Aug 31, 2016 - 07:49 AM
1) We have identified we need to buy a volume of licenses as we are a pure-play SAM and cannot off-set the change through any other gold competanices. The offered option is "Microsoft Action Pack" which gives a few. The advised option is to have a different gold status which doesn't work for us.
2) Microsoft UK have advised that will be criteria in place to determine who is considered to be a partner and who isn't. Also be noted a new SAM MCP is going to be released after the retirement of -763 that will be early 2017. This has to be a good start! Other regions will have their own options and formulas.
Best advice is to work with your Microsoft Account Manager.. generally its business as usual for now.
There will be controls - the same way as before the Competancy existed... they just won't be as quite restrictive as the Competancy requirements, which were 50% irrelevent anyway!