Pop quiz: How many of you--especially those of you who have a PSP (a/k/a Partner Solution Plan) with Microsoft--were aware we publish a great set of content and tools to help solutions partners (like SIs) deliver on our joint go-to-market objectives?

Good to see all those hands raised!

Now, for the rest of you, I’d like to share a pointer to and an update on our latest rev of the Messaging PSP Activation Kit.

“What’s a PSP Activation Kit?” you ask.

Put simply: “PSP Activation Kits are the perfect companion to PSPs! These kits can help you (our great Exchange partners) achieve your FY12 targets by providing important sales, marketing, readiness and compete resources in a single, easy to use location.”

Good stuff, right?

I completely agree!

imageAnd, that’s why we’ve committed to not only do a better job making you aware of excellent partner resources like this one, but we’re also going to keep these key tools updated on a regular basis. For example, the Messaging PSP Activation Kit is on a quarterly update cadence and just a few days ago we published the Q1 (Microsoft fiscal year) release.

“Neat, So what’s in the Q1 update of the Messaging PSP Activation Kit?” would be your next questions, right?

Good stuff like several pieces of new content which I’ve summarized below. In addition, we added a new feature which highlights the new stuff in the kit. You can find this right on the (well) right side of each page making it even easier for you to locate the content you really need.

Here goes, the new content featured in the Q1 update includes:

  • Spotlights on featured third party solutions from our Exchange ISV/IHV ecosystem that can help you drive your business. For example, we’ve included info on migration solutions from Quest and Binary Tree, as well as details on offerings like the HP E5000 Messaging System for Exchange.
  • Updated compete materials, including links to the latest case studies on Why Microsoft and the latest GroupWise and LotusLive Sales Cards .
  • Tools to help you sell Office 365, such as demos and sales discussion videos
  • New readiness content to help you deploy Office 365

And, I’ve just scratched the surface of what we have for you today in the Messaging PSP Activation Kit, and what we’ll add over the next year.  Without a doubt, you are going to want to bookmark this site and keep an eye on this very blog for alerts when updates are published.

All good stuff and (as always) do let me know if you have feedback or suggestions on what else we could do for you!

Enjoy!

Ian
Group Product Manager
Exchange Partner Marketing