At Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2014 in Washington, D.C., last July, the vendor pointed to Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM as the future for partners’ success with the company as it encouraged partners to build out a cloud and hybrid practice. Now, Microsoft is following through on a couple of promises specific to Dynamics CRM.
Earlier this month, on Feb. 2, Dynamics CRM Online in Open became available for partners. Microsoft’s Open program aims to make it simple and affordable for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to access Microsoft software via a partner selling cloud-based services.
According to Microsoft, there are no minimum purchase requirements in the Open Program aside from the program’s cross-product minimum purchase of five licenses.
On March 2, Microsoft will launch the Cloud Customer Relationship Management competency, to complete the vendor’s offering of four cloud performance competencies: Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions, Cloud Productivity, and Cloud Platform.
Partners who attain the competency are eligible for benefits such as cloud support, access to a number of internal-use licenses, a One Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online demo account and marketing support.