Yesterday at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Jon Roskill revealed some updates to the upcoming Microsoft partner branding/naming for partners in the Microsoft Partner Network during the keynote address. As I mentioned on my Twitter account during the keynote, I am posting this updated naming/branding here on my Microsoft blog not only to show you what it is, but I figured I would also show it in a before/after example to help make sure the differences are clear.
I had this conversation with several Microsoft partners yesterday after the keynote was over, and here are a few of the items that came up that I think are important enough to mention here so you understand them as well:
I hope this provides you with with a helpful understanding of the branding items that Jon was conveying while on stage yesterday regarding the Microsoft Partner Network at #WPC10.
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER, LinkedIn, and RSS and see “What I’m thinking” Global Partner Experience Lead Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
So, just to be clear, is a "Registered Member" now going to be called a "Microsoft Partner"?
@ Tim - Correct.
Excellent! I knew they would be grading competencies but I was worried that clients could be mislead - what's proposed is very clear and I hope Microsoft will help us partners explain what the partnership entails.
Again to clarify. I am currently a Registered Partner with an SBSC competency. Am I understanding that in October 2010, I will now be able to use the Microsoft Partner Logo and indicate that I have a SBSC competency? Does this mean that the SBSC logo is going away?
@Hermine - As a Registered member in the Microsoft Partner Network today and the SBSC designation (NOTE: SBSC is a designation, not a competency), then in October 2010, assuming you are up to date with your SBSC requirements, you would be a Microsoft Partner and could use the Microsoft Partner logo and continue to use the SBSC badge for as long as you meet the requirements for SBSC. I have more here on how SBSC fits into MPN: http://bit.ly/aE7zLm