Designate a Partner of Record for Microsoft Online Services
What’s a partner of record?
Microsoft recognizes that its partners are a key ingredient in successful Office 365 deployments, so they let customers designate a partner of record (POR) for each Office 365 subscription. Naming a partner of record gives that partner credit with Microsoft for the subscriptions in your Office 365 account. Microsoft uses the number of subscriptions associated with a given partner to decide what tier to put that partner in. For some subscription types, Microsoft also pays the partner an incentive fee.
Designating a partner of record doesn’t cost you anything, and it doesn’t mean that the chosen partner has access to your data or your environment. Choosing a particular POR, or not choosing one at all, doesn’t impact the service and support you get from Microsoft. However, choosing a trustworthy, knowledgeable partner to help plan and execute your Office 365 deployment is the best way to ensure that you have a good experience, and carefully selecting a POR is an important part of that choice.
Why choose Summit 7 Systems?
Summit 7 has a great track record of working with customers of all sizes and across multiple industries, from government and education to manufacturing, industrial, transportation, and services businesses. Our staff includes two Microsoft MVPs and authors of numerous books on SharePoint, Office 365, and Exchange. We are also a Microsoft Certified Partner with multiple Gold competencies specializing in Business Productivity Solutions.
When you choose us as your partner of record, we can help you with the following services:
- We can help you find the best subscription and licensing options for your organization’s needs, including helping you analyze the total cost of deploying Office 365 and helping you choose a licensing vendor. Since we don’t sell licenses ourselves, we can act as an impartial broker and negotiator on your behalf.
- We can help you quickly deploy a fully-functional Office 365 trial environment or a pilot program to get Office 365 in front of your users. Our skilled consultants assist with all phases of your deployment, from planning to execution to post-deployment support. We cover every part of the Office 365 product family, and we can provide any degree of assistance from remote support when you get stuck to complete turnkey deployment
- Once you’ve moved to Office 365, we’re available to support you with training, technical support through our AnchorPoint service, and customization.
How do I make Summit 7 my partner of record?
Step 1: Go to https://portal.office.com/. Log into Office 365 using a tenant admin account.
Step 2: Click in the top left corner to expand your apps. Click on the Admin app.
Step 3: In the admin center, on the left pane, expand the Billing section and select Subscriptions. Highlight your subscription and select subscription details.
Step 4: Click the add link underneath partner information.
Step 5: Fill in the Microsoft Partner ID, click the Check ID button, and confirm the partner is found. Summit 7 System’s Microsoft partner ID is 2773295. Click OK.
Step 6: Verify the partner information is populated on the subscription details page.
Your partner information will change to reflect Summit 7 Systems as your partner for that specific subscription. If you have multiple subscriptions and would like to make Summit 7 Systems the POR, go back to your subscriptions and follow steps 2 – 5.
Where can I learn more?
For more information about how choosing Summit 7 Systems as your Office 365 Partner of Record (POR) can benefit your organization, or to speak with an Office 365 subject matter expert, please contact our team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.