22. February 2012 00:00
Starting a system integration business is not easy. You need to find customers who strongly believe that you are the right partner to solve their business problems. Becoming a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner is a no brainer, if you plan on taking on consulting work for the Microsoft platform. In order to get this certification you need at least 4 employees pass the certification exams for the Microsoft Certified Professional program.
Figure 1: Microsoft Certified Partner Program Overview
Luckily there are good resources that make it easy to study the technology and prepare for the exams.
uCertify for exam preparation
uCertify provides a set of great tools that help you preparing to answer the certification exam test questions. I am using it at the moment to prepare for the .NET 4.0 Visual Studio 10 certification. uCertify offers free trials.
PluralSight for .NET Training
If you sign up for the DreamSpark or BizSpark program you get 90-day free access to 200 high quality video lectures on any .NET technology imaginable.
Good luck with your Gold Partner Certification!