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Evolving the Microsoft Partner Network programs

Building on our 30-year relationship with partners, we're evolving to help grow your business and meet customer's changing needs.

Adapting for digital acceleration

Customers want to work with partners with exceptional technical capabilities and a proven history of delivering customer success.

Simplifying partner programs

New Solutions Partner designations aligned to the Microsoft Cloud: Infrastructure, Data & AI, Digital & App Innovation, Modern Work, Security, and Business Applications.

Holistic measurement

The partner capability score measures performance, skilling, and customer success. It's what you know and use every day.

Benefits to help you grow

We're investing more in you. Updated benefits aligned to the new designations continue to support you as you grow your business.

Start planning now

There's time to assess how the new designations fit into your strategic plans. And you can keep the benefits you receive today, aligned to competencies already attained.

Introducing Solutions Partner designations

Starting October 2022, the new Solutions Partner designations will help identify your broad technical capabilities and experience in high-demand Microsoft Cloud solution areas. They'll also showcase your demonstrated ability to deliver successful customer outcomes.


Success is measured by performance, skilling, and customer success.


Nothing changes today. You have time to prepare and assess the new program.

We want to help you grow your business and to recognize your success and continued commitment to our partnership.


By attaining Solutions Partner designations, you'll demonstrate your organization's breadth of capabilities to deliver customer success in the solution areas where we see customer demand and where you can scale to meet customer needs.

How to attain a Solutions Partner designation

To attain a Solutions Partner designation, you'll need to earn at least 70 points (including points in each subcategory) out of the available 100 points.


  1. Performance: Measured by net customer adds.
  2. Skilling: Verifies and demonstrates your dedication to skilling and training. Points are awarded for each person on your team with specified certifications.
  3. Customer success: Measured by usage growth and number of successful deployments.

You can track your progress toward earning a Solutions Partner designation in Partner Center.

Benefits for Solutions Partner designations

To support you as you grow your business, go to market, and reach more customers, we have updated benefits and aligned them across the six Solutions Partner designations.


You may also choose to keep the benefits associated with your legacy competencies until they expire and not adopt the new Solutions Partner benefits.


If you find that you need additional benefits, you can purchase a Microsoft Action Pack, which unlocks technical advisory hours, product licenses, and product support incidents.


We're making these investments to help you:

  • Realize business development with product benefits such as product licenses, cloud services subscriptions, and Azure credits.
  • Increase customer reach with go-to-market services, Microsoft solution provider placement, customer-facing badges, and co-selling with Microsoft.
  • Expand training and enablement with access to personalized assistance and world-class Microsoft experts, including comprehensive courses, technical presales, and deployment services, as well as product, platform, and technical support.

When you attain a Solutions Partner designation, you're eligible to receive the new benefits package associated with that designation. This includes product benefits (IURs, cloud licenses, and Azure credits), go-to-market services, customer-facing badges, technical presales and deployment services, technical support, and eligibility to earn incentives.


We're also introducing additional product benefits aligned to specializations (currently called advanced specializations) and expert programs, further increasing the value for partners that choose to invest in demonstrating deep technical expertise and experience in specific technical scenarios aligned to the solution areas.

Important dates

We understand that these updates may require you to adjust your business plans, and we remind you that these changes aren't immediate.


March 16, 2022: Public announcement introducing Solutions Partner designations. Notification that after September 30, 2022, legacy competencies will no longer be valid.


September 30, 2022: The last date to renew a legacy competency.


October 3, 2022, to the partner's next anniversary date:

  • On October 3, Solutions Partner designations will be available to attain.
  • Partners who meet the requirements, will attain a Solutions Partner designation and receive the new customer-facing badging.
  • Legacy competencies and associated badging will no longer be valid, but partners that have a competency by September 30, 2022, will continue to receive legacy benefits until their next anniversary date. After that time, we'll provide options for them to continue to purchase legacy benefits.

On the partner's first anniversary date after October 3, 2022:

  • Partners who attain a Solutions Partner designation can choose to move to the updated Solutions Partner benefits or retain their legacy benefits, and pay the corresponding fee.
  • Partners who don't meet the requirements for a Solutions Partner designation but who renewed a competency by September 30, 2022, will have the option to continue to pay the fee to retain their legacy benefits.

We want you to succeed. Together we'll continue to provide innovative, customer-centric, trusted solutions. We want to help you grow a profitable business and deliver successful customer outcomes.

Mapping competencies

Here's an overview of how legacy competencies map to the six Solutions Partner designations.
Competencies

- Cloud Platform

- Datacenter

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Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Infrastructure (Azure)
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Competencies

- App Integration

- Data Analytics

- Data Platform

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Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Data & AI (Azure)
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Competencies

- Application Development

- App Integration

- DevOps

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Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Digital & App Innovation (Azure)
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Competencies

- Cloud Productivity

- Collaboration and Content

- Communications

- Messaging

- Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions

- Windows and Devices

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Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Modern Work
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Competencies

- Enterprise Mobility Management

- Security

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Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Security
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Competencies

- Cloud Business Applications

- Enterprise Resource Planning

- Project Portfolio Management

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Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Business Applications
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Partners can continue to validate their in-depth knowledge by earning specializations (currently called advanced specializations) aligned to solution areas or by becoming Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Providers.

Competencies

- Cloud Platform

- Datacenter

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Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Infrastructure (Azure)
Learn more
Competencies

- App Integration

- Data Analytics

- Data Platform

Arrow pointing down
Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Data & AI (Azure)
Learn more
Competencies

- Application Development

- App Integration

- DevOps

Arrow pointing down
Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Data & AI (Azure)
Learn more
Competencies

- Cloud Productivity

- Collaboration and Content

- Communications

- Messaging

- Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions

- Windows and Devices

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Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Modern Work
Learn more
Competencies

- Enterprise Mobility Management

- Security

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Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Security
Learn more
Competencies

- Cloud Business Applications

- Enterprise Resource Planning

- Project Portfolio Management

Arrow pointing down
Solutions Partner designation
Solutions Partner for Business Applications
Learn more

Partners can continue to validate their in-depth knowledge by earning specializations (currently called advanced specializations) aligned to solution areas or by becoming Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Providers.

Additional resources

Review this material to gain a deeper understanding of the program.

Overview deck
Explore information about the program in a handy walking deck.
FAQs
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Benefits guide
Learn more about the updated benefits for Solutions Partner designations.
Additional resources
Find more details on each Solutions Partner designation in the training gallery.

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