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Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies
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Microsoft Partner Benefits for Software Companies

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This presentation explains various benefits available to software companies (independent software vendors). It explains the various programs, ISV Competency, and what you can do to get to Silver or …

This presentation explains various benefits available to software companies (independent software vendors). It explains the various programs, ISV Competency, and what you can do to get to Silver or Gold Competency and receive 'fee' copies of Microsoft software. Also explains other benefits for being a Microsoft partner.

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  • A new Microsoft Partner Network debuts today. Gone are the old Gold Certified and Certified partner status. In their place, you’ll find new competency designations, such as Microsoft Silver Independent Software Vendor (ISV)/Software competency or the Gold ISV/Software competency. In addition, you’ll find programs to help ISVs to earn those competencies, such as BizSpark and WebsiteSpark.BizSpark.. For small ISVs .. Startups. WebSiteSparkAction Pack. (two kinds. One for Solution Provider.. One for Developer) For Developers. Take your custom software development or website design business to the next level, and increase your market visibility, with the Microsoft Action Pack Development and Design subscription. Action Pack Development and Design is for businesses with fewer than 100 employees whose primary function is to provide development and Web design services.Microsoft Action Pack Development and Design Subscription download-only version costs $429 plus tax, per year. If you would also like to receive physical media, the price is $529 plus tax, per year.For Solution Providers. Microsoft Action Pack Solution Provider offers internal-use, full-version software, online technical support, and sales resources to help you meet your sales goals, stay competitive, and grow your business. Be a member of the Microsoft Partner Network that does not hold any silver or gold competencies. Pass an online assessment every two years.
  • Available to any ISV worldwide who signs up and profiles their application.Self services tests are required for SilverISV competency
  • Actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of its current or intended business. Startups cannot be in the business of providing services to others such as hosting, Website development, system integration, IT support services or outsourced development. For a full description of the terms of the BizSpark Program http://www.microsoft.com/BizSpark/ShowItem.aspx?LocalizedItemId=37.Privately heldIn business for fewer than 3 years. Startups that are actively engaged in software development but have not yet completed the formalities of establishing a business are also eligible for entry into BizSpark.Bringing in less than US $1 million in annual revenue. This requirement has been adjusted to add local variances calibrated to local economic conditions in the Startup’s place of business. If a Startup’s place of business is not listed below, then the revenue limit is US$1 million.
  • Software. Get immediate access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products (including Windows Azure Platform) for use in developing and bringing to market innovative and interoperable solutions.Windows Azure Platform Benefits for BizSpark Members Develop and deploy applications to the Windows Azure platform, an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. Learn more about the benefits here.Support.Receive business development and technical training at highly subsidized costs or in many cases, no costs. Receive two technical support incidents per startup. Each incident is managed by Microsoft until they are resolved, no matter how many calls it takes.Receive access to MSDN Ultimate managed newsgroups, online library, and so on.Get connected to BizSpark Network Partners around the world—incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies, and hosters—that are equally involved and vested in software-fueled innovation and entrepreneurship, and who will provide a wide range of support resources, including expert mentoring.Visibility. Get marketing visibility in front of an audience of potential investors, customers, partners and journalists and tap into a rich, vibrant ecosystem of peers, partners, and support resources around the globe.QualificationsEligible Startups must be: Actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of its current or intended business. Startups cannot be in the business of providing services to others such as hosting, Website development, system integration, IT support services or outsourced development. For a full description of the terms of the BizSpark Program click here to view the program guide.Privately heldIn business for fewer than 3 years. Startups that are actively engaged in software development but have not yet completed the formalities of establishing a business are also eligible for entry into BizSpark.Bringing in less than US $1 million in annual revenue. This requirement has been adjusted to add local variances calibrated to local economic conditions in the Startup’s place of business. If a Startup’s place of business is not listed below, then the revenue limit is US$1 million.Graduation programAfter three years in the program, we will waive the $100 exit fee and offer the following:ü  Startups can renew their MSDN subscriptions at any level, starting at $935 for two years, per developer (MSDN renewals include Windows Azure benefits – compute hours, SQL storage, etc.)ü  Startups can purchase the first two years of Microsoft Software Assurance (upgrades, support and training) for production server licenses at a 50% discountGraduation program detailsDetails:Startups may keep and continue to use, for development and testing purposes, all the software they received as part of their BizSpark MSDN Subscription. In other words, they have perpetual development and test rights to that software. If they want to keep that software updated, get ongoing MSDN support and/or access Windows Azure Platform benefits, they can choose to renew their MSDN Subscription at any level: Professional, Premium or Ultimate. Depending on what subscription level they choose, renewal prices range from $935 to $5108 per developer for two years.Similarly, startups will also have perpetual rights to all of their Windows and SQL Server production licenses*. If they want to keep that software updated, they can purchase a two-year subscription to Microsoft Software Assurance at a 50% discount for the first two years. The total savings will vary depending on production server usage. Startups will be asked to report all production server usage in the third year of the program. If they choose to take advantage of Microsoft Software Assurance, they will be connected to a local reseller.Eligibility:All BizSpark startups who have been members of the program for three years are eligible for the BizSpark Graduation Offer. Timing: The BizSpark Graduation Offer will be available starting November 2011 as the first BizSpark startups end their three years in the program. Startups will have 90 days from their graduation date to take advantage of the BizSpark Graduation Offer.
  • Entities that do not qualify to enroll as Registered Members of the Microsoft Partner Network include nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, students, government offices, or commercial businesses whose primary focus is not IT-related.If you are a Certified or Gold Certified Partner, you are not eligible to subscribe to Action Pack Solution Provider, because you receive tailored software and resources through your membership benefits. To subscribe to Action Pack Solution Provider, you must:Comply with the Microsoft Partner Network Agreement.Pass an online assessment once every two years. The assessment is provided to you during the subscription ordering process.
  • https://partner.microsoft.com/400164551Does not include priority support in MSDN Forums. Action Pack Development and Design subscribers should take advantage of the 10 hours of Advisory Services for design support, including guidance about development, architecture, and deployment, or use the Partner Online Technical Communities.2Software benefits special partner price: In the first year, you are eligible to receive 250 BPOS seats at no extra cost. To continue to receive 250 no-extra-cost BPOS seats after the first year, you must have closed at least two deals that each consisted of at least 25 seats during the preceding year. If you do not meet the minimum sales quota, you can purchase seats for US$5 per seat, per month. Learn more.To qualify for Action PackYour business may qualify for Microsoft Partner Network membership if it falls into one of the following categories and sells more than 75 percent of its products and services to customers outside your company:IT consulting services providerIndependent hardware vendor (IHV)Independent software vendor (ISV) Large account reseller (LAR)Original equipment manufacturer (OEM)Software support providerSystem builder Systems integratorSoftware training providerValue-added IT provider (VAP)Value-added reseller (VAR)Web designerWeb marketing agencySoftware hosterEntities that do not qualify to enroll as Registered Members of the Microsoft Partner Network include nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, students, government offices, or commercial businesses whose primary focus is not IT-related.Your business qualifies for Action Pack Development and Design if your business is primarily focused on development and website design, and has fewer than 100 employees. If you are a Certified or Gold Certified Partner, you are not eligible to subscribe to Action Pack Development and Design, because you receive tailored software and resources through your membership benefits.
  • Requirements for Partners who Sell and ServiceMicrosoft Partner ProfileSales Agreement with Microsoft: Sign Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement (MOSPA) and complete introductory training and assessmentORSign CRM Software Advisor (CSA) and sell at least one (1) deal in prior 12 monthsFor renewal eligibility - Demonstrated commitment to the Cloud Business through cloud services saleshttp://www.microsoftcloudpartner.com/
  • Attaining a silver or gold competency is about more than building skills. With competencies, you can:Differentiate your business. In today’s competitive environment, earning a silver or gold competency can help you set your company apart, by demonstrating your specific, proven skill set.Access a wealth of benefits. With benefits that are tailored to your area of expertise and that align with your sales cycle, you are better positioned to deliver solutions that meet customers’ needs and grow your business.Make the most of your partnership with Microsoft. Microsoft-commissioned research conducted by IDC shows that partners with a higher level of engagement with Microsoft are more satisfied and demonstrate healthy business growth and profitability. These same partners report larger deal sizes than their peers while keeping sales cycles manageable.
  • 2Partners can attain multiple silver competencies. When your employees or contractors pass the applicable competency exams, your organization can count those exams toward multiple silver competencies. 3Partners can attain multiple gold competencies. When your employees or contractors pass the applicable gold competency exams, your organization can count those exams toward only one gold competency. 4 Qualifying application tests refers to products that pass Microsoft hardware and software tests, and applies to the Independent Software Vendor (ISV)/Software competency or other competencies through the ISV/Software track. Qualifying application tests vary by product. 5After October 2011, to maintain a gold competency, partners must meet the revenue commitment before their next renewal date. After achieving a gold competency, partners may be required to complete a simple business plan that details the activities that will support their plan. If applicable, a Microsoft representative may be available to help the partner create the business plan.
  • 8Fees vary by geography. Partners must pay the silver competency fee or gold competency fee one time, per year, per location—no matter how many competencies they have attained. If a partner attains a gold competency after first attaining a silver competency, then the partner pays only the difference between the two membership fees, unless the partner is within the 90-day renewal period, in which case the full membership fee is due.
  • All as you remain focused on developing innovative solutions, and getting those solutions to market as quickly as possible.
  • 5Silver competency and gold competency fees vary by geography. You must pay the silver competency or gold competency fee one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization has attained. 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 membership fee is due.
  • The instructions for the self test are at http://www.microsoftplatformready.com/us/dashboard.aspx The only difference between silver and gold for Windows 7 is that:Silver you upload the test result file (XML File) that is produced as a result of your test to MPRGold you must sign your app and upload your test result file to WinQualNOTE.. For Server, you’ll get the Works with Windows Server 2008 R2 logo. For Azure you get the Powered by Azure logo.
  • Windows 7 software logohttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd203105.aspxORCertified for Windows Server 2008 R2http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/ws08-r2-cf.aspxRequires test through Veritest or WiPoTest often runs $7500 to $12,500
  • See https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40012316To contact Partner Technical Services .. See https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40011365
  • Licensing Calculatorhttps://www.microsoft.com/partner/licensingcalculator/default.aspx
  • BenefitsVisual Studio Ultimate and Visual Studio Premium with MSDN licenses (To view details, use the licensing calculator.) 2Partner organizations can attain multiple gold competencies, and individual 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. Exam RequirementsYour organization must employ or contract with two/four MCPs who have each passed Exam 70-512: TS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration.Customer Evidence RequirementsYou must submit three/five customer references that showcase the implementation, deployment, customization, or maintenance of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server. Each reference must feature a project that you have completed within the past 12 months and will be verified with your customer.
  • Lab Management is a part of MSDN benefits (Ultimate/Test Professional SKUs)
  • you cannot use MSDN subscriptions offered through the Microsoft Partner Network for direct revenue-generating activities, such as providing consulting services, customizing a packaged application for a specific customer, or building a custom application for a customer, for a fee. You can use MSDN subscriptions for indirect revenue-generating activities, such as building a packaged application on the Microsoft platform which you can then market and sell to your customers. You can also purchase MSDN subscriptions separately for direct revenue-generating activities. See the Partner Software Licensing Benefits FAQ for details
  • GoodBetterBestWrite codeBetter codeFaster to marketHigher QualityVisual Studio ProVisual Studio PremiumVisual Studio UltimateCan add Test ProVolume LicensingCheck with DSS
  • Direct your partner to contact the MPN Experts team.   Partners may contact our Microsoft Partner Network Expert Team directly (or you can introduce them) for information on qualifying for re-enrollment, receiving additional insight on competency attainment, meeting the CSAT Index requirements and much more.  This team is a great team to integrate into your work with your ISVs.  Microsoft Partner Network Experts can be reached at (877) 254-6825 or msppexp@microsoft.com 
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