Our first blog post comes in response to a request I received through Twitter, “Online/BPOS Partners need post-sale technical resources. PAM/SE is great, but busy & we need deeper tech knowledge.” Happy to oblige and respond to this suggested topic.

I reached out to my colleague Alison Catania, who works on our U.S. Partner Strategy team on software-plus-services, and here are her recommendations.

Learning Plan Tool Packages.  There are three packages of recommended training for BPOS with a technical focus.  I took a peek inside each of these to see what’s included, and saw 100-, 200-, and 300-level courses, primarily on-demand Web seminars. Nearly all listed courses are available to partners at no charge.

Delivery Support. Our Technical Advisory Services (TAS) team helps partners deploy BPOS to their customers. As a benefit of Microsoft Partner Network membership, Gold Certified Partners have 40 hours/year, Certified Partners with the ISV/Software Solutions Competency have 15 hours/year, and partners enrolled in the Microsoft Empower for ISVs program have 10 hours/year of TAS team support. Extended service hours are available for purchase. Contact TAS by e-mail at askptc@microsoft.com, or 1-800-MPN-SOLVE.

Technical Support. 1-866-MSONLINE (441-8425) for all break-fix issues, Partner Care questions, and routing—available to partners acting on behalf of their BPOS customers.

A couple of community-based recommendations from me for technically focused information that turned up in a (Bing) search on TechNet:

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Cheers,

Diane Golshan
Sr. Marketing Manager, U.S. Partner Team
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