Introduction to the Solutions partner program

Appropriate roles: Global admin, MPN partner admin

Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) is evolving, and we've launched a digital badging program, Solutions partner, for all of our commercial partners.

This article and the five articles below it in the table of contents describe the requirements, benefits, and business rules for each of the Solutions partner designations.

Simplifying partner programs

We have introduced six Solutions partner designations:

Each of the six designations is mapped to a Microsoft solution area, simplifying partner programs from the 18 legacy competencies.

For detailed information about each of the new Solutions partner designations, see Evolving the Microsoft Partner Network programs.

Mapping legacy competencies to Solutions partner designations

To get an understanding of how current areas of membership map to the new Solutions partner designations, see the following table:

Legacy competency Solutions partner designation
Cloud Business Applications Business Applications
Enterprise Resource Planning Business Applications
Project Portfolio Management Business Applications
App Integration Data & AI (Azure)
Data Analytics Data & AI (Azure)
Data Platform Data & AI (Azure)
Cloud Platform Infrastructure (Azure)
Datacenter Infrastructure (Azure)
Application Development Digital & App Innovation (Azure)
App Integration Digital & App Innovation (Azure)
DevOps Digital & App Innovation (Azure)
Cloud Productivity Modern Work
Collaboration and Content Modern Work
Communications Modern Work
Messaging Modern Work
Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Modern Work
Windows and Devices Modern Work
Enterprise Mobility Management Security
Security Security

Eligibility based on holistic measurements

Eligibility for Solutions partner designations is based on your partner capability score. A partner capability score is a composite score that quantifies the performance of a partner in three categories:

  • Performance
  • Skilling
  • Customer success

The score is calculated through measurements based on information that is already captured in Partner Center.

If you're a partner with the MPN admin role, you can track your progress toward attaining any Solutions partner designation at Solutions Partner | Overview.

Benefits of Solutions partner designations

To support you as you grow your business, go to market, and reach more customers, we've updated our benefits and aligned them with the six Solutions partner designations.

When you attain a Solutions partner designation, you're eligible to receive the new benefits package associated with that designation.

The Solutions partner benefits packages include:

  • Product benefits
    • Internal use rights (IURs)
    • Cloud licenses
    • Azure credits
  • Go-to-market services
  • Customer-facing badges
  • Technical pre-sales and deployment services
  • Technical support
  • Eligibility to earn incentives.

To learn the details of the benefits provided as part of this change, download the Solutions Partner Benefits Guide. (The 22-page guide is sent to your default download folder when you select the link.)

Benefits for advanced specializations and expert programs

We're also introducing product benefits aligned to advanced specializations and expert programs. These benefits increase value for partners who invest in demonstrating deep technical expertise and experience in specific technical scenarios aligned to the solution areas.

Note

You can continue to use and renew the existing benefits that you get from legacy competencies.

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