Thursday, 16 July 2015

Microsoft certification and competency announcements from WPC 2015

By Tobin Chapman

Thursday 16th marked the final day of the Microsoft Worldwide Partnership Conference. Alongside some major technology reveals, Microsoft also announced certification and competency updates that could affect you.

Demand for cloud and mobile services is increasing rapidly. In line with this, Microsoft has introduced two new competencies. A competency represents capability, expertise and commitment to a specific Microsoft solution area. Competencies are available in Silver and Gold, with Silver being the standard competency and Gold only available to businesses that demonstrate best-in-class capability within their chosen area.

Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) competency

EMS is the final addition to the group of cloud competencies that Microsoft has launched in the last year. On top of the core benefits to any Microsoft competency, partners will also benefit from unlimited signature cloud support, eligibility to participate in Enterprise Mobility (EM) deployment offers, eligibility to participate in Deployment Planning Services and Marketplace / Pinpoint Prioritisation. The requirements for either Gold or Silver awards are not yet available.

Windows and Devices competency

Partners interested in building customer offers around Windows 10 will now have a dedicated learning path. This comes in the form of a new Windows and Devices competency. Partners will also be able to access additional Windows 10 software and key resources like Windows Accelerate.

Windows Accelerate provides finance and resources from Microsoft to support partners in demonstrating the value of Windows 10. The program is designed to help you to develop prototypes for Windows 10 apps and designs, tailored to the needs of your customers.

Requirements for Gold and Silver are not available yet for the Windows and Devices competency.

Sales Assessments are gone!

When attempting to complete a competency, partners previously had to pass a sales assessment that proved they meet certain technical requirements. This has now been removed to allow partners to reallocate time from admin towards learning. Technical requirements can now be met by those that have the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) qualification.

New Application Certification Platform

This makes it easier for partners to certify their applications for competency requirements. It will enable cloud ISVs and App builders to qualify for Cloud Competencies using only their certified cloud applications.

About the Author:        
Tobin possesses a passion for IT and regularly writes for Firebrand Training on certification, training and IT industry news.

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