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  • Blog Post: Cloud Program Update: Your Questions, Answered

    by Joe Chason, US Microsoft Partner Network lead On February 24, several program-wide changes to the Microsoft Partner Network will take effect. Some of these changes are related to the Microsoft Cloud Partner programs. To help you understand what the cloud-related changes are, and how they may affect...
  • Blog Post: Competency Partners: Benefits update

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead The competency roadmap provides you with a comprehensive look at both recently implemented changes and planned changes coming to the Microsoft Partner Network, to competency requirements and benefits, and to our cloud partner programs. It’s a document I frequently use...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Action Pack Subscription Offers Benefits, Engagement

    [Note: As of 3/4, we have updated information about the availability of the partner download for Windows Small Business Server 2011. Read the blog post from the WW Partner Group .] In our “New to the Microsoft Partner Network” blog post earlier this year, we laid out six activities that all new members...
  • Blog Post: At Your Service: Virtual Partner Concierge

    July 30, 2013 Update: Virtual Partner Concierge is no longer available, but I invite you to join the new US Partner Community on Yammer, at http://aka.ms/uspyammer ( instructions ). All of the features of Concierge that helped you stay informed and find resources related to your membership and areas...
  • Blog Post: How to Prepare for Windows 8

    A couple of months ago, I published an online guide for partners to help you prepare for all of the product releases we have planned this year. That post has been updated a couple of times as we passed launch milestones for Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 in September. Many partners have asked...
  • Blog Post: By Partner Request: Post-Sales Technical Resources for BPOS

    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...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Partners: Cloud Deployment program helps you onboard enterprise customers to Microsoft Office 365

    by Sharon Collins, Microsoft U.S. Cloud Partner Lead Earlier this month, the Worldwide Partner Group announced the Microsoft Cloud Deployment program . This new program is designed to meet the needs of partners that are deploying Office 365 to enterprise customers. According to Josh Waldo, Senior Director...
  • Blog Post: How to Prepare for Upcoming Microsoft Product Releases

    In his Day 3 Vision Keynote at the 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner stated, “Every product in our portfolio is being refreshed in a twelve-month period.” It’s an historic year for Microsoft, the biggest launch year in our history, and an exciting time to...
  • Blog Post: Pursuing a Silver Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network

    Over the past few months, a large number of our partners formerly known as Gold Certified and Certified have come up for Microsoft Partner Network membership renewal, as I noted would be the case in a December post ( The New Partner Network + 45 Days ). Now that we are through that very hectic part of...
  • Blog Post: Using Your Feedback to Shape the Microsoft Partner Experience

    Once again, we have begun inviting partners and customers to participate in our Microsoft Global Relationship Study (GRS). Periodically, we engage an independent research company to conduct this study in more than 100 countries, giving both customers and partners an opportunity to evaluate Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Aligning your company’s positioning and branding with Microsoft

    A common question I hear from partners is about demonstrating their relationship with Microsoft to customers. Most often, the request is related to the partner using the Microsoft logo, Microsoft product logos, and Microsoft services logos in its sales and marketing materials. In general, the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Week of 8/2/2010: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    The U.S. partner team delivers an e-mail newsletter to U.S.-based Microsoft Partner Network members each Monday as a benefit of membership. We are looking at new ways to help connect partners to valuable information about the Microsoft Partner Network and associated benefits as well as new opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Pinpoint Pointers #2: Product Marketplaces, Powered by Pinpoint

    Guest post by Tina Hanson , Partner-to-Partner Lead for the Microsoft U.S. Partner Team. This Pinpoint Pointers blog series is about the customer-to-partner (C2P) connection: helping partners effectively use Microsoft Pinpoint , our technology marketplace and directory of Microsoft technology IT providers...
  • Blog Post: Using Your Feedback to Shape the Partner Experience

    Once again, we have begun inviting partners and customers to participate in our Microsoft Global Relationship Study (GRS). Periodically, we engage an independent research company to conduct this study in more than 100 countries, giving both customers and partners an opportunity to evaluate Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: New Partner Technical Training and Certification Program from Microsoft and the IAMCP

    Building your Microsoft practice and delivering solutions that delight customers requires that you have sales and technical individuals who are trained and have demonstrable expertise in current Microsoft products and technologies. Many partners have given us feedback that there is a shortage of these...
  • Blog Post: Week of 10/4/2010: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    Thank you for your feedback about our September 20 newsletter, where we debuted our refined newsletter approach to better target content to you according to your company’s business and your role within your company. Many of you applauded the effort to me in e-mail and here on the blog, although some...
  • Blog Post: U.S. Partner Portal Home Page Update

    Thank you for such a great response to my post last month about the proposed update to the partner portal home page . Through the online poll, comments on the blog, and e-mails to me, we learned a lot about how you use the home page today and how you would like to use it in the future, and earlier this...
  • Blog Post: Benefits Extension for Former Gold Certified and Certified Partners

    As many partners work to renew their membership in the Microsoft Partner Network and meet the new competency requirements, here is a quick recap about how we are helping partners manage their transition. First, Microsoft extended the period in which you can continue using your old Microsoft Partner Network...
  • Blog Post: The New Partner Network + 45 Days

    I recently had the opportunity to chat with my teammate Sharon Collins, the U.S. Partner Team lead for the Microsoft Partner Network , about the new membership options and competencies that we launched on November 1. Over the past couple of years, leading up to the launch of the new Microsoft Partner...
  • Blog Post: Week of 9/7/2010: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    The U.S. partner team delivers an e-mail newsletter to U.S.-based Microsoft Partner Network members each Monday as a benefit of membership. We are looking at new ways to help connect partners to valuable information about the Microsoft Partner Network and associated benefits as well as new opportunities...