Tips for renewing your Microsoft competency in 2016

Chinmayi Bhavanishankar US Partner Experience Lead Yammer As you plan and set your business goals for 2016, keep your Microsoft Partner Network membership in mind. Renewing an existing competency or attaining a new competency takes planning and forethought. Even if your next anniversary date is several weeks or even months away, considering a few things…


Invest an hour to activate your Internal Use Rights benefit

  Availability of Microsoft cloud services and on-premises software for internal use is a benefit for Microsoft Partner Network members that have a Microsoft Action Pack subscription or a competency. The software and services you can access with your Internal Use Rights (IUR) can be used for internal business use, customer demo, internal development and…


Getting started with the cloud competencies

It’s been just over a year since the initial release of the Microsoft Partner Network cloud competencies. The importance of the cloud continues to grow, with customers spending more than half their IT budgets on cloud and managed services in the last year (IDC, 2015). We’ve learned a lot from partners over the past year…


Azure Partner Community: Are you utilizing all of your Azure benefits? Part 2

Welcome to the Azure Partner Community blog series. Register for the next Azure Partner Community call Read Azure Partner Community blog posts Join the Azure Partners group on Yammer by Frank Campise US Partner Technology Strategist for Microsoft Azure @frankcampise December 2015: This post has been updated to reflect partner program updates and changes. Benefit eligibility and…

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Aligning your company’s branding and positioning with Microsoft

A common question I hear from partners is about demonstrating their relationship with Microsoft to customers. Most often, the request is related to the partner using the Microsoft logo, Microsoft product logos, and Microsoft services logos in its sales and marketing materials. In general, the Microsoft logo and our product logos are not intended for…

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MPN Cloud Performance Competencies: how to get started

The cloud is integrated into the Microsoft Partner Network. Partners with active practices around Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Azure may attain one of three cloud performance competencies. By partnering with Microsoft, you can make money selling industry-leading cloud solutions, and your success will not only help your business grow, it will unlock additional support,…

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Guidance for renewing your MPN competency

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 that allow you to: Be market-ready – Sell what you know…


Build your SharePoint business with the Collaboration and Content competency

The momentum behind Microsoft SharePoint—with an estimated $US2.3 billion in revenue—just keeps building. Companies that earn the Microsoft Collaboration and Content competency (Systems Integrators, ISVs, and Value-Added Resellers) will be positioned to take full advantage of the partner opportunities with SharePoint. A better way to increase your revenue Organizations are actively looking at expanding the…

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Competency Partners: Meet the updated Server Platform competency requirements

by Julie Golding, US MPN Lead If your company has the Microsoft Server Platform competency, note that there are new requirements that align to the release of the Microsoft Certification exams for Windows Server 2012. Microsoft Partner Network members with the Server Platform competency are encouraged to take action today to understand what the status…

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How a Microsoft gold competency can make a difference for your business

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 in a specific technology area that…

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