imageA couple new Microsoft Sales Specialist accreditations have launched since we last talked with you about the program: Windows Intune and Private Cloud. Below is an overview of these two new tracks. As we’ve said before, earning your Sales Specialist credentials is a great way to set you apart from the competition when talking with new and current customers, plus the trainings and assessments help solidify your understanding of these offerings.

Learn more about the Sales Specialist accreditations available to Microsoft Partners.

Windows Intune

Your customers depend on you to keep their PCs up and running, whether they are in the office or on the road. But when a computer is having problems, we know that fixing it can be a challenge when it isn’t at your fingertips. And each customer’s PC environment is different from the next, making it difficult to efficiently manage them all in the same way. Microsoft has designed Windows Intune, the latest addition to the Microsoft Online Services family, to help you meet these challenges.

Private Cloud

Many customers are aware of and are intrigued by the flexibility and cost-saving arguments of private cloud solutions. Now there is a Microsoft Sales Specialist program available to help Partners navigate scenarios, and increase implementations.

At the 2011 Microsoft World Partner Conference, we announced that we will be merging the Systems Management and Virtualization competencies into a single, more comprehensive competency next year. However, you need not wait till next year to become an expert in selling Private Cloud solutions to your customers! This is where the recently announced Private Cloud Sales Specialist program comes in. By helping you be at the forefront of the latest private cloud trends, this accreditation will be a great addition to your Virtualization or Systems Management Sales Specialist accreditation.