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October 3, 2022: 

The Microsoft Partner Network is now the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program - evolving to help grow your business and meet your customer's changing needs. 

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For 30-years, Microsoft has valued its relationship with partners. As partners face new and unforeseen challenges in today’s business environment, the Microsoft Partner Network is being taken to the next level and renamed as the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program - to better support your business growth and meet customer’s changing needs. There will be plenty of time to decide on your next phase in the partner program, and ALSO is here to help!

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Microsoft Partner Network program is now called the “Microsoft Cloud Partner Program” 

And you will benefit from the transition. 

Effective October 2022, the partner program will be officially named the “Microsoft Cloud Partner Program”, supporting all partners in the ALSO ecosystem and reflecting the current focus on the cloud scenario.  

This new model provides two qualifying levels: Solutions Partner and Specialized/Expert, which help showcase your demonstrated ability to deliver successful customer outcomes. 

Solutions Partner will get recognized in six solution area designations:  

Specializations or Expert program is way to differentiate organizations and demonstrate deep technical expertise and experience in specific technical scenarios. 

These changes are happening to support your success. The evolved program is designed to help you expand your capabilities and create value in the market, connect with customers, and win more business. 

All specializations and the expert status will remain. Microsoft will introduce additional specializations to help partners to stand out further. 

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The status of ‘Solutions Partner’ will be measured using the Partner Capability Score (PCS) with a minimum of 70/100 points. These points can be earned in three areas:  

performance (net customer adds),  

skilling (certifications),  

customers success (usage and deployment) 

This way, the new partner program showcases your demonstrated ability to deliver successful customer outcomes. 

How can I become a Solutions Partner?

Until when can I renew my current competencies? 

As our Partner, You can renew your current competencies up until September 30, 2022 with renewals lasting one year. This includes all the benefits such as the Internal Use Licenses (IUL). 

What is the timeline? 

First anniversary date after October 3, 2022:  

Solutions Partner designations become available. If you meet the requirements, you’ll obtain a solutions partner designation and receive the new badges.

If you obtain a solutions partner designation, you can choose to update to solutions partner benefits or retain your legacy benefits (paying the corresponding fee). 

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ALSO offers support during this transition. Learn about the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program and how it will help you grow your business!  

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Specializations or Expert program is way to differentiate organizations and demonstrate deep technical expertise and experience in specific technical scenarios. 

These changes are happening to support your success. The evolved program is designed to help you expand your capabilities and create value in the market, connect with customers, and win more business. 

All specializations and the expert status will remain. Microsoft will introduce additional specializations to help partners to stand out further. 

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