Software Asset Management

Assure you can help customers wanting to optimize their software assets. Differentiate your business and receive a discount on a business-modeling session, access to internal-use software licenses, software assurance resources, and more.

This competency is scheduled for retirement. Learn more about the competency that would be the best fit for your business.

 

Microsoft products associated with this competency

 

Benefits

Silver

Gold

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Receive a discount on a business-modeling session with Tellus International (Independent Software Vendor track only)

20% discount
30% discount
Ensure that you maintain your membership in the Software Asset Management (SAM) competency by using the no-cost guide to prepare for the SAM competency exam
Detect counterfeit software more effectively with the Proof of License guide and template
Advise customers about the benefits of a solid SAM strategy with the SAM Optimization Model
Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
Leverage SAM Engagement resources to capture new opportunities

Earn incentives for selling and fulfilling Microsoft Volume Licensing Open program licenses

Join the SAM Service Incentive program to help you build a sustainable business around SAM

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Silver
Gold

Receive a discount on a business-modeling session with Tellus International (Independent Software Vendor track only)

Silver
20% discount
Gold
30% discount
Ensure that you maintain your membership in the Software Asset Management (SAM) competency by using the no-cost guide to prepare for the SAM competency exam
Silver
Gold
Detect counterfeit software more effectively with the Proof of License guide and template
Silver
Gold
Advise customers about the benefits of a solid SAM strategy with the SAM Optimization Model
Silver
Gold
Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
Silver
Gold
Leverage SAM Engagement resources to capture new opportunities
Silver

Gold
Earn incentives for selling and fulfilling Microsoft Volume Licensing Open program licenses
Silver
Gold

Join the SAM Service Incentive program to help you build a sustainable business around SAM
Silver
Gold

Requirements

Silver

Gold


One person must pass the following exam:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University learning paths link.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

People in your organization must complete one of the following options:

Option 1—four people each must pass the following exam:

And, two of those people each must pass one of the following exams:

The other two people each must pass one of the following exams:

Option 2—two people each must pass the following exam:

Also, the same two people each must pass one of the following exams:

And, the same two people each must pass one of the following exams:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University learning paths link.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.


Your organization must have three customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Your organization must have five customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.



Silver

One person must pass the following exam:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University learning paths link.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

Gold

People in your organization must complete one of the following options:

Option 1—four people each must pass the following exam:

And, two of those people each must pass one of the following exams:

The other two people each must pass one of the following exams:

Option 2—two people each must pass the following exam:

Also, the same two people each must pass one of the following exams:

And, the same two people each must pass one of the following exams:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University learning paths link.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.


Silver

Your organization must have three customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Gold

Your organization must have five customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.



Silver

One person must pass the following exam:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University learning paths link.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

Gold

People in your organization must complete one of the following options:

Option 1—four people each must pass the following exam:

And, two of those people each must pass one of the following exams:

The other two people each must pass one of the following exams:

Option 2—two people each must pass the following exam:

Also, the same two people each must pass one of the following exams:

And, the same two people each must pass one of the following exams:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University learning paths link.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.


Silver

Your organization must have three customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Gold

Your organization must have five customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.


Benefits

Silver

Gold

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Receive a discount on a business-modeling session with Tellus International (Independent Software Vendor track only)

20% discount
30% discount
Ensure that you maintain your membership in the Software Asset Management (SAM) competency by using the no-cost guide to prepare for the SAM competency exam
Detect counterfeit software more effectively with the Proof of License guide and template
Advise customers about the benefits of a solid SAM strategy with the SAM Optimization Model
Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
Leverage SAM Engagement resources to capture new opportunities

Earn incentives for selling and fulfilling Microsoft Volume Licensing Open program licenses

Join the SAM Service Incentive program to help you build a sustainable business around SAM

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Silver
Gold

Receive a discount on a business-modeling session with Tellus International (Independent Software Vendor track only)

Silver
20% discount
Gold
30% discount
Ensure that you maintain your membership in the Software Asset Management (SAM) competency by using the no-cost guide to prepare for the SAM competency exam
Silver
Gold
Detect counterfeit software more effectively with the Proof of License guide and template
Silver
Gold
Advise customers about the benefits of a solid SAM strategy with the SAM Optimization Model
Silver
Gold
Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
Silver
Gold
Leverage SAM Engagement resources to capture new opportunities
Silver

Gold
Earn incentives for selling and fulfilling Microsoft Volume Licensing Open program licenses
Silver
Gold

Join the SAM Service Incentive program to help you build a sustainable business around SAM
Silver
Gold

Software Asset Management resources

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