HP, Microsoft Reward Cross-Selling VARsBy Jessica Davis | Print
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The two tech giants' "Bring IT Together" program offers incentives for cross sales will run through October.Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft have taken their channel collaboration one step further with a new program called "Bring IT Together" that offers pre-installed Microsoft software on HP products.
A limited time promotion, the companies are offering incentives to VARs which sell certain product combinations that include hardware from HP and software from Microsoft.
HP Smart Buy product solutions included in the "Bring IT Together" program include the HP dx2300 Compaq Business Desktop with Windows Vista Business; the HP iPAQ rx5910 Travel Companion with Windows Mobile; and the HP ProLiant ML115 Server with Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 pre-installed or as a Reseller Option Kit. Additional qualifying products will be added throughout the program, HP said in a statement.
Participating resellers are also eligible for an additional entry by selling an HP media-less activation key for 2007 Microsoft Office. By pre-loading Microsoft software solutions, HP has simplified the sales process and placed its reseller partners in a more cost-competitive position.
HP is also enabling its distributor partners to participate in the "Bring IT Together" program by offering them incentives too. For example, the distributor with the most reseller registrations at the close of the promotion period wins two all-expenses paid trips for two to an unnamed tropical destination.