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Last week, we counted down to the final stages of transitioning to the “new” Microsoft Partner Network. Thanks for your positive feedback about the Daily Double posts, where I covered tools and resources to help you assess where you are and decide where you want to be in the new Network. With the arrival of the new Microsoft Partner Network comes a fresh approach to program membership, and some new ways to engage with Microsoft have been added.
The labels “Registered Member,” “Certified Partner,” and “Gold Certified Partner” are so last Friday. Instead, you’ll hear us talking about these layers of participation.
We’re excited to finally be able to say that your new Microsoft Partner Network is here.
Diane Golshan Sr. Marketing Manager, U.S. Partner Team Learn more about what I do at Microsoft.
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The new competency structure is a slap in the face to the Partners that have chosen to work with Businesses with less than 50 users. Requiring that a Partner achieve a Competency in the Mid-Market solutions to be deemed "competent" and keep their software rights is ridiculous (those solutions have little to no application to our market space), and shows a total disconnect from the real world in which very competent Partners provide hardware and services to this market space. This will be the third time I've had to totally change out our Internal Use Software (format and reinstall) and rebuild our network due to wavering commitment and unclear vision for the Small Business segment, making one of the most valuable assets provided by Microsoft (Internal Use Licenses) much, much less valuable.