NI Alliance Partner Network: Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

See frequently asked questions about Alliance Partner Network membership, resources, and using the Partner Portal or Alliance Partner Directory.

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Membership

How long is the application process?

Applying to the Alliance Partner Network is easy. It takes between 10 to 15 minutes to fill out the online application. We then process your application and inform you within two weeks (on average) if your application has been approved or denied.

 

How do I know when I am approved?

You receive an email from the Alliance Partner Network within two weeks of submitting your online application.

 

How do I apply?

Fill out the online application at ni.com/partnerportal.

 

How do I get a specialty?

First, make sure you are at least a Silver Alliance Partner. Second, check that you meet the requirements. Third, email alliance@ni.com explaining your interest.

 

Is NI certification required for all Alliance Partners? (Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD) or Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA) required for all Alliance Partners?)

Yes. To enter the Alliance Partner Network, you must have at least one CLD on staff. To move up to the other levels, you must increase the number of CLDs and CLAs on staff.

 

Is there a membership fee? (As an Alliance Partner, do I have to pay for an annual NI Alliance Partner Software (SRL) License?)

All Alliance Partners must purchase a license of the NI Alliance Partner Software (SRL) annually, which counts as their membership fee. The Alliance Partner Software is available in several seat options and prices. Learn more about NI Alliance Partner Software (SRL).

 

Is the Control Systems Integrators Association (CSIA) certification required for all Platinum Alliance Partners?

Yes. To grow and sustain a successful integration company that meets customers’ current and future requirements, Platinum Alliance Partners need to develop good business and management skills in addition to technical knowledge and certifications. CSIA is still the best way for NI to ensure Alliance Partners are operating as well as possible and meeting the highest standards for business and management. Preparing for the audit and becoming CSIA certified is a difficult task, but it ultimately results in Alliance Partners improving their business operations.

 

Alliance Partner Directory and Partner Portal

How do I update my company profile?

Log in to ni.com/partnerportal. On the “Account” menu tab, select “Manage Company Profile”. Please ensure you click on the “Submit” button after making your changes.

 

How do I add branch locations or other members to my profile?

To add a branch location, you must add a name of a contact at your branch location. To do this, log in to ni.com/partnerportal and go to the “Account” menu tab and select “Manage Company Profile” then click “Add a Team Member/Branch”. Fill out the information required. Note: An individual’s email address must contain your company’s email domain to be approved. Also, make sure this is also the same email the individual uses as their NI User Profile.

 

How do I add a logo to my profile?

On the “Account” menu tab, select “Manage Company Profile” and click “Upload Logo” to upload your company logo. Please ensure you click the “Submit” or “Update” button after making your changes.

 

What items can I post on my profile?

You can add your company logo, descriptions of your company, videos, data sheets, case studies, products, and your customer testimonials.

 

What marketing resources are available to me?

After logging in to the Alliance Partner Portal, you have access to the Resource Library where you can download your Alliance Partner membership logo and membership certificate as well as other content. In addition, you have access to posted webcasts and articles on specific marketing topics.

 

Benefits/Support

Who should be my NI sponsor?

If you are a system integrator or consultant, your NI sponsor should be your local NI field sales representative. If you are a partner who develops complementary products, your NI sponsor should be an NI product marketing manager.

 

When can Alliance Partners change their membership levels?

Alliance Partners can change levels at any time. Please work with your NI sales sponsor to ensure you meet all the requirements to move up a level in the program.

 

Who do I go to for help?

For assistance, contact alliance@ni.com.

 

As an Alliance Partner, can I hire a LabVIEW consultant to help me?

Yes. There is no restriction on Alliance Partners hiring other Alliance Partners.

 

What is the process to become a Gold or Platinum Alliance Partner?

Gold and Platinum Alliance Partners must meet all membership requirements and be approved by regional sales management (up to branch manager/regional sales manager), respective vice president of sales for the region, and the corporate Alliance Partner Network manager. For more details on the process, contact your NI sales sponsor.