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