ISSI Audit Preparation Consulting Services for Microsoft Azure Advanced Specializations

Microsoft Azure advanced specializations deliver strong business value and ROI to a partner’s business. Because of this, many Microsoft partners choose to pursue multiple advanced specializations, each one requiring a separate audit.

In 2021, Microsoft increased the requirements for the Azure advanced specializations with the addition of a mandatory audit covering the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF). The CAF is embedded in each advanced specialization checklist as “Module A,” while the particular advanced specialization – such as Kubernetes, Data Warehouse Migration, Networking Services, etc. – is presented in “Module B” of the checklist.

Partners are required to take and pass the CAF audit, Module A, just once, regardless of how many individual advanced specializations a partner chooses to pursue.

To help Microsoft partners through this process,

With the addition of the CAF audit, ISSI now offers the following audit preparation consulting workshop packages:

  • Partners taking their first Microsoft Azure advanced specialization should select the 3-day workshop, which covers both the CAF and the individual advanced specialization they have selected.
  • Partners pursuing subsequent advanced specializations after passing their first full audit – including the CAF audit – should select the 2-day workshop, which covers just the individual advanced specialization.

ISSI also offers a cost-effective and efficient bundled consulting engagement for partners seeking multiple Azure advanced specializations. This offering includes the elements listed above but allows you to cover two or more advanced specializations in the same session while taking advantage of bundled pricing.

To ensure objectivity, consulting is conducted by someone other than the auditor assigned to your audit. Consulting is conducted remotely using your preferred conferencing platform.


ISSI offers audit preparation consulting workshops for the following Azure advanced specializations:

  • AI and Machine Learning on Microsoft Azure
  • Analytics on Microsoft Azure
  • Data Warehouse Migration to Microsoft Azure
  • Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure Stack HCI
  • Hybrid Operations and Management with Microsoft Azure Arc
  • Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure
  • Linux and OS Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop)
  • Modernizations of Web Applications to Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Azure VMware Solution
  • Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure
  • Networking Services in Microsoft Azure
  • DevOps with GitHub on Microsoft Azure
  • SAP on Microsoft Azure


The cost for a 3-day session covering the CAF and a single Azure advanced specialization is USD $9,000. The cost for subsequent 2-day consulting sessions is USD $6,000. Please contact us for bundled pricing for multiple advanced specializations.

Next Steps

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