A Microsoft partner program has consolidated all Microsoft sales training for partners. The name of the training is now the Partner Sales Skills Excellence Program. The purpose of the new program is to simplify the accreditation process and improve partners' sales abilities.
This new Microsoft partner program has all of the previously available sales accreditations and competencies that partner companies have come to expect. In addition, partners can benefit from an additional program they have lobbied Microsoft to introduce: the Pre-Sales Technical Specialist Program.
Partner companies can gain accreditation in the Pre-Sales Technical Specialist Program through the Microsoft Partner Network. The training includes CRM and other competencies.
Accreditation for the full Partner Sales Skills Excellence Program comes in four steps. Partner companies should:
Decide on the accreditations that match their business models.
Pursue the learning that enables them to complete the relevant courses.
Undertake an assessment and reach the pass mark.
Advertise their services to customers and use the support of a professional sales community and ongoing training.
The benefits of this Microsoft partner program are threefold. Partner companies can:
Gain recognition of their expertise.
Achieve a competitive edge over rivals.
Acquire greater knowledge of Microsoft solutions.
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