By Renee Bergeron, VP Managed Services and Cloud Computing, Ingram Micro
There are two major upcoming events and two very important announcements/opportunities that I wanted to let you, our valued partners, know about so you don’t miss out:
1 – See Us at IT Nation November 12-14
We’re less than two weeks away from IT Nation, one of the premier IT channel events of the year. Ingram Micro is a proud partner of PSA vendor ConnectWise, the host of the IT Nation event, and we will have a 20’ x 20’ booth (#509) at this year’s show. Joining us at our booth will be CenturyLink, SoftLayer, RingCentral, and VaultLogix just to name a few vendor partners. If you’re planning to attend, please be sure to stop by our booth so we can discuss how Ingram Micro can help you grow your reseller business. In fact, following are three topics I’d like to discuss with you further at the show.
2 – Be a Thought Leader, Generate Quality Leads
Nearly every IT service provider understands the value of educating the marketplace and being seen by customers and prospects as a thought leader. But, many of our partners have shared with us how difficult it is to come up with topics, procure the right resources, and pull off a quality educational event. Ingram Micro has come up with a solution to this challenge, and earlier this month we launched our Partner Enablement program, which is a regularly occurring, vendor-agnostic webcast that our partners can utilize to invite customers and prospects to. Ingram Micro will facilitate attendee registrations, and we’ll send each referring partner their registrants’ contact details to follow-up after the event.
Our first webcast, titled “What the Cloud can do for your Business!” was a Cloud 101 presentation hosted by Jason Lambert, Field Technical Consultant – Microsoft Azure, Ingram Micro. Jason explained the key benefits of the cloud, the different types of cloud offerings, and he clarified some of the biggest cloud misconceptions in simple, easy-to-understand terms. What’s nice about this presentation is that it’s a true resource for our partners: Nowhere is a cloud vendor promoted, and Ingram Micro’s name isn’t even mentioned in the presentation (Jason is introduced as a field technical consultant for a leading cloud service provider).
Other webcast topics include: business continuity and disaster recovery, VoIP, security, virtualization, RMM, and more. For more information and registration details, visit ingrammicroevents.webex.com.
3 – Cloud Summit 2015 Dates, Location Confirmed
The Ingram Micro annual Cloud Summit will be held May 11 to May 13, 2015 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, AZ. This event is packed with industry best practices information and training from renowned analysts and business consultants, and it features all the leading cloud vendors under one roof. Make plans now to attend and check out IngramMicroCloud.com for updates as the date approaches.
4 – Cloud Elevate Reaches the 1,000-Partner Milestone!
Earlier this year, Ingram Micro announced the availability of its Cloud Marketplace, a platform for Ingram partners to browse, configure, purchase, provision, manage, and invoice multi-vendor solutions through a single portal on behalf of their clients.
To incentivize partner to try this new service, we developed the Cloud Elevate program, which includes financial incentives that could be used toward Ingram hosted services. I’m happy to announce that the program recently reached the 1,000-member milestone, and now we’re starting Phase 2 of Cloud Elevate. If you haven’t yet signed up, you can sign up for free at IngramMicroCloud.com, and just for signing up you’ll receive a $300 credit that can be used toward Ingram Micro hosted services. If you’re looking for a simpler way to sell (and invoice) bundled cloud solutions and services, this is it. Don’t take my word for it; sign up for the Cloud Elevate program and see for yourself how easy it is to purchase, provision, and manage multiple cloud services for all your customers – all from the same portal!