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 last fall. In comments…


Pinpoint Pointers #2: Product Marketplaces, Powered by Pinpoint

Guest post by Tina Hanson, Partner-to-Partner Lead for the Microsoft U.S. Partner Team. This Pinpoint Pointers blog series is about the customer-to-partner (C2P) connection: helping partners effectively use Microsoft Pinpoint, our technology marketplace and directory of Microsoft technology IT providers offering professional services and software, so customers can find their solutions and connect with them….

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U.S. Public Sector 2011 Partner Award Winners

At the Microsoft ISU Conference in Chicago last week, the Microsoft U.S. Public Sector partner team announced the winners for Partner of the Year awards recognizing outstanding use of Microsoft technology on behalf of public missions. We are pleased to congratulate the following companies for their achievements and look forward to continued success together! Microsoft…

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Congratulations to the 2011 U.S. Health and Life Sciences Partners of the Year

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles earlier this month, the Microsoft U.S. Public Sector partner team announced the winners for four awards in the U.S. Health and Life Sciences vertical. We are pleased to congratulate these companies for their achievements, and look forward to continued success together! Microsoft U.S. Life Sciences Partner…

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Using Your Feedback to Shape the Partner Experience

Once again, we have begun inviting partners and customers to participate in our Microsoft Global Relationship Study (GRS). Periodically, we engage an independent research company to conduct this study in more than 100 countries, giving both customers and partners an opportunity to evaluate Microsoft in key areas that include product quality, innovation, ease of doing…

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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…

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Microsoft Action Pack Subscription Offers Benefits, Engagement

[Note: As of 3/4, we have updated information about the availability of the partner download for Windows Small Business Server 2011. Read the blog post from the WW Partner Group.] In our “New to the Microsoft Partner Network” blog post earlier this year, we laid out six activities that all new members can do to…

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Microsoft Action Pack Q & A

Each month in the third-Friday edition of the U.S. partner newsletter, our Microsoft Action Pack Subscription expert in the U.S., Julie Golding, delivers a message to Action Pack Solution Provider (SP) and Action Pack Development and Design (DD) subscribers. Below is a series of commonly asked questions, and Julie’s answers, from 2011. Read the Action…

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New to the Microsoft Partner Network? Tips for Getting Started

This time last year, I used this blog to address a question I received from a new Microsoft partner who wanted guidance about how to get started. I have pointed a lot of folks to it over the past several months, but it’s a bit ragged around the edges—a lot has happened in technology over…

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