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Microsoft Partner Network (MPN)


Q&A with Top Microsoft Channel Exec Phil Sorgen

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Have faith in Microsoft on CRM, give Pinpoint another chance, check out DigitalStride, stay tuned on Surface in the channel and keep an eye on opportunities in Azure, hybrid cloud and EMS, Sorgen advises.

Rackspace Joins Microsoft Cloud OS Partner Network

Rackspace announced during its third quarter earnings report on Monday that it is joining Microsoft's Cloud OS Network, an elite hosting program that aims to provide Microsoft Azure-compatible third-party cloud services.

Who Speaks for the Channel Partner?

Impersonal vendor channels are drowning out partners who voice their concerns. Is the only solution to speak louder?

With New Cloud Competencies, Microsoft Gives and Takes Away

The addition, at last, of cloud competencies gives partners a clear place in the Microsoft Partner Network to establish expertise and build a practice. Yet, some other Microsoft moves regarding cloud are causing partners serious concern.

WPC 2014 in Quotes: 12 Key Themes

WEB EXCLUSIVE: A recap of some of the important themes Microsoft executives spotlighted at the 2014 Worldwide Partner Conference keynotes.

WPC 2014: Microsoft Plans Cloud-Focused MPN Changes, Announces Dynamics CRM on Open

Microsoft unveiled a number of changes intended to drive partner investment in its cloud services during Monday's opening keynote of the Worldwide Partner Conference, taking place this week in Washington, D.C.

One Year in the Microsoft Channel

For the Microsoft channel, it's July -- not the start of the calendar year -- that provides the best point for looking back on what's changed over the last 12 months.

Five Big Themes To Watch at WPC 2014

From Satya Nadella's first WPC as Microsoft CEO to Kevin Turner's annual kick-in-the-pants keynote, here's what we're looking out for during this year's conference.

Microsoft's Channel Chief to Partners: Up Your Game with Us

Phil Sorgen talks to RCP about his first Worldwide Partner Conference as head of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Group, the evolving direction of the partner channel and Microsoft's role in it.

What's the True Price of a Microsoft Competency?

Between exam costs, training costs and the cost of lost billable hours, the price of a gold Microsoft competency can far exceed Microsoft's base fee. Using the Gold Server Platform competency as a baseline, we look at how two partners have invested in the competency program, and what that investment has gotten them in return.

Microsoft Partner Network Cost: How Much To Join the MPN? (Updated)

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The short answer? It depends. For most U.S. solution providers, the MPN costs between $0 and $5,260. We break down the perks of six cost levels so you can determine where your firm will get the most bang for its buck.

Microsoft Action Pack Overhaul: Q&A

Bob Marsh, an original architect of the Microsoft Action Pack, talks about the origins of the channel's most popular subscription program and the best and worst parts of the controversial recent revamp.

What Will Be the Straw that Breaks the Microsoft Channel's Back?

The next few months could prove to be the most trying for all but the largest of Microsoft's partners.

Marching Orders 2014: Partner Tips and Predictions from Channel Experts

What will 2014 bring? RCP's stable of experts know, and they share their insights on everything from cloud and hybrid to new business models to the coming frenzy of Windows XP replacement.

Microsoft Partner Network Roadmap: A Guide to Upcoming MPN Changes

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft is readying a wave of modifications to the Microsoft Partner Network. Between the launch of new competencies and the retirement of several cloud programs, partners will be busy over the coming months as they prepare for the changes. Here's a timeline detailing what changes to expect, and what each will entail for partners.