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  • Blog Post: A guide to renewing your MPN competency

    by Joe Chason, US Microsoft Partner Network lead 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...
  • Blog Post: US Partner News Online for Friday, March 7, 2014

    Welcome to this week’s issue of the US Partner News Online! Each week, we’ll bring you the latest news and information for Microsoft partners. You can read previous weeks’ issues at http://aka.ms/uspnewsletter . If you’d like to see the next post in your email inbox, go to http://aka.ms/uspblog and enter...
  • Blog Post: US Partner News Online for Friday, February 14, 2014

    Welcome to this week’s issue of the US Partner News Online! Each week, we’ll bring you the latest news and information for Microsoft partners. You can read previous weeks’ issues at http://aka.ms/uspnewsletter . If you’d like to see the next post in your email inbox, go to http://aka.ms/uspblog and enter...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Program Update: Your Questions, Answered

    by Joe Chason, US Microsoft Partner Network lead On February 24, several program-wide changes to the Microsoft Partner Network will take effect. Some of these changes are related to the Microsoft Cloud Partner programs. To help you understand what the cloud-related changes are, and how they may affect...
  • Blog Post: Prepare for Changes to Your MPN Membership in February

    In February, there are programmatic changes coming to the Microsoft Partner Network, including the revamped Microsoft Action Pack; the new Intelligent Systems competency; the integration of Microsoft cloud services to competency and Action Pack internal use benefits (Office 365, Windows Azure, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Partner Guide to Cloud OS Resources

    There are more applications, more devices, and now, more data than ever—all driven by the rise of cloud computing and the use of cloud services. For partners, there is a significant opportunity to use the family of Microsoft Cloud OS products to help customers realize more efficiencies and new value...
  • Blog Post: Aligning your company’s positioning and branding 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...
  • Blog Post: Get expert technical advice for your Windows 8 deployments and implementations

    If your company has a Microsoft competency, a Microsoft Action Pack Develop and Design subscription, or membership in Cloud Accelerate, your Microsoft Partner Network benefits include access to personalized advisory services from experienced Microsoft technical consultants. Apply your Partner Advisory...
  • Blog Post: Small changes to your Microsoft Pinpoint profile can yield big results

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead A core benefit of your Microsoft competency is prioritized exposure and competency designation on Microsoft Pinpoint , our online marketplace where prospective customers can find your company and solutions. More than 20 percent of Pinpoint visitors become viable prospects...
  • Blog Post: U.S. partner news for Friday, February 15 (feat. new Office events and resources)

    In your newsletter this week, customized according to your company’s business model, Microsoft Partner Network membership, and your role, you’ll find the latest partner-related information and news to help you utilize your membership benefits, understand your opportunities and close business, and build...
  • Blog Post: Market your competencies so customers choose you as their IT expert

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead Only 5% of Microsoft partners worldwide have attained a competency. The accomplishment of having earned a Microsoft competency distinguishes your company and lets you market your business to customers in a specific way. I’m pleased to announce our web campaign that helps...
  • Blog Post: U.S. partner news for Friday, February 1

    On the first and third Friday of each month, the U.S. Partner Team delivers a newsletter for U.S.-based members of the Microsoft Partner Network. The content you receive in your email inbox as a benefit of your membership is specific to your company’s business and your role (learn more about this in...
  • Blog Post: Your Action Pack: Expand your market reach with cloud capabilities

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead Cloud computing can help your customers increase their IT flexibility, reduce deployment costs, and manage operations. The market opportunity with cloud computing continues to grow. According to a Microsoft survey conducted by Edge Strategies in 2012, 50 percent of small...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 ways to use your Partner Advisory Hours

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead Partner advisory hours are used as currency for technical presales and advisory services offered by the Microsoft Partner Services team. As part of your company’s Microsoft Partner Network membership, your organization receives partner advisory hours for attaining a Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Ready-To-Go Marketing: Use web syndication to build credibility with your customers

    by Kelly Stark, Sr. Marketing Manager, Ready-to-Go Marketing Tired of constantly updating your website to be in sync with information about Microsoft products and technologies? Looking for an easy way to maintain your site with the latest information for your customers and prospects? The Ready-To-Go...
  • Blog Post: Adding Cloud Solutions to Your Microsoft Practice

    by Sharon Collins, Microsoft U.S. Cloud Partner Lead Cloud computing can help your SMB and enterprise customers increase their IT flexibility, reduce deployment costs, and manage operations, and the market opportunity with cloud computing continues to grow. You can expand your business and position your...
  • Blog Post: New Application Development competency simplifies MPN membership for ISVs, Application Providers, and Developers

    Last month, I talked about the most significant Microsoft competency requirements and name changes that will take effect this month to help you understand what changes will affect your organization now or at your next Microsoft Partner Network membership renewal. The changes we are making will streamline...
  • Blog Post: Competency Partners: Certification Exam Discounts, Plus Free Exam Retakes

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead Each month in the U.S. partner newsletter , Julie Golding delivers a message for Microsoft Partner Network organizations who hold one or more Microsoft competencies , offering information and recommendations to help those companies take advantage of their membership benefits...
  • Blog Post: Capitalize on the Cloud Opportunity with the New Small Business Competency

    Post by Sharon Collins, Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, U.S. Partner Team. Last week, we put the final touches on the new Microsoft Small Business competency, and Julie Bennani announced its official availability on her blog. The Small Business competency helps partners build on...
  • Blog Post: Have a Microsoft Competency? You May Need to Update Your Certifications to Meet New Requirements

    By Sharon Collins, Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, U.S. Partner Team. New Microsoft certifications are made available shortly after Microsoft releases a new version of a product. To ensure ongoing relevance to your customers, the Microsoft Partner Network updates the requirements...
  • Blog Post: Meet Competency Requirements and Build Skills through Training Benefits

    Posted by Sharon Collins, Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, U.S. Partner Team. Each month in the U.S. partner newsletter , Sharon Collins, U.S. Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, delivers a message to silver and gold competency partners about maintaining and maximizing...
  • Blog Post: Have a Silver or Gold Competency? Take Advantage of Your Benefits

    We recognize the hard work and dedication you have put forth over the past year to achieve your competency status in the Microsoft Partner Network. Your competency investment not only creates distinction for your business in the marketplace, i t entitles you to valuable benefits that can help you achieve...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Week of May 2: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    Below are all the items we published in this week’s U.S. partner newsletter. If you feel that the version you received in e-mail, targeted to you according to your company’s partner profile and your role at your company, is missing something critical from this superset, please let me know by commenting...
  • Blog Post: 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...