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Microsoft introduces Cloud Partner Program, replacing Partner Network model

by Jason Gumpert

Microsoft will reset their partner program starting in October 2022 with new designations focused on six solution areas and related specializations.

The partner program will transition from today's Microsoft Partner Network to become the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program, Microsoft channel chief Rodney Clark revealed today. 

"This change better reflects the enormous and ongoing transition of business operations to the cloud, and how Microsoft intends to support partners in the future," Clark wrote in a blog post announcing the change.

The new program goes into effect on October 3, 2022, but Microsoft will be giving partners about one extra year to join into the new model. September 30, 2022 is the last day that a partner can renew their existing Microsoft Partner Network membership for another year.

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Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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