WPC 2011: Microsoft Commits $5.8 Billion Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Investments for Fiscal Year 2012

Microsoft today unveiled updates to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), to better help partners grow their businesses and meet evolving technology needs of customers around the globe through "tools, training and incentives totaling $5.8 billion for fiscal year 2012.""Winning together with our partners today, and long into the future, means delivering incredible world-class technologies to […]

Microsoft today unveiled updates to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), to better help partners grow their businesses and meet evolving technology needs of customers around the globe through "tools, training and incentives totaling $5.8 billion for fiscal year 2012."

"Winning together with our partners today, and long into the future, means delivering incredible world-class technologies to meet customer needs, as well as the right partner incentives, tools and training, which'll ultimately drive business growth for them," said Jon Roskill, of Microsoft, at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference.

Roskill announced new or extended solutions and online service incentives that're available and aligned to key priorities such as customer projects, accelerated growth of public and private cloud adoption, and tools demonstrating a broad commitment to partners' success. Partners are encouraged to engage through the MPN to benefit from the incentives.

Microsoft COO Kevin Turner addressed the overall theme of the conference, "Winning Together." "We understand that partners have a choice in working with us," Turner said. "As they evolve their businesses to embrace cloud technologies, partners can count on Microsoft to provide the tools for cloud training, the resources to generate sales leads, and the ability to boost revenue and increase value for customers. We're committed to our partners' profitability and long-term business success."

Here's what was announced:

  • Align Partner Competencies to Customer Projects
    • The newly separated Messaging competency and Communications competency help differentiate companies with the explicit skill set and depth of experience to provide a holistic unified communications solution that includes voice and video. The competency split also will enhance recognition for partners' investments in advanced capabilities with Exchange, Lync and Office 365.
    • The merger of the Systems Management and Virtualization competencies in May 2012 will strengthen partners' ability to help customers realize the benefits of cloud computing on their terms with Microsoft private cloud solutions. Partners can prepare now by attaining the current competencies for System Center management and Windows Server Hyper-V virtualization.
  • Incentives to Accelerate Cloud Adoption
    • New Software Assurance Planning Services will be available in August, paying qualified partners to deliver deployment services to Software Assurance customers for Microsoft private cloud, Windows Azure public cloud, SQL Server and software development. These opportunities will help partners grow their client base, strengthen customer relationships and increase service revenues.
    • Windows Azure Incentives reward qualified partners in the Windows Azure Circle program that influence customer adoption of Microsoft's public cloud platform. As a result, partners can build new, sustainable revenue streams by helping customers benefit from the public cloud.
    • Private Cloud Incentives. The Management and Virtualization Solution Incentive Program will reward qualified Gold Certified partners that influence sales of Microsoft private cloud technologies. This complements the Hyper-V Cloud Accelerate program that will fund partner and customer private cloud assessments, proofs of concept, and production deployments.
    • The SQL Server Solution Incentive Program delivers rewards to Gold Certified partners that drive application platform and business intelligence solutions to customers, particularly with the upcoming cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server "Denali."
    • Monetary incentives and license mobilityavailable through Microsoft Software Assurance for Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center and SQL Server will help hosting solution providers grow their businesses by enabling customers to deploy their Server Application licenses with Software Assurance on-premises or in the cloud within hosting partners' shared hardware environments.
    • Microsoft is investing in scaled business model transformation approaches for high-potential partners (from in-person coaching to online self-serve), which'll help business decision-makers within partner organizations build specific plans, analyze the change implications of integrating cloud (e.g., profit and loss shifts, staffing needs, etc.), and define commitments and a timeframe to execute the shift.
    • To continue spurring the growth of Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft's offering eligible partners an increased Dynamics CRM Software Advisor Program (CSA) compensation of 40% on new subscription sales of Dynamics CRM Online as part of the existing CSA.
  • Enhanced Partner Tools and Benefits
    • Expanded Internal Use Rights will offer increased Lync and Windows Intune licenses for partners. The number of licenses allotted to Cloud Accelerate partners will grow to 100 from 25 and those to Cloud Essentials partners will grow to 25 from 10.
    • New partner toolkits and opportunity guides will help partners start paving a path to profitability with public and private solutions for the following four markets: small business, midmarket segment, enterprise and public sector.

[Source: Microsoft Press]