As I talked about in Microsoft's New Partner Program is Heavy on Cloud, Microsoft is making some changes to its partner network to inject more Cloud. Many of the changes were announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference in July 2013 in Houston.
In November 2013, Microsoft made suggestions about timelines of when certain new programs would ramp up and old programs would wind down. Based on "compelling partner feedback" Microsoft has now altered those timelines to give partners more time to prepare.
Here are the changes…
*Coming in February 2014*
We are committed to enabling partners in the cloud. As previously communicated, we will offer Cloud Internal Use Rights (IUR) benefits to Microsoft Action Pack Subscriptions (MAPS) and Competency Partners. In addition, we are excited to launch the new, cloud-focused MAPS; allowing us to retire Cloud Essentials. As an extension of our cloud commitment, we will launch the new Intelligent Systems competency building on momentum related to the “internet of things”.
*Coming in Q3 Calendar Year 2014*
Partners participating in Cloud Accelerate, Cloud Deployment and Windows Azure Circle, as well as those partners with previously announced competency changes will have more time to prepare. In the near future, we will share an updated program roadmap and launch dates.
These are the only changes at this time. For the list of additional announcements, refer back to the original article on the New Partner Program.