What is the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program (MCPP)?
Since 2010, the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) has been a cornerstone for Microsoft and its partners, acting as a center for monitoring, evaluating, and praising partners’ efforts. Over time, MPN has developed into a comprehensive program for Microsoft partners, incorporating competencies, advanced learning, rewards, and customer tracking. Microsoft, however, announced a significant change in March 2022: MPN would be discontinued and replaced by the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program (MCPP). This change aimed to simplify Microsoft’s partner program and align it with its go-to-market approach.
How to join the program as a commercial partner?
In order to be а part of the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program (formerly Microsoft Partner Network) as a commercial partner, you need to earn designation in one of the six solution areas:
What are the prerequisites?
- Earn a minimum of 70 points out of 100 points possible.
- Earn at least one point in each of the following three categories and five subcategories:
How to earn points in Performance category?
There is only the Net Customer Metric here and the points are rewarded through the following scheme:
Total Eligible Customers – Total Eligible Customers 12 months ago = Net Customers
For Business Applications Partner this will be subscriptions with over 1500 (Enterprise)/500 (SMB) USD spent latest month in eligible workloads.
For Enterprise track each Net customer contributes 1,5 points and for SMB track – 0.75 points, up to the maximum of 15 points.
For all Azure designations this will be the unique customer tenants with at least 1000 USD Azure Consumed Revenue (ACR) in one of the last two months from eligible Azure services:
Each net customer contributes 10 points, up to a maximum of 30 points.
For Security designation this will be customers with at least 100 USD ACR in eligible services or 25 paid seats for MS365.
Each net customer contributes 2 points, up to a maximum of 20 points.
For Modern Work designation this will be each customer tenant with more than 300 seats for enterprise track and each customer with more than 11 seats for SMB track.
For Enterprise track each Net customer contributes 4 points and for SMB track – 2 points, up to the maximum of 20 points.
How to earn points in Customer Success category?
There are two metrics here – Usage growth and deployments:
(Eligible usage last month) – (Eligible usage same month last year) / (Eligible usage same month last year) X 100
(Eligible deployments last month) – (Eligible deployments same month last year)
How ITCE can help you?
Skilling is a corner stone in the building of enough points to be eligible for designation as between 25 and 40 points can be earned through this. We are here to make the process as easy as possible for you by providing you with information on all the training we can offer towards getting you eligible for Solutions Partner Designation. Look no further if you want to earn your:
Solutions Partner for Business Applications
PL-300 – earning up to 20 points (1p/person for Enterprise path and 4p/person for SMB path)
Solutions Partner for Security
Solutions Partner for Modern Work
Solutions Partner for Infrastructure (Azure)
Solutions Partner for Data and AI (Azure)
To earn points towards this designation you need to have at least 2 people certified on AZ-104, AND AZ-305. After that you earn 4 points for each person certified on PL-300 or DP-203 for up to 40 points.
Solutions Partner for Digital & App Innovation (Azure)
To earn points towards this designation you need to have at least 2 people certified on AZ-104. After that you earn 4 points for each person certified on AZ-204 up to 20 points. To earn point from advanced certification you need to have at least 2 people certified on AZ-305. After that you earn 4 points for each person certified on AZ-400 up to 20 points.