The Democratization of Digital Transformation

Everyone knows the cloud has changed IT and the computing experience immensely from an infrastructure perspective. Additionally, platforms like the Apple AppStore have made marketplaces for B2C a common place to find, try and use applications for little or no cost and hassle. Now we are seeing the proliferation of these marketplaces in B2B.  

For example, Microsoft Azure is growing the number of options and services that can provide flexibility, affordability and frankly, quality choices for enterprise applications and solutions.

OpenConnect recently went through the transformation to move all our DevOps, demo systems and operational IT to Azure. This provides streamlined and consolidated processes that significantly lower costs and most importantly offer affordable choices to spin services up and down in minutes.

This agility in the Azure services has been extended to their Azure Marketplace. We now extend this agility into how we interact with prospects, partners and customers. 

Azure Marketplace provides a platform for independent software vendors (ISV’s) that have been certified and optimized to run on Azure. Now interactions with our solutions, such as WorkiQ and DiscoveriQ, can take place in a “Test Drive” mode providing the necessary server and software components deployed and ready in less than 5 minutes. This saves your IT team time and reduces the need to find server space. Within minutes, our customer gets access to their private environment and an email with further details about getting started. Easy as that!

When the Test Drive is complete, the customer can easily choose to extend the service by purchasing licenses from the ISV by entering their license key into their own enterprise Azure service — BYOL (Bring Your Own License).   

The expansion and proliferation of these marketplaces are truly and quickly democratizing how you interact with your existing vendors and find new vendors. We are proud to participate in the Azure Marketplace. Stay tuned for more options from OpenConnect marketplace options. The next planned one is with UiPath Go!’s new and quickly growing marketplace.

If you are interested in taking a Test Drive of WorkiQ, see the instructions below, and have fun!


Azure Marketplace Instructions

How to get started with the WorkiQ Test Drive running in the Azure Marketplace.

  1. Visit the Test Drive page on Azure Marketplace
  2. Search Marketplace for WorkiQ
  3. Choose WorkiQ Test Drive, sign in and agree to the terms of use.
  4. Once you complete the form, your WorkiQ Test Drive will start deploying, and in a few minutes, you will get an email notification that the environment is ready. Just follow instructions in the email, and you will be able to access a fully provisioned and ready to use environment.
  5. Once provisioned, the WorkiQ Test Drive is available for 30 days. After the WorkiQ Test Drive is over, you will receive an email with the instructions to purchase and continue using the product (BYOL)
  6. Happy Test Driving.