The Microsoft Dynamics 365
engineering team has unveiled a new way to reward successful
technical experts in the Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (D365CE)
and Finance and Operations (D365FO) partner ecosystems. The company
has launched a new "FastTrack Recognized Solution Architects"
designation for an inaugural group of recipients this week.
FastTrackis a program delivered by the Dynamics 365 engineering
team to provide guidance, best practices, and tools to help
customers in their implementations.
Just nine professionals out of an initial nominated pool of over
a hundred individuals that work for Microsoft’s system integrator
partners are now FastTrack Recognized Solution Architects. The
commendation is an effort to identify solution architects who have
consistently demonstrated the ability to lead successful Dynamics
365 FastTrack projects for either D365CE or D365FO. Following this
inaugural group, Microsoft will be opening up the nomination
process more broadly.
The initial nine are made up of six D365CE solution architects –
four from the US and 2 from EMEA – and three D365FO solution
architects – one from the US and two from EMEA. The full list of
architects can be found
here. They are:
"The solution architect role has an outsized impact on
implementation success. So, we want to recognize individuals who
have proven real-world expertise with complex implementations and
encourage partners to invest more in building elite solution
architect capacity for Dynamics 365," says Shanthini Radhakrishnan,
a program manager for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer and
Partner Success engineering team.
The level of performance and expertise of these nine was key to
their recognition. Other factors also affected the decision. For
example, Microsoft was looking at the number of successful
FastTrack projects the nominees had undertaken (at least two) and
their time working with Dynamics products and working as a solution
architect (five and three years, respectively). Other elements
under consideration included: