Written byDan Rippey, Director, Partner Program Management, Global Partner Solutions, for the Cloud transformation blog
When theMicrosoft Cloud Partner Programofficially launches on October 3, it will bring fresh benefits for partners and a renewed focus on the cloud. As part of this evolution, we’re introducing Solutions Partner designations anchored on the Microsoft Cloud in six solution areas aligned to how Microsoft goes to market: Business Applications, Data &AI (Azure), Infrastructure (Azure), Digital & App Innovation (Azure), Modern Work, and Security. We’re also introducing new partner benefits aligned to the Solutions Partner designations, incremental benefits for partners who earn a specialization in addition to attaining the Solutions Partner designation, and new customer-facing badging for both designations.
For partner organizations wanting to attain a Solutions Partner designation, the partner capability score is key. Partners will need to earn a minimum of 70 points, with points in each subcategory across customer success, skilling and performance. To make sure your organization is receiving the points you’ve earned, it’s important to make sure you have the right associations in place. Partner associations are how you give Microsoft visibility into the work you’re doing. Certified professional associations are how you give Microsoft visibility into the certifications individuals in your company have earned. Partner associations are the sole mechanism by which points are acknowledged and calculated towards attaining Solutions Partner designation(s). Without these associations in place, partner capability score points are not recognized. I’ve summarized the associations below and you can find out more details in thePartner associations playbook.