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Management and Virtualization competency benefits

When you earn the Microsoft Management and Virtualization competency, you gain access to valuable benefits, such as:

  • Internal-use software licenses
  • Technical and sales training
  • Microsoft competency logo
  • Prioritized listings in customer directories
  • Solution incentives (gold competency)
  • Presales support

Benefits details

When you earn any Microsoft competency, you become eligible to receive a comprehensive set of benefits that address key stages of your business cycle. The following tables list the benefits you receive with the Management and Virtualization competency.

 

Plan your business
Benefit Silver competency Gold competency
Get firsthand knowledge of features and capabilities with internal-use software licenses for the latest Microsoft software1 Up to 25 licenses for each product Up to 100 licenses for each product
Stay up to date with the latest news, business opportunities, training courses, and more, with partner newsletters Subscription Subscription
Find the most-qualified technical students for entry-level and internship positions, through the Students to Business program Access Access
Get help with recommending Microsoft Volume Licensing products and solutions with Microsoft LicenseWise for Volume Licensing
Access
 
 Access
 


Enable your team
Benefit Silver competency Gold competency
Build technical and business skills with training at the Partner Learning Center
Unlimited access
 
Unlimited access
 
Developers: access tools, software, communities, and resources for developers and testers with the MSDN subscription1
5 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions 
 
10 Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions
 
IT professionals: access tools, software, communities, and resources, with the TechNet Subscription for Microsoft Competency Partners1
3 licenses
 
 3 licenses
 
Get exclusive savings on Windows Phone plans and devices through the Windows Phone Discount Program
Eligible
 
Eligible
 
Access the latest product news and technical and sales resources with the no-cost Windows Phone app
Eligible
 
Eligible
 


Create customer demand
Benefit Silver competency Gold competency
Make your company or solution profile accessible to tens of thousands of potential customers through the Microsoft Pinpoint online marketplace Competency designation and prioritized marketplace exposure Competency designation and premier marketplace exposure
Use the Private Cloud Immersion Experience to get your customers excited about your private cloud offerings
Access
 
Access
 
Shorten the sales cycle and win more engagements by using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit to make your customers’ migrations to Microsoft technologies quicker, easier, and more cost-effective Access Access


Sell
Benefit Silver competency Gold competency
Use Technical Presales Assistance for competitive assistance and for business-value and proof-of- concept guidance, for deals worth US$3,000 or more2 Unlimited access
Unlimited access
 
Demonstrate your expertise with your customized competency logo

Silver competency logo Gold competency logo
Boost sales with support from a designated Microsoft contact

Eligible
 
Assigned
 
Use Microsoft Partner Sales Resources to help you sell products and solutions more effectively
Unlimited access
 
Unlimited access
 
Leverage Microsoft Financing to offer tailored financing options that can help you close more sales
Eligible
 
Eligible
 
Become eligible to earn incentives for driving strategic technology areas with Microsoft Management and Virtualization and value-added distributor incentives3
 
Eligible
 
Drive sales by using the robust resources in the Partner Solution Plan (PSP) Activation Kit Access
Access
 
Deepen customer relationships by becoming a provider of Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS) Eligible
Help your customers efficiently manage their deployments of leading Microsoft products, with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
Access
Access
 


Get services and support
Benefit Silver competency Gold competency
Use partner advisory hours for Technical Enablement and advisory services from Microsoft consultants 20 partner advisory hours 50 partner advisory hours
Resolve technical issues quickly with product support from Microsoft experts4 Unlimited online support

Unlimited phone support (for critical issues)

5 incidents of phone support (for noncritical issues)
Unlimited online support

Unlimited phone support (for critical issues)

5 incidents of phone support (for noncritical issues)


Retain
Benefit Silver competency Gold competency
Get insight into customer satisfaction and loyalty with the Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) Index survey solution

Access Access
 
 
 
 
1Learn how to download your software through digital distribution.

2
To qualify for the no-charge Technical Presales Assistance offering, you must provide the customer name and details of the project. The US$3,000 revenue minimum does not apply to deals made for cloud services or free software like Windows Internet Explorer. For smaller deals, you can also use your partner advisory hours to access this benefit.

3Partners must meet additional eligibility requirements for solution and licensing incentives, including enrollment in specific competencies.

4Unlimited online and phone support for critical issues and five incidents of phone support for noncritical issues. Critical issues are defined strictly as severe customer issues that immediately impede the operation of a customer’s business (such as when a server is down). Online response times vary between four hours and two days, depending on membership opportunity. Learn more

Connect with Microsoft consultants for competitive assistance and for business-value and proof-of-concept guidance. Competency benefits include unlimited Technical Presales Assistance for deals worth US$3,000 or more.