Tuesday, August 23, 2005

to ts2...or not to ts2?

a live ts2 event came to a nearby city today, so i went. one thing about attending bothered me.

my company is a certified partner. however, i noticed that nearly 99% of the audience were registered partners. and the presenter noted that ts2 live events are primarily a way for ms to keep tabs on and get info out to the registered partners, since they aren't "field managed."

perhaps he was simply playing to his audience. but, i'm really not so sure.

in the past, certified partners were somewhat "field managed." as in, we had a dedicated area rep we would go to if we needed stuff.

that's been totally chucked, and replaced by the partner support center and the partner resource desk. so, we partners are not really managed now either. and it's been quiet...too quiet in my opinion...on the ms front.

this time of the year is typically a ripe time for us to land new work, but without the resources we need to drive client initiatives, particularly the small business specialist designation, we're feelin' a little lost in limbo.

but this isn't the only reason the ts2 event was disquieting to me...as you'll see if you read my next few posts.


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