Microsoft talks about how Surface as a Service program brings new partner opportunities

Surface as a service

Last month, Microsoft announced the expansion of Surface Enterprise Initiative. It enables partners, worldwide, to create and provide services and support capabilities for Surface. The newly launched program offers partners the opportunity to provide the following services:

  • Configuration and deployment, including imaging, asset management, provisioning and integration services
  • Replacement and exchange, such as advanced exchange, onsite replacement, and next business day services
  • Warehousing and logistics, for unique shipping requests, kitting services and even order consolidation
  • Next Generation Support, like the chance to work with decision makers within the greater Surface ecosystem to conceptualize and realize future solutions

Microsoft thinks that Surface as a Service program brings an interesting partner opportunity. It opens the doors for an ongoing revenue stream. Microsoft highlighted the following opportunities,

  • Partners can differentiate by building on the capabilities of Surface devices
  • Customers receive specialized services that help them drive productivity
  • Enterprise level businesses embrace a smart, modern, and mobile work environment

CSPs(Cloud Serivce Providers) who are also Surface Authorized Distributors can now offer Surface devices through this managed service offering to all resellers and customers alongside their managed cloud services, Office 365, Windows 10, and other ISV software. Microsoft is already seeing great momentum and some of the largest distribution and reseller partners have joined them recently, including: ALSO, Tech Data, Ingram Micro, Inc., Acrodex and others, with market coverage across the US, Canada, UK and Western Europe.

Read more about this program here. If you are a general consumer, you can order the latest Surface devices directly from Microsoft using the below links,