It’s an exciting time to be a Managed Service Provider (MSP) and specifically for those who have transformed their business and created a cloud MSP. Microsoft continues to grow their Azure business almost 50% year over year at a seemingly endless pace.
MSPs who have built their operations to take advantage of all the cloud offers from a SaaS and IaaS perspective are reaping the benefits in the form of greater margins, more attractive pricing and packaging for their customers, and distinguishing themselves from their competitors who are still living in the on-premises world.
MSPs who have not yet explored a move to the cloud but who support Microsoft technologies and services have likely started to question their stance given the changes to Microsoft’s partner programs and requirements. We are energized by the early adopters and drivers of Azure in our partner community and the ways we’ve seen them use services like Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 to catapult their businesses.
And yet we are incredibly excited here at Nerdio to see these changes lay a powerful foundation for taking the MSP industry to the next level and reinforcing that service providers need to be taking a cloud-first approach wherever possible to remain competitive and best serve their clients’ needs.
To support the next generation of MSPs growing alongside Microsoft, Azure and Azure-based services – we are incredibly excited to introduce our revamped partner program, Partnerd.
Program History + New Partnerd Benefits
A year ago, we launched our company’s first partner program aimed at arming MSPs with the tools, resources and support necessary to build a cloud-MSP based on Microsoft Azure. Much of our initial investment in Partnerd was geared towards education and enablement; ensuring our partners would be able to quickly bring more of their customers into the modern cloud world using Nerdio as the foundation of their efforts.
The first year of Partnerd coincided with the launch of NerdioCon—our first in-person user conference which took place in Cancun, Mexico and offered attendees the only MSP conference fully dedicated to Microsoft cloud technology. At the conference, more than 35 sessions and keynotes gave nearly 200 participants from around the world the hands-on knowledge they needed to accelerate their cloud journeys.
I say this all to reinforce and illustrate that educating MSPs about the Microsoft cloud is a core company value for us. For MSPs who don’t choose to join Partnerd, we will continue to provide free, best-in-class support via our world-class documentation and vast community of users. Furthermore, you will also receive up to 10 Internal User Licenses of Nerdio Manager and Go-Live Engineering support for your first Nerdio deployment.
The revamped Partnerd program includes important updates and the addition of significant incremental value for all Nerdio partners. The program will continue to maintain four tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To receive these exclusive Partnerd benefits, MSPs will be required to sign up for a specific Partnerd tier and commit to that level or greater for six months.
New Partnerd benefits include:
- Discounted Nerdio Manager licenses at each new level from 25%-75% off MSRP
- Dedicated Partner Success Manager to help accelerate your move to the cloud, coordinate routine Azure Business Reviews, and more!
- Discounted NerdioCon participation for Bronze and Silver Partnerds, taking place February 27-March 2 in Cancun, Mexico
- Platinum and Gold Partnerds receive all-expenses paid travel and hotel for NerdioCon
- Support for your own MSP-led events in the form of an Event-in-a-Box or Marketing Development Funds (MDF)
- Travel vouchers across all tiers to attend Nerdio first party events including Nerdio Training Camp, the Economics of Azure Training Camp, and Nerdio CEO Summit
- Up to 20 free Go-Live Engineers to support Nerdio deployments
- Up to 100 Internal Use Licenses
- Free Nerdio Manager certifications
- Exclusive webinars with Microsoft leadership members
There has never been a more exciting time to be a Nerdio partner and an MSP investing in the cloud. We are excited to continue evolving our Partnerd program and bringing you the tools and resources you need to build a profitable cloud MSP. You can sign up for the Partnerd program and view each tier benefits and requirements at www.getnerdio.com/partnerd-msp/