Explore key details about Solutions Partner designations

As a Microsoft partner, you can attain Solutions Partner designations to help your organization stand out.
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Simplifying partner offerings

We’re consolidating the 18 existing legacy competencies into six solution areas—better aligned to how Microsoft goes to market and your business needs.
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Holistic measurement

With the new partner capability score, you can better reflect what you know—and how you apply that knowledge with customers every day.
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Benefits to help you grow

Unlock benefits such as product licenses, go-to-market services, and more to realize business development, increase customer reach, and expand training and enablement.
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Start planning now

Prepare now for Solutions Partner designations so you can determine how they’ll fit into your organization’s strategic plan.

Introducing Solutions Partner designations

Solutions Partner designations help identify your broad technical capabilities and experience in high-demand Microsoft Cloud solution areas. They also showcase your demonstrated ability to deliver successful customer outcomes.

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

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 notice customer demand and where you can scale to meet customer needs.

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.

Performance: Measured by net customer adds.

Skilling: Verifies and demonstrates your dedication to skilling and training. Points are awarded for each person on your team with specified certifications.

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.

Solutions Partner designation benefits

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.

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 and expert programs, further increasing the value for partners who choose to invest in demonstrating deep technical expertise and experience in specific technical scenarios aligned to the solution areas.

Important dates

Review the timelines below and make the necessary changes to adjust your business plans.

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

October 3, 2022, to the partner's next anniversary date:
  • Starting on October 3, Solutions Partner designations are now available to attain.
  • Partners who meet the requirements can attain a Solutions Partner designation and receive the new customer-facing badging.
  • Legacy competencies and associated badging are no longer valid, but partners that had a competency on 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. That’s why Microsoft provides the tools and offers that help you grow a profitable business and drive successful customer outcomes. Together we'll continue to deliver innovative, customer-centric, trusted solutions.

Mapping competencies

Find out more about how competencies align to Solutions Partner designations—so you can attain the best Solutions Partner designation for your business needs.
Competencies

- Cloud Business Applications

- Enterprise Resource Planning

- Project Portfolio Management

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Solutions Partner for Business Applications

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- App Integration

- Data Analytics

- Data Platform

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Solutions Partner for Data & AI (Azure)

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Competencies

- Application Development

- App Integration

- DevOps

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Solutions Partner for Digital & App Innovation (Azure)
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Competencies

- Cloud Platform

- Datacenter

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Solutions Partner for Infrastructure (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 for Modern Work
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Competencies

- Enterprise Mobility Management

- Security

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

Competencies

- Cloud Business Applications

- Enterprise Resource Planning

- Project Portfolio Management

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Solutions Partner designation

Solutions Partner for Business Applications

Learn more
Competencies

- App Integration

- Data Analytics

- Data Platform

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Solutions Partner designation

Solutions Partner for Data & AI (Azure)

Learn more
Competencies

- Application Development

- App Integration

- DevOps

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Solutions Partner designation

Solutions Partner for Data & AI (Azure)

Learn more
Competencies

- Cloud Platform

- Datacenter

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Solutions Partner for Infrastructure (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 for Modern Work
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Competencies

- Enterprise Mobility Management

- Security

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