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Silver or Gold? Deciding on the right competency for your business

Demonstrating differentiation is a great way to stand out in today’s technology market. It not only strengthens your customer relationships but better positions you with companies that are seeking partnerships for strategic growth. The Microsoft Partner Network differentiates partners by their areas of capability and expertise through competencies. Microsoft competencies are aligned to customer needs. Attaining a competency is a….

Accelerate your time to market with Microsoft go-to-market services

Activate new benefits available for partners with a silver or gold competencies At Microsoft, we believe partners make more possible. Your success is our goal, and we’re here to help you achieve it. For us, that’s the value of partnership. There are new benefits available to you through our global, white-glove GTM Services desk. To help you generate new customer….

4 key benefits of a competency and how to activate them

For your business to succeed and break through the noise of today’s technology market, it’s important to demonstrate differentiation to customers and other companies that may want to develop partnerships as a growth strategy. One way that Microsoft enables partners to differentiate is by attaining silver or gold competencies.  A competency is a designation that demonstrates to customers your technical….

9 steps to get started partnering with Microsoft for US Partners

It’s easy to start your partnership with Microsoft. Follow the steps below to walk through each step, or download our Get Started Guide for everything you’ll need to begin your journey and grow your business with Microsoft (join the US Partner Network on Yammer to download the guide). 1. Join the Microsoft Partner Network Enroll on the Microsoft Partner Network….

Accelerate your revenue growth with the Cloud Enablement Desk

Microsoft supports the growth of your business at every stage of your digital transformation journey. Many partners see the value of a competency or becoming co-sell ready, but don’t know where to start. If you are looking for your entry point, schedule a complimentary one-on-one consultation with the Cloud Enablement Desk (CED), designed to help you leverage all the resources….

Get started with the Partner Investment Engine (PIE)

What is PIE? The Partner Investment Engine (PIE) is an online tool that allows Microsoft partners to request funds to support the execution of key pre-sales and marketing activities with their customers. Microsoft’s US partner investments team handles partner investments, including both PIE offers and transaction and utilization incentives. Check out the image below to see how partner offers and….

How to engage the Cloud Enablement Desk to grow your cloud practice

The Microsoft Partner Network offers its members a wealth of resources to help partners grow their cloud businesses, and we know navigating these resources can seem overwhelming. To help with that, the Cloud Enablement Desk offers partners a guided experience in which a Microsoft specialist identifies your business needs and connects you with the right resources and benefits to build….

MPN 101 events: Step into the Microsoft Store and tell me about your experience

Summer is around the corner and so is Microsoft Inspire. Whether you are going to the biggest Microsoft partner conference in Washington DC or not, you can get a sneak peek into how you can benefit from a partnership with Microsoft by visiting a Microsoft Store. Through the MPN 101 Community calls, videos, blog posts, and Yammer group, we’re able….

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. Individuals who want to showcase….

Three ways Visual Studio licensing benefits can help you boost your business

By Colleen CosMaria, US Visual Studio Lead, and Rodrigo de Carvalho, US Cloud Application Development Marketing Manager If you’re a Microsoft partner with a Gold Competency, Silver Competency, or a Microsoft Action Pack subscription, your Microsoft Partner Network membership benefits include licenses for software development tools. Here are three ways using your Visual Studio subscription licenses can propel your business….

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