The Big Easy Offer 7 gives you choices on Microsoft products and solutions that fit your needs. For every qualifying product you purchase, Microsoft pays you partner subsidy funds that can be used with BEI to help with the implementation of your Microsoft solution including software, hardware and services.
What is a Subsidy?
A subsidy is a check made payable to BEI. This subsidy can be used to enrich and implement your Microsoft solution. The subsidy allows you to purchase additional products or services from BEI (for example migration, help desk) thus lowering your Total Cost of Ownership.
How do I take advantage of the Big Easy Subsidy?
- Make a qualifying purchase between September 19, 2011 and December 31, 2011
- Redeem your purchase within 30 days of purchase date at http://www.microsoftincentives.com/BigEasy/redeem.aspx.
- Receive your partner subsidy check from Microsoft.
- Spend your subsidy funds with BEI upon receipt. Please note that subsidy funds expire after 90 days of the check issue date.
Get up to $1,500 back when you sign up for Microsoft Online Services! From now through April 1 Microsoft will reimburse you for 50% of your first year’s annual subscription fee. This money comes as a Partner Subsidy Fee – which means that you can use to for any BEI services including consulting, email migration, SharePoint setup and much more.
The details – you get 50% of the first year’s annual subscription fee, for up to 25 seats. So 25 seats of BPOS is $3,000/year and you would received $1,500 in Partner Subsidy Fees. 25 seats of Exchange Online is $1,500/year, so you would receive $750 in Partner Subsidy Fees.
Maybe you’re not sure whether you want to purchase BPOS* or Office 365**? Give us a call and we’d be glad to walk you through the pros and cons of adopting now or waiting as well as talk to you about the schedule for rolling out Office 365.For details on this offer click here and then select “Special Offers” and then “Microsoft Online Services.”
*BPOS is Microsoft’s current online services offering that includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Live Meeting and Office Communications Online. BEI has been selling and supporting all the BPOS offerings since September 2008, so we have lots of clients (about 50 organizations) depending on BPOS to run their business.
**Office 365 is Microsoft’s next generation version of BPOS. BPOS users will be able to upgrade to Office 365 easily at at no additional cost..
Microsoft periodically runs the “Big Easy” Offer, which provides “Partner Subsidy Dollars” on qualifying software purchases. This offer runs until December 31, 2010 and includes the following software products:
- Exchange Server
- Lync™ Office
- SharePoint® Server
- Windows Server®
- Windows Server® Datacenter
- Windows® Small Business Server
- Windows® Web Server 2008
- SQL Server®
- Office Project
- Visual Studio®
- System Center Essentials
- System Center Configuration Manager
- Dynamics® CRM
Just to give an example, we have a client who just purchased about 30 copies of Office Professional Plus with Software Assurance. They’ll be getting a check from Microsoft for over $2,000 – that money can be used for service, additional products – anything they want to purchase from BEI. If you’re thinking about making a software purchase soon – it may make sense to do it before the end of the year. Questions? Contact Ellen Jennings at 703-528-8300 x125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.