Partners: 40% discount on Microsoft exams + free retakes :)

by Shijaz Abdulla on 05.07.2011 at 12:42

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This offer is exclusively available for Microsoft Partners that will attend WPC 2011 in Los Angeles and is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to meet competency requirements and showcase your organization’s skills.

MPN Competency Exam Packs allow you to save up to 40% and come with free Second Shot exam retakes on selected exams! By purchasing these exam packs, you can hand out exam vouchers to any individuals within your organization that need to take an exam. These packs will be available until July 22nd, 2011 and allow you to take your exams until May 31st, 2012.

Choose the MPN Competency Exam Pack that works for you:

  • 3-Pack – Save 30% plus one free retake for each exam (if necessary)
  • 5-Pack – Save 35% plus one free retake for each exam (if necessary)
  • 8-Pack – Save 40% plus one free retake for each exam (if necessary)
  • 20-Pack – Save 40% plus one free retake for each exam (if necessary)

For more information, click here.

Partners: 30% discount on exams + free retakes

by Shijaz Abdulla on 05.06.2011 at 15:23

This offer is exclusively available for Microsoft Partners and is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to meet competency requirements and showcase your organization’s skills.

MPN Competency Exam Packs allow you to save up to 30% and come with free Second Shot exam retakes on all exams! By purchasing these exam packs, you can hand out exam vouchers to any individuals within your organization that need to take an exam. These packs will be available until June 30, 2011 and allow you to take your exams until September 30, 2011.

Choose the MPN Competency Exam Pack that works for you:

  • 3-Pack – Save 20% plus one free retake for each exam (if necessary)
  • 5-Pack – Save 25% plus one free retake for each exam (if necessary)
  • 8-Pack – Save 30% plus one free retake for each exam (if necessary)

1. CLICK HERE to purchase your MPN Competency Exam Packs

2. Distribute your exam vouchers codes within your organization

3. Have individuals schedule their exams with Prometric

4. If necessary, schedule retake exams with Prometric using the same voucher code that was associated with the initial exam

Questions?
Click here to view the Competency Exam Pack FAQ

Terms and Conditions

Offer Availability: January 1, 2011 – June 30, 2011. Exams may be taken until September 30, 2011.

OFFER AVAILABLE ONLY TO MICROSOFT PARTNER NETWORK (MPN) MEMBERS FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY. VOUCHERS MAY NOT BE RESOLD, TRANSFERRED, DISTRIBUTED, OR USED FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE.

Please read full terms & conditions on http://www.prometric.com/microsoft/partners

Qatar Partner Competency Leaderboard: March 2011

by Shijaz Abdulla on 13.03.2011 at 13:27

MPN_FBlogoOn the second week of every month, I will be posting the Qatar Partner Competency “leaderboard”. The leaderboard will feature the competency level of some of the local partners in Qatar. The competencies are based on the status of the partner in the Microsoft Partner Network, which “certifies” Microsoft partners.

No. Partner name Silver Competencies Gold Competencies
1 EBLA Computer Consultancy Portals & Collab
Search
Web Developmt.
SAM
Data Platform
BI
Virtualization
Desktop
Content Mgmt
Systems Mgmt
UC
Midmarket Soln
Id & Security
VolumeLicensing
Server Platform
Midmarket Soln
Virtualization
UC
Server Platform
Id & Security
Data Platform
VolumeLicensing
2 Mannai Trading Company Server Platform
Virtualization
VolumeLicensing
Systems Mgmt.
Web Developmt
SAM
Portals & Collab.
Server Platform
VolumeLicensing
3 Information & Communication Technology WLL(ICT) Desktop
Virtualization
UC
VolumeLicensing
4 Qatar Datamation Systems Virtualization
5 Cyquent Qatar Server Platform
Midmarket Soln
Portals & Collab
UC
Systems Mgmt
Data Platform
Desktop
Id & Security
6 Afkar Information Technology Digital Mktg Digital Mktg
7 Meeza QSTP LLC Hosting
8 Computer Arabia Id & Security
Systems Mgmt
Server Platform
Midmarket Soln
  • This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of partners in Qatar. There is no significance in the order of listing.
  • The above table reflects the information being provided to customers upon request.
  • The competency information is subject to change as partners obtain new competencies. The changes will be reflected the next monthly refresh of the leaderboard.
  • Abbreviations:
    • BI = Business Intelligence
    • SAM = Software Asset Management
    • Mgmt = Management
    • Developmt = Development
    • Id = Identity
    • Mktg = Marketing
    • Collab = Collaboration
    • Soln = Solutions

January Update: “Value of Earning a Microsoft Competency” Guide

by Shijaz Abdulla on 06.02.2011 at 07:46

The infamous “Value of Earning a Microsoft Competency” guide has been updated in January 2011. This includes changes to certification requirements for each competency in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN).

Partners in Qatar are already using this guide extensively to meet the new MPN certification requirements. I’m posting a link to download the guide on the MPN site for your convenience.

Click the link below to download the PDF.

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New Core Infrastructure competencies {Partners only}

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.01.2010 at 10:09

According to a June 2009 IDC report, partners with more than two Core Infrastructure competencies sign deals that are 68 percent larger than average, enjoy 28 percent higher revenue per employee, and realize longer engagements and faster revenue growth.

Now that’s what I call an interesting proposition! Calling all partners out there in Qatar with single competencies – contact me or your PAM to find out how to earn new competencies and advance your partnership with Microsoft. We’re here to help!

Surely by now you’ve heard of the rebranding of MSPP to the Microsoft Partner Network. We’ve added the following new competencies to the Microsoft Partner Program with effect from May 2010.

  • Desktop Platform Competency: The Office Deployment specialization (within the IW Solutions Competency) and the Desktop Deployment Specialization (in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions) will merge.
    • Products involved: Windows 7, MDOP, Microsoft Office, Windows Azure
  • Identity & Security Competency: Consists of two specializations
    • Infrastructure Security: Products involved – ADFS, Certificate Services, RMS, ILM, TMG (ISA Server)
    • Identity and Secure Access: Products involved – Forefront Client Security, Forefront Server Security, TMG/ISA Server, UAG/IAG, Forefront Security Suite
  • Server Platform Competency: The Active Directory & Storage specializations (both within the Advanced Infrastructure competency) will merge to form the Server Platform competency
    • Products involved: Windows Server, Microsoft Virtualization solutions, Windows HPC server
  • Systems Management Competency: The Systems Management specialization (within Advanced Infrastructure Solutions) will become a competency by itself.
    • Products involved: System Center products – SCCM, SCOM, SCDPM, SCVMM, Virtualization
  • Virtualization Competency: Brand new competency for partners specializing on Microsoft’s virtualization technologies. Some partners in Qatar have already achieved this competency, ICT being the first.
    • Products involved: Windows Server (Hyper-V), MDOP (App-V, MED-V), SCVMM,  SCE, Windows Azure.

For more information, login to the Microsoft Partner Network or contact your PAM/PTA at Microsoft.