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by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead
Each month in the U.S. partner newsletter, Julie Golding delivers a message for Microsoft Partner Network organizations who hold one or more Microsoft competencies, offering information and recommendations to help those companies take advantage of their membership benefits and differentiate their businesses in the marketplace by showcasing their expertise.
The latest Microsoft products—from Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012 to Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, Windows 8 (coming October 26), and the new Office (released to manufacturing on 10/11)—bring with them new partner opportunities. As we refresh our product portfolio, and you update the services and solutions you offer to include them in your Microsoft practice, it’s important that the Microsoft Partner Network evolves to keep pace with the advancing technology and changing customer expectations. We make improvements the Partner Network to help partners expand their business and expertise in order to differentiate themselves in the marketplace and to retain and better serve customers.
In November, there are changes to several Microsoft competencies that will streamline, simplify, and refresh our approach, reflecting changing customer needs and market conditions. In this post, I’ve summarized some of the most significant changes we are making, but I recommend that you download and review the Competency Roadmap for a comprehensive guide that will help you understand what changes will affect your company in November or at your next membership renewal.
Competency Name Changes and Mergers
Competency Change Highlights
If you don’t see your competency listed above, use the Competency Roadmap as your source for important details, or contact the U.S. MPN Experts for a competency consultation so that you are ready for your next renewal.
You can read the October 19 issue of the U.S. partner news online at http://aka.ms/uspnewsletter, and read previous competency-related blog posts at http://aka.ms/uscompetencyblog.
Resources for U.S. partners who have or are working to attain a Microsoft competency