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    Welcome to the new ISV Buddy Forum!
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    Welcome to the new ISV Buddy Forum! I envision this forum as an opportunity for broader communications among the ISVs in the program, and for stronger collaboration among the program members. This forum will also enable Microsoft employees to reach out to a larger ISV community and get a broader understanding of the community needs. I strongly believe and hope that we will see more people contribute to this forum and make it an asset for ISVs, both small and large.


    To date, 2000+ personal connections have been created through the ISV Buddy program. These connections between Microsoft employees and ISVs span over 70 countries globally. The initial feedback has been quite positive overall and the MSDN ISV Buddy Team is working on addressing some of the constructive feedback and making improvements.


    Microsoft has many resources and offerings for many audiences and we understand it is sometimes hard to find the information you need. To make things a little easier, here is a short list of the top offerings Microsoft has for ISVs:


    • Join the Microsoft Partner Program. There are great, specially tailored benefits for ISVs who join the Microsoft Partner Program–free advisory hours, discounts on Microsoft software, and access to Partner-exclusive resource just to name a few. To find out more about the Partner Program, or to enroll, visit https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40009545 and select the ISV competency. While the enrollment process takes a while, we are working on making the experience better for you. Don’t give up–it is worth it!
    • Attend an ISV Community Day. These 1-day events are conducted globally and provide you both technical and business information about Microsoft’s latest platforms and technologies. Visit http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/isv/isvdays/default.aspx to learn more and to find out when and where there will be an ISV Community Day near you.
    • Leverage ISV Developer Evangelists (DEs) as a resource. You can find an ISV DE in most local Microsoft offices in your region or country.. These folks know technology and can help you with information and guidance about the best ways to use the various Microsoft platforms, tools, and services to develop software solutions.. Please note that while ISV DEs are a limited resource, I suggest you try to meet yours and introduce them to your business. Look up your local office on http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide.
    • Visit the ISV Community Center. The site is growing and providing new content and features. From business articles to technical whitepapers to Webcasts to Community Forums, this site just for you—the ISV. Visit http://msdn.com/isv.


    That’s all for now, I will post new topics as the ISV Buddy Program continues to grow and connect more ISVs with Microsoft employees. Please share your thoughts and ideas and start using this forum for discussions and open issues!


    For feedback or questions about the Microsoft ISV Buddy program or this forum, please contact us at budsup@microsoft.com.




    Program Manager, ISV Buddy Program

    Wednesday, May 18, 2005 10:08 PM