Announcement: Effective August 13, 2014, Microsoft is announcing the elimination of certification/exam requirements for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Microsoft Dynamics RMS and Microsoft Dynamics C5. This includes pre-sales and sales assessments as well as implementation methodology and technical certifications and covers both SPA and MPN.
Why are these changes being made?
The biggest business imperative for our SMB-focused products (Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Microsoft Dynamics RMS and Microsoft Dynamics C5) and partners is the shift to the Cloud – “On Azure” and “In Office 365”
In a time of major transition to the cloud, we want to give partners the flexibility to use their readiness time and money on the investments in those areas most impactful to their individual businesses – this will often be Office 365 training, training on a new vertical product created by one of our ISVs, or non-technical sales, marketing and business transformation training that has been created by Microsoft
The amount of money and resources dedicated to training and readiness for these product lines is at its highest level in years. Microsoft made the decision to redirect money and time previously spent on the creation of exams and assessments towards the creation of more training and readiness content.
- Partners selling these products still have the ability to retain or achieve MPN Gold or Silver status by meeting the other requirements that remain in place and unchanged: minimum license revenue requirements, BREP revenue recapture rates, customer references and participation in the customer satisfaction survey.
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