is the new Cloud Champions Club. “The US Cloud Champions Club offers resources, funding and training to SMB-partners that have made a commitment to the cloud.” I recommend reading more about the new cloud champions club if you haven’t already. Our first piece of BPOS news this week comes from the Redmond Channel Partner website. There, they discuss the new cloud champions club as well as news about the initial margin for partners.

Microsoft is preparing to roll out a new cloud computing engagement model for U.S. partners that will double the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) finders' fee for top-selling partners from 12 percent to 24 percent.

If you are interested in these new exciting opportunities make sure to read more about the BPOS Margins for partners and attend the Cloud Champions Club webcast October 1st.

What are your thoughts about the stories we shared with you this week? Did you see a story you want to share with us? Let us know what other topics you’d like to see. You can comment on this blog post or send an email to our community mailbox. Follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

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