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  • Blog Post: Competency Updates Coming in October–Resources to Help You Prepare

    In October, there are several updates taking place to Microsoft Partner Network silver and gold competency benefits and requirements, which may affect your company. Below is a list I have compiled that gives you a quick look at what you can expect to see in the next few weeks, and provides you with resources...
  • 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 4/18/2011: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    Today, Microsoft announced a public beta of Microsoft Office 365 . Microsoft Office 365 combines the familiar Microsoft Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of next-generation Microsoft communications and collaboration services, all backed by the robust security and guaranteed reliability customers...
  • Blog Post: By Partner Request: Getting started with MPN as a new partner

    Looking for my guest post to the East Region blog about WPC 2010 attendance options? http://bit.ly/9hhjeH The topic for this blog post came to me through an e-mail sent to partnerQ@microsoft.com last week. “We are new Partners in the Network…What is the best way to get started? There is so much information...
  • Blog Post: Competency Partners: Revamping the MPN Logo, Streamlining Competencies

    by Sharon Collins, Microsoft U.S. Competency Lead In July, Microsoft made important announcements about forthcoming Microsoft Partner Network changes that are relevant to partners who have one or more Microsoft competencies. Summaries of two of these announcements, plus links to get more details, are...
  • Blog Post: Re-enroll to maintain your Microsoft partner benefits

    Part of the U.S. partner team’s work in January includes preparing for a large number of our Gold Certified Partners and Certified Partners to re-enroll in the Microsoft Partner Network, as membership is annual. If your company is due to re-enroll in the next 90 days, here are some resources to help...
  • Blog Post: Competency Partners: Stay current on certifications with exam discounts and the latest training

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead If you are making plans to earn a new Microsoft certification or simply build your expertise about one or more of the many new Microsoft products that have been released over the past few months, I wanted to highlight resources that will help you find training and take...
  • Blog Post: Week of June 6: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    Below are all the items we published in this week’s U.S. partner newsletter. If you feel that the version you received in e-mail, targeted to you according to your company’s partner profile and your role at your company, is missing something critical from this superset, please let me know by commenting...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Collaboration and Content competency unifies MPN membership for Microsoft SharePoint-focused partners

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead The new Microsoft Collaboration and Content competency is for Microsoft partners that develop, deploy, and support solutions built on the Microsoft SharePoint platform. In November, the Portals and Collaboration, Content Management, and Search competencies were combined...
  • Blog Post: Week of 2/21/2011: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    Planning for this year's Worldwide Partner Conference (July 10-14 in Los Angeles, CA) is in full swing, and registration will open at 10am Pacific Time on March 23. Prior to that, though, there are a couple of actions you can take. Even if you are not sure you will attend the Conference, you are welcome...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 3/7/2011: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    Below are all the items we published in this week’s U.S. partner newsletter. If you feel that the version you received in e-mail, targeted to you according to your company’s partner profile and your role at your company, is missing something critical from this superset, please let me know by commenting...
  • Blog Post: Guidance for Renewing Your Microsoft Partner Network Membership

    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: Requirements changes and name changes

    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...