Why Designate a Partner of Record for Microsoft Online Services?
When you purchase qualifying Microsoft Online Services: Office 365, Windows Intune, or Dynamics CRM Online, you are also able to select a certified Microsoft Partner to be “tied” or “connected” to your account – in Microsoft terminology this is called a Partner of Record (POR).
Note: Assigning a Partner of Record to your Microsoft Online Services has absolutely no impact on your monthly subscription cost – it costs you nothing. It also has no impact on the support or services you receive from Microsoft. Additionally, it does not provide a partner access to your data.
Reducing TCO with Partner of Record (POR)
Why, you ask? From my experience, I can say with certainty that the whole methodology around what a Microsoft Partner means to your organization shifts when you move to a subscription-based or “cloud” licensing model from a traditional perpetual licensing model. Obviously, this means there is a licensing component to understand i.e. “What licensing and purchasing mechanism provides the greatest opportunity for increased ROI while reducing our TCO?” There is also a technical solution-architecture component to understand i.e. “What are our deployment options?” “How do we move from our current infrastructure over to the cloud and what is the overall impact and associated cost savings?”
Microsoft Cloud Partner as a Partner of Record
Listed above are just a few components to understand how the transition to the cloud affects your business’ short-term goals and long-term success strategy. Logix, as an experienced Microsoft Cloud Partner, is uniquely positioned in the market to lead comprehensive licensing and service engagements and discussions from a pre-sales, post-sales, and ongoing support perspective to prepare your organization for the move to the cloud.
Your Partner of Record is More than a Transactional Partner
The days of hardware/ software “transactional” partners are coming to a screeching halt. Quite frankly, your business deserves more out of their Microsoft Partner. The Partner of Record you choose for your subscription should provide tangible value to your organization, which at the end of the day means saving you money and helping your business become more agile, robust and efficient.
Again, selecting a Partner of Record for your subscription costs you nothing! It is all upside with no risk to your business. I highly encourage you to base the decision to designate a Partner of Record on the overall “value” that a partner provides.
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For more information about how Logix Partner of Record (POR) services can benefit your organization, or to speak with an Office 365 subject matter expert, please contact your dedicated Account Executive or email our team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.