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  • Blog Post: US Partner News for Friday, April 11, 2014

    Welcome to this week’s issue of the US Partner News Online! Each week, we’ll bring you the latest news and information for Microsoft partners. You can read previous weeks’ issues at http://aka.ms/uspnewsletter . If you’d like to see the next post in your email inbox, go to http://aka.ms/uspblog and enter...
  • Blog Post: A guide to renewing your MPN competency

    by Joe Chason, US Microsoft Partner Network lead If your company is due to renew its Microsoft Partner Network membership and competency in the next 90 days, it’s time to get your renewal started. Renewing your Microsoft Partner Network membership and competency on time ensures that you keep your valuable...
  • Blog Post: US Partner News Online for Friday, January 17, 2014

    Welcome to this week’s issue of the US Partner News Online! Each week, we’ll bring you the latest news and information for Microsoft partners. You can read previous weeks’ issues at http://aka.ms/uspnewsletter . If you’d like to see the next post in your email inbox, go to http://aka.ms/uspblog and enter...
  • Blog Post: US Partner News Online for Friday, January 3, 2014

    Happy New Year, and welcome to this week’s issue of the US Partner News Online! Each week, we’ll bring you the latest news and information for Microsoft partners. You can read previous weeks’ issues at http://aka.ms/uspnewsletter . If you’d like to see the next post in your email inbox, go to http:/...
  • Blog Post: Prepare for Changes to Your MPN Membership in February

    In February, there are programmatic changes coming to the Microsoft Partner Network, including the revamped Microsoft Action Pack; the new Intelligent Systems competency; the integration of Microsoft cloud services to competency and Action Pack internal use benefits (Office 365, Windows Azure, Windows...
  • Blog Post: US Partner News Online for Friday, December 20, 2013

    Welcome to this week’s issue of the US Partner News Online! Each week, we’ll bring you the latest news and information for Microsoft partners. You can read previous weeks’ issues at http://aka.ms/uspnewsletter . If you’d like to see the next post in your email inbox, go to http://aka.ms/uspblog and enter...
  • Blog Post: Partners with a gold competency: plan for a membership fee increase

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead 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...
  • Blog Post: Competency Partners: Meet the updated Server Platform competency requirements

    by Julie Golding, US MPN Lead If your company has the Microsoft Server Platform competency , note that there are new requirements that align to the release of the Microsoft Certification exams for Windows Server 2012. Microsoft Partner Network members with the Server Platform competency are encouraged...
  • 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: Get expert technical advice for your Windows 8 deployments and implementations

    If your company has a Microsoft competency, a Microsoft Action Pack Develop and Design subscription, or membership in Cloud Accelerate, your Microsoft Partner Network benefits include access to personalized advisory services from experienced Microsoft technical consultants. Apply your Partner Advisory...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 ways to use your Partner Advisory Hours

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead Partner advisory hours are used as currency for technical presales and advisory services offered by the Microsoft Partner Services team. As part of your company’s Microsoft Partner Network membership, your organization receives partner advisory hours for attaining a Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Competency Partners: Membership benefits for your role

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead Your company’s Microsoft competency in the Microsoft Partner Network offers valuable benefits that can help you succeed in your role, and help your company capitalize on new opportunities in the market with the latest Microsoft product releases . Product knowledge. In...
  • Blog Post: Market your competencies so customers choose you as their IT expert

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead Only 5% of Microsoft partners worldwide have attained a competency. The accomplishment of having earned a Microsoft competency distinguishes your company and lets you market your business to customers in a specific way. I’m pleased to announce our web campaign that helps...
  • Blog Post: Have a Silver or Gold Competency? Take Advantage of Your Benefits

    We recognize the hard work and dedication you have put forth over the past year to achieve your competency status in the Microsoft Partner Network. Your competency investment not only creates distinction for your business in the marketplace, i t entitles you to valuable benefits that can help you achieve...
  • Blog Post: Three Reasons to Dive Into Your Competency Benefits

    Guest post by Sharon Collins, Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, U.S. Partner Team. Each month in the U.S. partner newsletter , Sharon Collins, U.S. Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, delivers a message to silver and gold competency partners about maintaining and...
  • Blog Post: Competency Partners: June 2012 Recommendations

    Post by Sharon Collins, Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, U.S. Partner Team. Each month in the U.S. partner newsletter , Sharon Collins, U.S. Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, delivers a message to silver and gold competency partners about maintaining and...
  • Blog Post: Have a Microsoft Competency? You May Need to Update Your Certifications to Meet New Requirements

    By Sharon Collins, Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, U.S. Partner Team. New Microsoft certifications are made available shortly after Microsoft releases a new version of a product. To ensure ongoing relevance to your customers, the Microsoft Partner Network updates the requirements...
  • Blog Post: Week of 10/18/2010: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    This week, we have a strong lineup and good blend of both information and engagement opportunities for partners. We had more than 35 pieces of content submitted for publication. We were able to consolidate a few of them, and a couple that were not time-sensitive were moved to our 11/1 edition, leaving...
  • Blog Post: Capitalize on the Cloud Opportunity with the New Small Business Competency

    Post by Sharon Collins, Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, U.S. Partner Team. Last week, we put the final touches on the new Microsoft Small Business competency, and Julie Bennani announced its official availability on her blog. The Small Business competency helps partners build on...
  • 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...