Last month we unveiled the new VMware Cloud Native Master Services Competency (MSC) that will enable current and future partners to architect a Kubernetes-based platform. This month, we launched the Cloud Native Master Specialist Badge – a partner’s first step towards obtaining the Cloud Native MSC – targeted to launch in Q1 FY21 (February 1 through May 1, 2020) – that will require a partner organization to have three individuals with this badge and a customer reference.
VMware has unveiled a new VMware Cloud Native Master Services Competency (MSC) that will enable current and future partners to architect a Kubernetes-based platform supported by complementary technologies from the cloud native ecosystem for continuous delivery of applications. The Cloud Native MSC is intended for those individuals who focus on Cloud Native Operations, Development, Site Reliability Engineering, and DevOps. This Master Services Competency builds upon the VMware PKS Solution Competency introduced in February 2019 to provide partners with the capabilities to offer and deliver VMware PKS and Kubernetes services to their customers.
The first Partner Connect Program Guide is now available on Partner Central. The final Program Guide will be published in February, prior to launch. If you are a Solution Provider, Cloud Provider, or Service Provider you will have new requirements and benefits when the new Partner Connect program goes live. Familiarize yourself with the Program Guide, as well as these other key resources:
Additionally, this week your company’s VMware primary contact received an email communication with the ‘Click to Accept’ VMware Partner Connect Agreement, offering the ability to accept the Partner Connect Terms and Conditions. Doing so allows your company to transact across all business models on Day 1 of Partner Connect launch, February 29, 2020. Finally, use the Partner Connect Transition Dashboard to see your tier prediction based on your company’s current competency achievements. Your company’s designated VMware primary contact is able to grant you access.
Use the Transition Dashboard to see your tier prediction based on your competency achievements. Your company’s designated VMware primary contact is able to assign you access. Reminder, achieving a Master Services Competency in the path most relevant to your business is key to becoming a Principal Partner, the top tier in Partner Connect, offering the most value and rewards for your investment.
Read this post to catch up…VMware Partner Connect will be changing the programs tier structure when it goes live February 29, 2020.
Register now to join the vmLIVE on September 16 at 9:30 AM Pacific. Partners with Master Services Competencies are the ‘go-to’ partners for VMware implementations. This session will focus on the benefits in attaining another MSC, as well as associated requirements for the different areas.
Check out CRN’s recent interview on the Partner Connect program with our Global Channel Chief, Jenni Flinders. The slideshow, in a Q&A format, covers everything from launch date, momentum for MSCs, and how our next-gen partners can extend their business models and revamp VMware’s entire channel.
“If any partner comes to me saying, ‘Hey, I want more rebates,’ that’s the wrong conversation to have. It’s more around, ‘How do we extend your business models? And how do we help you build more practice areas?” said Jenni Flinders, vice president and global channel chief for VMware, in an interview with CRN.
VMware has evolved the existing Desktop and Mobility Master Services Competency (MSC) to the new Digital Workspace MSC. This updated competency expands recognition of a partners’ expertise to design, deliver, and manage customer apps, data, and virtual desktop solutions based on the VMware Horizon and Workspace ONE products Review this overview deck and FAQ document to help you prepare to grow your end-user computing services practice and take advantage of a $14B total addressable market through achievement of this competency.
VMware is launching our next-generation partner program in early 2020. The new VMware Partner Connect gives you a single, consistent program experience, offering you the power of flexibility and choice as you align your business models to meet your customers’ most pressing needs. With the advent of this new program, certain competency requirements will be aligned to paths across resell, cloud, and services. For you to maximize your success when the program launches, attaining a Master Services Competency (MSC) is key as it will move you up the new program tiering structure toward Principal Partner level—the highest recognition within Partner Connect.
Achieving an MSC can benefit your business both today and upon launch of the new program. Make sure you’re on the path to success with these key resources:
- Tune in to this 2112 podcast, where Worldwide Channel Chief Jenni Flinders outlines VMware’s channel transformation.
- Access this competency readiness sheet and read this post to get the full scoop on what you need to do to prepare.
- Review your Solution Competency and Master Services Competency Dashboards to understand your current status.
- Register now for the July 11 vmLIVE: The Simplest Path to MSC.
As previously communicated, the grace period for participating in the PCT program without achievement of the relevant Master Services Competency (MSC) to the Statement of Work (SOW) is coming to an end on May 22, 2019.
Note, after May 22, 2019, MSC partners will be required to have achieved the MSC for the solutions they will deliver services on as described in the SOW. Your MSC status is available here.