Building a thriving business around your SAM practice
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Helping customers understand their solutions
Crayon is a global top 10 Microsoft consulting partner operating in 22 countries with offices in 20 different cities. Crayon’s SAM-first Cloud First strategy aims to optimize the client’s ROI from investments. Over 60 percent of Crayons 900+ worldwide team are high-end technical consultants (SAM, Cloud Architects or Infrastructure Consultants) with over half of its worldwide revenues being driven directly from customer consulting fees.
Crayon’s number one focus is to help customers understand how to best use the software they have. This effort helps customers maximize the value of their existing IT environments. With an accurate, comprehensive assessment of its customers’ IT environments, Crayon has found tremendous success mapping out the future of those environments.
“We think of ourselves as a consulting organization with two different areas of focus: Software Asset Management consulting and license sales,” said Crayon Singapore CEO, Sandeep Angresh. “Our goal is to help large organizations understand how their assets are being utilized.”
SAM as a point of entry
After purchasing a set number of software licenses, most enterprises—of all sizes and across all industries—pay little to no attention to how those software licenses are used. As a result, when customers are making purchasing decisions, they rarely see the big picture. Often, they either buy something they don’t need, or they own something they need but don’t know they have. Crayon has built a thriving business around calling attention to this lack of visibility and then working to optimize its customer’s operational expenses.
Crayon has pioneered a unique sales motion, leading with Software Asset Management (SAM) services as a means to educate its customers on their current use of technology. From there, Crayon works with its customers to identify a path forward. These engagements not only afford the customer an opportunity to optimize their existing technologies—they also provide Crayon with intimate knowledge of its customer’s needs from which to develop a custom IT roadmap tailored to the customer’s business environment. Currently, this makes Crayon stand out within the Microsoft Partner Network. While many partners offer SAM services, few lead sales conversations with SAM.