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Harp's Top 7: Refresh for the New Year, January 2023

Hello and Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2023, we hope you have begun a prosperous new year and you are energized to achieve your objectives for growth.

As we enter the second half of the fiscal year, I want to renew our continuous commitment in helping you to drive the Canadian economy with your innovation and the diversity of your solutions.

We have some exciting changes coming this year and you’ll be seeing a change in our partner newsletters. We will be combining our Sell-with and Build-with partner issues into one newsletter that you will receive a few times a year. Our team continues to focus on sharing the most important information that helps your business to drive sales including the latest program updates, training and resources.

Keep an eye out for our big ticket highlights like Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft Cloud Partner Program updates and new program launches. To ensure you don’t miss a thing, you will continue to receive our Partner Enablement Hotsheet every month, your one-stop-shop for upskilling opportunities and upcoming local and global training sessions. Below we have included some links that will help you to stay connected to GPS Canada and the Microsoft community throughout the year.

Harpreet Girn,
VP of Global Partner Solutions, Canada


1. Stay connected with GPS Canada


As a Microsoft Partner in Canada we want to make sure you have access to all the tools and resources to help you be successful. Your first stop should be our Canada Hub for the latest news and updates. We encourage you to be a part of our MPN community by joining our Yammer and LinkedIn groups. Find us on the Canadian Partner Zone to connect with your peers and Microsoft experts, and discover other forums in the Microsoft Partner Community specific to you!

Looking for program insights and technology trends, bookmark the Microsoft Partner blog site for the latest blogs by Microsoft Leaders. And of course, don’t forget to regularly check the Partner Center for the latest updates.


Check out the Canadian Partner Hub


2. Help customers navigate market uncertainty with Do More With Less


In response to the changing global environment, we have launched a Do More With Less campaign on Azure to provide customers with the resources to achieve cost savings on Azure, optimize their cloud costs, then reinvest in Azure solutions to accelerate growth.

Learn how you can leverage these offers and go-to-market assets to build strong connections with your customers, while deepening your role as a high-value advisor and partner. Our updated resources include the campaign overview page, CFO pitch deck and skilling collection.

Take advantage of solution assessments, AMMP partner-led and ISV solutions to continue to accelerate opportunities.


Access Do More With Less resources


3. Security matters! Important updates


Cybersecurity continues to be one of the top challenges of our digital age. Our tools are available to best equip you to secure your own infrastructure and that of your customers. Refresh yourself on the latest security updates from December 2022 and look out for upcoming training sessions.


Read security updates here


4. Microsoft propensity for partners


CloudAscent uses data-driven analysis to identify existing customers who are ready to buy from our partners and provides a downloadable propensity data report. The data shows the customers' likelihood to purchase Microsoft products now. Align your sales and marketing outreach to your personalized report.


Learn more


5. Increase customer prospect with Microsoft Enablement


Optimize Microsoft training and certification resources by accessing learning paths designed for your specific skill level and role. Cloud solution training allows you to better serve customers, increase self-confidence and job satisfaction, and create higher quality work output.


Plan your Microsoft learning journey


6. Partner Academy webinars


Join our webinar on January 17 to learn how the Partner Center makes it easier for you to manage your relationship with Microsoft and your customers. Our session will be delivered by the MPN engineering team who will explore key Partner Center workspaces such as Account Settings, Benefits, Insights, Membership and much more.

Visit the Partner Academy landing page


7. Microsoft Envision is back for season 3


Microsoft Envision is our digital series which explores how today’s business and technology innovations can address the needs of the future. Catch-up on episode 1 on-demand where we discovered how organizations can drive success by doing more with less. Register to free to watch episodes from previous seasons.


Click here to register