Where To Turn for Guidance When Becoming A Microsoft CSP Reseller
Business growth comes with exciting opportunities. But it also comes with frustrating challenges. On top of that, sometimes you must change your game plan altogether in order to achieve the growth you want, which means going out of your comfort zone.
For IT service providers, this means making the transformation to becoming a Microsoft CSP reseller, with a focus on Azure-based solutions for customers. Migrating to Azure means a whole new way of doing business – especially moving datacenters to the cloud. And even though his brings challenges and maybe even some confusion, teaming up with the right partner can ease this transition considerably and offer a clear path to business expansion and future profits.
What can the right partner offer during this transition? Consider the game plan offered by the experts at DXC SLMS Hosting, with a game plan that consists of a three-part roadmap to help service providers make the transition to become Microsoft CSP resellers with bigger profits and more customers.
Step 1: Collaborate
The first step to becoming a successful Microsoft CSP reseller is to discuss the current situation with a DXC SLMS Hosting representative. In this step, service providers will understand their current client landscape and begin to build the right cloud migration strategy for their business.
They will work with DXC to figure out which applications and workloads that need to be moved; how they can be moved; prioritization; and how this transition may affect the ongoing business.
This step is critical because service providers can’t evolve their business without the right game plan. Having access to experienced IT professionals who fully understand the IT channel and service provider needs can mean the difference between a good first year, and a great one.
As an example, large enterprises are running hundreds or thousands of applications running perhaps on tens of thousands of virtual machines. During the Collaboration process, service providers will get several key questions answered before they move forward: Which applications could be moved? How could they be moved? How to prioritize? How does it affect the business? Through Collaboration, service providers will have the right game plan.
Step 2: Configuration
Here, service providers will begin to identify and prioritize the workloads that have the highest potential value that are best suited for migration. This step will also serve to build an action plan, focusing on data structure, latency requirements, storage and backup, and security and compliance. Each of these areas play a critical role in effectively migrating to the cloud. Here, service providers will also address dependencies for legacy applications and workloads.
Service provider partners will receive the right assistance for their strategy when moving to the cloud:
- Why are you moving to the cloud?
- Are you moving all your infrastructure or partial meaning applications or a few Virtual machines? Azure Migration tool can aide you in assessment of your environment.
- Will you be storing all your data or using the hybrid model which you will have on premises data center and replicating data to the cloud.
- Will you just back up data to the cloud using one of four replication models for DR
- When moving legacy apps identify dependencies, some dependencies are not supported in azure market place. Example when performing a lift and shift oracle database in azure, Unix Solaris will not be available you would have to revert to Linux
- Which applications will you be hosting?
- Provide a list or summary of what you’re moving and what you want to achieve
Step 3: Build
In the final step, they’ll work closely with DXC’s consulting experts who will help plan and execute a transition to mitigate risk and minimize disruption to existing client workflows. Here, DXC will help create the right business plan for the organization, designed to service clients and expand with profits in mind. This step is also designed to address total cost of ownership metrics to deliver the right return on your cloud migration investment.
In any business, there are many keys to success, including reputation, credibility and satisfied customers. However, none of this is possible without the right growth and expansion strategy. IT service providers who are looking to grow their business by becoming a Microsoft CSP reseller need this strategic plan in order to successfully migrate to the cloud for a full suite of Azure offerings. Let DXC SLMS Hosting serve as your strategic partner.
Service providers get a wealth of benefits from this step. By working closely with DXC and its vast network of resources, service providers will be able to minimize downtime during their transition to the cloud and Azure. In doing so they will be able to maximize ROI, take on even more business opportunities and quickly realize profitable expansion potential for new and existing clients. On top of that, offering the latest, secure technology solutions will result in a higher level of satisfaction from clients – something you just can’t put a price on in today’s highly competitive business environment.
Who To Partner With For Profitable Outcomes
As cloud-based hosted software services continue to reshape and expand the principles of modern IT, the future of any hosting services provider depends on the quality of its partnerships. DXC SLMS Hosting offers Service Providers the best opportunity to build the right portfolio of cloud-based hosted solutions, including Microsoft Azure, that best positions for optimum business growth potential as Microsoft CSP resellers while cutting costs out of the portfolio.
For more information, visit the DXC SPaRC resource community at dxcsparc.com/azure-marketplace/.