Google Cloud – Microsoft Partner Validation
There is nothing that pisses me off than a professional that doesn’t adhere to Professional Standards or State licensing requirements…EXCEPT for purportedly legitimate partner programs that don’t require validation of status such as Google Cloud – Microsoft Partner. Xero’s Accounting Partner Program is particular lax about
validation. A week from today, we are going to publish the results of what we find…and we are going to start with Xero’s Ambassadors.
Let’s try a very simple illustration of what the results of a validation check should be able to provide you with.
A Microsoft Partner can be validated VERY quickly with the following:
- They should be a member of the Microsoft Partner Network and have an MPN or Microsoft Partner Number. aBIZinaBOX’s MPN is 4713037
- They should be able to display a badge with their competencies like this.
- They should be able to show you a letter like this:
If they are a Google Cloud Partner Program member they should be displaying the current version of the Google Cloud Program logo which looks like this:
- If the Google Cloud badge they display doesn’t look like that one, then you may NOT be dealing with a legitimate, current partner.
- The second simple thing they should be able to do if requested is to produce their profile page from the Google Cloud for Work Connection community with their competency badges which looks like this:
Our recent experience with the Xero Partner Program’s leadership has been a cause of substantial concern to us. We work very hard to “play by the rules, and no one should be penalized for doing that. Unfortunately, as we have been sharing, there seems to be very little concern about professional accounting or technology credentials. When leadership “telegraphs” the message that their priority is “selling software” above and beyond the professional standing and bonafide competence of its partners, it undermines and impugns the veracity of those partners that who and what they say that they are. Ultimately, it undermines both the quality of service and credibility in the eyes of their ultimate customers. How would you feel if a loved one was about to have brain surgery and you learned that their surgeon had never gone to medical school, and was in fact, a butcher that was “moonlighting”. They say a picture is worth a thousand words.