Showing posts with label ms partners. Show all posts
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Important updates to the Microsoft Partner Program


Microsoft recently announced that it would reschedule the planned changes to its Microsoft Partner Network program, which were revealed at this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). According to Julie Bennani, General Manager, Microsoft Partner Network, the reason for the delay is to give partners more time to prepare for the changes.

What’s changing and when?

The announced changes were divided into two program releases, with one happening in February 2014, while the other one in late Q3 of 2014. How that impacts you depends on your level of partnership and business model.

Changes in February 2014

  • New MAPs launch: A new universal version of Microsoft Action Pack subscriptions, leading with cloud, will be available.
  • Offer Cloud IUR: Cloud internal use software rights (IURs) will be offered as a part of our core IUR benefits to both MAPS and Competency partners.
  • Retire Cloud Essentials: As planned, the Cloud Essentials program will be retired as of June 30, 2014. Partners, who wish to continue to receive cloud benefits, should look to enrol in the Microsoft Action Pack subscription or a competency.

Competency-specific changes:

  • New Intelligent Systems Competency: A new Intelligent Systems competency, building on the momentum related to the “Internet of Things” will launch.
  • Digital Advertising: The Digital Marketing competency will be renamed the Digital Advertising competency to better reflect the opportunity and partners this is designed for. This includes some minor changes to requirements.
  • Requirement Updates: Standard updates to requirements (i.e.: exams, assessments and application tests) to reflect the latest products in market.

Coming late Q3 of 2014

  • Remaining Incubation cloud programs will be retiring: Cloud Accelerate, Cloud Deployment and Azure Circle programs will phase out at this time. Microsoft will allow new partners to join these programs until this time to enable them to continue earning cloud accelerator incentives. Bear in mind that new partners, aiming to get Cloud IUR after the February release, will need to earn these rights via MAPs or by earning a competency.  
  • Infrastructure competencies mergingThe existing Server Platform, Management & Virtualization and Identity & Access competencies will merge to become the new “Datacenter” competency as announced at WPC in July. This change is designed to help partners deliver on the Microsoft Cloud OS strategy.  Microsoft will offer new training content to prepare for this in February, giving partners more time to prepare. 
  • Business Intelligence becomes Data AnalyticsThe Business Intelligence competency will change to Data Analytics, signalling the increased emphasis on Big Data scenarios. This is not just a name change as Microsoft will introduce new requirements as well. Training material will be made available during the first half of 2014.
  • Hosting competency retiring, hosting tracks launching: Per hosting partner feedback, the current hosting competency does not effectively support their needs. In response, Microsoft will offer unique hosting tracks within the following core competencies - Datacenter, Messaging, Communications and Data Analytics. This enables Microsoft to recognise hosts more precisely for the solution/service offered - what matters most to customers - while introducing requirements and benefits that are more relevant and tailored – what matters most to these partners.
  • Mobility competency retiring: With nearly all devices becoming “mobile” and with the rapid shift to smartphone, Microsoft will retire the Mobility competency and transition current partners into the Application Development or the Devices and Deployment competency appropriately.

If you have any questions about these updates, feel free to give our Microsoft experts a call at 
0207 907 1120 or email Marion Hodges at

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 18 February 2013

Video: What is the IAMCP and what do they do?


What is the IAMCP?
The International Association of Channel Partners (IAMCP) is the world’s leading technology partnership of Microsoft with over 5,000 corporate members in 80 chapters in 40 countries, serving a community of over 100,000 people.

The IAMCP provides members with information, training and events designed to increase business opportunities locally and internationally.

They help partners to expand their trade borders and establish strong business alliances with direct links to people from Microsoft and a forum to discuss the latest Microsoft technologies.

IAMCP has four fundamental pillars - P.A.C.E.


Firebrand managed to catch up with the IAMCP’s current Worldwide President Kelvin Kirby at the CompTIA EMEA Conference who gave us a brief introduction into the IAMCP.

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Good afternoon. My name is Kelvin Kirby. I am the current Worldwide President for the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners. Our organization represents about 5,500 partners worldwide in the Microsoft Partner Channel, and we have 80 chapters in 40 countries all around the globe.

Our community is essentially just focused on Microsoft Partners who want to partner with other partners in various locations. It could be either in the same country, it could be in different countries, but basically they want to develop their services and promote other services outside of that. So we have a very vibrant community. I encourage you to go and find out more about IAMCP at

Get more information about the IAMCP and how to join here:

About the Author:

Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, IT training, IT certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the IT industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Microsoft WPC: Day 1 - It's not just talk. It's real. It's happening.

Steve Ballmer opened his keynote by saying, “It’s not just talk. It’s real. It’s happening. It’s here.” Over 16,000 attendees from over 156 different countries across the globe to joined us for the largest Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference ever and to hear what Microsoft has in store for us in the following year.

Steve Ballmer explained about how Microsoft’s preparing for the New Era and how partners are at the very core of this story. He says ‘this is the year for all of us’. Firebrand is there to find out about new technologies and competencies Microsoft is planning to release.

Kurt DelBene shared his thoughts and insight about being partners in productivity and announced Office 365 Open. Tami Reller then talked about Windows 8 and showcased how it adapts to the user experience.

The big announcements from the day were:

Office 365 Open: A new way for partners to provide Office 365 Open through a pre-paid offer which enables partners to deliver packaged services with a single invoice and manage the customer relationship.

Office 365 Advisor Program: Starting today, changes to the program let the most active partners sell and earn more from Office 365.

Windows 8 RTM/GA: Windows 8 is on track for release to manufacturers (RTM) during the first week of August, and the product will reach general availability (GA) at the end of October. Enterprise customers can get Windows 8 as early as August, and the product will be available in 109 languages in 231 markets.

Office 2010 / Windows 7 momentum: There are now 1 billion people using Office worldwide, and licenses for Windows 7 have reached 630 million worldwide.

Microsoft acquires Perceptive Pixel: “The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution,” said Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft. “PPI’s large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration.”

To watch it live, or catch up on the day’s talks, visit: DigitalWPC