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Your Guide to the Windows 10 Cloud Solution Provider Program

22 Dec 2016 by Isabel Ticlo

Cloud computing is more than just an industry buzzword — it signifies the revolution of companies storing, managing and accessing sensitive data over the internet instead of on a hard drive. Since 2008, the size of the public cloud computing market has significantly increased and is predicted to be worth around $159 billion worldwide by 2020.

This bar graph shows the statistics of the total size of the public cloud computing market from 2008 to 2020 (in billion U.S. dollars)
2008 showed $5.82 billion, 2009: 8.67, 2010: 15.08, 2011: 25.5, 2012:40.96, 2013: 58.61, 2014: 78.42, 2015: 96.98, 2016: 113.94, 2017: 128.88, 2018: 141.43, 2019: 151.71, 2020: 159.28

Cloud computing services are progressively becoming more desirable to companies searching for flexible, cost-effective and scalable options in the form of:

Get with the program.

Some solution providers look for programs that will help them offer packaged solutions to end users, obtain ownership of the complete customer lifecycle and support monthly billing. When partners have the ability to sell multiple integrated cloud services, set package prices, create cloud subscriptions and offer comprehensive billing, they become the single vendor clients rely on. Additionally, as the sole source for all things cloud, they also become trusted advisors selling reliable cloud business solutions their clients can count on.

Before you decide on a program, it’s important to evaluate your current business workload, client needs and objectives related to the cloud. It’s crucial that the provider program you choose to join offers complete solutions and expertise that are affordable, easy to manage and secure.

Microsoft CSP lends a hand.

One program to consider is the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. It enables improved end-to-end relationships throughout the entire Microsoft Cloud customers’ lifecycles for clients using the Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update and Azure Active Directory.

With the CSP program, partners have the ability to:

  • Add Microsoft cloud services and solutions to their portfolio.
  • Own monthly or annual customer billing.
  • Recognize top-line revenue and directly provision, manage and support users.
  • Install Windows 10 Enterprise Edition on up to five devices.
  • Quickly and easily reallocate licenses between users.

If you’ve evaluated your business needs and decided that the Microsoft CSP program will help you streamline growth and develop deeper customer relationships. One model that will help you pioneer success with the CSP program is Microsoft’s Direct model. This approach is designed for businesses that already have a robust infrastructure in place to supply support and billing capabilities.

Enterprise E3 in CSP

One key offering that comes with the Microsoft CSP program is Windows 10 Enterprise E3. It provides enterprise-grade security and management options to small businesses with more complex IT needs. Enterprise E3 also offers continued innovation from the Anniversary Update for businesses that process sensitive data, operate in regulated industries with strict compliance requirements, develop software in-house or are publicly traded or planning to issue an initial public offering (IPO). For instance, partners can leverage premium features like Device Guard, Credential Guard and Managed User Experience to keep sensitive data secure.

Some of the additional software benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Improved flexibility: Give your team the freedom to access information on any device.
  • Partner-managed IT: Develop a strategy that leverages other partners for device configuration and management.
  • Affordable, simplified licensing: Lower up-front costs, eliminate the need for audits and stay compliant with a subscription-based, per-user licensing model. 

Whether you work in retail, finance or manufacturing, Windows 10 Enterprise E3  will help you create secure solutions to drive growth.

Is the Microsoft CSP program right for you?

At the end of the day, clients need complete solutions. That’s when a solution provider program like Microsoft CSP comes into play, making it more cost-effective and easier to leverage dedicated in-product tools to directly provision, manage and support customer subscriptions. Ultimately, this enables you to become the first point of contact for your customers’ needs. It also allows you to own and control your billing cycle, sell integrated offerings and establish improved customer relationships.

As one of Microsoft’s largest partners, Insight’s dedicated team of experts will help you increase your cloud offerings and find the best program to address your unique business needs. We’ll help you optimize licenses and achieve easier, more affordable scalability with the Microsoft CSP program. Contact a specialist today to learn more about how you can improve your business with Microsoft cloud solutions and services.

Improve your business.

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