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This time last year, I used this blog to address a question I received from a new Microsoft partner who wanted guidance about how to get started. I have pointed a lot of folks to it over the past several months, but it’s a bit ragged around the edges—a lot has happened in technology over the past year, Microsoft has launched several new products, and there have been significant changes in the Microsoft Partner Network itself. So, inspired by a question posted to our U.S. Partner Community group on LinkedIn from Robin Taylor, of RLT Solutions, LLC in Virginia, here is the 2011 version of our recommendations for getting started with the Microsoft Partner Network.
First, if you are new to the Partner Network, welcome! It’s an exciting time to be in the technology industry, and Microsoft has a long history of partnering with companies like yours to serve customers of all sizes, across multiple industries and business types. Now, on with the show—we’ve come up with 6 key activities to get you going.
I promised myself I would keep the number of links provided in this post to a minimum. I believe the links above will serve you well now and in the future as a Microsoft partner. I hope this helps those of you new to the Microsoft Partner Network feel more confident about next steps in exploring your opportunities. If you are a more seasoned partner, I hope you also you found something useful here. Maybe you have a recommendation for Robin and other new partners, too?
Diane Golshan Sr. Marketing Manager, U.S. Partner Team Learn more about what I do at Microsoft. Join our U.S. Partner Community.