What it Means to Be a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner
As you're scouring the web to find a strong, trustworthy Microsoft partner to lead your ERP or CRM software implementation or migration project, how much does a partner's Gold-Certified status matter to you? And what does it mean, exactly?
What does it mean to be a Microsoft Gold-Certified partner?
A company with a Microsoft Gold competency has demonstrated its capability and commitment to meet the evolving technology needs of customers through solutions based on Microsoft products and technologies.
Worldwide, only 1 percent of the companies in the Microsoft partner ecosystem have attained the distinction of holding a Gold competency. As a long-time Gold-Certified partner, BroadPoint understands what it takes to gain (and maintain) Microsoft's gold-certification status. Here are 3 of the key requirements:
3 Requirements for the Dynamics 365 Gold Competency:
1. Must Have Multiple Certified Professionals
Six individuals collectively must pass exams dealing with Dynamics 365 Customization, Configurations, Applications, Installation and Deployment for the current version. Three individuals each must pass a Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations exam.
Why this matters for you: This requirement gives you an idea of the size and scale of a potential partner. In order for a company to have multiple professionals who have passed exams you know you are not dealing with a small “one-man shop.” Several people within the partner company must have the skills needed to complete your project. That means there are more people available to handle your support calls too.
2. Must Have Many Customer References
A Gold-certified partner must submit five unique customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, they have provided solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Why this matters for you: BroadPoint and other gold-certified Microsoft partners have a proven track record of delivering successful Dynamics projects with satisfied customers. Microsoft can call these customers to confirm the details of the project. This gives you an added level of trust that you are working with a company that others would recommend.
3. Must Meet Aggressive Revenue or Seat Count Goals
A Gold partner must add a minimum number of new customers and generate a minimum amount of revenue to Microsoft each year. In addition, Gold-certified partners must maintain a 95% customer retention rate.
Why this matters for you: This requirement proves to you that your gold-certified partner of choice is active and productive. Your partner is not just relying on maintenance work from customers who installed old versions several years ago. They are selling and implementing the current version of Microsoft Dynamics 365.
With any technology, the actual application is only part of the overall solution. A project’s success rate increases dramatically when there is a collaborative relationship between the client and a partner who has a solid understanding of their client’s needs. So how can you identify the right partner? A gold-certification status is a great starting point . . .
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BroadPoint, a gold-certified Microsoft partner, has successfully implemented hundreds of ERP and CRM solutions for client throughout the U.S. If you're seeking a Microsoft partner to support a software implementation, optimization, or migration project, we can help.
BroadPoint is a Gold-certified Microsoft ERP and CRM partner and a certified Cloud Solution Provider (CSP). Since 2001, our team of passionate, seasoned consultants has been focused on one thing: helping our clients meet their goals by designing and implementing great technology solutions.