The Partner Program Is Out Of Control

Friday, February 10, 2006

The Microsoft Partner program needs to simplify and streamline itself. Becoming a partner used to be a simple process with simple rules. Now there are  “bonus points” and other marketing tactics that make the program feel like a frequent flyer program. Partnerships are about marketing, but one day I won’t be surprised if someone calls to tell me I only need 2 more ‘partner points’ to get preferred ‘gold parking’ at the local Microsoft field office.

I just want software licenses.

I don’t have time to read the constant stream of emails, and I haven’t had the time the last two months to answer the numerous phone calls. Everyone who calls is pleasant and tries to be helpful, but no one can explain some of the deep voodoo in the system.

Take this one example…

I hold an MCSD certification. The SD stands for ‘solution developer’. To earn an MCSD I had to take certification exams covering programming tools and programming languages. The computers in the basement of the partner program science lab have analyzed my certification transcript and have decided I'm qualified for a single competency: the “Advanced Infrastructure Solutions” competency. This competency is for those who specialize in Active Directory and Exchange Server.

I installed Exchange once. I installed Biztalk once, too. Those were two of my proudest software installation moments ever.

I hope the program will offer less fluff, provide more licenses, and fix the wacky backend software.


Comments
Paul Wilson Friday, February 10, 2006
There are also some people that are looking to "list" others as being under their name, and they promise to give you some of their names to be "listed" under your name also -- all in hopes of elevating their status with the promise of your status also being raised. I checked on one of these that kept bugging me and it looked pretty clear that they are nobody with no experience to speak of -- but they did show up pretty high in the online partner search.
scott Friday, February 10, 2006
Paul: Wow. As erratic as thier backend seems to be, I imagine it is easy to game the system.
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