Is it possible to purchase and maintain both Microsoft Action Pack and Partner Success Core Benefit

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I'm a Microsoft partner and I'm currently evaluating the different benefits programs that are available to me. I'm interested in both the Microsoft Action Pack and the Partner Success Core Benefits, but I'm not sure if it's possible to purchase and maintain both of them at the same time.

 

I would appreciate it if anyone could clarify whether it's possible to purchase and maintain both of these programs at the same time. If so, I would also be interested in hearing about any potential benefits or drawbacks of doing so.

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

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@GPhbt thanks for posting in the community, I'm going to move your post to our Partner Benefits discussion board as I think it fits better there and I hope someone will be able to answer your question. 

 

cheers! 

Hello @GPhbt 

 

I would appreciate it if anyone could clarify whether it's possible to purchase and maintain both of these programs at the same time. If so, I would also be interested in hearing about any potential benefits or drawbacks of doing so.

 

You're interested in purchasing both? 

 

Short answer: I did not find documentation restricting the purchase of both. I can say that the Microsoft Action Pack is the entry level yet both are programs for Services Partners, the benefits slightly differ. Ex: Action Pack benefits mostly On Prem. 

 

Long answer:

Partner Success Benefits:

To confirm, you can only purchase one Partner Success Core Benefits per Partner Global account. You can't have multiple purchases for Partner Success Core Benefits and no exceptions will be entertained.

What does Partner Success Benefits offer?

The Partner Success Core Benefits includes software, support, and benefits that can jumpstart your business growth. This program provides you with benefits and software license grants so that you can use them to grow your business.  Please review the following MS Learn Doc - Partner Success Core Benefits - Partner Center | Microsoft Learn

 

 

Microsoft Action Pack:

You only purchase one Microsoft Action Pack (or Learning Action Pack) per Partner Global account. You can't have multiple purchases for Microsoft Action Pack and no exceptions will be entertained.

 

What does Microsoft Action Pack offer?

This pack is the entry level program for Services Partners (including Training partners). The Microsoft Action Pack includes software, support, and benefits that can jumpstart your business growth. This program provides you with benefits and software license grants so that you can use them to grow your business. Buy or renew a Microsoft Action Pack - Partner Center | Microsoft Learn

 

How can I compare Programs?

  • Find a high-level overview of Microsoft partner benefits packages here - Microsoft Partner Benefits and Offerings | Compare Offers
  • Find a full list benefit comparison by logging into Partner Center & finding the Microsoft AI Cloud Partner Program Benefits Guide.
  • Both programs offer different benefits, so you should review each benefits to determine if you need both. I did not find documentation restricting one from purchasing both benefits. 

 

Where can I find my benefits?

You can log into Partner Center to find benefits for the Partner Success Core Benefits & the Microsoft Action Pack in Benefits Workspace

 

 

 

 

 

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@LicensingConcierge1 Thanks a lot for the explanation.

The only document that I found that made me wonder is this one Microsoft Action Pack frequently asked questions

 

The second question says:

Can I be both an Action Pack partner and a Competency partner at the same time?

Yes, but only until your MAPS subscription expires. Once your MAPS subscription expires, you will not be able to renew it. You will keep going as a competency partner. From the time you become a competency partner until the time your MAPS expires, you will be able to use both MAPS and competency’s benefits. Once the MAPS subscription ends, you will retain only your competency’s benefits.

 

 

But I can't figure out what is a competency partner?

 

Yes we are interested in purchasing both because we need some licenses from both but only if we can keep both of them at the same time.

 

What do you think about this?

Thanks again! 

have a nice day

Hi @GPhbt,

 

I only found the following:

"The new partner benefits packages can be purchased individually and in addition to existing benefits, including ISV Success. Beyond these packages, partners are encouraged to differentiate their organizations with a solution area Solutions Partner* designation or specialization. In addition to helping you stand out to your customers in the market, these offerings unlock significantly more Microsoft Azure credits, seats, and technical support."

 

Source: https://blogs.partner.microsoft.com/partner/grow-your-partnership-with-new-partner-benefits-packages... 

 

In my opinion, you should be able to purchase the Action Pack and all three new ones ("Partner Launch Benefits", "Partner Success Core Benefits" and "Partner Success Expanded Benefits") together.

Hi @GPhbt 

 

What is a competency?

Competencies are a recognized level of expertise within a given technical or business area.

 

How do I obtain a competency?

Competencies have been phased out.  Beginning September 30, 2022, legacy competencies (and associated badging) will no longer be valid. However, if you obtained a competency by that date, you'll retain your benefits.

 

What replaces competencies?

Solutions Partner designations will be available for partners to attain starting on October 3, 2022.

 

Where can I find more information about Solutions Designations?

Partners can log into Partner Center and find several resources. Once helpful document is the MS Learn Doc titled "Solutions Partner - frequently asked questions".

 

 

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Regards,

Microsoft CSP Licensing Concierge