Inside Work 365
- Work 365 Spotlight: Upcoming Version 2.5
- Announcements: CSP Microsoft Announcements
- Work 365 Training Sessions: Join us for our bi-weekly training sessions
- Latest Blogs: Work 365 Version Handles Microsoft’s New Control Panel Vendor Program Security Requirements and MFA
Work 365 Spotlight
Upcoming Version 2.5 with New and Exciting Features
Work 365 Version 2.5 will contain many exciting features and will be available for Partners mid-late April. Some features to highlight:
- QuickBooks Integration:
- Auto-Sync Invoices with QuickBooks
- Integration with Product Catalogs
- Enhanced Self-Service Scenarios: manage user license assignments after licenses have been provisioned
- Enhanced Azure Insights in Dynamics CRM & Work 365: Graphics detailing real-time Azure consumption data, and breakdown of consumed services
- Credit Hold Management: Be able to apply credit holds on Accounts and Billing Contracts until customer payments are received.
- Auto-Charge of Invoices: Auto-Charge Invoices through configured payment processor(s).
CSP Microsoft Announcements
- March 2019 is the deadline for Direct CSP Partners to meet the new program requirements. Partners are required to have
- Purchased a support plan: Either Advanced Support for Partners or Premier Support for Partners
- At least one managed service, IP service, customer solution or application
- Minimum infrastructure capabilities, including billing, credit check, customer support resources
- This includes enabling self-service to customers
- Proven growth and performance in these areas: usage, consumption, customer success management, customer base growth, Microsoft platform, and solution selling, revenue performance and growth
- If Microsoft determines these requirements as not being met, Direct Partners will no longer be eligible to provision licenses for customers directly with Microsoft, and they will need to transition to a CSP indirect reseller.
Work 365 Training Sessions
These sessions are useful for all levels of Work 365 users. We are looking for feedback on what questions you have, and specific examples or situations are highly encouraged. Furthermore, these sessions will be open-ended to address all questions Partners have. To submit feedback or a question you would like us to address, please send it here.
Register your feedback at https://bit.ly/Work365Feedback
Register for bi-weekly training sessions at https://bit.ly/Work365Training
Work 365 Version Handles Microsoft’s New Control Panel Vendor Program Security Requirements and MFA
Microsoft recently announced new mandatory security requirements that tackle potential security risks from unauthorized access to the Microsoft Partner Center, the CPV program. A Control Panel Vendor (CPV) is an independent software vendor that develops applications for use by Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners to enable them to integrate their systems with Partner Center APIs.
The new security model from Microsoft is based on the requirements:
- CPV Vendors and the tenants cannot store credentials
- API based access must provide the purpose of impersonating credentials to access partner center
- Use a consent framework to receive permissions
- The systems and CPVs must be able to support any future requirements
- Both human and system admin CPV users must use multi-factor authentication to access the partner center
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