Microsoft Partner Network site announced that the Private Cloud test will apply to the Silver ISV Competency in the coming months and a Windows Azure MPR test will apply to the Gold ISV Competency in October.
"Learn about updated competency requirements and benefits that will apply over the next 12 months. Review the requirements so you can ensure you will be compliant by your next renewal date - and discover new benefits to help you run and grow your business. Changes are being made in many of the 29 competencies," the Redmond company stated. See Microsoft Partner Network Competency Roadmap (embedded below).
"A Microsoft gold or silver competency can help set your company apart from the competition by demonstrating a specific, proven skill set to your customers. Did you know that there're over 650,000 partners in Microsoft's channel alone, but only 30,000 (5%) partners worldwide can distinguish themselves with a Microsoft silver competency as having attained a high degree of proficiency?"
"Silver competencies offer a clear path to help you showcase your skillset in today's competitive environment. Gold competencies demonstrate your best-in-class expertise within Microsoft's marketplace. Earning a gold competency is evidence of the deepest, most consistent commitment to a specific, in-demand, business solution area, along with the distinction of being among only 1 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide that have attained this outstanding degree of proficiency."
[Source: Microsoft Partners Network]