Software Asset Management competency
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Software Asset Management


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  • A set of core benefits is provided to all partners each time they enroll or renew their membership in the Microsoft Partner Network. Visit the core benefit and requirements page to see the complete list. Review the following table for a list of benefits and requirements specific to this competency.
    Benefits Silver Gold
    Ensure that you maintain your membership in the Software Asset Management (SAM) competency by using the no-cost guide to prepare for the SAM competency exam
    Detect counterfeit software more effectively with the Proof of License guide and template
    Advise customers about the benefits of a solid SAM strategy with the SAM Optimization Model
    Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
    Leverage SAM Engagement resources to capture new opportunities
    Join the SAM Service Incentive program to help you build a sustainable business around SAM
    Earn incentives for selling and fulfilling Microsoft Volume Licensing Open program licenses
    Requirements
    Silver Gold
    1. 1. Pass a qualifying exam or certification
      • One individual must pass the following:
        • Exam 70-673: TS: Designing, Assessing, and Optimizing Software Asset Management (SAM)

        Your organization can attain multiple competencies. If your employees or contractors pass the eligible competency exams for multiple silver competencies, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

        Use Microsoft partner learning paths to find details about related exams and readiness.
    2. 2. Complete your organization’s profile
      • Your Microsoft Partner Network account administrator must provide pertinent information about your organization.
    3. 3. Provide customer evidence
      • Your organization must have three customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency. After a reference has been approved by your customer and by Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years. Review a sample customer reference email that can be used for customer references for this competency.
    4. 4. Pay the silver competency fee
      • To complete your enrollment in the competency, you must pay the silver competency fee. The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be [%silverprice%] [%currency%], not including applicable local taxes and fees. This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company.
    Requirements
    Silver Gold
    1. 1. Pass a qualifying exam or certification
      • Option 1
        Four individuals each must pass the following:
        • Exam 70-673: TS: Designing, Assessing, and Optimizing Software Asset Management (SAM)

        Two of those individuals each must pass the following:
        • Exam 70-671: Designing and Providing Microsoft Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium Organizations
        • Exam 70-672: Designing and Providing Microsoft Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations

        The other two individuals each must pass one of the following:
        • Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
        • Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012


        Option 2
        Two unique individuals each must pass the following:
        • Exam 70-673: TS: Designing, Assessing, and Optimizing SAM
        • Exam 70-671: Designing and Providing Microsoft Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium Organizations
        • Exam 70-672: Designing and Providing Microsoft Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations

        The same two individuals each must pass one of the following:
        • Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
        • Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

        Your employees and contractors may take and pass multiple gold competency exams. However, if your organization employs or contracts with someone who holds multiple certifications, that person’s credentials will count toward only one gold competency.

        Use Microsoft partner learning paths to find details about related exams and readiness.
    2. 2. Complete your organization’s profile
      • Your Microsoft Partner Network account administrator must provide pertinent information about your organization.
    3. 3. Provide customer evidence
      • Your organization must have four customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency. After a reference has been approved by your customer and by Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years. Review a sample customer reference email that can be used for customer references for this competency.

        Alert: partners enrolling or renewing at the gold competency level after January 1, 2015, will need to have four Microsoft-approved SAM customer engagements that have been completed within the previous 12 months of enrollment or renewal. Please note that after January 1, 2015, partners will no longer need to provide four customer references.
    4. 4. Gather customer feedback
    5. 5. Meet a revenue goal
      • Microsoft Partner Network members with a gold competency must meet a minimum revenue goal based on your organization’s location and the requirements for this competency.
    6. 6. Pay the gold competency fee
      • To complete your enrollment in the competency, you must pay the gold competency fee. The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your company earns. According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be [%goldprice%] [%currency%], not including applicable local taxes and fees. This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company. If you attain a gold competency after first attaining a silver competency, then you pay only the difference between the two membership fees, unless you are within the 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due.

Related products

  • Microsoft System Center
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