In a press release presented on PR News Wire, Microsoft Corp. launched the improved Microsoft Partner Network. This program gives Microsoft partners the training, resources and support they need to successfully compete in today’s marketplace. Customers can now easily identify the right partner for their technology needs with this revamped program. With numerous technical advances, cloud computing offers new commercial possibilities for businesses and the program aids partners in developing and selling cloud-based applications and solutions.
“Microsoft Action Pack Subscriptions will give partners access to software, development tools, training and market visibility. Partners can further demonstrate their expertise by earning silver or gold competencies in any of 29 areas, each of which relates to a specific customer need and aligns with one of Microsoft’s customer awareness campaigns. Companies that demonstrate a mastery of their skills can attain gold competencies, which identify them as being best in class in that particular business solution. Gold competency recipients are given additional access to unique benefits designed to help them reach their specific business goals.
Members of the Microsoft Partner Network can also join the Small Business Specialist Community (SBCS), BizSpark or WebsiteSpark. Each of these communities provides its members with technical and business development resources. SBCS is focused on partners that provide small- and midmarket-business solutions, and BizSpark and WebsiteSpark are focused on entrepreneurs and business startups.
‘Microsoft has long been an innovator in partner programs, and the Microsoft Partner Network once again shows the vendor’s leadership in this area,’ said Darren Bibby, program director for IDC Software Channels Research. ‘The Microsoft Partner Network will continue to help the wide array of Microsoft partners make a significant contribution to the global economy.'”