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Welcome to 2013!


This is the time to start strong and make resolutions. What do you want to accomplish in this New Year? I recommend you make a resolution to pass a Microsoft certification exam or learn a new skill. Both can help you advance in your career, and may also help your partner organization attain or renew a Microsoft Partner Network competency. Here is a list of my favorite readiness resources to help you achieve your goals: 

  • The Partner Learning Center is the go-to source for all Microsoft partner training – you can use the search tool to find the training you need. We also have a list of training on the Microsoft Partner Network site that’s pretty cool – you can use the filters to find exactly the training you’re searching for, such as by product or training type (sales or technical).

  • Learning paths are another robust resource and my personal favorite – they’re available for Microsoft products, competencies, certification exams, and solution areas. Bookmark the paths of interest to you and check back as they’re frequently updated.

  • If you’re looking for training that is specific to a certain Microsoft competency, check out the Competency Training Digest. It contains the latest news and updates relevant to each Microsoft competency. A new January version will be out soon, so bookmark the page and check back shortly.

  • Practice Accelerator sessions are another way to learn. They provide a comprehensive set of reusable tools and best practices to help your company build a services practice around key Microsoft technologies.

  • For those of you looking to improve your sales skills, I’d like to point out the Sales Success System – a sales improvement program. And don’t forget to register for the January 9th Time to Thrive webcast with WPC 2012 speaker Dr. Tom Sant – details and registration here.

  • For you pre-sales technical specialists, did you know there is a new accreditation to help you demonstrate your expertise?

  • To dive in to specific products, there are a few things to call your attention to. First, get answers to your technical questions about Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 through the Microsoft Virtual Academy Office hours, on January 15th. Top Microsoft experts will be on-hand to answer questions. Details here.

  • TechNet Virtual Labs are hands-on labs, 90 minutes or less, that help you learn about new products such as SQL Server 2012 and Office. Also check out the Office Ignite series to learn about the new Office.

  • To save you money, we have negotiated a 40% savings on select practice tests from Transcender and MeasureUp. These help you gauge your knowledge and are one of the recommended final steps in preparing to take a Microsoft certification exam. This is just one special offer – there are others to be found here.

  • E-books from Microsoft Press are also a great resource – sign up for alerts about their deals of the day.

  • And finally, we have the training newsletter to which you can subscribe through or

Stefanie Steenbrugge

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