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Modernization of Web Applications to Microsoft Azure Specialization

Program Overview and Requirements

Program Updates

Update July 1, 2021

The new audit checklist 2.0 is available and now required for use.
Microsoft released the current version 2.0 audit checklist into preview on May 5, 2021 for the Modernization of Web Applications to Microsoft Azure specialization. The audit checklist version 2.0 went into effect July 1, 2021.


What’s New:

We introduced a new modular format to the Azure specialization audit, built on the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure. This benefits your business by:

  • Validating your business’s ability to follow cloud adoption best practices and help ensure smooth cloud transition for your customers.
  • Streamlining the Azure specialization audit process to reduce the need to re-validate the same skills across multiple areas if your organization is seeking to earn more than one Azure specialization.

The format has been broken into two modules:
• Module A: Evaluates and assesses a partner’s implementation of cloud adoption best practices, following foundational principles in the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure. This module is workload-agnostic, which means a partner can audit on Module A once and their passing result will apply to multiple Azure specializations.
• Module B: Evaluates workload-specific capabilities. These are periodically updated to align to industry best practices. Module B also includes a requirement to conduct Well-Architected Reviews of customer workloads as part of the deployment.


Update March 24, 2021

Audit Checklist Control 3.2: Content Management Systems is Optional

As of March 25, 2021, we no longer require partners to complete Audit Checklist Control 3.2: Content management systems. Presenting evidence for this control is optional.

Additional Audit Preparation Resources

ISSI provides extensive, in-depth consulting engagements to help partners prepare for Azure specialization audits. Partners work directly with ISSI to schedule this remote session (via online web conference). For more information about this type of in-depth consultant engagement, click here.

Alternately, partners can participate in an optional, one-hour, live overview session provided by ISSI. This Audit Preparation Overview session provides a high-level overview of key aspects of the specialization audit process. The session includes a discussion of the checklist requirements along with best practices to help partners prepare for the audit. Partners work directly with ISSI to schedule this remote session (via online web conference). For more information about this overview session, click here.

To ensure objectivity, audits are conducted by a different ISSI auditor than the one engaged for consulting. Consulting engagements can be scheduled at any time, using the partner’s preferred conferencing platform.

* Please note there is a cost associated with the consulting and audit preparations services. See Payment Terms and Conditions.

Program Overview

Partners who demonstrate deep knowledge, extensive experience, and proven success in migrating and deploying production web application workloads, applying DevOps, and managing app services in Microsoft Azure may seek the Modernization of Web Applications to Microsoft Azure Specialization.

The Modernization of Web Applications to Microsoft Azure Specialization allows partners with an active Solutions Partner for Data & AI (Azure) or Digital & App Innovation (Azure) designation to further differentiate their organizations, demonstrate their capabilities, and build stronger connections with customers.

Partners who meet the comprehensive requirements to earn a specialization receive a customer- facing label they can display on their business profile in the Microsoft Solution Provider Finder, gain access to specific Microsoft go- to-market programs, are prioritized in customer searches to drive new business, and can generate a certified letter from Microsoft that verifies the specialization that they have earned. For these reasons, this opportunity is available only to partners who meet additional, stringent requirements.

Learn more about specializations.

How do I apply?

Only administrators of an organization’s Microsoft partner account can submit an application for the Windows Virtual Desktop specialization on behalf of the organization. If you are the administrator for your organizations’ Microsoft partner account, you can apply here.

What are the requirements?

Eligible partners must meet the highest standards for service delivery and support. All requirements will be verified by Microsoft and/or a third-party vendor, either automatically or by manual review, and are subject to change.

Details

Your organization must have an active Solutions Partner for Data & AI (Azure) or Digital & App Innovation (Azure) designation.

Details

Your company must show a total of USD5,000 from Azure AppService or Azure Spring Cloud Azure Consumed Revenue (ACR) in the previous three (3) months from at least three (3) customers (aggregated from across your customers).

ACR can be achieved through Digital Partner of Record, Partner Admin Link, and Cloud Solution Provider.
Learn more about Azure ACR.

Government subscriptions (i.e. Fairfax) are not eligible for ACR via PAL association.

Details

Your company must have at least three (3) individuals who have passed the following certifications (each certification listed below is held by at least one individual).

  • Azure Developer Associate certification
  • Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification
  • Azure Data Engineer Associate certification


Your company can have a combination of the same individuals or different individuals who meet the certification requirement.

Details

Your company must pass a third-party remote audit. Please see the audit checklist for more details.