The cloud is integrated into the Microsoft Partner Network. Partners with active practices around Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Azure may attain one of three cloud performance competencies. By partnering with Microsoft, you can make money selling industry-leading cloud solutions, and your success will not only help your business grow, it will unlock additional support, enablement, and incentives with the Microsoft Partner Network.

Through June 30, 2015, the Silver competency fee for these cloud performance competencies is waived, and you can enter at the Gold level at a reduced fee.

In this post, I’ve provided information about each of the cloud performance competencies, with links to details about benefits, requirements, training, how to enroll, and additional resources. Benefits and requirements are based on each competency’s portal page.

Partners with existing cloud practices Partners getting started in the cloud

If your Microsoft practice includes Office 365 or Azure, you may already be on your way to meeting the requirements to attain a cloud competency.

Sign in to your company’s Cloud Performance Competency Status page to get a status overview and find resource recommendations. Your MPN Program Administrator can then check your status in the Partner Membership Center for additional details.

For companies just starting their business’ transformation to the cloud, we can help you create, fine-tune, and implement your plan.

In our US Partner Community Yammer network, see our list of cloud planning and profitability resources, and sign in to your company’s Cloud Performance Competency Status page for additional information.

If your company has a Microsoft Action Pack Subscription or a competency, you have access to internal use benefits for Office 365 and Azure. Activating and deploying these licenses in your business can help you increase your success in the cloud and meet the performance requirements for these competencies.

Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency

imageThis competency is for partners selling Microsoft Office 365 to small and midmarket customers.

Competency portal page: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/membership/small-midmarket-cloud-solutions-competency.aspx 



Competency-related benefits

In addition to the core benefits you receive as a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, partners with the Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency receive these benefits:

Competency requirements summary

Silver competency requirements summary

Gold competency requirements summary

  • Provide customer evidence
  • Meet a sales goal
  • Silver competency fee is waived through June 30, 2015

Full details here

  • Pass a qualifying exam or certification
  • Provide customer evidence
  • Meet a sales goal
  • Gather customer feedback
  • Pay the gold competency fee

Full details here

Training to meet exam, certification, and assessment requirement(s)

How to enroll in this competency

Your company’s Program Administrator for the Microsoft Partner Network must sign in to the Partner Membership Center to enroll your company in the competency.

Sign in to the partner portal and check your company’s Cloud Performance Competency Status here.

 Additional resources

Cloud Productivity competency

imageThis competency is for partners deploying Microsoft Office 365 for enterprise customers.

Competency portal page: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/membership/cloud-productivity-competency.aspx



Competency-related benefits

In addition to the core benefits you receive as a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, partners with the Cloud Productivity competency receive these benefits:

Competency requirements summary

Silver competency requirements summary Gold competency requirements summary
  • Technical assessments, exams, and certifications
  • Provide customer evidence
  • Cloud performance requirement
  • Silver competency fee is waived through June 30, 2015

Full details here

  • Technical assessments, exams, and certifications
  • Provide customer evidence
  • Cloud performance requirement
  • Gather customer feedback
  • Pay the gold competency fee

Full details here

Training to meet exam, certification, and assessment requirement(s)

How to enroll in this competency

Your company’s Program Administrator for the Microsoft Partner Network must sign in to the Partner Membership Center to enroll your company in the competency.

Sign in to the partner portal and check your company’s Cloud Performance Competency Status here.

 Additional resources

Cloud Platform competency

imageFor partners specializing in delivering infrastructure and software as a service (SaaS) solutions on Microsoft Azure.

Competency portal page: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/membership/cloud-platform-competency.aspx



Competency-related benefits

In addition to the core benefits you receive as a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, partners with the Cloud Platform competency receive these benefits:

Competency requirements summary

Silver competency requirements summary Gold competency requirements summary
  • Pass the technical assessment
  • Provide customer evidence
  • Meet a performance goal (learn more here)
  • Silver competency fee is waived through June 30, 2015

Full details here

  • Pass the technical assessment
  • Provide customer evidence
  • Meet a performance goal (learn more here)
  • Gather customer feedback
  • Pay the gold competency fee

Full details here

Training to meet exam, certification, and assessment requirement(s)

How to enroll in this competency

Your company’s Program Administrator for the Microsoft Partner Network must sign in to the Partner Membership Center to enroll your company in the competency.

Sign in to the partner portal and check your company’s Cloud Performance Competency Status here.

 Additional resources