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  • Blog Post: Apprenticeships as a route to achieving Microsoft Competencies

    By Ed Jones, Firebrand Training IT apprenticeships have become a critical pathway for Microsoft Partners to recruit and upskill staff. They aren’t just for bringing in new talent, you can now sign-up your current employees to an apprenticeship and access £1000s in government funding. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partner MPN Competency Exam Pack Offer

    I wanted to take a quick moment and share the MPN offer that was launched at WPC this year. It is also important to call out, that this offer is NOT inclusive to just those individuals or partners attended WPC, but is available to any eligible partner(s) during the offer period. Partners will be able...
  • Blog Post: Achieving Gold Cloud Competency - Everything You Need To Know

    Join us on Thursday 20 August 2015, 10:30 for a webinar covering everything, literally everything, you need to know about achieving a Gold Cloud Competency. This webinar will feature: An overview of the Cloud Opportunity - Clare Leetham Benefits associated with MPN Competencies - Maxine McDonald...
  • Blog Post: WPC15 Day 1: Transforming today's business together!

    Day 1 of the Worldwide Partner Conference kicked off with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reinforcing our mission: To empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. "Together with our partners we are transforming the business world for the next era." The keynote...
  • Blog Post: New Competencies Support Mobile First Transformation

    A key component of the Microsoft Partner Networks success is its ability to constantly evolve, shifting its shape to market trends and new business requirements. The announcement of two new competencies to support the ‘Mobile First’ element of our 'Cloud First, Mobile First' strategy...
  • Blog Post: Benefits of Being a Gold Competency Partner

    Being a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner is much more than just the badge or logo. We know it requires effort and commitment from both a time and cost perspective, and we want to ensure that it’s not just you realising the value of your membership, but that your customers and prospective customers...
  • Blog Post: Benefits of Being a Gold Competency Partner

    Being a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner is much more than just the badge or logo. We know it requires effort and commitment from both a time and cost perspective, and we want to ensure that it’s not just you realising the value of your membership, but that your customers and prospective customers...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Virtual PDF to help you build your cloud business

    To help you move your business services to become more cloud based and drive your cloud business forward, we have created a cloud virtual PDF for you to refer to as and when needed. Not only is this a quick reference point to resources and training that we have available for you to use, including Silver...
  • Blog Post: November Competency Evolution

    Over the last three months we’ve been actively promoting the competency changes which arrived on the 19 th November. These changes signal the largest update to competencies since the Microsoft Partner Network launched. Why Change the Competencies? I won’t go into detail, but this blog...
  • Blog Post: For Competency Advise Speak to Frank!

    The MPN UK team has a new addition in the form of a dedicated competency expert who can help you with your competency questions – Frank Sullivan. Talk to Frank to get assistance with requirements, costs, training, assessments and anything to do with your competencies He's also knowledgeable...
  • Blog Post: Get2Expert: Navigating Partner Free and Low Cost Training Just Got Easier!

    Get2Expert is a new UK training initiative which has come about from partner feedback. You've asked us to offer greater clarity in regard to highlighting the free and low cost training available, alongside making that training more personalised . Broken into three stages: Launch, Ascent and Orbit...
  • Blog Post: What's next in UK partner readiness .....

    5 months in to the world of UK partner readiness, I am so proud of the great strides we have made with our Microsoft Partner readiness offerings in the UK. Our aim as a team is to provide best-in-class training to achieve and retain the highest skilled people within our UK Microsoft partner network....
  • Blog Post: Live Cloud Update covering cloud competencies and incentives

    This months Live Cloud Update takes place on the 13 November at 13:00 (GMT) and covers topics including: Aligning Cloud to Microsoft competencies. Get an overview of the current Microsoft cloud accreditations and how these will be transitioning to Competencies in 1st January 2014. Whether you are...
  • Blog Post: WPC Day 1: Vision Keynote Recap – Devices, Services and a little Data

    If anyone wasn’t aware when they walked into the first WPC Vision Keynote this morning that Microsoft is now a devices and services company with core focuses on cloud, mobility, big data and enterprise social, they certainly were when they left three hours later. To me though the dominating...
  • Blog Post: Creative Sharepoint - The Digital Marketing Next Step (Guest Blog)

    Creative Sharepoint have been working with SharePoint since 2006, and in that time delivered hundreds of solutions ranging from out-the-box intranets through to bespoke applications. However, in the past year we have witnessed a significant change in business. More than ever, our customers are turning...