April Update: Partner Enablement - Modern Work & Security
Modern Work & Security Enablement Resource Guide
The Modern Work & Security Partner Enablement Resource Guide provides key updates on upcoming events, training resources for the Modern Work & Security exams and certifications and learning journeys for key sales plays. Partners can leverage this single view of our offerings to drive business value and solution-driven partner planning conversations to help deliver secure remote work services, reduce cost, and transform organizational productivity.
In doubt of which certification to take? Check out this blog post:
Which Modern Work & Security Certification is right for you? - US Partner Community Blog - Microsoft
New Secure Remote Work Playbook available
We are delighted to announce that the Secure Remote Work Practice Development Playbook is now available for partners to download. This playbook is broadly applicable to all types of practices as customers in all segments of all industries continue to shift their workplaces and work styles to accommodate the continued global restrictions. Read more about it from Kymber Lowe’s blog post: Enabling remote work: an opportunity for all partners.
New Partner-Facing Compete Resources & Webinar for Teams
Compete content for Microsoft Teams has now been made available for partners. There are six files that will help partners understand and articulate the value of Microsoft Teams. Register for the Know the Advantages of Microsoft Teams webinar on April 13, 2021 or April 29, 2021 based on your time zone.
Microsoft Viva: Fundamentals for Partners
This past year has been a time of challenge and change, and how we work will be permanently transformed by the pandemic. Microsoft and our partners have a unique opportunity to address these challenges driven by many organizations’ transition to remote and hybrid work, which demands unprecedented agility and flexibility. To meet these needs, we created Microsoft Viva, an Employee Experience Platform (EXP).
Microsoft Viva empowers people and teams to be their best, no matter where they’re working. It helps elevate each employee’s experience – how they engage, find knowledge, learn, and work. By improving productivity while also supporting people’s wellbeing, it helps the whole organization thrive.
We’re excited to announce that registrations are now live for the Microsoft Viva: Fundamentals for Partners event. Attend the event on April 26 – 28, 2021 in America local time zones or the redelivery on May 11-13 in APAC and EMEA local time zones to learn from Microsoft experts about the value of Microsoft Viva and the opportunities for partners.
Grow partner skills and capability
Security, Compliance, and Identity Certifications
Security is at an inflection point as digital attack surfaces increase and threat attack sophistication escalates. Microsoft Security solutions can help customers reduce the impact of these attacks. However, customers and partners continue to struggle to fill the security skills gap, with an estimated shortfall of 3.5 million security professionals in 2021. Microsoft strives to ensure partners have the skilling and learning resources they need to keep up in this world of complex cybersecurity attacks.
We are excited to announce four new certifications and 19 new learning paths for cyber security professionals on Microsoft Learn. The certifications are in beta and are targeted to launch in general availability in April 2021.
Leverage the following resources to learn more about these new certifications and the accompanying training.
Upcoming Partner Trainings
The Virtual Training Series (VTS) offers pre-recorded, time-zone-friendly webinar courses designed to help partners prepare for exams and increase their knowledge of incubation and advanced technical scenarios. These sessions are first executed with live chat-based Q&As where subject matter experts are available to answer questions. Once complete, these are made available on-demand.
Below is a list of upcoming virtual training series, webinars, and other trainings for Modern Work & Security training courses, along with registrations for key courses.
Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals (SC-900)
Partners can now renew 19 certifications on Microsoft Learn through the new Certification Renewal program. Role-based and specialty certifications that are set to expire within six months are now eligible to renew it by passing an online assessment. Additional certifications will be available soon. These are the certifications that are applicable for Modern Work & Security for renewal on Microsoft Learn:
· Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate
· Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate
· Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate
· Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate
· Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert
Read the blog on Is your certification expiring soon? Renew it for free today! on the launch of the new process, review the Certification Renewal FAQ, and take the new Certification Renewal learning path on the Partner Network website to learn more.
Build and expand practices
Take the Transformation Readiness Assessment
Microsoft understands how vital it is for the people in your organization to develop new skills, and the huge opportunity for partners to assist customers with their own digital transformations. This is one of the many reasons why we invest so heavily in providing the right assessments, training, certifications, and advanced specializations to help your organization meet the ever-changing needs of your customers. It’s important to understand which investments in new skills will yield the greatest results for your organization. We recommend starting with the Partner Transformation Readiness Assessment. This resource will help you benchmark current capabilities, identify gaps, and provide resources and recommendations for the training and certifications you should focus on next. For more on the assessment and its benefits, refer partners to this blog post: Planning to succeed with the Partner Readiness Assessment.
Key partner enablement resources