by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead

Julie Golding 2011

Starting mid-November, the U.S. gold competency membership fee will increase to $5,260. This increase will be reflected when you attain or renew your gold competency. Microsoft partners that have attained a gold competency represent best-in-class capabilities as market leaders, and the depth and breadth of today’s partner benefits are significant:

  • Solution Incentives Program participation
  • Support from dedicated, telephone-based partner account specialists
  • Internal-use licenses for the latest Microsoft software
  • No-cost online training
  • Presales and technical advisory support
  • Customizable marketing and sales materials

Earlier this year, IDC released a white paper about the Business Value of the Microsoft Partner Network Core Benefits (Mira Perry and Steve White, June 2012). IDC estimates that in aggregate, there is $320,000 in value directly attributable to a partner's utilization of Microsoft Partner Network benefits, based on a 50-person company with $5-10 million in revenue and two to five competencies. image

    • If your membership renewal period occurs before the price change takes effect on November 19, 2012, you will be able to renew for one more year under the current fee. For information about your company’s renewal or assistance completing your renewal, visit the Renew my membership page on the partner portal or contact the Regional Service Center at http://aka.ms/uspartnersupport.

Resources for U.S. partners who have or are working to attain a Microsoft competency

 

Read previous competency-related blog posts.