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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
comments(10)
Priva
30 Jan 2014 - WPC is a great conference
Dudi
23 Jan 2014 - Thank you Very Much for Give Me This Website
ADITYA
17 Jan 2014 - I AM ALWAYS HOPING TO BE THE PART OF MICROSOFT. HOPE MY DREAM LL COME TRUE WHEN I LL GET SELECT TO DO WORK UNDER IT .
Eddie
16 Jan 2014 - Where are the cloud Technologies (office 365)?
Duane Hamilton
15 Jan 2014 - I just replied to the email that was sent to me asking what exactly we are missing/lacking to be ***sidered Non-Compliant? The email was vague. This page is even worse!
Erik
15 Jan 2014 - I have no idea what any of this means and I don't care to find out. Being a development partner to me means getting access to development tools in exchange for developing products for Microsoft platforms to our mutual benefit. I'm a small software developer, not a bureaucracy-navigation expert. If I can't get free or low cost (in time and ***y) access to Microsoft development tools, I'll stop developing on their platforms. This seems like a barlish impediment to inspiring developers to adopt and support otherwise low-value Microsoft platforms.
Brad
15 Jan 2014 - I am a partner because I can get access to the software to learn. I am not taking exams to get the software.
Paul
15 Jan 2014 - This is ridi***lous. Microsoft keeps moving the bar on certifications. I just certified my entire team on CRM 2011 - not cheap. Now t***se certs are no good, but the new CRM 2013 exams are not even available! I've been a Microsoft "Gold" partner in my competencies for over 10 years, but ***nestly, I'm fed up. MS's ham-fisted "go-to-market" partner policies are getting to be just too much aggravation. Time to part company with Microsoft for good, I think. Last WPC was kind of weak anyway.
Peter
15 Jan 2014 - It would be nice if in your e-mail you could look at my ***rrent qualifications and then tell me what I need to do to be ***rrent wit***ut my have to go digging
Joe
15 Jan 2014 - good stuff

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