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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- By early next week, U.S.-based Microsoft partners will have access to the new Partner Investment Engine (PIE) portal, where they can see all the Microsoft partner investment programs they can qualify for, we learned here at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 on Tuesday.
The new portal is designed to enhance the user experience and streamline the investments programs, according to Stephanie Martin, partner investments manager for U.S. channel incentives and offers with Microsoft.
Prior to the rollout of PIE, partners may have had to go to multiple sites for investment program information. The new portal consolidates programs and simplifies processes. Microsoft has partner investment programs for marketing opportunities and pilots and deployments, among others. For example, partners can use PIE to accelerate revenue in engagements such as Office 365 pilots and deployments, cloud marketing activities, Windows and SQL Server events, and System Center activities, according to Martin.
Upon login to a Microsoft Partner Network account, partners will be able to see the PIE site and programs that are available to them. Partners can get real-time reporting on the status of their requests and engagements, and a personalized dashboard helps partners get details about engagements and other real-time data that can be viewed from a central site.
Access to the new PIE is open to all U.S.-based managed and unmanaged Microsoft partners. Microsoft is currently building out PIE for Canadian partners, though no rollout date is available.