How to become a Microsoft Partner
What would be the process to becoming a Microsoft partner and what are the different criterias in obtaining the different bands?
My name is Clement and I am founder of a startup that specialises in Digital Transformation solutions. I have tried many times to sign up to become a Microsoft partner, however I am not getting the email for the verification code sent to my inbox. We very much want to become a partner, as I am currently enrolled on several courses on Azure and Microsoft Dynamics. I am also studying for my MPhil (Master of Philosophy) in Inclusive Innovation with the University of Cape Town. I am a qualified SCRUM master, am TOGAF 9.2 certified in Enterprise Architecture as well as Business Architecture and our startup was awarded the Most High Impact award during our cohorts at the UCT Solution Space Incubation programme.
Be sure to not use a personal email as primary contact, but a business email (so no @gmail.com, but an email address pointing to your own domain e.g. @contoso.com). If this does also fail, open a ticket in Partner Center support.
Thanks Andra! Hello Clive!
Yes, the first step is to register as a partner in the MPN (Microsoft Partner Network) portal. The entry level 'Member' is free and gives you lots of benefits such as eligibility to order Action Pack at a favorable price point. As you specialize and grow your business you should take a look at qualifying for Competencies and this will give you Silver or Gold Status.
If you also want to resell licenses and services from Microsoft, you should talk to one of the local distributors in South Africa like Techdata and Ingram. The Microsoft office in Johannesburg can help you if you want to know the full list of Microsoft distributors in South Africa (phone +27 11 361 9000).
There are three levels in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). They are Member, Silver Competency or Gold Competency. It's super easy to become a member and it is also free so that's where you start. As you then specialize and can demonstrate capabilities in a certain area you can qualify for a Silver or Gold Competency.
You will find all information here: https://partner.microsoft.com/en-US/membership