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Changes to Microsoft Dynamics Exam Requirements - Certification Not Required !!

Hi all,

While Browsing Partner Source I found a article which is worth sharing with all my Blog Readers.

Announcement: Effective August 13, 2014  (Official Statement)

Microsoft is announcing the elimination of ​​certification/exam requirements for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Microsoft Dynamics RMS and Microsoft Dynamics C5.

This includes pre-sales and sales assessments as well as implementation methodology and technical certifications and covers both SPA and MPN.

After Reading the Article i had Certain Questions?

 > Does that Mean we don't need to be Ready for the changes in NAV?
    * Most of us just go through all these changes during Preparation of Exams.

> What about customer who would like to implement Microsoft Dynamics NAV Solution with a set of certified professionals? Doesn't this decision will lose faith of such customers?

 > Why Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM are not Considered for same?

I do agree that sometime a certified resource was not a expert in the domain area on which it certified, but it used to add a value to professional career of consultant as well as the Company.

What Microsoft Says about Why it was Done? (Official Statement) 

The biggest business imperative for our SMB-focused products (NAV, GP, SL, RMS and C5) and partners is the shift to the Cloud – "On Azure" and "In Office 365"

In a time of major transition to the cloud, we want to give partners the flexibility to use their readiness time and money on the investments in those areas most impactful to their individual businesses – this will often be Office 365 training, training on a new vertical product created by one of our ISVs, or non-technical sales, marketing and business transformation training that has been created by Microsoft.

The amount of money and resources dedicated to training and readiness for these product lines is at its highest level in years. Microsoft made the decision to redirect money and time previously spent on the creation of exams and assessments towards the creation of more training and readiness content.

Partners selling these products still have the ability to retain or achieve MPN Gold or Silver status by meeting the other requirements that remain in place and unchanged: minimum license revenue requirements, BREP revenue recapture rates, customer references and participation in the customer satisfaction survey.

Certifications & Assessments No Longer Required for MPN & SPA (NAV)

1. Exam MB7-700: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Installation and Configuration
2. Exam MB7-701: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Core Setup and Finance
3. Exam MB7-702: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 C/Side Solution Development
4. Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
5. Exam MB5-705: Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations
6. Standard Sales/Sales Specialist Assessment for ERP

7. Presales Technical Specialist Assessment for ERP

Read the Complete Article From Microsoft Here.

Read Waldo Views on the Article Here.

I know most of you may or may not agree with what i Think but do Share your Views as Comments to the Post.

Saurav Dhyani


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