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Community Manager

Update: We've reached the 30 recommendations needed.  Thank you for your participation!

Community,

We are in need of a favor.  We need your participation to help us retain our Microsoft Core Competency levels that help us continue to develop our software solutions. If you are game, we need you to send an email to danielle.higgins@solarwinds.com.  The email you provide will only be used to ensure you receive the email below from Microsoft. In a short time, you will receive an email from Microsoft much like the following. The first 30 people who complete the customer reference request will receive a $50 Visa gift card.  The recommendation must be completed by August 29th, 2014.

Customer Reference Request

A business partner that has worked with you has requested your organization provide a customer reference to help them meet one of the Microsoft competency requirements.

To qualify for a Microsoft competency, Microsoft partners must demonstrate their experience by providing customer references for recently completed projects. We recognize partners who achieve Microsoft silver or gold competencies according to proven capabilities, or skills in delivering specific industry solutions. This enables customers like you to easily identify solution providers whose experience and skills best match your business needs.

We appreciate your assistance in approving this customer reference for your business partner. Please access, review, and verify the information.

The details of your response will be confidential, and will not be shared with your business partner. Your organization’s name will not be used publicly as a reference without your permission.

If you have any questions regarding this email, please contact your business partner.

Warm regards,
The Microsoft Partner Network Team

After you have received the email and filled out the questionnaire from Microsoft, please let us know.

These are the gold competencies we are looking to renew:

  • Application Development competency can help you leverage the unprecedented opportunity presented by the Windows Server and Windows 8 operating systems, the Windows Azure platform, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 development system, and emerging cloud-based and web business models.
  • Midmarket Solution Provider competency, you differentiate your organization by demonstrating your expertise in providing critical infrastructure solutions, based on the most current Microsoft desktop, business-management, and server technologies, that are tailored to help midmarket businesses with their unique challenges.
  • OEM competency can help open new markets for the PCs and servers that you deliver.

Though we don’t have a strict deadline, we need to secure these recommendations as soon as possible. If you could keep an eye out and then respond as soon as you receive the email, it would be very much appreciated.

Thank you for your time and participation.

Many thanks,

SolarWinds, thwack Community Team

26 Comments
Level 13

So, just to be clear, we don’t need to do anything to receive these emails – Microsoft will email us and we just have to respond and let you know?

MVP
MVP

Checking with my upper management on this...

Community Manager
Community Manager

Please send me your email address so we can forward to Microsoft to initiate the email.  Thanks!

Level 10

Email sent! Hopefully I am one of the first 30!

Thanks!

MVP
MVP

Danielle, you should have mine already but I can resend if needed.

Level 11

Ok I sent you my email address

Level 13

Should already have your email or already have an email from you?

MVP
MVP

Danielle should already have my email address but I sent her a reminder just in case....

Level 10

email sent

Level 12

Thanks Daniele, just sent you email.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks everyone! We've reached the 30 recommendations needed.  I am working on getting the gift cards out.  Don't forget to email me once you've completed the customer reference request email from Microsoft.

Level 10

Completed, and emailed you!

Thank you very much!

MVP
MVP

Done..

Done

Level 11

Done.

Level 9

DONE

Level 10

also done

Level 11

Done

Level 12

Hi Danielle, I received and completed the Microsoft Customer Reference Request.  I hope this will help us all with monitoring J  Best, Ziba

MVP
MVP

I have received and replied to two different (content wise) customer reference requests.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi all,

I will be sending out the gift cards on Monday, August 25th to those of you who have responded to the Microsoft Customer Reference Request.

Thanks,

Danielle

Community Manager
Community Manager

UPDATE - we've hit a kink with the gift cards and our Canadian participants so we're switching vendors.  Just waiting on the approval chain then I'll make sure we get these out to you.

REMINDER - for those of you who haven't completed the Customer Reference Request yet, please do so before August 29th to qualify for the gift card!

Level 12

Hi Danielle, are referring to Survey by completing "Customer Reference Request"?  If so, I received two and completed both of them.

Ironically, I received my to a different email than the one here, but it was for Solarwinds.

MVP
MVP

I did as well...

Community Manager
Community Manager

Jfrazier bsciencefiction.tv We have to go by the contact info on your SWID for this.