Announcing The Schmooze Certified Reseller Program for FreePBX and PBXact

 

Schmooze Certified Reseller Program

 

We at Schmooze have been asked about providing a reseller program for FreePBX and our FreePBX Commercial modules for as long as we have offered them.  We are now happy to announce the creation of the Schmooze Certified Reseller program.  

 

Since FreePBX primarily competes against legacy PBX products, when creating this new Reseller program we wanted to ensure that Certified Resellers would have the required training and knowledge to build and be the first line of support for Certified FreePBX systems for their clients.  This meant changing our Reseller Program to now require Classroom Training and Certification Testing for companies wanting to be Schmooze resellers.  New Schmooze Resellers will need to complete classroom training & certification within 120 days of signing up to be a reseller.  Existing PBXact resellers will be notified of the new Certification Requirements for their particular situation.

 

Upcoming Classes are being offered May 21-24, 2013 in Huntsville, Alabama at the Digium Headquarters, and in Phoenix, Arizona in July or August.

 

Becoming a Schmooze Reseller is your first step to success!

 

Whether you are looking for the support, time and cost savings of a commercially branded PBX platform ready to hang on a wall or prefer to build each system from scratch using the open source FreePBX Distro  The Schmooze Certified reseller program will fit your needs.

 

Available Programs for purchasing Schmooze Products:

 

MarketPlace Member– Gives you access to the entire FreePBX Product Line, including Appliances, Commercial Modules, Software Add Ons, Paid Support, Classroom Training & SIP Trunking. Register Now.  Free to all and has no requirements.

 

Schmooze Certified Reseller- As a Schmooze Certified Reseller you can adjust the program to fit how you do business, selling the Schmooze solution that best addresses your clients needs solutions based on the FreePBX Distro or PBXact a commercially supported PBX platform.  Continue Reading or Apply Now.

 

FreePBX and PBXact Certified Reseller Badges

To ensure the best experience for end users of FreePBX and PBXact we now require that new Resellers attend a training session within 120 days of signing up to be a reseller, and pass a certification test.  Gaining Reseller Certification Gives you access to sell PBXact or Certified FreePBX Distro. Certified Resellers also receive the Following Benefits:

  • Discounted Software & Hardware solutions

    • Discounted licensing for both the PBXact product line and FreePBX Commercial Modules

    • Servers, Desktop Phones, Wireless Phones, PSTN Cards, Paging Devices, Door Phones

  • Access to Schmooze Channel Managers

  • Access to -Pre & -Post sales support

  • Discount NFR & Demo Kit Programs

  • Custom Co-Branded Sales Collateral & Marketing

  • Discounts on Classroom Training

  • Access to System Sales & Support Leads near you

  • Includes free support credit to assist you while learning the products

  • Advanced Product Information

  • Access to Certificates of Genuine Installation

  • Conference Calls & Webinars with the Project Managers & Developers.

 

Get Started

 

The process to become a Schmooze Certified Reseller is simple, but  thorough.  You may contact one of our Channel Partner Managers for assistance or you may follow the instructions below to complete the online application form.

  • Complete the online application, including submission of all requested documents.

  • Once submitted your information is sent to the Schmooze account group for approval

  • Upon Approval you will be sent an electronic reseller agreement to sign and return.

  • After accepting the reseller agreement you will be sent login information for the Schmooze portal and our other online resources where you can find support tools, product online quotes, and purchase hardware, services and support.

  • Once approved you will then need to schedule your Classroom Training Session and Certification Testing to be completed within the first 120 days of being a Schmooze Reseller. Sign Up for Training & Certification Testing

  • Once you complete the Certification Process your portal profile will be adjusted to include additional discounts, as well as receive Sales Leads within the markets you serve.

  • Additional Reseller Requirements:

    • Annual renewal and successful testing/certification of at least one employee

    • Minimum of $5000 of purchases per calendar year

 

Additional Opportunities to Partner & Resale Schmooze Products

 

Turnkey Hosted PBX Platform– we provide and support a rock solid commercially supported hosted PBX platform within your own infrastructure, greatly reducing the development and ongoing support cost of implementing a hosted PBX solution, while enabling best in class PBX features and the ease of provisioning from a web interface.  The Turnkey platform enables you to get a kick start on adding hosted PBX platform to you company’s portfolio. Read More Info Here.

Custom OEM Program– This unique program allows you to get a fully supported skinned version of the FreePBX Distro customized with your company’s branding and suitable for use on both premise hardware as well as your own hosted environment. Read More Info Here.


Entities wishing to distribute Schmooze Products outside of North America. Please Contact Us Here.

Documentation Upgrade

So over the past 3 years Schmooze has acquired and designed alot of Documentation from Videos, UserGuides and Sales Slicks around all things related to our PBX and FreePBX. We have decided that trying to maintain all these different sites of documentation and yes even at Schmooze we had 3 different places our resellers and customers could find Documentation to combine all this into 1 place and also let the FreePBX users benefit from our collection of information.

This new central location is the Confluence site that we setup a few months ago for FreePBX at wiki.freepbx.org. As I lay in bed recovering from Back Surgery last week I decided it was now or never to start migrating all this over. Well after 3 solid days I have a large amount of it moved over. I encourage you to spend sometime on the wiki.freepbx.org site looking through all the great documentation. Under the FreePBX Modules section there is a page for each module in FreePBX. Lots of these modules have documentation that different community members have been hard at work adding.  

Most of the Documentation Schmooze has for modules are done in PDF or Video format so under each module section you will see a page Called “Guides and Video”. This page will have links to any PDF guides or videos that we have created for each module. You will notice they are heavily branded Schmooze as they were created by Schmooze for our Customers but I feel most people will still be appreciative to have the information we have created and gathered.

As always, we just ask that you honor any copyright notices and if you are dying to get something documented comment here and I will see if I can get it through creative for you. We are a little backed up with some new material coming out but currently we have 2 people “Shaun and Mike” in our creative team who are responsable for keeping all the websites, blogs and documentation looking original and fantastic and are working on some really cool videos.

Speaking of videos here is a sample of what you can expect coming out from us. Our plan is to create videos for all modules in FreePBX from a User training perspective and also some sales related videos that you can use to help sell FreePBX systems to your customers.

How to Install FreePBX Distro Video

Now if I could just keep YouTube from shutting down our account it would be so much easier to have a central spot for our videos.  

Open Telephony Training Seminar – May 2013 – Huntsville, Alabama

The time and location for the next Open Telephony Training Seminar has been announced. The next session will be held at the Huntsville, Alabama offices of Digium, Inc. The cost of the class will be:

Early Bird Pricing (Ends March 31st) $1995.00
Early Bird Pricing w/demo kit (Ends March 31st) $2790.00
Advanced FreePBX
Where:
Huntsville, Alabama -Digium Office
When:
May 21th thru 24th, 2013
(Optional 4th day is May 24th)

This class is now a prerequisite for the Schmooze Certified Reseller Program for FreePBX and PBXact. The Schmooze reseller program is for any entity that is selling or wants to sell phone systems to their customers. The program’s primary purpose is to recognize excellence in the deployment of FreePBX or PBXact systems and to ensure proper training, superior quality/stability and peace of mind to reseller and end users alike. This class will fill up quickly so get your applications in as soon as possible.

Click on the Store tab and training link above for more details. http://www.freepbx.org/training

Who Should Attend

With a large range of topics from technical to marketing and sales, this seminar appeals to a wide variety of professionals:

-Persons/organizations selling, provisioning, and deploying open source PBXs
-IT professionals deploying PBXs in their own organization
-Telephony professionals and carriers exploring the world of open-source Asterisk-based PBXs
-Organizations deploying Inbound Call Centers of any size with FreePBX or PBXact
-Organizations who want to become a Schmooze Certified Reseller of FreePBX or PBXact.
The course is designed for professionals with some prior exposure to Asterisk and FreePBX who wish to expand their knowledge in this aggressive training seminar. You should contact us and discuss your individual situation if you plan on attending with no previous FreePBX experience.

This is a three day course (now includes an optional 4th day) intended to give extensive exposure to FreePBX administration and key internals. It is taught around a series of labs that build upon each other and create a very interactive environment amongst the class participants to maximize the learning experience. This training seminar will teach advanced topics to market, sell, deploy, troubleshoot, customize and administer Asterisk/FreePBX solutions relevant to all FreePBX based Distributions. The class is taught using the latest FreePBX Distro but is valid for any FreePBX installation including AsteriskNOWTM, trixbox, Elastix, PBX-in-a-Flash, or your own.

-Advanced PBX Administration in FreePBX
-Phones, BLFs, XML and Asterisk Internals and Troubleshooting
-Linux Administration for PBXs
-TDM Hardware and IP Phones
-Troubleshooting and Telco Issues
-Marketing and Selling Asterisk PBX Solutions
-PBXact and Commercial Modules (Day 4 Optional)
-Certification

For any organization that is looking at becoming a FreePBX or PBXact reseller you will need to pass the Certification Test offered on the fourth day of the class. This test has a time limit of 2 hours and has both multiple choice questions along with some setup you will be doing on your lab machine. Once you have passed your Certification Test you can signup to become a FreePBX/PBXact certified reseller and start enjoying all the perks this program has to offer. More information on the Schmooze Reseller Program: http://schmoozecom.com/freepbx.php

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