New Microsoft Partner Competency is coming for custom development shops!
Many companies are deeply embedded in pure Microsoft development (such as thycotic) but do not necessarily use any of the Microsoft server products (MS CMS, BizTalk, SharePoint) in their solutions. These shops are typically building applications using custom WinForm/ASP.NET, C#/VB.NET and a Microsoft SQL Server back end. This makes the Integrated E-Business Solutions competency impossible to attain and most of the others are not a good match either. Another option sounds like the ISV competency but this doesn't always fit either ... do you build a product to sell that can be tested? Often times the "product" is custom software that you don't own and can't share with anyone.
The solution? (I didn't know about this until I asked at the Microsoft Partner booth at PDC!) ... Microsoft has introduced a new competency for Microsoft Partners that will go live in late October 2005 - the Custom Development Solutions competency. This is a much needed competency and matches all those custom development shops out there!
Requirements for the Custom Development Solutions competency:
- 2 MCADs or MCSDs
(the website then talks about 1 exam from the listed so maybe MCP is sufficient?)
- 3 customer references about implementations using required technology
The competency also makes mention of 3 specializations (Application Infrastructure Development, Smart Client Development, Web Development) but doesn't go into much detail on their importance.
Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of thycotic, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC. Our product, myclockwatcher.com is a time and expense tracking system specialized for billable professionals built on ASP.NET, C# and SQL Server using Test Driven Development.