This was announced internally at Microsoft just before the holidays by Jodi Maupin the OBA Partner Marketing Manager. I've reviewed some of the existing training and whilst it's not for the faint-hearted engagement on this programme will help all our partners align themselves more closely to Microsoft. However, the greatest benefit I believe is the opportunity to participate in launch activities. 

The Early Start Program is designed for partners to learn and ready themselves for the upcoming Performance Management Specialization (Information Worker Competency) before it officially becomes available later in 2007. 

By participating now, partners gain early access to special resources such as:

  • Training
  • Invitation-only briefings
  • Monthly communications
  • Exams required to achieve the upcoming specializations;

Partners completing all 3 phases of the Early Start Program can expect to receive the following benefits:

  • Company logo listed in the partner directories on and
  • Customer solutions featured in Newsletters and on Office Solution Showcase
  • Participation in PerformancePoint 2007 Launch Activities
  • Access to Microsoft BI Hands-on-lab VPC Images
  • Specialization exam voucher

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