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Analytics on Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization

Program Overview and Requirements

Program Overview

The Analytics on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization validates a partner’s deep experience in planning and delivering analytics solutions in Microsoft Azure, enabling customers to use the full breadth of their data assets to help build transformative and secure analytical solutions at enterprise scale.

The Analytics on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization allows partners with an active Gold Cloud Platform Competency to further differentiate their organizations, validate their capabilities, and build stronger connections with customers through their ability to plan and deliver tailored Microsoft analytics solutions using Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Data Lake, Azure Data Factory, and Azure Databricks.

Partners who meet the comprehensive requirements to earn an advanced specialization receive a customer-facing label they can display on their business profile in the Microsoft AppSource, 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 advanced specialization that they have earned.

Learn more about Azure advanced specializations.

How do I apply?

Only administrators of an organizations’ Microsoft partner account can submit an application for the Analytics on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization on behalf of the organization. If you have the appropriate role and access, you can apply by signing into your Partner Center account and navigating to your Partner Center dashboard > Competencies > Advanced Specialization to start.

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 company must have an active Gold Cloud Platform Competency.

Details

Your company must show an average of USD3,000 of Azure consumed revenue (ACR) from Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Data Lake, Azure Data Factory, or Azure Databricks aggregated across all customers in the previous three (3) months.
AND
Your company must show an average of USD1,500 of ACR from Azure Synapse Analytics in the previous three (3) months from at least three (3) customers (aggregated from across your customers).

Azure Synapse Analytics ACR is determined through Service Group 3 as SQL DW, Data Lake ACR through Service Group 3 as Azure Data Lake, Databricks ACR through Service Group 3 as Databricks, Databricks VM and Azure Data Factory ACR through Service Group 3 as Data Factory.

Learn more about Azure consumption calculations.

Please note: Customer ACR from Azure Synapse Analytics will be counted towards meeting both parts of the requirement above.

Your company should achieve ACR through Digital Partner of Record, Partner Admin Link, and Cloud Solution Provider. Government subscriptions (i.e. Fairfax) are not eligible for ACR via PAL association.

Details

Your company must have at least three individuals pass the following certifications (each certification listed below must be held by at least one individual):

  • Azure Data Engineer Associate
  • Azure Solutions Architect Expert
  • You can have a combination of the same individuals or different individuals to meet the certification requirement.

    Details

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