- A world-class quality experience
- Tested to work seamlessly with Azure technologies and/or platform
- Provided and managed by a global trusted partner
Why certify your cloud application or add-on
Enhance your application capabilities
Use the powerful features of Azure services to build applications that deliver more value to your customers
Rely on Microsoft brand equity
Showcase your Microsoft endorsement and enhance your solution’s credibility with the Microsoft Azure Certified logo to differentiate it from the competition
Promote your application to enterprise customers
Publish on the Azure Marketplace or Azure catalogues to be visible to the Microsoft global customer base and field sellers
Microsoft Azure Certified for Applications
Building an application? Integrate with popular Azure services to improve your application features, lower your development costs and bring additional value to your customers.
By adopting single sign-on and one other Azure service below, you will be able to access the benefits of the program.
Azure Active Directory
Enterprise developers and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers can develop commercial cloud services or line of business applications that can be integrated with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to provide secure sign in and authorisation for their services.
Learn more about certifying Azure Active Directory apps.
Connectors allow your app to work with Microsoft Flow, Logic Apps and PowerApps. This enables your customers to easily automate their business processes and create their own no-code line of business apps.
Learn more about Connectors.
Power BI Content Packs
Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics services that enables anyone to connect to, visualise and analyse data with greater speed, efficiency and understanding.
Power BI content pack is a combination of pre-built dashboards and interactive reports that allows users to immediately gain insights from it.
Learn more about Power BI Content packs.
Microsoft Azure Certified for Platform Solutions
Building a platform solution? Want to publish and sell that solution on the Azure Marketplace and Azure Stack? Creating a solution built on the Azure platform allows your customers to realise increased value from Azure.
Azure SQL Database
Make building and maintaining applications easier and more productive. With built-in intelligence that learns app patterns and adapts to maximise performance, reliability and data protection, Azure SQL Database is a cloud database built for developers.
Learn more about certifying your application for Azure SQL Database.
Stay in control of your IT – across your environment and platforms – with System Center. Simplify the deployment, configuration, management and monitoring of your infrastructure and virtualised software-defined datacenter, while increasing agility and performance.
Learn more about certifying your application for System Center.
Getting your virtual machines certified helps you get published on the Azure Marketplace which makes it easy for your customers to search, test, purchase and deploy a wide range of applications and services in just a few clicks.
Learn more about publishing a virtual machine to Azure Marketplace.
Azure Stack Syndication
Certifying for virtual machine for Azure Stack offers a unique hybrid cloud opportunity to your customers. Azure Stack extends the capabilities of Azure to private cloud configurations. Your certified solution has more impact in a unified, hybrid enabled Microsoft Azure partner ecosystem.
Learn more about certifying your virtual machine for Azure Stack syndication.
Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT
Being a part of the Microsoft Azure IoT partner ecosystem enables businesses to take advantage of the Internet of Things. Azure Certified for IoT partners have a unique opportunity to demonstrate IoT capabilities and market leadership, reach new customers and gain customer mindshare.
Partners receive a variety of benefits, which include: lead generation and ability for customers to directly contact you, being showcased on Microsoft Azure IoT websites, usage rights for Microsoft Azure Certified for badge and PR opportunities with Microsoft, such as press release and blog support.
Learn more about the Microsoft Azure Certified programme for IoT.
Get the following benefits once your application is successfully certified in the Applications track.
|Use the Microsoft Azure Certified Logo*|
|Promote your application through the Microsoft application catalogues|
|Azure Active Directory, Virtual Machines||Promote your application on Azure Marketplace|
|Power BI Content Packs||Promote your application in AppSource|
|Virtual Machine Syndication to Azure Stack||Syndicate your application from the Azure Marketplace to Microsoft enterprise customers, managed service providers and system integrators using Azure Stack|
|Connectors||Promote your application in-product, PowerApps|
|Power BI Content Packs||Promote your application in-product, Power BI|
|Access to Microsoft Partner Network Portal**|
| Access to the Cloud Platform roadmap, a comprehensive look at our current and future technology plans |
Join partner communities
Access training resources
Utilise marketing support
|Eligible for MPN Silver Membership core benefits**|
| Get Microsoft Payment Solutions |
Access to Microsoft LicenseWise for Volume Licensing
Access to marketing resources on the Partner Marketing Center
Silver Microsoft competency logo
Updates through Partner newsletter
Get 20 Partner advisory hours
Access to Partner support community
Access to the training materials on Partner University
Internal Use Rights cloud services - up to 25 licenses per product
Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant 5 Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscriptions
|Eligible for MPN Silver Cloud Platform Competency Benefits**|
|US $6,000 Azure credit per enrollment year (on top of US $100 monthly Azure credit from the competency core) |
Unlimited Signature Cloud Support
Eligibility for Azure consumption incentives
Eligibility to deploy certain-on-premises, internal-use software on Microsoft Azure
5 Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscriptions
(On top of five licenses from the competency core)
|Eligible for Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance programme**|
|Increase product awareness and lead generation |
Participate in Microsoft sales organization events
Establish a direct line with Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise team
Access to Microsoft industry event sponsorship opportunities
Assistance with landing partner case studies and publishing them on Microsoft.com as appropriate
How to certify your cloud application
Nominate your offer
Submit an application with details to have your offer selected for the programme.
Build your offer
Choose your type of product and go customise and configure your offer.
Publish your offer
Submit your offer to Microsoft for validation. Then review a preview, approve it and go live.
Grow your offer
Grow as a partner, learn insights and invest in marketing campaigns to increase your offer’s success.
For now, there is no cost to get your application certified through the Microsoft Azure Certified program.
The time to complete a certification depends on the application and integration required. Microsoft works to ensure partners get through the certification process as quickly as possible.
Your certification will last as long as your solution is updated and compatible with Microsoft Azure platform and services.
Yes, you need to certify your virtual machines before it can get published and sold commercially through the Azure Marketplace.
The application or service categories available on Azure Marketplace are virtual machines, virtual machine extensions, multiple virtual machines, Azure Active Directory, web apps, API apps and Microsoft Dynamics apps. Application categories not covered under the Microsoft Azure Certified programme and their publication paths are as follows:
Web apps: Integrate with Azure Web Apps to provide a simple way for users to explore, discover, install and deploy your web app on Azure and share your web app with millions of Azure users worldwide. View program details
Business solutions for Microsoft Dynamics: Discover, explore and deploy easy-to-use, cloud-based business solutions for your industry or market directly from Azure Marketplace. View program details
In general, your application or service must be relevant to developers and IT pros building applications and running their business on Azure. In addition, you must meet the following business and technical requirements.
- Your company (or its subsidiary) must be located in a sell-from country supported by Azure Marketplace.
- You must sell your application or service in a country where Azure Marketplace is available.
- Your application or service must support the English language.
- Your licensing model must be compatible with the billing models supported by Azure Marketplace.
- Customers with Azure subscriptions must be able to purchase your application or service from Azure Marketplace through their Enterprise Agreement or with a pay-as-you-go subscription.
- For your application to be listed on azure.microsoft.com and on the Azure portal, you must provide marketing materials which meet Microsoft criteria.
- You must make technical support available to customers in a commercially reasonable manner, whether it is free, paid, or through community support.
Also, you must agree to and comply with the terms and conditions listed in the Azure Marketplace Publisher Agreement and Microsoft Azure Marketplace Participation Policies.
- You must test and prepare your application to run well in Azure Virtual Machines.
- Your application must be packaged in a VHD, as described in the Azure documentation for Windows Server and Linux.
- Your application’s licensing system must work with the Azure Marketplace hourly billing model or BYOL model, as applicable.
- Your application or service must pass validation tests confirming that it runs well in the Azure environment and delivers a high-quality customer experience.
Your customers can expect that:
- Your application or service has been vetted for readiness and compatibility with Microsoft Azure or Microsoft Azure services through testing and certification.
- You (the publisher) will provide customer support.
- They will be able to find your solution on Azure Marketplace or other Microsoft Application Catalogs.
No, you do not need a membership to apply for the certification. You do need a membership to be eligible for a silver Cloud Platform competency which is offered to you once your application is certified.
You can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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