Tue, Jul 9 2013 23:46
Maps changes hinted at
Cloud Essentials, Cloud Accelerate, Cloud Deployment, and Windows Azure
Over the next year the cloud programs will be retired and partners in
those programs will be migrated into a Microsoft Action Pack
Subscription (MAPS) or relevant Microsoft competency. A new version of
MAPS, planned for launch in January 2014, will incorporate several new
resources to help subscribers get trained to sell and deploy cloud services.
Partners can continue to enroll and renew in these cloud programs until
the cloud integration launch date.
Cloud deployment transition
Starting in January 2014 upon the launch of cloud integration, partners
who want to maintain their status as a Cloud Deployment partner must
have met the gold or silver level cloud track requirements in the
Messaging, Devices and Deployment, Collaboration and Content,
Communications, or Project and Portfolio Management competencies.
Benefits will be delivered through the competency the partner has chosen.
Windows Azure Circle transition
Windows Azure scenarios will be integrated into the Application
Development, Data Platform, Data Analytics, and Datacenter competencies
in order to provide a path for all partners to differentiate themselves
as having the proven expertise to sell and deliver solutions based on
Windows Azure as part of the cloud integration effort. A cloud track for
Azure will be created for each of these competencies, which will give
partners access to Azure-specific benefits. Existing Azure Circle
partners will continue to receive Azure-specific benefits through June
30, 2014, when the Azure Circle partner program will be retired. After
June 30, 2014, all partners will only receive benefits via competencies
and Microsoft Action Pack Subscriptions.
Small Business Specialist Community Program Retirement
Effective November 2013, the current Small Business Specialist Community
(SBSC) as it exists today will be retired. Program enrollment, branding,
and additional benefits will no longer be available to partners as part
of the Partner Network. However, the Small Business competency is
available as an option for small business focused partners. Plans are
also being finalized to provide a partner-to-partner community for small
business focused partners in January 2014.
Annual Notification of Pricing and Rate Change
In November 2013, we are updating the Microsoft Partner Network
membership fees for the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription and
competencies to account for changes in exchange rates. This means that
at the time you renew your membership, you may see a slight adjustment
in Microsoft Partner Network membership fee. In addition, with the
stability of our digital software download solution, as well as to align
with a company-wide initiative towards digital adoption, Partner Network
memberships will be fully transitioned into digital-only memberships and
there will be a policy change to the option to purchase media. For some
countries, partners will no longer have the option to purchase physical
media and will be defaulted to digital only membership. For others, a
separate media fee will be payable if partners wish to continue
receiving internal-use software benefits via physical media. Based on
this, we strongly encourage partners to “go digital.”
Business Critical Phone Support
Starting in November 2013, we will be limiting the number of Business
Critical Phone Support incidents available to gold and silver partners.
There are no changes to the existing Business Critical Phone Support
limits for MAPS partners.
(Susan Question -- what's the limits for MAPS partners? Answer currently 10 server down calls)
The limits for competency partners will be:
Gold – 15 incidents
Silver – 10 incidents
Gold and silver competency partners will retain the 5-Pack benefit that
is available today. Partners can also get free support through the
partner support community. Alternatively, partners can use their
advisory hours for personalized deployment and development guidance from
experienced Microsoft Technical Consultants. Support beyond these limits
is available by purchasing Premier Support for Partner plans
Redesign of Action Pack Subscription
Later this year, look for the new version of Microsoft Action Pack
Subscriptions (MAPS) which:
Replaces the existing MAPS Development and Design and MAPS Solution
Provider subscription options with one universal subscription with
resources and benefits for all partners emphasizing Microsoft Cloud
Services and serving small and mid-market customers.
Includes six resource centers that organize and recommend content,
resources, and benefits based on core business practices. Partners may
opt into one, many, or all of these resource centers as part of their
Action Pack Subscription. Partners will have immediate access to the
resource centers upon launch of the new MAPS.
Application Design & Development
Device Design & Development
For partner practices focused on developing commercial and consumer
applications and custom development across Microsoft platforms,
including client, server, phone, tablet, and Azure. This Resource Center
will highlight Developer Tools, Technical Support, and access to various
Focused on helping with licensing, pre-sales support, and compete
opportunities for partners reselling on-premise software, cloud
services, and Microsoft-based devices.
Focused on a broad array of resources and benefits related to
integration and deployment practices and general services, including
technical support, software, and training.
Centered on partner needs around hosting Microsoft software with a focus
on licensing help, technical support, and training.
Focused on helping partners understand the managed services opportunity,
build a managed service practice, and technical support.
Focused on partners building devices—initially for Windows Embedded—and
expanding to other Microsoft-based devices over time. Highlights access
to Developer Tools, Technical Support, and
New MAPS Benefits
No new enrollment in MAPS Development and Design and Solution Provider
subscriptions will be accepted after the new MAPS is launched. However,
as partners re-enroll, they will automatically be included in the new
MAPS subscription. Partners who sign up for those subscriptions before
the launch will automatically be migrated to the new subscription, which
provides several new benefits:
Internal Use Rights (IURs): Licenses to support a 10-person
organization—deployed through Microsoft Cloud Services or on-premise
Technical Support: Access to telephone support for pre-sales,
technical, and deployment issues related to Microsoft Cloud Services.
Training: Access to over 2,000 training courses on selling,
configuring, and implementing Microsoft products and services, plus
discounts on Microsoft Certified Professional exams.
Developer Tools: Access to world-class Visual Studio developer tools
to support development across Microsoft platforms, including desktop,
phone, server, and web.
Bing Ads Credits: $600 Bing Ads Credit ($100 for partners, $500 for
their customers) to market products, services, and solutions. Submit
requests to receive credits here.
Campaigns: Exclusive access to Ready-To-Go Marketing Campaigns for
Microsoft products and services.
Susan comment: No details on price tag of MAPS
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