Industry leader named the first broad-based IT distributor in Canada to
offer Microsoft's usage-based Service Provider License Agreements
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) and
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced the immediate availability of
Microsoft's Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA), a comprehensive,
usage-based licensing program designed specifically for channel partners.
Exclusive to Ingram Micro Canada, Microsoft's usage-based,
software-as-a-service offering enables channel partners (including solution
providers, managed service providers (MSPs), ISPs, ASPs, VARs, system
integrators, independent software vendors and others) to license a wide range
of Microsoft products and platforms through Ingram Micro on a monthly basis
through a dedicated or shared hosting environment. The Microsoft SPLA also
provides channel partners with increased services flexibility and profit
potential, allowing them to cost-effectively meet the needs of businesses of
all sizes while establishing recurring monthly revenue streams.
"Usage-based, software-as-a-service models are commanding the industry's
attention and becoming a serious growth catalyst for software sales and new
business opportunities in the IT channel," says Mike Gazdic, vice president of
vendor management at Ingram Micro Canada. "With Microsoft's SPLA licensing
program we're making it easier for our partners to successfully sell and
service Microsoft products and platforms without borrowing against their
working capital or taking on unnecessary infrastructure costs. It's a great
way to expand our Microsoft portfolio and enable our partners to grow their
software business with Microsoft and increase their operating efficiencies and
"Microsoft is proud to work with Ingram Micro to showcase the huge
opportunities the SPLA licensing program can offer the Canadian channel
community," says Lora Gernon, Director of Partner Group, Microsoft Canada Co.
"This flexible and cost-effective offering is designed to provide channel
technology partners with the opportunity to increase profitability and remain
competitive by taking advantage of the software-as-a-service delivery model.
This announcement is yet another step toward providing the industry with the
tools and resources needed to help thrive in the Canadian partner ecosystem."
Availability and Pricing
Microsoft's SPLA usage-based licensing program is available now to all
qualified Ingram Micro Canada partners. The program boasts zero start-up costs
and requires no minimum, up-front purchase. To become SPLA authorized, Ingram
Micro partners must be Microsoft certified and join the SPLA program.
To learn more about Microsoft's Service Provider Licensing Agreement
contact Ingram Micro Canada at Microsoftsplaprogram@ingrammicro.ca or contact
your local Ingram Micro Canada sales representative.
About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting
and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in
Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has 10 regional offices across the country
dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place
and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit
About Ingram Micro
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales
and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique
marketing programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support,
financial services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company
serves 150 countries and is the only broad-based global IT distributor with
operations in Asia. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.
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