The Cloud Productivity competency


Launching September 30, 2014, the new Cloud Performance Competencies deliver unparalleled value for Microsoft partners. Learn all you need to know in this four post series.

  1. Ushering in a new era, with the Cloud Performance Competencies – post one
  2. The Small & Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency – post two
  3. The Cloud Productivity competencypost three
  4. The Cloud Platform competency – post four

 

 

The Cloud Productivity competency: for partners deploying Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprise customers

The evolution of the Cloud Deployment program, the Cloud Productivity competency demonstrates your best of breed Office 365 deployment capabilities – creating new opportunities through FastTrack 2.0 alignment and eligibility to participate in Office 365 Adoption Offers.

Qualify through your proven cloud performance, attain the Silver level at no cost, Gold at a reduced fee and receive exclusive benefits in addition to the core Silver and Gold entitlement.


Silver Requirements

1. Meet the sales goal

500 seats of Exchange Online deployed (assigned) within the last 12 months

  • NOTE: when the data is available, we will transition the measurement from assigned users to active use.
  • Track your progress in the Online Services Dashboard
  • Seats not visible? Make sure you’re listed as Partner Of Record for all Office 365 deals

2. Pass the qualifying exams

  • Learn more about the exams/certifications and available readiness through this competencies’ Learning Path (you may need to copy & paste the URL into your browser)

One individual must pass one of the following Office 365 core options:

Office 365 Core

  • Option 1
    • Exam 70-346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements, and
    • Exam 70-347: Enabling Office 365 Services
  • Option 2
    • MCSA: Office 365

One individual must also pass one of the following workload options:

Messaging Workload

  • Option 1
    • Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, and
    • Exam 70-342: Advanced solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Option 2
    • MCSE: Messaging

3. Provide customer evidence

Submit three customer references for Office 365 deals closed within the past 12 months

4. Pay the silver competency fee

To help you invest in your future, the silver Cloud Performance Competency fee has been waived for the first year (offer available until June 30, 2015)

 


Gold Requirements

1. Meet the sales goal

1,500 seats of Exchange Online deployed (assigned) within the last 12 months

  • NOTE: when the data is available, we will transition the measurement from assigned users to active use.
  • Track your progress in the Online Services Dashboard
  • Seats not visible? Make sure you’re listed as Partner Of Record for all Office 365 deals

2. Pass the qualifying exams

  • Learn more about the exams/certifications and available readiness through this competencies’ Learning Path (you may need to copy & paste the URL into your browser)

Two unique individuals must each pass one of the following Office 365 core options:

Office 365 Core

  • Option 1
    • Exam 70-346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements, and
    • Exam 70-347: Enabling Office 365 Services
  • Option 2
    • MCSE: Messaging

The same two unique individuals must also pass one of the following workload options:

Messaging Workload

  • Option 1
    • Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, and
    • Exam 70-342: Advanced solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Option 2
    • MCSE: Messaging

 

3. Provide customer evidence

Submit five customer references for Office 365 deals closed within the past 12 months

 

4. Pay the gold competency fee

To help you invest in your future, the gold cloud performance competency fee has been reduced to $5,610 ($AUD, inc GST)

  • One gold fee is due once per year—no matter how many additional competencies your organisation earns

 


Exclusive Cloud Productivity benefits

In addition to the core Silver and Gold competency entitlement*, Cloud Productivity partners are eligible for:

*Please note: Cloud Performance Competencies attained through the no-cost Silver promotion are ineligible for the APC ticket entitlement.


Next steps

 

Ready to enrol? Let’s go!

Note: you must be your organisations’ Primary Program Contact to enrol in a competency

1. Sign in to the Partner Membership Centre

2. Click the “Requirements and Assets” menu and select “Competency Summary”

 

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3. Scroll down to “Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions” and click “Silver” to expand the Silver competency requirements (click “Gold” to attain at the Gold level)


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4. Customer references can be created by clicking “References” and following the prompts. Once your reference requests have been approved, assign them to your competency by clicking the “Requirements and Assets” menu and selecting “Reference List”.

5. You can view how you’re tracking against the performance requirements under “Additional Requirements”. View further information about your seats sold in the Online Services Partner Dashboard.

Note: If you believe seats are missing, make sure you’re following the correct steps to assign yourself as Partner of Record (POR). Not only will it assist with your competency attainment, it will also allow you to manage your customers subscriptions more effectively.

I recommend the following:

  • For seats sold via Telstra (Syndication), ensure your dealer code is added to every deal you transact. If need be, T-Suite support can assist in retroactively assigning your dealer code to past deals
  • For seats sold via Disti (Open), when redeeming your customers 5×5 subscription key, there is an option to enter your Partner ID – make sure to do it! Your customer can assign you as POR (and Delegated Administrator) retroactively by adding your Partner ID in the Admin section of their tenant
  • For seats sold via Advisor / MOSP (directly through the Microsoft Online Portal) – if you have Partner Sales Features added, you can choose to include a Delegated Admin request whenever sending your customers a trial / purchase offer. This will automatically list you as POR. As with Open, your customer can also assign you retroactively by adding your Partner ID in the Admin section of their tenant
  • For additional guidance, please review the Office 365 Partner Admin Centre Guide

Note: Still experiencing issues? If you believe you meet the sales requirement, but it is not reflected on the Partner Membership Centre or the Online Services Dashboard, call the Regional Service Centre to request an override (see details at the end of the page).

You will be asked to provide:

  • Your partner name and MPN ID, the competency you are trying to attain, a summary of the issue and supporting evidence (eg. details of eligible deals that are not visible in the Online Services Dashboard)

 

6. Exams must be booked and completed at a registered Prometric Testing Centre. Check the learning path to see if no cost readiness is available to help you prepare. Ensure the staff member that completes the exams is associated to your MPN profile and has linked their Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) ID. See the Silver / Gold requirements section of this post for more information.

Note: It can take up to two weeks for a completed exam to be reflected in your profile. Once visible, the MCP will be automatically assigned to all relevant Silver competency(s). For Gold competency attainment, the MCP must be assigned manually.

7. Once all requirements have been met, your competencies’ enrolment status will change from “In Progress” to “Attain”. Follow the prompts to complete your enrolment.


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8. Congratulations! You’ve now entered the exclusive ranks of the Office 365 elite!

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