Members of Microsofts channel community have launched an independent alliance to help each other grow their business through skills, knowledge and networking.
MPOWR (short for Microsoft Partners for One World of Results) is a new community open to employees of companies in Microsofts Partner Network designed to utilize the collective intelligence of its members to build their business through peer-to-peer networking and knowledge-sharing.
Bill Luisi, vice president of Sales at Teknion Data Solutions, Irving, Texas, and a member of the MPOWRs Founders Committee, noted the group has three key areas of focus:
MPOWRs focus is on helping Microsoft partners to grow their businesses,” Luisi said. There are other organizations out there focused on things like technical certifications. MPOWR is different it is designed from the start to be a collaborative peer-to-peer partner community for Microsoft partners that provides partners with the tools that will help them grow their businesses in more powerful ways.”
Members of MPOWR have access to a Web portal featuring tools to enable members to network, share business leads and collaborate through member-driven Special Interest Groups addressing topics of interest. The organization will also launch a digital magazine titled MPOWRment, featuring content focused specifically on Microsoft partner success strategies.
First-time membership to MPOWR is free, and there is no renewal fee as long as the member earns MPOWRPoints throughout the year by actively participating in the community, Luisi said. MPOWRPoints can be earned through involvement in Special Interest Groups and events; participating in, critiquing and rating online conversations with peers through the MPOWR member portal; providing business opportunities to other community members through the MPOWR lead-sharing system; taking surveys and participating in MPOWR focus groups to prioritize the most important issues for the Microsoft Partner community; and recruiting new members to help grow the value and impact of the MPOWR community.
Luisi pointed out that MPOWR is not sanctioned by Microsoft. Microsoft is aware that we are launching the organization, but we are striving to maintain our independence and have the direction of the organization set by the channel partners,” he said.