imageToday marks a great day here in Redmond, WA and around the world as the Microsoft Partner Network officially hits it’s one year anniversary! Wow, can you believe it has already been a year? Oh how time flies when you are having so much fun, and believe me, working with the Microsoft partners around the world is definitely my idea of fun! Over the past (almost) twelve years here at Microsoft, I have had the distinct pleasure of getting to work with Microsoft partners from around the world through numerous initiatives, meetings, conferences, and so much more, such as these.

While today does mark the official retirement of the former Gold Certified Partner and Certified Partner brands, logos, and benefits (Yes, it’s time to remove all those logos from your websites, throw out the old cards, etc. and replace them with your new Microsoft competency logos you have achieved), with the new Microsoft Partner Network hitting the one year mark, when you look at some of the numbers associated with the Microsoft Partner Network, it is rather staggering. If you haven’t read it yet, Jon Roskill put up a post on his blog this morning sharing a collection of data on the Microsoft Partner Network, as well as his own personal “Thank you” to all of the Microsoft partners around the world on this momentous occasion. I suggest you take a few minutes to read Jon’s post and I’m going to share just a few of the many amazing stats and data points he shared about the new Microsoft Partner Network to date, as well as the opportunity for Microsoft partners:

  • We continue to be the largest, most robust partner program in the industry
  • 640,000 partners in 170 countries
  • 95% of Microsoft's revenue is made with and through partners
  • Accounting for $580 billion in revenue
  • Microsoft is investing $5.8 BILLION in our partners in FY12 (including incentives and training)

So how many other one year olds do you know that are that popular and have produced those types of numbers? It is through this joint partnership that we have achieved the amazing results we have together in the past and currently, and we look forward to many more years working with you, our Microsoft partners, as we build the next chapter of success together. As such, I would like to offer my own personal, “Thank you,” to each and every one of the Microsoft partners out there for everything you have done. It is a sincere pleasure to get to communicate and work with you and I look forward to many more years of working with you to come.

In addition to my personal thanks to all of you, there are several others from here at Microsoft (around the world), that would like to share a few thoughts with you. Check out what they have to say in this short video:

Thanks again for an amazing first year, partners, and happy first anniversary to the Microsoft Partner Network!

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