More Ways to Stay Current with Partner Training Opportunities

Josh Condie – Last week I posted an overview of the new Partner Learning Tool – a great resource to sharpen your technical and sales skills, across product lines, online and for free.  This caught the attention of our internal U.S. Partner Learning Team, who are also in the process of promoting the many learning…


Great Resource–MPN Partner Learning Plan Tool

Josh Condie – In my many interactions with our SMB partner community throughout the year, I often come away with requests to assemble and consolidate targeted training resources for partners looking to start a new practice or update old skillsets in preparation for a new product release.  Until recently, this almost always entailed scouring Technet,…


Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions for Partners – Starting May 7th

  Josh Condie – Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting. Practice Accelerator enables you to identify customer requirements, analyze their needs, scope…


Small Business Competency and Office 365 Certification Path

B   V   A Julie Bennani, GM of Microsoft Microsoft Partner Network, recently blogged more information about the upcoming Small Business Competency, which will be launched in June 2012.  I wanted to highlight that there will be a strong cloud focus for this competency.  Julie states “The competency will lead with the Cloud and be a…

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Microsoft Certification 20th Anniversary brings program updates

  By Ron Grattopp ….. In case you didn’t know, Microsoft Certification celebrated its 20th anniversary on January 31st and to mark that milestone they have launched a year-long effort called “20 Years|20 Ways”.  And, on April 11, we announced some significant changes to our MCSE Certification program, “MCSE: Reinvented for the Cloud”.  Microsoft’s revamped…

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Microsoft Competency Roadmap 2011/2012

  B   V   A In today’s competitive environment, a Microsoft gold or silver competency can help set your company apart from the competition by demonstrating a specific, proven skill set to your customers. Did you know that there are over 650,000 partners in Microsoft’s channel alone, but only 30,000 (5%) partners worldwide can distinguish themselves…


The Cost of Certification is Going Up

Rob Waggoner If you missed the announcement, the cost of certification exams is increasing effective July 1, 2011.  In the U.S., the certification exam will increase from $125.00 to $150.00.  It looks like the traditional discounts will still be available, but the discounted price will increase as well since it will be based upon the…

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You want it, you got it!…great new training opportunity around the cloud and virtualization, and did I mention it’s free!

  by Ron Grattopp……The “Cloud” and Virtualization are arguably the two hottest topics in the industry today, and Microsoft has some great technology for you leverage in your customer solutions portfolio in both of those spaces.  If you didn’t already know about it, the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is a free and public portal for…


New Certification Pack offering will help you get or upgrade your certifications for less

by Ron Grattopp…….Most of you, being Microsoft partners, should already be familiar with the fact that the former Microsoft Partner Program, now Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), has undergone some significant changes.  One of the major changes is the requirement for partners looking to qualify for “competencies” to be certified on our “current” technology/products.  For many…