Partners: Earn up to 30% incentive with Microsoft solutions

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.10.2011 at 18:19

The Solution Incentives reward partners for driving sales of specific Microsoft solutions, chosen for their growth and market potential. The program creates opportunities for partners to build new sustainable revenue streams and increase their value to customers.

What partner types can participate?
Solution incentives are customer segment and partner-type agnostic. Partners need to meet eligibility requirements and each opportunity being registered needs to meet the eligibility criteria described in the Program Guide, to be eligible for incentives.

What if the Solution Partner also transacts the order?
Whether the Partner is only advising the customer, or advising and transacting, there will be no difference in the solution incentives calculation and payment.

For more information, check out the following documents:

Management and Virtualization

Windows 7

Application Platform (Microsoft SQL Server)

Microsoft Lync

New to PSX? Check out the PSX resources here.

Looking for a Microsoft partner in Qatar? Use PinPoint.

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.10.2011 at 14:34

The Microsoft PinPoint website is now available in Qatar.

You can now locate Microsot partners that can fulfill your specific technology needs by using the Microsoft Pinpoint portal – our comprehensive online partner directory. To identify a list of partners, please visit the Qatar Pinpoint site and click on the relevant ‘Competency’ or ‘Business Need’ from the left navigation bar. Please let me know if I can assist with anything further.

You can also read reviews about the partners and leave your own comments about partners you have tried.

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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.

Microsoft VDI Licenses for partners

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.06.2011 at 06:14

A partner approached me recently requesting Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) licenses for internal use.

Here’s the official statement on the matter:

Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) is licensed only to those partners who have either the Gold Desktop or Gold Virtualization competency; these partners receive 5 VDA licenses.  Windows VDA licenses are required for devices to access the VDI environment.  Windows VDA is a device-based subscription and licensed per device per year.  Beyond what is licensed for gold desktop or gold virtualization competency, partners would need to purchase VDA licenses unless the partner has Software Assurance outside of the program.  SA includes rights to Windows VDI desktops. 

There’s a good Windows licensing for VDI overview that may be a helpful resource.

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

Microsoft University at Doha, May 22-26

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.05.2011 at 14:06

The Microsoft University was executed in Doha, Qatar last week during May 22-26 in the solution areas of Business Intelligence, Collaboration and Virtualization. A total of 33 individuals from 16 different partner organizations benefited from the training event. This included hands-on technical training as well as training for sales team. A gala dinner was organized on the 26th to celebrate their graduation.

Overall, the event received extremely positive feedback from the partners and they were excited to have been part of this program. The training was delivered by the following Partner Technical Consultants from Microsoft, based in Egypt:

  • Mohammad Raslan – Virtualization
  • Khaled Yehia – Collaboration
  • Yasmine Magdi – Business Intelligence

Virtualization:

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Collaboration

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Business Intelligence

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Qatar Partner Competency Leaderboard: May 2011

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.05.2011 at 15:40

It’s time for updating the Partner Competency Leaderboard for Qatar! This time we’ve added more partners to the list. Some of the partners have made good progress compared to the March 2011 leaderboard.

A partner’s competency level depends on a number of factors including the number of successful customer references, number of certified and qualified technical personnel, the number of qualified sales and marketing staff. In most cases, Gold competencies are only provided when a partner commits a minimum of 4 techical resources dedicated to that competency. More info.

Partner Silver competencies Gold competencies
EBLA Computer Consultancy

Web Development 
SAM
Data Platform
Business Intelligence
Virtualization
Desktop
Content Management
Systems Mgmt
Unified Comms
Midmarket Solutions
Identity & Security
Volume Licensing
Server Platform
Search
Portals & Collab

Midmarket Solutions
Unified Communications
Volume Licensing
Server Platform
Data Platform
Identity and Security

Mannai Trading Company

Data Platform
Digital Marketing
Volume Licensing
Virtualization
Systems Mgmt
Server Platform
Web Development
Portals & Collab
SAM

Digital Marketing
Server Platform
Volume Licensing
Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Virtualization
Volume Licensing
Identity & Security
Portals & Collab
SAM
Desktop
Systems Mgmt
Server Platform
Unified Comms
Midmarket Solution
Volume Licensing
Virtualization
Cyquent Server Platform
Midmarket Solution
Portals & Collab.
Virtualization
Unified Comms
Systems Mgmt
Data Platform
Desktop
Identity & Security
Identity and Security
Diyar Portals & Collab
Content Mgmt
Search
Server Platform
Mobility
Midmarket Solution
Virtualization
Volume Licensing
Web Development
Software Dev
Unified Comms
Systems Mgmt
Data Platform
Desktop
Identity & Security
Portals & Collab
Content Mgmt
Volume Licensing
Data Platform
Identity & Security
ITWorx Portals & Collab
Content Mgmt

Business Intelligence
Server Platform
Midmarket Solution
Web Development
Software Dev
ISV

Portals & Collab
Content Mgmt

BI
Software Development

Computer Arabia Server Platform Server Platform
Qatar Datamation Systems

Systems Management
Midmarket Solution Server Platform
Desktop
Virtualization

(none)
Afkar Digital Marketing (none)

If your organization operates in Qatar and want to be enlisted above, please contact me or leave a comment.

  • 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:
    • SAM = Software Asset Management
    • Mgmt = Management
    • Dev = Development
    • Collab = Collaboration
    • BI = Business Intelligence

Partners: Do you have a Hyper-V Cloud Practice?

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.05.2011 at 05:58

If you are a partner certified in Systems Management and virtualization, you are likely to be already engaged in Private Cloud deployments and helping customers build dynamic datacenters.

Have you thought of “best practices” or looked for “standardizing” your engagement practice with customers? Have you thought if there is a “framework” to help you identify areas for improving your practice?

Have you looked for a “template” for a design/scope document or a project plan? Have you looked for a project kickoff presentation or a project closeout presentation? Have you wished that you had a “PoC kit” that will help save time and effort in PoCs?

If your answer is “YES”, then you are committed to quality and building a structured practice!

I’m happy to inform you that we have plenty of resources that will help you at:

https://partner.microsoft.com/40150816

You will need to have an account that is associated with a Microsoft partner to access the content marked with a lock icon.

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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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