As you may recall from my Microsoft Partner logo, branding, naming updates revealed at WPC10 post, come October when the Microsoft Partner Network is fully launched, Microsoft partners will earn levels at the competency level, not the organization level. In the past, there have been “Microsoft Gold Certified Partners” or “Microsoft Certified Partners” at an organization level. Moving forward, organizations will be Microsoft Partners at the organization level and they will earn Silver level and Gold level for individual competencies (and yes, you can earn multiple competencies and mix and match Silver and Gold level competencies) to better help partners distinguish and differentiate their unique skills and areas of expertise for existing and prospective clients.
In the past:
After Microsoft Partner Network launch:
For those of you looking to renew your membership in the Microsoft Partner Network with a Gold competency level, I am posting up this Step-By-Step guidance on how to go about doing this in order to help make the process as easy to follow for you as possible.
One note from a timing perspective, we are talking about your re-enrollment in the Microsoft Partner Network here, which means that the date that you will need to meet the requirements for the Silver level competencies by will be your anniversary date in the Microsoft Partner Network, not the initial launch date of the Microsoft Partner Network. So if your anniversary date is January 31, 2011, then you have until then to meet the requirements at the Silver competency levels that you wish to achieve.
I hope this step-by-step guide helps you in your process to reenroll in the Microsoft Partner Network at the Gold competency level.
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
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Still its very hard to understand for me. I must prepare my company to re-enroll next year. Im new to this and its just to hard. For example the Network Transition Tools - it shows that i need an Licensing and Marketing Assesments. For now its fine and simple but then....what i have to do to achieve them? There is a lot of different stuff about my problem, but nowhere i can find "step by step" or an easy explanation. When i looked at the Partner Membership Center, i can check my competencies and in quick way i know, who need an exam, what exam number etc. Here, i just cannot find it. If You could please help, im new to MSDN and partners subjects and i need to learn it quick. Thanks!
@ Marcin - To make it even easier, we have Microsoft Partner Network assistants that can help talk you though the requirements and what you need to do in your organization for your renewal in the Microsoft Regional Service Centers. I would suggest giving them a call and they would be happy to walk you through this. partner.microsoft.com/.../40032423