To meet the growing demand of our cloud-based solutions, it is essential that we continue to evolve our partner programmes and licensing models to make it easier for partners and customers to purchase, deploy and use Microsoft solutions.

The Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider programme allows partners to own 100 percent of the customer lifecycle, with partners serving as the only contact for all customer needs, including: billing, provisioning, support and, most importantly, the ability to sell their own tools, products and services. This new programme provides partners with complete control, and ensures our mutual customers can rely on their partner to ensure they’re getting the most out of their Microsoft cloud solutions.

This new programme will open up interesting opportunities for our partners to package their solutions with Microsoft cloud offerings. Beginning with Office 365 and Windows Intune, the Cloud Solution Provider programme will be rolled out to select partners in 48 countries over the next 12 months. We will continue to expand this platform to all of our cloud offerings, including Microsoft Azure, Dynamics CRM Online and more. Partners that meet capability requirements can put forward a nomination for authorisation.

How do partners nominate their company?

Please find the nomination form for Tier 1 Cloud Solution Provider here.

Below provides further details on the tier 1 programme capability requirements:

Partners that are interested in being considered for Cloud Solution Provider and meet the capability requirements should email the completed form to mpnuk@microsoft.com by 31 August, 2014. Please note that partial submissions or submissions after this deadline will not be accepted.

How does the selection process work and when will I get the results?

Our UK team will begin to review nominations for partners that meet all requirements following the submission deadline. Reviews will include phone or face-to-face discussions with nominated partners. Partner selections for authorisation into the programme will be made in late September.

For any questions, please contact your partner Sales Executive or email the UK MPN Team (mpnuk@microsoft.com).