Software Asset Management competency
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Software Asset Management


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Customers want to optimize their software assets. Assure them that you are one of the partners who can help them.
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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 technical assessments, exams, and certifications
      • One person must pass the following:
      • 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.
      • Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on Partner University learning paths.
    2. 2. Update your MPN organization profile
      • Your account administrator must provide specific 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, it can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years.
      • Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center. Click here to see a sample customer reference email that can be used for customer references for this competency. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.
    4. 4. Pay the 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 technical assessments, exams, and certifications
    2. 2. Update your MPN organization profile
      • Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization.
    3. 3. Provide customer evidence
      • Your organization must have five 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, it can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years.
      • Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center. Click here to see a sample customer reference email that can be used for customer references for this competency. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.
    4. 4. Pay the 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.