Data Platform competency
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Data Platform


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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
    Deepen customer relationships by becoming a provider of Microsoft
    SQL Server Deployment Planning Services

    Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part
    of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
    Receive a discount on a business modeling session with Tellus International (Application track only) 20% discount 30% discount
    Requirements
    Silver Gold
    1. 1. Pass technical assessments, exams, and certifications
      • Services track

        Two people must pass one of the required exams:

        OR

        Two people must pass the following two required assessments:
        • HDI Technical Assessment
        • Technical Assessment for Using Azure for Data Analytics and Data Platform Solutions

        Independent Software Vendors track
        • Your organization must have one product or application that has passed the following application test:
          • Silver SQL Server BI 2012 Platform Ready

          Details about application tests and submission process can be found on Microsoft Platform Ready.


        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.
    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, your company has provided solutions related to the implementation of SQL Server. 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. 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
      • Services track
        OR

        Four people must pass two of the following required assessments:
        • HDI Technical Assessment
        • Technical Assessment for Using Azure for Data Analytics and Data Platform Solutions


        Independent Software Vendors track
        • Submit one product or application that has passed the following application test:
          • Gold SQL Server 2012 Data Platform Test


        Your organization can attain multiple competencies. If your employees or contractors pass the eligible competency exams for multiple gold competencies, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold 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 five customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions related to the implementation of SQL Server or Microsoft Azure. 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. 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.

        Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained that silver competency, can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).