Collaboration made easy with Microsoft SharePoint Online

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Collaboration made easy with Microsoft SharePoint Online

Office 365 Collaboration Use Case Guidance

OneDrive for Business SharePoint Online

Who owns the data?

Although OneDrive is licensed for each user in the organization, the data saved to OneDrive is only accessible by the user who saved it, unless, the user has shared the data with other users. When data is saved in a SharePoint Team site, the files and data belong to all users with permission to the specific site.

 

Permissions?

The user has control over the data and who can access it. Permissions are managed centrally and controlled by the administrator or users with admin rights.

Collaboration?

Because a OneDrive account belongs to a specific user, it is mostly used for low collaboration activities. SharePoint Online Team Sites were built with the purpose to make collaboration an easier and painless task.

Considering SharePoint? Here’s some benefits:

Create.

With the ability to seamlessly create sites that you can use to store files, collaborate with others, create tasks, manage schedules, build workflows, or simply, blog about any subject matter that appeals to you or your team.

Collaborate.

Share documents saved to your OneDrive storage included in SharePoint Online plans with anyone, sync files and data from your device to the cloud for accessing even when you’re not at the office. Work better together by editing documents at the same time. With its rich features, you will be able to chat with your co-authors within the same document and easily revert back to previous versions of the file when the need arises.

Connect.

Use the included unique visual search tool (Delve) to find relevant content within your Office 365 tenant. You’ll be able to find documents you, or your team members, have worked on recently (Only possible on files and documents you have permissions to).

SharePoint options and costs:

With Office 365, SharePoint offers enhanced security technologies, is easy to manage, and can be accessed from almost anywhere Connect with employees across the enterprise. Use SharePoint to engage with people, share ideas, and reinvent the way you work together.

Corporate

$4.26  |  R61 per user

*Prices are ROE dependent

With Office 365, SharePoint offers enhanced security technologies, is easy to manage, and can be accessed from almost anywhere Connect with employees across the enterprise. Use SharePoint to engage with people, share ideas, and reinvent the way you work together. Plan 2 includes additional functionality including Enterprise Search, e-discovery, ACM, Compliance, Business Intelligence with Excel Services, PowerPivot, PowerView

Corporate

$8.51  |  R122 per user

*Prices are ROE dependent

Want to offer SharePoint Online to your customers but need some assistance?

Through our GoFirst Cloud Services offering, you can leverage the skills and expertise of experienced deployment capability without having to get certified yourself – a professional service you can white label.

Once-off Implementation costs:

SharePoint Online Remote Deployment – Bronze Plan

SharePoint can be used to provide intranet portals, document & file management, collaboration, social networks, extranets, websites, enterprise search, and business intelligence (BI). It also has capabilities around system integration, process integration,
and workflow automation.

Scope:
The Bronze Deployment option is a entry level choice. This solution consists of:
• Basic Company Intranet
– Announcements
– Communication
• 3 Document Libraries
–  Includes versioning
• Basic Search

Out of Scope:
• Custom branding
• Migration of data

R3 850.00

SharePoint Online Remote Deployment – Silver Plan

SharePoint can be used to provide intranet portals, document & file management, collaboration, social networks, extranets, websites, enterprise search, and business intelligence (BI). It also has capabilities around system integration, process integration, and workflow automation.

Scope:
The Silver Deployment option is a entry level choice. This solution consists of:
• Company Intranet/Portal
– Announcements
– Surveys
• 5 x Department Sites
• 5 x Document Libraries
– Includes versioning
• 1 x Custom Workflow (limited to maximum 2    approval steps)
• 3 Forms and custom list database for information capture (i.e. products, costs etc.)
• Basic Search

Out of Scope:
• Custom branding
• Migration of data

R6 600.00

SharePoint Online Remote Deployment – Gold Plan

SharePoint can be used to provide intranet portals, document & file management, collaboration, social networks, extranets, websites, enterprise search, and business intelligence (BI). It also has capabilities around system integration, process integration,
and workflow automation.

Scope:
The Gold Package is an intermediate level choice. This solution consists of:
• Company Intranet/Portal
– Announcements
– Surveys
– News Feed
• 3 Department Sites
• 1 * Project site
• 5 x Document Libraries
– Includes versioning
• 1 x Custom Workflow (limited to maximum 2 approval steps)
• 3 Forms and custom list database for information capture (i.e. products, costs etc.)
• Basic Search
• Staff Training (limited to 1 x 2-hour remote session)

Out of Scope:
• Custom branding
• Migration of data

  R16 500.00

SharePoint Online Remote Deployment – Platinum Plan

SharePoint can be used to provide intranet portals, document & file management, collaboration, social networks, extranets, websites, enterprise search, and business intelligence (BI). It also has capabilities around system integration, process integration,
and workflow automation.

Scope:
The Platinum Package is a premium level choice. This solution consists of:
• Company Intranet/Portal
– Announcements
– Surveys
– News Feed
– Rotating Banner
– Custom Branding
• 5 x Department Sites
– Includes versioning
– Includes retention policies
• 2 x Project site
• 5 x Document Libraries
• 2 x Custom Workflows (limited to maximum 2 approval steps)
• 2 x custom search filters
• 3 x Forms and custom list database for information capture (i.e. products, costs etc.)
• Staff Training (limited to 2 x 2-hour remote session)

Out of Scope:
• Custom branding
• Migration of data

  R33 000.00

*Prices are ROE dependent

To find out more about Microsoft Microsoft SharePoint Online, or to speak to a First Distribution representative, email Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

The cost benefits of running SQL on Azure

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The cost benefits of running SQL on Azure

Windows Azure – Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure platform – has become a major part of Microsoft’s overall strategy. In addition, the Windows Azure SQL Database, formerly called SQL Azure, has become a major component of Windows Azure itself.

The SQL on Azure solution offers great savings in traditional businesses today. And when you utilise your SPLA agreement the savings are even greater!

Cost Estimates at a glance:

Azure Server Description Azure VM Standalone Azure with SQL licensing Azure with SQL SPLA License Type
1 E32 v3 (32 vCPU(s), 256 GB RAM) x 732 Hours; Windows – SQL Server; Pay as you go; 0 managed OS disks – S4 $2 630.23 $10 843.27 $10 434.39 Enterprise
1 E32 v3 (32 vCPU(s), 256 GB RAM) x 732 Hours; Windows – SQL Server; Pay as you go; 0 managed OS disks – S4 $2 630.23 $10 843.27 $4 665.27 Standard
1 D32 v3 (32 vCPU(s), 256 GB RAM) x 732 Hours; Windows – SQL Server; Pay as you go; 0 managed OS disks – S4 $2 630.23 $4 820.37 $10 434.39 Enterprise
1 D32 v3 (32 vCPU(s), 128 GB RAM) x 732 Hours; Windows – SQL Server; Pay as you go; 0 managed OS disks – S4 $2 223.00 $10 436.04 $4 258.04 Standard
1 D4 v3 (4 vCPU(s), 16 GB RAM) x 732 Hours; Windows – SQL Server; Pay as you go; 0 managed OS disks – S4 $277.87 $1 304.50 $1 253.39 Enterprise
1 D4 v3 (4 vCPU(s), 16 GB RAM) x 732 Hours; Windows – SQL Server; Pay as you go; 0 managed OS disks – S4 $277.87 $551.64 $532.25 Standard
1 D2 v3 (2 vCPU(s), 8 GB RAM) x 732 Hours; Windows – SQL Server; Pay as you go; 0 managed OS disks – S4 $138.94 $1 165.57 $1 114.46 Enterprise
1 D2 v3 (2 vCPU(s), 8 GB RAM) x 732 Hours; Windows – SQL Server; Pay as you go; 0 managed OS disks – S4 $138.94 $412.71 $393.32 Standard

Overview

Microsoft’s ambitions for Azure in general, and for Windows Azure SQL Database specifically (which we’ll call SQL Azure in this article for the sake of simplicity), are much greater than just providing a database-backed service in the cloud. Their intention is to create an infrastructure for petabyte-scale “big data” and everything on down.

What are the advantages to using SQL Azure, as opposed to setting up your own SQL Server instance? Here are some of the most crucial, especially for those who are already running SQL Server on their own premises.

Benefits:

Use the tools you already have.
Working with SQL Azure can be done via SQLCMD or the SQL Server Management Studio, both of which ought to be intimately familiar to SQL developers.

High availability out of the box.
Azure generally obviates the need for building high availability architectures. This applies to SQL Azure as well; any databases built within it are automatically highly available.

No physical administration.
For people who are sick and tired of dealing with the hassle of setting up SQL Server, apportioning databases and mucking about with physical machines in general, having your database hosted in such a way where all of that becomes someone else’s job is a big plus. This is doubly so if you’re starting fresh and don’t have an existing store of data to pipe up into the cloud somewhere.

Elasticity. A much-abused buzzword, but in SQL Azure’s case, it applies. Applications written for multiple databases (via sharding, for example) can be scaled out with Azure by adding instances as needed. That said, the best benefits of SQL Azure don’t just consist of being able to spin nodes up or down on demand. Microsoft also provides an infrastructure of federations to make scaling out easier and less impactful, as well as tools like the SQL Azure Federation Data Migration Wizard to further automate this process.

Scalable service plans for multiple needs and budgets.
The industrial-strength features of SQL Azure may seem like overkill to folks with relatively modest needs, but Microsoft has taken steps to make SQL Azure appealing to both big and small business users. For one, they created a pricing structure that allows users with smaller needs to be accommodated; you can pay as little as $4.99 per database per month, with the maximum storage currently set at 150 GB per database.

Growing support for non-Microsoft technologies.
What? Yes. No paradox there: The more third-party software technologies Microsoft is able to support across all the different layers of Azure, the more likely people will use it to build applications with other software they’re already comfortable with. Aside from Python, NoSQL, Java, node.js, and PHP being supported throughout the Azure stack, one other major and pivotal tech that specifically applies to SQL Azure is Hadoop. The Hadoop on Azure system (Windows Azure HDInsight) is only available by invitation right now, but its mere presence is significant.

Use it via a VM if you need it.
One of the ways SQL Azure manifests being part of the whole stack is by offering multiple levels of implementation. If you simply need a website and a database, you can hitch a SQL Azure instance to an Azure website and be done with it. If you need a full-blown virtual machine (VM), you can get that as well — and even use a locally deployed instance of SQL Server in the VM instead of SQL Azure.

Sync and migration tools.
If you already have a clutch of SQL Server-stored data somewhere and want to either sync it with SQL Azure or passively migrate it via sync, Microsoft has published a service — the appropriately named SQL Data Sync — to accomplish this. Use of the service itself is free, and all inbound data to Azure costs nothing, so you won’t have to worry about racking up costs by syncing gigabyte-sized tables.

All of the existing tools used for migrating data between SQL Server instances also work. You can use the Microsoft Sync Framework to do that job, use T-SQL scripting, the bcp utility or the SQL Database Migration Wizard (although Microsoft does not support the last).

To find out more about Microsoft Azure, or to speak to a First Distribution representative, email Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Financial sector: Winning D-Day with Customer Service

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Financial sector:

Winning D-Day with Customer Service

Earn customers for life

In the Financial sector, it is now more important than ever to keep customers happy. The popularity of platforms like price comparison websites means that financial services products are now largely commoditised – while banks, insurance companies and more, struggle to retain their customers and provide them with world class service.

What Dynamics 365 for Customer Service does is to improve customer service through a single, unified experience that delivers end-to-end service across all channels—earning customer loyalty and empowering agents.

Earn customer loyalty

Minimize customer effort, proactively address issues, and deliver more personalized, seamless service.

Empower every agent

Give agents the knowledge they need to deliver faster, more consistent service.

Adapt to changing needs

Anticipate and react quickly to customer, business, and market demands using a customer service software application with intelligence built in

Omni-channel engagement

Connect with customers anytime, anywhere

Self-service and communities

Help your customers help themselves

Agent enablement

Help your agents succeed through a single user interface

Unified knowledge

Give agents and customers answers on the spot

To find out more about Dynamics 365, and why First Distribution should be your partner of choice, email Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Azure StorSimple Across Your Business

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Deploy Azure StorSimple Across Your Business

Azure StorSimple pioneered the concept of Hybrid Cloud Storage. By combining both public and private cloud storage capabilities, Azure StorSimple has empowered our customers to handle today’s key storage problems more effectively and economically. We can deal with massive data growth, provide solid DR capabilities, and yield overall storage cost savings of up to 60% while providing better performance.

Hybrid cloud storage-arrays
  • Seamlessly integrate with Azure Storage with no change in existing applications or servers.
  • Consolidate storage functions (primary, archive, backup, DR all in one)
  • Automatically tier older data to the cloud
  • Backup to the cloud
  • Storage efficiency – deduplication and compression
  • Military-grade encryption
8000 Series
  • Highavailability
  • DR to the cloud with the StorSimple Cloud Appliance
  • Test your DR solution before it goes live
  • Up to 500TB perdevice
StorSimple Virtual Array
  • iSCSI or SMB
  • No up-frontcommitment
  • Runs on HyperV or VMware
  • Up to 64TB per storage array

Azure StorSimple hybrid cloud storage solution breaks the cycle of endless focus on managing storage infrastructure and helps businesses use storage as a key enabler for business. With Azure StorSimple, customers can:

  • Consolidate large amount of storage infrastructure
  • Simplify storage management and data protection
  • Implement robust disaster recovery (DR) mechanisms
  • Accelerate IT projects that deliver business value
  • Reduce total storage costs up to 60%
  • Improve overall IT performance

Azure StorSimple significantly reduces the time needed to manage storage and gives IT the time and flexibility to work on higher-priority projects that support business goals.

What does it cost:

StorSimple 8100

$1359.04 / R20 000

StorSimple 8600

$2148.64 / R31 000

Delivery, Installation, Migration, and Management

 R80 000

*ROE Dependant

For more information about Microsoft Azure, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Protect your customers against external threats

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What if D-Day strikes?
Protect your customers against external threats

What are your customers’ security concerns?
Can you or their internal IT department quickly identify suspicious activities and attacks?
How are their platforms and devices in use being secured?
How do they maintain visibility, control, and protection of their applications?

Microsoft 365 is a holistic, intelligent solution that has end-to-end protection rather than product specific point solutions.  Microsoft 365 includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security that empowers everyone to be creative and work together.

Microsoft 365 Business

An integrated product for SMBs to access productivity tools, manage their productivity platform, and protect data across devices. For organizations with up to 300 users.

R241,70 SA / $17,39 Africa
Per User, Per Month
Microsoft 365 E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3, Enterprise Mobility + Security E3, and Windows 10 Enterprise E3. This per-user licensed suite of products offer users best-in-class productivity across devices while providing IT security and control.

R410,29 SA / $29,52 Africa
Per User, Per Month
Microsoft 365 E5

Office 365 Enterprise E5, Enterprise Mobility + Security E5, and Windows 10 Enterprise E5. This per-user licensed suite of products offer customers the latest, most advanced enterprise security, management, collaboration, and business analytics.

R737,95 SA / $53,10 Africa
Per User, Per Month

Product Value:

  • Replace passwords and protect corporate identities (Windows Hello for Business)
  • Enable self-service password reset across on-premises and cloud applications (Azure AD Premium)
  • Protect single-sign on tokens using Credential Guard (prevention of a Pass the Hash-style attack)
  • Turn on Single Sign-On and Multi-Factor Authentication (Azure AD Premium)
  • Leverage Conditional Access (EMS E3 –static, EMS E5 –dynamic, Azure AD Premium & Identity Protection)

Prevent devices from encountering threats (Office ATP) and to prevent malicious web sites (Smart Screen). Prevent unauthorized applications from running (Device Guard) and prevent malware from running (Windows Defender AV).

  • Detect and respond advanced attacks by protecting devices (Windows Defender ATP). Protect email (Microsoft 365 ATP). Protecting identities (ATA).
  • Detect and prevent data leakage –encryption, labeling, distribution, enforcement (Office Information Protection, Azure Information Protection, Windows Information Protection)
  • Classify and retain data –eDiscovery, selective retention (Advanced Data Governance)
  • Protect data on lost and stolen devices (BitLocker)
  • Monitor and manage device and applications in mobile devices (Intune)
  • Security Center (Azure Security Center, Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance Center)
  • Discover apps in an organization: productivity apps (ASM), all SaaS applications (CAS)
  • Endpoint security management (Windows Defender ATP)

Customer Value:

Prevent advanced threats and protect identity, apps, data, and devices

  • Protection against new threats – Protect, detect, and respond to malware; prevent data leaks and safeguard your data
  • Comprehensive and integrated – Instead of piecing together multiple products, Microsoft provides security capabilities that are built in and not bolted on
  • Productive end-user experiences – Holistic, end-to- end approach doesn’t interfere with user experience

PARTNER TAKE HOME:

Microsoft 365 can:

  • Help you protect your customer’s information and reduce the data loss risk.
  • Help you provide your customer’s with unrivalled organizational security. Detect and protect your customer’s from external threats by monitoring, reporting, and analysing activity to react promptly.
  • Help you protect your customer’s users and their accounts.
  • Help you create an environment where users are able to work securely form anywhere, anytime, on any device maintaining flexible workstyle.

For more information about Microsoft 365, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales: D-Day for Insurance

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D-day for Insurance

Dynamics 365 for Sales lets the Insurance Industry go beyond Sales Force Automation

Accurate forecasting that grows your business
A study conducted last year showed that the Insurance industry has been very slow to embrace digital transformation, even though technology is a fundamental part of the industry. On the property and casualty side, fundamental changes are expected to affect the business model in the future. In addition, there is a definite need to interact with customers more seamlessly.

Current pain points in the Insurance Industry:

  • Enhance interaction and build trusted relationships
  • Leverage existing data and analytics to generate risk insights
  • Utilise new approaches to underwriting risk and predicting loss
  • Enable the business with sophisticated operational capabilities
Your sales transformation starts here

Microsoft Dynamics 365 offers great potential for growth in the Insurance industry, in that it provides real insights into your pipeline and workflow, a definitive overview of your sales and sales forecasting, and more. Dynamics 365 offers increased stability, allowing businesses to better build trust as forecast accuracy improves.

Foster relationships with authentic and personal engagement

Find and connect with the right buyers and grow sales relationships by combining LinkedIn Sales Navigator and Dynamics 365 for Sales.

Boost productivity and increase revenue by integrating best practices

Seamlessly connect business process data with Office 365 and LinkedIn data to guide sellers throughout your sales processes to make selling easier—even while on the go.

Innovate with a modern and adaptable sales platform

Drive innovation with a sales application that is easy to tailor, extend, and connect to other apps and services you already use.

Actionable insights
  • Spend more time selling and less time on administration
  • Increase revenue, boost productivity, gain key insights, and reduce costs when you automate your sales processes through a highly intuitive interface and Microsoft Office-embedded capabilities.
  • Work anytime, anywhere with familiar, intuitive productivity tools, such as mobile apps that provide contextual news, social data, and task flows
  • Know what steps to take next to close deals faster by using process automation and a guided sales process
  • Recruit, onboard, and strengthen your partner channel through deeper enablement and activation
Relationship management
  • Create a culture that nurtures success
  • Accelerate your sales performance with real-time analytics based on historical data and predictive information. Inspire, onboard, coach, and motivate your team to achieve more.
  • Get answers fast using dashboards, contextual charts, and Power BI Q&A for natural language queries
  • Hit your numbers by setting goals, monitoring results, and providing feedback and coaching in real time
  • Ease onboarding and align sales behavior through sales management software and interactive help and documentation
  • Energize everyone on your sales team with fun and exciting competitions through gamification
Relationship management
  • Foster customer relationships through authentic, personal engagement
  • Unify your sales experience around relationships. With relationship-centered insights
  • Identify, understand, and connect with customers through social networks
  • Engage through sharing of personalized and relevant content
  • Build trust with continuous insights and recommendations based on actual customer needs
  • Easily grow and maintain your one-to-one customer relationships-at scale-with unified data and systems
Actionable insights
  • Increase sales velocity by identifying prospects most likely to buy based on predictive intelligence
  • Know where to focus with insights that reveal relationship health and risk
  • Spot buying signals, identify competitive threats, and keep a pulse on the market with social media
  • Engage your customers in more personalized, effective ways through customer intelligence

To find out more about Dynamics 365 for Sales, or for more information about Microsoft’s product offerings, email Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Does paying for on-premise physical hardware still make business sense?

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Does paying for on-premise physical hardware still make business sense?

Be in full control of your IT spend with Azure. The ability to only pay for what you use and manage your resource requirement with a click of a button.

Simply add more computing power when you require or scale it down when you are done.

No operational sprawl, no time or money wasted – Azure gives you secure, efficient and scalable public cloud infrastructure.

The following Azure VM’s are now available for your workloads:

Entry Level Machine
(Domain Controller/Low Traffic Web Front End/Dev & Test)
Production Machine
(HR/Accounting Package)
High Performance
(SQL/Backend Servers)
This workload is perfect for low performance and read-write operations. Web Fronts that are servicing low traffic volumes such as internal applications or static web pages would be a perfect fit. With fast premium storage, this machine is perfect for running those HR and Accounting packages for small businesses.

Reduce the performance when you aren’t using it and increase when you do, it’s a win-win for cost-saving and productivity.

The best performance for SQL Server on Azure VMs.

If your workload is less demanding, you might not require every optimization listed below. Consider your performance requirements and workload patterns as you evaluate these recommendations.

  • Windows Server OS Included
  • 2 x Cores
  • 4GB RAM
  • 126GB HDD OS Disk
  • Windows Server OS Included
  • 2 x Cores
  • 8GB RAM
  • 126GB SSD OS Disk
  • Windows Server OS Included
  • 8 x Cores
  • 32GB RAM
  • 126GB SSD OS Disk
Cost Estimate:
$91.26 / R1, 295.83 p.m.

Cost Estimate:
$142.50 / R2, 023.48 p.m.


Additional Storage:
Get an additional 128GB SSD Premium Disk for ($18.60 / R270)

Cost Estimate:
$570.00 / R8, 094.00 p.m.

* The above pre-configured VM’s is a basic guideline. The correct sizing of customer requirements needs to be facilitated by the partner. Sizing and performance is based on software and workload requirements.

* ROE is based on R14.20 and may fluctuate

To find out more about Microsoft Azure, or to speak to a First Distribution representative, email Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Extend your data management capabilities to the Azure Cloud!

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Extend your data management capabilities to the Azure Cloud!

Why Azure is the right choice

Productive

Get unparalleled developer productivity with integrated tools from mobile DevOps to serverless computing.

Hybrid

Develop and deploy where you want, with the only consistent hybrid cloud on the market. Extend Azure on-premises with Azure Stack.

Intelligent

Create intelligent apps that delight with data-driven experiences. Go quickly from concept to release with Azure data services and artificial intelligence, from image recognition to bot services.

Trusted

Join startups, governments, and 90 percent of Fortune 500s that trust the Microsoft Cloud for security, privacy, transparency, and the most compliance coverage of any cloud provider.

Total scale and the ability to manage resources:

Now you can extend Azure Public Cloud with Azure Stack

Companies around the world are under pressure to transform to digital organizations. The ability to produce business-changing apps can help companies engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations, and transform products. Azure lets you develop and deploy where you want, with the only consistent hybrid cloud that spans across apps, data, identity, and management.

The value of Azure Hybrid allows you to:

Build and innovate hybrid cloud apps

Maximise your existing skills by migrating to an Azure hybrid cloud solution, and get a flexible, unified approach to building apps that can run in the cloud or on-premises.

Distribute and analyse data seamlessly

Use the same query languages for cloud and on-premises assets, and apply analytics and deep learning in Azure to enrich your data regardless of its source.

Build and innovate hybrid cloud apps

Maximise your existing skills by migrating to an Azure hybrid cloud solution, and get a flexible, unified approach to building apps that can run in the cloud or on-premises.

Distribute and analyse data seamlessly

Use the same query languages for cloud and on-premises assets, and apply analytics and deep learning in Azure to enrich your data regardless of its source.

Build modern applications across hybrid cloud environments

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Only Azure Stack lets you deliver Azure services from your organisation’s datacentre, while balancing the right amount of flexibility and control—for truly-consistent hybrid cloud deployments.

Hybrid use cases with Azure and Azure Stack

Azure and Azure Stack unlock new hybrid use cases for both customer facing and internal line of business applications:

  • Edge and disconnected
  • Cloud applications to meet varied regulations
  • Cloud application model on-premises

Use Azure Stack in combination with Azure to simplify complex challenges.

For more information on Azure and Azure Stack https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=852379&clcid=0x409

Azure Stack is brought to you by First Distribution and Dell/EMC.
To find out more about Microsoft Azure, or to speak to a First Distribution representative, email Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Let Azure Light Up Your Data

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Let Azure Light Up Your Data

It’s time to realise that Data is the new Electricity

Azure’s Data Platform & Analytics lead to New Service Provider Opportunities

Azure creates Partner Opportunities with IaaS scenarios

FROM DATA TO DECISIONS AND ACTIONS

Azure provides the following building blocks which you should be monetising on:

PARTNER CALL TO ACTION:

Get your teams ready

  • Sales and Technical enablement
    https://azurepartnerreadinesscatalog.azurewebsites.net/

Build/enhance Managed Services Practices

  • GoFirst Cloud Services from First Distribution can help you out
  • Download MSP Playbook
    https://aka.ms.AzureMSPplaybook

Build Azure offerings

  • Hybrid Iaas -a good starting point
  • Data & Analytics – Look at your existing customer base
  • Leverage CSP in a Box http://aka.ms/csp-in-a-box

For more information about Microsoft Azure, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

GoFirst Cloud Services

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Where do you play and how can we help you BE MORE

Over the past year First Distribution identified opportunities missed due to partners having the following challenges: Being unsure, scared, unable.

Many of our partners have great pre-sales and sales capability but do not necessarily have the skill, resources or competencies associated with customer expectations and therefore hesitate to take full advantage of enabling customers across the wide range of cloud offerings Microsoft Cloud brings.

First Distribution’s key strategic objective for CSP is to enable our partners to be more and sell more and become Super Service Providers.  Not only does our differentiation include facilitating co-marketing with our partners to drive awareness and lead generation but now go as far as enabling PROFESSIONAL SERVICES through GoFirst Cloud Services.

This gives partners that do not have the ability to deliver deployment, management and support services to their customers an opportunity to still bring the Microsoft Cloud to these customers and to be their trusted advisors.

The Discover Value tool provides an opportunity to help determine if Microsoft 365 would meet the needs of your business. This tool takes you through a brief assessment of process improvement opportunities tied to your business objectives and identifies Microsoft 365 capabilities that meet your needs. At the end of this process you will receive:

  1. Discover Value Report: a personalized solution tailored to address your business challenges, priorities and offer recommendations that will maximize value for your business.
  2. Forrester Report: the potential return on your investment for your industry segment.
  3. Engagement Opportunity: visit the Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience portal for a hands on exploration of the Microsoft 365 solution

What:

GoFirst Cloud Services enables consultation, scoping & design, setup, deployment, migration, management and support services at a predetermined rate which partners can offer to their customers.

When:

GoFirst Cloud Services can be utilised for different predetermined Office 365, Dynamics 365, Enterprise Mobility and Azure scenarios with clear in-scope and out-of-scope differentiation options.

It really depends on the customer requirements.

Where:

GoFirst Cloud Services are delivered as a remote deployment services across the CSP subscription based products: Office 365, Enterprise Mobility and Security.

More goes into the typical Dynamics 365 and Azure products and therefore would typically require scoping and design, integration and alternative pre-work prior to solution implementation. These services would typically first need to be scoped before quotations would be provided. As a value add First Distribution would offer these consultation services free of charge.

GoFirst Cloud Services are enabled remotely across South Africa & West/East and Central Africa including IOI, Nigeria and SADC.

How:

  1. The GoFirst Cloud Services catalogue (SOW) will be provided to partners who wish to register and take part in this program.
  2. Consultation Services on Azure and Dynamics 365 can be initiated on request to: microsoft.CSP@firstdistribution.co.za
  3. Subscription-based orders for licensing including GoFirst Cloud Services can be send to: microsoft.CSP@firstdistribution.co.za
  • The GoFirst Cloud Services pre-installation document will be required with all the relevant customer details.
  • Customers will be contacted within 24 hours to step an appointment, planning and delivering of the GoFirst Cloud Service.
  • A high-level project plan with timelines will be provided to the customer.
  • The customer will be required to sign a project completion certificate.

Support will be provided by First Distribution:
support@firstforcloud.com
0861 00 99 88