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Harp's Top 8: MPN Newsletter August 2022

New Year, New Start

After two years of Covid disruption, it was great to have at least a small level of in-person connection for Microsoft Inspire this year. I hope you were able to enjoy the event, and that the strategic direction shared on both a global and Canadian level can help you plan for a successful year ahead. See some of the highlights below and remember you can review all the content on-demand.

In Canada, Microsoft Inspire was also when we celebrated Suzanne Gagliese as she retired from Microsoft. Suzanne’s leadership has been valued by colleagues and partners alike and we wish her all the very best for this next chapter.

As we head into the summer and I transition into GPS, I want to thank everyone for giving me such a warm welcome. I look forward to being able to share more with you all around our priorities and direction in the coming months.

Harpreet Girn,
VP of Global Partners Solutions


1. Microsoft Inspire – and that’s a wrap!


What an incredible Inspire we’ve had this year! We hope that you feel empowered to drive growth and continue to thrive in FY23.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer’s Opening Keynote detailed how Microsoft is unlocking new partner opportunities. Satya shared our path towards the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program, and the announcements of the Microsoft commercial marketplace partnership with Tackle and the ISV Success Program.

Here at our Canadian Keynote, we got to know our new VP of Global Partner Solutions, Harpreet Girn with an insightful fireside chat with Suzanne Gagliese. Harpreet also walked us through the business priorities for Canada in FY23.

Don’t forget you can view our event sessions on-demand to revisit or see what you may have missed. You can search and sort session content using filters based on speakers, topics, themes, and more.


Revisit Inspire 2022

Read the Inspire MPN blog post


2. Microsoft Canada Impact Awards 2022



Congratulations to all our Microsoft Canada Impact Award winners and finalists who were invited to a celebration dinner in downtown Toronto. For the second year in a row, awards were determined by a mixture of metric-based awards and traditional partner-self nominated awards.. We thank all of you who submitted a nomination and the Canada Microsoft Partner Network community for your continuous loyalty and dedication to Microsoft. 


Check out the full list of winners and finalists


3. Differentiate with Microsoft Cloud Partner Program Solutions Partner Designations


We are counting down to the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program changeover happening on October 3. 2022. This program will replace the “Microsoft Partner Network” and is designed to help grow your business and meet customer’s changing needs.

What’s happening? We’re simplifying our partner programs with Solutions Partner designations, anchored on the Microsoft Cloud in six solution areas aligned to how Microsoft goes to market.


Make sure you are ready by checking your partner capability score and score simulator.


Access MCPP resources here


4. Securing the Ecosystem for CSP Partners


Stay ahead to mitigate and remediate security issues for your customers by transitioning from DAP to GDAP before the end of the calendar year 2022. Granular Delegated Admin Privileges allow you to control more granular and time-bound access to their customers' workloads, and better protect them from cyber threats.


Click here to learn more

Register for one of our weekly office hours


5. Introducing Surface Laptop Go 2 



 Enable your customer’s success in the evolving hybrid world with the Surface Laptop Go 2. It’s the PC productivity needed in a portable and stylish machine. With innovation from chip to cloud, customers at home or work can enjoy new levels of security. Whether deploying for a large-scale enterprise or home business, Surface Laptop Go 2 offers a lightweight, manageable and functional device for any employee. 


Click here to learn more


6. Sales Training for Microsoft Modern Work


Interested in working closely with Microsoft sales and how to have impactful conversations across the Modern Work solutions? Join us on September 8th, 2022 for the sales training bootcamp where you’ll learn how to achieve customer outcomes with FY23 Solution plays, and land and expand with Modern Work and the available partner sales resources.


Click here to register


7. Cloud Fundamentals – Get Certification Ready 


Join us for the first five-day virtual event to help partners prepare for fundamental certifications across Microsoft Azure, Business Applications, Security and Modern Work. Live sessions will be held August 29 to September 02, 2022, including 3 hours for live Q&A each day. 


Click here to register


8. Insight wins Microsoft Canada Partner of the Year


Congratulations Insight Canada Inc. on winning Partner of the Year! Insight Canada’s connected journey with Microsoft Canada has empowered their clients to derive full value from their Microsoft investments across all segments, enabling organizations of all sizes to leverage and drive business transformation. Insight Canada has made a positive impact with its focus on diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability efforts by leading customer adoption of cloud sustainability.


Find out more about Insight Canada