Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) today announced Microsoft Azure has been added in Belgium to the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, a leading automated cloud services platform that allows partners to purchase, provision, manage, and invoice cloud technology with ease.
With this announcement, Ingram Micro partners can now offer Azure in a flexible consumption-based, pay-as-you-go pricing model through the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program empowers resellers to fully own the end-customer relationship. This enables them to manage the end-to-end subscription lifecycle which helps ensure greater customer satisfaction, higher renewal margins and topline cloud revenue.
Microsoft Azure is a highly flexible hybrid cloud platform that features a combination of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) solutions that enable developers to quickly build, deploy, manage, and scale applications to meet their organization’s specific needs, without the investment of an underlying infrastructure. By leveraging Azure, companies can avoid the complexity and costs associated with in-house IT management and better manage their IT budgets by only paying for what they need.
The Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace fully automates the service delivery, customer management, and invoicing of Azure services, allowing resellers to quickly bring the Azure suite to a wider client base by accelerating time-to-market and eliminating operational complexities. Resellers can also easily differentiate their offerings by bundling their own services with Azure and other Microsoft cloud solutions including Office 365 for greater upsell and cross-sell potential.
“We are pleased to differentiate our Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider offering with the addition of Azure to our broad portfolio of cloud solutions,” said Joost Fhij, Senior Regional Manager Benelux and Italy at Ingram Micro Cloud. “By automating the delivery of Azure and making available the necessary resources and tools for transformation, our reseller partners have the capability to quickly build a successful Azure practice and deliver greater value to their customers.”
Ingram Micro was recently recognized for its efforts in automating the delivery of Microsoft Azure services in North America, winning Microsoft’s prestigious Gold Level Excellence in Operations Award. The award honors partners who have delivered market-leading operational excellence and process improvements that support Microsoft technology over the past year.
Microsoft Azure is a complete solution with wide a range of options. In order to optimally support our resellers and their end customers on Azure, we introduced Franklyn-as-a-service. Franklyn Cecilia is the Microsoft Azure expert. He is the only Microsoft ModernBiz Black Belt trainer employed by a distributor, has been studying cloud technologies since 2000 and has years of relevant work experience. “And that’s necessary, because you don’t ‘own’ Azure in a couple of weeks.” In collaboration with Franklyn we made an Azure training program to support our resellers to achieve their business objectives. This program consists of webinars, an Azure Roadshow and technical enablement sessions at the resellers office. More information about Franklyn-as-a-service and our training program.
To learn more about the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, please visit: www.ingrammicrocloud.be