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    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 MPN benefits , including: Partner...
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    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...
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    Now that you can start building your conference schedule in WPC Connect, here is an updated list of the sessions in the U.S. Subsidiary track. Each session in the list below is linked to its description in the publicly available Session Catalog, and I’ve noted the day of each session for reference. ...
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  • Blog Post: Countdown to the New Microsoft Partner Network – Daily Double #3

    The excitement continues to mount as we get closer to putting the final touches on the new Microsoft Partner Network. Over the past two days, our tips have been focused on helping you lay the groundwork to know what changes will be made and understand how they will affect you. We’ve covered the Partner...
  • Blog Post: Partnering with Precision: Microsoft Partner Network–Year 1 Reflections

    A Blog Series for U.S. Partners by Jenni Flinders, Microsoft U.S. Vice President, Partner Strategy and Programs. Nearly one year into the new Microsoft Partner Network structure that we launched on November 1, 2010 , and I’m excited how passionate – and vocal – you have been about the changes we introduced...
  • Blog Post: Competency Partners: Certification Exam Discounts, Plus Free Exam Retakes

    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...
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    On Monday, November 1, the Microsoft Partner Network evolution will be complete, with new membership opportunities and a wider variety of ways to engage with Microsoft. If you have heard that there are changes coming, but have been waiting for us to tell you that we were really, really serious, here...
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    In today’s Daily Double, we’re getting practical, with tips about how to build your transition plan. Remember that you will need to meet the new competency (and Small Business Specialist Community) requirements before your next re-enrollment date if you intend to continue to hold one or more competencies...
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    In yesterday’s first Microsoft Partner Network “daily double ,” we provided you with foundational resources to help you assess your current membership and determine what your initial next steps are as we finish the transition to the new Microsoft Partner Network. At the end of this week, the Partner...
  • Blog Post: New Application Development competency simplifies MPN membership for ISVs, Application Providers, and Developers

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead Last month, I talked about the most significant Microsoft competency requirements and name changes that will take effect this month to help you understand what changes will affect your organization now or at your next Microsoft Partner Network membership renewal. The changes...
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    The Microsoft Cloud OS provides a consistent platform for infrastructure, apps, and data, and allows IT to rapidly build and deploy applications, flexibly manage IT services, and support real-time analytics across all forms and data. On October 7, Microsoft released the fall wave of enterprise products...
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    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead A core benefit of your Microsoft competency is prioritized exposure and competency designation on Microsoft Pinpoint , our online marketplace where prospective customers can find your company and solutions. More than 20 percent of Pinpoint visitors become viable prospects...
  • Blog Post: Meet Competency Requirements and Build Skills through Training Benefits

    Posted 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 maximizing...
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    by Julie Golding, US MPN Lead If you are new to the Microsoft Partner Network, or are exploring your opportunities to deepen your engagement with Microsoft, you will want to understand what the Microsoft competencies are, and why they matter to both you and your customers. Competencies indicate expertise...
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    by Jason Leonardelli, Worldwide Partner Conference Lead for the Microsoft US Partner Team Big. Modern. Entertaining. Impressive. I’m talking about the Houston Museum of Natural Science . It’s one of the top museums of its kind in the country and it’s also the venue for one of the most anticipated events...
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