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How to become a Microsoft Golden Partner?? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am IT software development specialist. I am planning to open a new venture focusing on the MS Dynamic GP. I would like to use this MS technology as the main tool to develop software for my prospected customers.

    Now. Please advise me, as detailed as possible, what are the steps and stages, starting from the scratch, to become a Microsoft Golden Partner???

    Are there any other technologies, Microsoft have, to make a rapid development, based on the customization for the available software??

    I would highly appreciate this support.

     

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 8:47 PM

Answers

  • It is best to check the microsoft partner network. The first step is always to register as partner (which is free). Then you have to fullfill the requirements to become a microsoft certified partner or microsoft gold certified partner.

    There is also a hotline you can call when you have any questions regarding the partner program. I would suggest to call that to get a direct answer of Microsoft (And only that is valid. The MSDN forums are mainly a community thing so most of us can only tell you about our experience but that is nothing really usefull (because Microsoft could have changed it already or we missunderstood something or whatever...)

    So a good starting point could be:
    http://partner.microsoft.com/

    I hope I was able to help a little and good luck with your company.

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    • Proposed as answer by Athar Thursday, December 2, 2010 12:02 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel KhanModerator Thursday, December 9, 2010 8:23 PM
    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 9:40 PM
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  • It is best to check the microsoft partner network. The first step is always to register as partner (which is free). Then you have to fullfill the requirements to become a microsoft certified partner or microsoft gold certified partner.

    There is also a hotline you can call when you have any questions regarding the partner program. I would suggest to call that to get a direct answer of Microsoft (And only that is valid. The MSDN forums are mainly a community thing so most of us can only tell you about our experience but that is nothing really usefull (because Microsoft could have changed it already or we missunderstood something or whatever...)

    So a good starting point could be:
    http://partner.microsoft.com/

    I hope I was able to help a little and good luck with your company.

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    • Proposed as answer by Athar Thursday, December 2, 2010 12:02 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel KhanModerator Thursday, December 9, 2010 8:23 PM
    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 9:40 PM
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  • Dear Mr. Konrad, I am highly appreciating your suggestion.

     

    Thanks alot

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 10:19 PM
  • Could you please share your experience for being through with this process. what are the minimum requirements and constraints to become a partner. 

     


    Regards, Athar
    Thursday, December 2, 2010 12:03 PM
  • Please check the partner page for restrictions. If I remember correctly, it is for IT companies only.

    Once you are a registered partner, you can get so called action packs (which is a nice solution for small companies, that only needs up to 10 licenses of Office or - added just a few month ago - an action pack for developers which gives the company 3 Visual Studio Professional licenses together with MSDN which replaced the empower program (All licenses are limited to internal use for the company! But check the license agreement yourself!).

    As a partner, you can gain competencies. That is a nice thing to earn points that are required for the higher memberships. Most competencies require that 2 people of the company have special certifications and a few customer reports (Sorry, might be the wrong word. I am not a native english speaker). The competency, that I am interested in (ISV one) just requires a product that is certified for Windows and 4 customers. But again: I am not that deep inside all this stuff. I just checked the parts that was of interest for me (I am one of the last Empower Partners - When I applied there was already rumors that it will be replaced with a simple action pack)

    All processes are quite straight forward and easy. For some parts, you have to fullfill some requirements but that is always described in detail or - if it is not that clear, you can simply ask them directly. So as I mentioned: There is even a hotline for partners that is friendly and will try to help you if you have any problems with the process.

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    Friday, December 3, 2010 7:00 AM
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  • Thank you Konrad 
    Regards, Athar
    Friday, December 3, 2010 4:05 PM