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Reminder - February 2014 MPN Competency Requirement Updates
Julie Bennani
GM, Microsoft Partner Network
1/15/2014 8:00 AM
What all Microsoft Partners need to know
In December 2013, we announced a modified roadmap for changes to the Microsoft Partner Network, including requirements updates for the competencies. Top-line, we strongly encourage you and your team to review the information provided in the Disclosure Guide to ensure that your organization continues to meet the requirements necessary to maintain your status, branding and benefits.
 
Staying Current
Consistent with business principles we announced with the launch of MPN, it is critical that our best, branded partners keep their practice current on our latest technology.  In February 2014, many of the people requirements around sales, pre-sales and technical capability will be updated supporting our latest technology and business opportunity aligned to Microsoft’s go-to-market strategies.  As a reminder, partners have until their anniversary date to meet the requirements, but we encourage you not to wait as the training and exams are available now (with CRM 2013 and Intelligent Systems content coming soon).  The learning paths are the best resource to find detailed information on the latest training requirements with great virtual options.
 
February competency requirements overview (Also see Disclosure Guide).
 
Competency
Licensing assessment retirement
Assessment changes
Exam changes
NEW: Pre-sales Technical Assessment
Application Test Retirement
Application Development
             
 
Application Integration
 
Application Lifecycle Management
 
Business Intelligence
Collaboration and Content
 
Communications
Customer Relationship Management
 
 
Data Platform
 
Devices and Deployment
 
Digital Advertising
 
 
 
 
Distributor
 
 
 
 
 
Enterprise Resource Planning
 
 
Hosting
 
 
Identity and Access
 
 
NEW Intelligent Systems
 
 
 
Learning
 
 
 
Management and Virtualization
 
Messaging
Midmarket Solution Provider
 
 
Mobility
 
 
 
 
OEM
 
 
Project and Portfolio Management
 
 
Server Platform
 
 
 
Small Business
 
 
 
Software Asset Management
 
 
 
Volume Licensing
 
 
 
 
 
 
We’re very excited about the continued momentum we’re having with our partner ecosystem in alignment with Microsoft’s devices & services strategy to go after the significant mobile, social, cloud and big data customer opportunities in the market.
 
Thank you for your continued commitment to Microsoft and please send me a note anytime with feedback (julib@microsoft.com).
 
Regards,
Julie
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