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: 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…


MPN 101: Get support for attaining your first cloud competency

by Rami Noujaim, Sr. Manager for Microsoft Partner Technical Services and Chinmayi Bhavanishankar, US Partner Experience Lead Customers are moving to the cloud, and they want an expert to help them do it. You can establish your expertise by earning a cloud performance competency in the Microsoft Partner Network. Partners that earn these competencies receive benefits that…


Renew your benefits and accelerate your business growth with Microsoft

It’s a common scenario for the MPN Support team. “My anniversary date is tomorrow and I’m having trouble renewing my competency. Can you help?” Lots of things in our day-to-day lives require us to renew them – car insurance, cable and phone services, subscriptions of various kinds, rental agreements for homes and office spaces. Inevitably, with…


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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