SOURCE: MaintenanceNet

October 16, 2007 07:00 ET

MaintenanceNet Launches Quick, One-Step Service Ordering for the Ingram Micro Reseller Services Portal

New Ordering Functionality Available Free of Charge to Solution Providers Using Ingram Micro's Reseller Services Portal Powered by MaintenanceNet

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - Ingram Micro VentureTech Network Invitational -- MaintenanceNet, Inc., the leading provider of maintenance contract management services, is making it easier for Ingram Micro Inc.'s (NYSE: IM) solution providers in the U.S. to order Cisco SMARTnet service contracts. A new ordering capability, launched today at the Ingram Micro VentureTech Network event in Las Vegas, is now built into the IQM (Integrated Quoting Module), the self-help service renewal system available via the Ingram Micro Reseller Services Portal (RSP), powered by MaintenanceNet.

IQM was deployed in March 2007 for Ingram Micro as an integral component of the RSP. The new ordering capability, currently available only for Cisco SMARTnet orders, gives Ingram Micro solution providers the ability to order services in one quick step, directly through the RSP. This reduces the ordering process to minutes, eliminating the need for manual entry on multiple systems and simplifying complex searches for service options.

"The introduction of this new quick step quoting and ordering functionality makes it that much easier for our solution providers to sell Cisco SMARTnet services," said Justin Crotty, vice president of services for Ingram Micro North America. "By using the Ingram Micro RSP our partners can reach their service revenue goals faster and still deliver exceptional service to their customers. And the best part is it's a free service."

The new ordering functionality also makes it easier for solution providers to align the appropriate services with their customers' products, allowing them to recommend replacement services accurately and in a timely fashion. According to Scott Herron, CEO of MaintenanceNet, Inc., "We are always looking for new ways to help manufacturers and their channel partners sell more services. The new ordering functionality was designed to help sales teams identify the best service choices for their customers, and then place orders for those services online in real time -- quickly, easily and securely."

The ordering functionality augments the Ingram Micro RSP's existing features, which include an intuitive portal interface with tabular views into service contract life cycles, renewal and new asset opportunities, along with tools for service registration, integrated self-help quoting and now, service ordering. The RSP allows users to view IT assets by customer, by contract or even by SKU to gain visibility into service agreements covering entire IT environments as well as individual products. Automated e-mail notifications also support workflow by guiding users through key steps in the quoting and ordering process to reduce transaction errors and save time.

The RSP also supports multiple levels of user access, with Ingram Micro pricing data available to solution providers on a privileged access basis. In addition, it integrates client specific pricing structures and discount models into the system to eliminate time-consuming steps and expedite quote approvals and streamline the order process. Users are encouraged to use the system as a self-help solution for taking command of their own service quoting and ordering needs.

The new ordering functionality is now available as part of the Ingram Micro RSP and is free of charge to Ingram Micro's solution providers. MaintenanceNet executives will be demonstrating the new ordering functionality at the VentureTech Network Tech Fair on October 15-16. For more information, visit

MaintenanceNet's IQM is available as a stand-alone or integrated solution for distributors, value-added resellers and manufacturers, and is priced according to the scope of data integration services required for implementation.

About MaintenanceNet

MaintenanceNet is the leading provider of maintenance contract management services. The company's technology platform provides proven increases in overall profitability and revenue for manufacturers. MaintenanceNet's channel-friendly solutions automate and improve underlying data integrity, resulting in reliable customer information for registering and renewing service contracts. An online, interactive software as a service (SaaS) platform, MaintenanceNet provides the entire supply chain with a 360-degree view of their service contracts. The world's largest technology leaders -- such as Ingram Micro, Panasonic and Cisco -- turn to MaintenanceNet to achieve greater success in their service businesses. For more information, please visit or call 866-699-7212.

MaintenanceNet is a registered trademark of MaintenanceNet Incorporated. All other company, product and program names are trademarks of their respective organizations.

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