What all Microsoft Partners need to know

In December 2013, we announced a modified roadmap for changes to the Microsoft Partner Network, including requirements updates for the competencies. Top-line, we strongly encourage you and your team to review the information provided in the Disclosure Guide to ensure that your organization continues to meet the requirements necessary to maintain your status, branding and benefits.
Staying Current
Consistent with business principles we announced with the launch of MPN, it is critical that our best, branded partners keep their practice current on our latest technology.  In February 2014, many of the people requirements around sales, pre-sales and technical capability will be updated supporting our latest technology and business opportunity aligned to Microsoft’s go-to-market strategies.  As a reminder, partners have until their anniversary date to meet the requirements, but we encourage you not to wait as the training and exams are available now (with CRM 2013 and Intelligent Systems content coming soon).  The learning paths are the best resource to find detailed information on the latest training requirements with great virtual options.
February competency requirements overview (Also see Disclosure Guide).
Licensing assessment retirement
Assessment changes
Exam changes
NEW: Pre-sales Technical Assessment
Application Test Retirement
Application Development
Application Integration
Application Lifecycle Management
Business Intelligence
Collaboration and Content
Customer Relationship Management
Data Platform
Devices and Deployment
Digital Advertising
Enterprise Resource Planning
Identity and Access
NEW Intelligent Systems
Management and Virtualization
Midmarket Solution Provider
Project and Portfolio Management
Server Platform
Small Business
Software Asset Management
Volume Licensing
We’re very excited about the continued momentum we’re having with our partner ecosystem in alignment with Microsoft’s devices & services strategy to go after the significant mobile, social, cloud and big data customer opportunities in the market.
Thank you for your continued commitment to Microsoft and please send me a note anytime with feedback (julib@microsoft.com).