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Bluemix support for new Customer trial enabled to provision BOTH IAAS and PAAS services

To support high growth BP acceleration initiative to achieve $425M in WCP revenue from ISV/SI partners we need Bluemix offering to support  30-60 day trial for new acquisition customers that allows them to provision BOTH IAAS and PAAS services.  

Today, Bluemix trial supports PAAS service provision alone.

This additional offering capability, is critical to meet new partner acquisition targets for 2h 2017 and 2018.

In addition, current trial does NOT showcase IBM cloud competitive advantage since IAAS/PAAS integrated consoles not included in current Bluemix trial.

So not only this is needed to beat competition and acquire new partners faster!!!

Current estimate to fund this functional addition for 2018 is $850k to deliver functional enhancement and BP monthly credit while waiting for delivery of new trial function.

  • Guest
  • Sep 6 2017
  • Not under consideration
Idea priority High
  • Admin
    Mark Meredith commented
    11 Dec, 2018 10:13pm

    This is not something we are going to support going forward. Trial accounts are limited in number and will not be able to access IaaS for free usage. Earlier this year we enabled our IaaS services to run against the $200 credit available to those who upgrade their account. 

  • Admin
    Pat Casey commented
    11 Dec, 2018 08:55pm

    I incorrectly indicated this was available - will meet today to review request and will follow up with OM team.

  • Admin
    Pat Casey commented
    10 Dec, 2018 10:39pm

    this should now be available - please confirm - thank you

  • Guest commented
    9 Oct, 2017 02:27pm

    This is absolutely necessary to show the IBM Cloud to our customers as a single platform with IaaS & paaS working together.

  • Guest commented
    9 Oct, 2017 02:25pm

    This is absolutely necessary to show the customers the power of IBM Cloud with both offerings IaaS & PaaS working together and integrated as a single platform.

  • Guest commented
    4 Oct, 2017 10:54pm

    This is simply a critical need that the competition is already doing as simple as that.

  • Guest commented
    15 Sep, 2017 12:24am

    critical need

  • Guest commented
    9 Sep, 2017 01:44am

    1. Learn from neighbors.. aws amd google and microsoft.

    2. Listen and hear from user : developers.. not cio.. not cto.

    3. Implement " MAKE SENSE " always free scenario.

  • Guest commented
    7 Sep, 2017 03:59pm

    With this, our business partner community would be fired up to be able to provide both IaaS and PaaS together.  The offer feeds into the complete Bluemix story.

  • Guest commented
    7 Sep, 2017 01:34pm

    Instead of a trial, we should be giving partners a free credit, and let THEM choose how to spend it, be it PaaS or IaaS.  Why limit it to a 30 or 60 day time trial?  Better to give them choice with a free $ credit and an opportunity to add to their credit when it runs out using their own $.  Often trials expire before the fish is hooked

  • Guest commented
    7 Sep, 2017 01:02pm

    This is fundamental business need.  Our Partners are a true extension of our Sales teams and are a face to our clients.  They must have the capability to showcase the complete solution.  It is as fundamental as test driving a car before buying it - you do this to ensure the 'infrastructure' (engine\transmission) operate as expected, not just that the 'platform' - SUV holds 5 passengers is what you need.  When we buy homes by way of a home inspection we evaluate the homes infrastructure (heating, AC, plumbing), not just the platform - '3 bedrooms etc.  If I couldn't evaluate these things I wouldn't buy the car and I wouldn't buy the home.  It is imperative for us to offer the trial.  This need is simply 'good business common sense' to allow our client to make an informed investment. 

  • Guest commented
    7 Sep, 2017 12:37pm

    Very much needed.  The free trial should be similar to our SW value-pak where our Partners are encouraged to use the SW, demo it and sell it 

  • Guest commented
    7 Sep, 2017 12:21pm

    Our competitors are investing heavily and cloud and we must likewise if we wish to win, so let's equip our business partners with the tools they need to showcase our platform.  BPs are seen as more objective than the cloud provider, so let's ensure we make it easy for them to demonstrate our unique value proposition!

  • Guest commented
    7 Sep, 2017 06:58am

     Let us make our trial industry-leading across the entire WCP portfolio. There is no reason we can't be aggressive in attracting developers and potential partners with this effort. Fund it from marketing if we must -- it's going to do a better job via word of mouth than any advertising if we get the trial offer right.

  • Guest commented
    7 Sep, 2017 02:32am

    The two are inseparable for our cloud strategy, if we plan to offer IaaS thru PaaS (bluemix) why would we not showcase them together.  Our competitors are already buying and prying their way into the cloud business. If we do not show capabilities, take mindshare, and make it easy for them to work with us, our competitors will.

  • Guest commented
    6 Sep, 2017 10:25pm

    Trials and incentives are the best way to displace a competitor.   We need this to scale our business to meet our 2020 targets

  • Guest commented
    6 Sep, 2017 07:52pm

    This needs to be across the entire WCP portfolio.  The current free trial approach is very limited and not aligned to all the offerings an ISV / MSP wants to trial. 

  • Guest commented
    6 Sep, 2017 06:22pm

    Critical need for accelerating new BPs onboarding and keeping them from going to the competition.

    also new trial will show IBM competitive advantage with integrated IAAS/PAAS console for service provision

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