Posts Tagged ‘iQuote’

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Introducing our new Red Hat Product Selector

August 31, 2017

We are excited to announce the launch of a new Red Hat Product Selector. We have been working with Red Hat to develop a solution that guides customers through a selection of filters to assist them in their buying journey.

Initially, the Product Selector is only available for use inside our Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) iQuote Configure, Price, Quote software but in time, it could be available elsewhere.

The Red Hat Product Selector has made it easier than ever to build a 100% validated quotation.

Simply login to iQuote as normal, select your base HPE unit and once you are through to the configuration screen, select ‘Software’ and ‘Red Hat’ and you will be presented with a selection of filters to choose from. Once you have chosen your requirements, our intelligent Product Selector will recommend which Red Hat products are compatible to build you a complete HPE Server solution.

Visit iQuote today and have a look at this brilliant new feature:

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iQuote is Configure, Price, Quote software developed for HPE by channelcentral.net

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Celebrating a Decade in the Channel

August 29, 2017

August 2017 marks 10 years of channelcentral being in business. We are incredibly excited to be celebrating. It has taken a lot of hard work to get to where we are today, made slightly harder by the Global Recession that coincided with our launch!

In August 2007 channelcentral started as a team of just 4 people working out of a spare rooms. A year later, our flagship product, iQuote, was born. Today, iQuote is used around the world in over 60 countries by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. customers. This configure, price, quote (CPQ) software has helped grow their businesses and provide efficiencies within sales teams in hundreds of Distributors and Resellers.

Off the back of iQuote’s success, channelcentral has been able to develop new CPQ Software services, Product Selectors, B2B Sales Portals, and Smartphone Apps as well as many custom built developments to assist the IT Channel. Our Software has been shortlisted for a few awards along the way too!

Today, channelcentral has 2 UK offices and a presence in the US and Colombia to support it’s ever growing business. With 29 members of staff, many of which have come from the IT Channel and are experts in their field, channelcentral is looking forward to the next 10 years and developing many more software solutions for IT Vendors, Distributors and Resellers.

At our Company Meeting held in August 2017 we reflected on the last 10 years and enjoyed an obligatory cake. A huge Thank You to all of our customers for helping us get this far. We wish we could have saved you some cake!

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HPE Education Services feature in iQuote

July 20, 2017

Check out the new Training Credit Selector.

Always looking to improve the customer journey and sales opportunities in iQuote, we are delighted to announce our partnership with HPE Education Services. If you haven’t seen it already, next time you login to HPE iQuote you will be able to see the Training Credit Selector as you enter the configuration screen.

Quickly and easily search the vast technical training curriculum available from HPE Education Services.  The Training Credit selector will ensure you add the appropriate amount of Training Credits to your quotes.

Here’s what it looks like:

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Read more about how to use the Training Credit Selector.

Those that seek HPE technical training will enable business productivity and efficiency by ensuring they have the skills required to make the most of their technology investment.

HPE Education Services has been recognized as a leader in technical training by IDC for 5 years running.

Login to iQuote today and start using this great new feature!

iQuote is Configure, Price, Quote software developed for Hewlett Packard Enterprise by www.channelcentral.net

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Easy Connect is now in iQuote!

February 3, 2017

We are pleased to announce the introduction of Easy Connect BTO (ProLiant EC200a) products to iQuote, extending the portfolio of products on offer.

EasyConnectAn Easy Connect configurator has been specifically designed and developed into iQuote to assist users in navigating the complex product rules.   Users of iQuote are now able to configure Easy Connect products through a simple step by step wizard to ensure an accurate configuration every time.

Once you have selected your Easy Connect SKU, users are prompted to start the wizard:

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After starting the wizard, users are asked a series of questions to select from such as:

  • Model
  • Storage and Accessories
  • Operating System
  • Additional Services
  • Hardware and Support

On response to all of the questions, users are given the option to ‘Update Basket’ as shown below:

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Easy Connect will then form part of your quotation and users can be assured of a fully validated configuration. We hope that you will enjoy using the new Easy Connect configurator and that it gives you the confidence to quote this great new addition to the iQuote product portfolio!

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iQuote 2.0 Introductory Webinar

January 24, 2017

Register Today!

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We are delighted to announce that iQuote 2.0 is live and is steadily being rolled out Worldwide during 2017*.  As a HPE or HP Inc. partner, you won’t want to miss our Webinar event where you will be introduced to many of the new features in iQuote 2.0 and we will demonstrate how easy it is to navigate the new user interface.

In this Webinar, you will be guided through the value proposition and we will share resources to help you get the most out of the Program to grow your business. The session will end with a brief Q&A. We invite attendees to submit any questions prior to the event.

Register today to secure your space. We have a Webinar taking place in the Americas and EMEA. Both Webinars are scheduled for Wednesday 1st February.

Select your region below to register:

AMERICAS – Wednesday February 1st at 11am EST

EMEA – Wednesday 1st February at 13.30 GMT

Submit your questions for the live Q&A session in the webinar here.

*Partners are being contacted in turn to transition over to the new Software.

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A successful show at GPC 2016 in Boston

September 16, 2016

HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise wrapped up a very successful GPC conference in Boston this week.

20160913_120957channelcentral.net was proud to be a Networking Sponsor for the event. The HP Inc. and HPE partner community are strong adopters of the channelcentral.net-developed iQuote tool, and the GPC conference gave channelcentral.net the opportunity to highlight a number of new features within the tool. Among the new features unveiled at GPC were a number of new “Product Finder” filter features for hardware, software, and options; an enhanced user experience that gives more control and preference of view for the user, and the integration of HP Financial Services (HPFS) payment terms so users of the tool can instantly determine the finance options and payments for their purchases. The iQuote product was presented in both the HP Inc. and HPE showcase areas, and throughout the sponsor area by channelcentral.net Client Directors Terry Knott and Tod Johnson. Feedback from HP Inc. and HPE partners and Distributors was very positive, and expectations are that the trajectory of iQuote use will accelerate even faster as the new platform is released.

20160912_091044The GPC event itself was started off as HP Inc. took to the stage on the morning of the opening day by creating a “rave” atmosphere complete with an opening musical act that caught the attention of the senses (and eardrums!) of all attendees. HP Inc. CEO Dion Weisler did a remarkable job of keeping the energy high throughout the 2-plus hour opening session, and highlighted some A3 printer products that have been in the works for some time and ultimately resulted in the HP Inc. acquisition of Samsung’s printer division. How often do you hear an acquisition announcement *and* see their product line-up at the same time!? A great way to start the event for sure. On Day 2, Meg Whitman and the HPE team had their work cut out given the energy HP Inc. injected into the audience; and the speed-themed, “make money” message kept pace quite well with HP Inc. Both the HP Inc. and HPE Showcase areas were busy throughout the show (as was channelcentral.net within the showcase area), and a failed guerrilla marketing attempt by Dell/EMC appeared to lead to an even greater focus on HP Inc. and HPE’s messaging and capabilities to deliver products, solutions, and services via their #1 rated partner network.

We would like to thank our customers that spent time with us throughout this year’s Conference and we would also like to extend that thanks to HP Inc. and HPE for having us there as sponsors.

If you missed us at this year’s GPC and you would like to learn more about channelcentral services for HP Inc. and HPE Channels, then download our brochure or get in touch.

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Come and see us at GPC 2016, Boston, USA!

September 2, 2016

12th-14th September 2016.

channelcentral is delighted to announce that it is a sponsor at this year’s GPC event for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. The event is being held in Boston from 12th-14th September and is a joint event for the two organisations.

The GPC event is an opportunity for Partners, Distributors and Resellers from around the World to get together and discuss the latest developments in technology and drive Channel growth and engagement.

channelcentral is right at the very heart of this event because of its iQuote Configure, Price, Quote tool. iQuote is used in over 60 countries around the World for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. products, enabling the Channel to quote solutions with ease.

If you are attending GPC this year then why not come and visit us?! We will be available throughout the 3 day show for meetings to discuss growing your Channel business with iQuote and our other services.

Find us at Stand SB117 in the Showcase Lounge within the Technology Showcase on Tuesday 13th September 12.30-14.00. Alternatively, arrange to meet us elsewhere at the event by emailing interested@channelcentral.net

We look forward to seeing you there!

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VMware Product Selector – Worldwide in iQuote

August 30, 2016

Easier VMware configurations for all.

VmwareEarlier this year we announced the availability of a VMware Product Selector within iQuote EMEA. After some good utilisation we are now pleased to announce that this service is available Worldwide for all iQuote users.

The VMware Product Selector can be found in iQuote for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Once configuring a product, users can go to ‘View All’ in the options tab and select ‘VMware’. Upon doing so, the Product Selector will appear.

The Product Selector works as an intelligent filter working only with compatible, validated options for the system unit the user is configuring. The filter is split as follows:

  • Category
  • Product Range
  • Service Duration
  • License Type

There has never been an easier way to configure HPE Solutions with VMware. Login to iQuote today and click ‘View All’ to see how this simple and efficient feature can help you win more deals!

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channelcentral opens US Office!

August 22, 2016

As we embark on our tenth year of trading, channelcentral is delighted to announce that it is opening its third office – this time in Boston, Massachusetts, adding the USA to our two existing UK office locations.

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This is great news for channelcentral clients based in US, Canada and Latin America.  We have many customers in this region using our iQuote Service for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.

This investment is about improving the ease of doing business with channelcentral, providing a gateway into the value we offer through iQuote, Freebird and our custom CPQ solutions.

Tod Johnson, formerly of HP, is joining channelcentral and will be running the Americas business as Client Director. Tod is very experienced in the market, has a great network of contacts and really understands channelcentral’s differentiation and service proposition.

We asked Tod his thoughts on joining channelcentral and this is what he said:

“Being a part of a company like channelcentral, with such tremendous capabilities to drive sales across the technology spectrum is incredibly exciting. After 25 years in IT sales looking for the perfect tools and services that simplify, automate, and bring efficiencies to the labor of the sales process; I’ve not only found them, I now get to carry them in my bag and represent them having become a member of the channelcentral team. The tools and services of channelcentral worked wonders within my own sales experience; and believing in the channelcentral offering from the foundation of personal experience gives me a level of credibility with clients not often found in a career. Establishing operations in the USA is a great opportunity for channelcentral to expand and improve the already exemplary experience they offer clients in the Americas, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

As Tod joins us in the USA, we look forward to growing our market in the Americas region and working much closer with our existing customers.