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Feb 16 2007   1:41PM GMT

Microsoft’s Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

It’s in the nature of the channel beast that VARs, SIs and computer consultants need to know every computer woe that might, could, may, does, does not exist and what could help, or might harm a customer’s business. There always will be a need to refine assessment tools.

This week Microsoft released its Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit free to its partners. According to our site, SearchITChannel.com, partners are giving it the thumbs up. Both Evolve Technologies, Inc, and Computer Consulting Inc credit Microsoft for making their jobs easier. Dave Sobel, president of Evolve Technologies, Inc says it increased his deal close rate increased by 20 percent.

Basically, this tool kit provides a set of questions for the tech-heavy VAR to ask his or her not so tech-savvy clients. This communication tool provides general best-practices assessment recommendations and is not Microsoft centric.

But wait — the word on the blogosphere is that there is a caveat: it requires Office 2007. Blogger Steve Moffet warns readers that a user has to have InfoPath 2007 for the English language download.

So if you got your free toolkit, but can’t install it, Office Small Businesses 2007 retails at $279 and Office Professional 2007 retails at $329 at CompUSA. Thanks, Microsoft!

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  • Brein Matturro
    Not true! The toolkit does require InfoPath 2007, but most partners received Office 2007 Enterprise Edition in January, of which InfoPath 2007 is a part, through their Action Pack or Certified Boxes (an MSPP benefit). If they're not Certified & have not subscribed to the Action Pack, they can do so for just USD 299 (and receive most MS software, including Office 2007 Enterprise Edition) for free plus a lot of sales/marketing materials)
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