Plan for an easy renewal of your Microsoft partner program membership in 2018

As you plan and set your business goals for 2018, keep your Microsoft Partner Network membership in mind. Renewing an existing competency or attaining a new competency takes planning and forethought, whereas renewing an Action Pack subscription is simple. Even if your next anniversary date is several weeks or even months away, considering a few…


Stay informed and engaged in the US Partner Community

The new era of business is here as companies continue on their digital transformation journeys. To address the partner-centered $4.5 trillion transformation opportunity, Microsoft continues to evolve its partner program, the Microsoft Partner Network, to provide the resources you need to build and sustain a profitable cloud practice, connect with customers and prospects, and differentiate…


MPN 101: Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Incentives

By Mike Stinogel, Director, US Partner Incentives Team In the Microsoft partner program, one of the benefits that partners get by being the Digital Partner of Record, is the eligibility to participate in incentive programs. Incentives are rewards for Microsoft sales or post sales activities like usage of Office 365, consumption of Azure, etc. Requirements…


MPN 101: Getting credit for the cloud consumption you drive

One of the four steps to attain a cloud competency is to demonstrate sales performance, meaning that you need to get recognized and be credited with the cloud consumption that you are influencing with your customers. This blog post gives you resources to enable you to get credit in the Microsoft ecosystem for the cloud…


MPN 101: The four steps to attain a cloud competency

Competency is an earned designation within the Microsoft Partner Network that partners can attain, at a gold or silver level, by fulfilling the requirements. The Microsoft partner program keeps evolving and as part of that evolution last year, there were 12 competencies that were retired. These 12 competencies have been closed for new enrollment or…


MPN 101: Step into the Microsoft Store and tell me about your experience

It’s spring! A season that brings with it the promise of renewal and brighter days, blooming flowers, and new ideas. Through the MPN 101 Community calls, videos, blog posts, and Yammer group, we’re able to regularly bring you information that offers you new ideas for making the most of your MPN membership and building your relationship with Microsoft. Over the next several weeks,…


MPN 101: Training and accreditation resources

Staying current and up-to-date with the latest Microsoft products and technologies, and demonstrating your company’s expertise to customers through technical accreditations held by members of your team, is critical for your partner business. Microsoft offers a variety of training resources for technical professionals, and Microsoft Partner Network members have access to additional training opportunities as a benefit of program membership….


MPN 101 partner events at Microsoft Stores in Seattle, Portland, and Palo Alto

You are invited to join me at one of our in-person New Partner Orientation sessions. Hosted at our Microsoft Store locations in Seattle, Portland, and Palo Alto, these sessions – about 45 minutes long – will provide you with an overview of the Microsoft partner program, learn about the requirements of the membership options, and find out what…


MPN 101: Competency updates and resources

The Microsoft partner program is ever-evolving, as we consider how we can help partners keep up with changing customer needs. Last year, we refreshed the list of competencies that we offer in the Microsoft Partner Network, to better align competencies to cloud- and mobility-based solutions. In 2016, we also announced changes to the performance and technical requirements for…