Solutions Partner: overview of the updates to designation requirements


By Dan Rippey, Senior Director, Partner Program Management, Global Partner Solutions


Last year, we launched the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program – a program with a portfolio of tools, resources, and offerings to help partners meet evolving customer opportunities, innovate for any cloud scenario on an extensible platform, and deliver successful solutions to industries and markets worldwide.


We also introduced Solutions Partner designations – each anchored on the Microsoft Cloud in six solution areas: Business Applications, Data & AI (Azure), Digital App & Innovation (Azure), Infrastructure (Azure), Modern Work, and Security – providing a way for partners to demonstrate their proven capabilities and experience across performance, skilling, and customer success.


We’re committed to supporting you as you grow your business, and continue to make investments to encourage business development, increase customer reach, and expand technical skilling and enablement to ensure our partners have the necessary skills and knowledge to align with customers’ needs and your business objectives.


Today, we’re providing an overview of the updates we’ve made to the requirements for Solutions Partner designations, including broadening performance requirements for Modern Work to include Microsoft Viva workloads, and updates to skilling requirements for certifications across five of our six solution areas.


Here is an overview of the Solutions Partner designation updates.


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