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Posted By Karen RobertsSenior Partner Marketing Manager
At July’s 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference, the Windows Embedded team was excited to announce our plans to transition program administration of the Windows Embedded Partner Program ecosystem into the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). Integrating with MPN enables us to offer our partners more program options, and greater partner benefits. Among these program options, we highlighted the launch of an all-new Intelligent Systems Specialization, designed for partners with an end-to-end intelligent-systems solution offering and business practice. This month, we are excited to announce new developments that will deliver more value than ever before to our intelligent systems partners: in January 2014, MPN will launch an all new Intelligent Systems Competency in place of the previously planned specialization.
Leading up to and since the announcement the market has continued to see rapid growth as partners have picked up on the enormous business opportunity surrounding intelligent systems solutions. A 2013 IDC report estimates that by 2017, intelligent systems will represent over 87 percent of worldwide embedded systems revenue, which represents a market of more than $2.7 trillion.
Microsoft is committed to encouraging innovation and commitment among our intelligent systems partners, and want to provide them the highest possible level of support and resources they need to help them grow their business. Within the Microsoft Partner Network, the competency program—comprised of 23 unique competencies based on key Microsoft solution areas—offers the highest level of value to partners. A recent IDC study estimates that a Microsoft competency program provides partners with total benefits valued at more than $320,000.
The new Intelligent Systems Competency is designed specifically for partners that are developing end-to-end intelligent systems solutions that enable them to take advantage of the huge marketplace opportunity. Top benefits for qualified Intelligent Systems Competency partners include a strong supporting device community, access to key resources, assets and training, sales support, industry-specific marketing, and delivery readiness training and resources. Read about the benefits in greater detail in our partner program transition FAQ.
More information about the specific qualifications for earning the competency will be available in January 2014, in an update of the Microsoft Partner Network Disclosure Guide, as well as on the competency page of the Microsoft Partner Network website. For more information on partner programs and opportunities for intelligent systems solution providers, please visit our partner page. You can learn about all of the MPN program options here. For more about the coming changes for Windows Embedded partners, read our Windows Embedded Partner Program Transition FAQ.
We’d love to hear your feedback and questions regarding the new intelligent systems competency. Let us know what you think by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Morales, Mario; et al. The Rise of Intelligent Systems: 2013-2017 Market Forecasts and Analysis. IDC, 2013.
 Partner Opportunity in the Microsoft Ecosystem. IDC, March 2012. Note: figures reflect averages for 50 person firms with 2-5 competencies.