Microsoft this morning, announced that in October, 2011, the company will be splitting the current Unified Communications competency into two separate competencies. Starting in October, 2011, here's how the Unified Communications competency will split:
As you can see, this refinement of the UC competency now focuses on two distinct areas of expertise:
- Communications (Voice)
Here's some more details on how these're organized by skillset:
- Messaging Competency recognizes your expertise in implementation design, deployment, and support of Exchange Server. In addition, the Gold Messaging competency highlights your additional investment and specialization in archiving, security, and voicemail, along with your ability to help customers with their journey to the cloud with Exchange Online.
- Communications Competency recognizes your expertise in implementation design, deployment, and support of Microsoft Lync. The Silver Communications competency enables you to highlight your investment and capabilities around IM and presence and conferencing workloads, and the Gold Communications competency demonstrates further expertise in enterprise voice and video, PBX integration, and Lync Online.
Here's a timeline of how it will roll out:
[Source: Microsoft SMS& Partner Community Blog]