No matter what you do in the technology world, we hope that the SAP Community Network has already helped broaden your knowledge, skills, contacts, as well as business opportunities. We want to make this community the most collaborative, enriching experience of its kind. Of course, that means encouraging co-innovation as well as sharing best practices, helpful ideas, and valuable resources in every way possible.
As SAP introduces new programs and services, you can also count on us to inform you of those that are especially relevant and beneficial to SAP Community Network members.
Introducing the SAP Referral Program
I’m bringing the SAP Referral program to your attention today because it applies to just about anyone in our community, in just about any industry, in many countries around the world. And the rewards are substantial – up to $50,000 for each lead a registered program member company submits that becomes a won, closed, and paid deal for qualifying SAP products. Thousands of companies are ripe for referral now, particularly considering the current economic environment where the right software solutions can significantly reduce costs while increasing competitive advantage.
Over the past year, SAP has awarded more than $1 million to referral program member companies, and we’d like to double the amount this year. Successful leads have come from business professionals in a broad range of different positions and companies – from consultants on the front lines to technologists and business people behind the scenes. Many didn’t even have the additional advantages of SAP Community Network interaction, which can result in referral opportunities that may not be discovered any other way.
Not in Sales? Not a Problem.
You don’t have to be a sales person to participate. Nor do you need software expertise or any other particular technical background. From industry newcomers to experienced SAP specialists, just about anyone can identify and submit lucrative referral opportunities.
While it helps to know as much as possible about SAP solutions eligible for referral rewards, plenty of member companies have received large payouts without knowing much at all about these products. Here are several case study examples to give you a better sense of how easy and rewarding it can be to participate:
- et alia Nets $54K from Three Leads
- Axon Global Turns ‘Sunk’ Leads into Marketing Gold
- Omega Business Solutions Receives $34,000 for Referring One Lead
- Integrator Taps License Fees, Earns $6,100 on First Referral
The SAP Referral program requires little effort from you beyond registering your company and following the lead submission guidelines in respective countries where you identify and submit referral opportunities. You may even want to let your customer contacts know about this program, as chances are they will also be eligible to join and potentially submit highly valuable leads – and reap sizable rewards themselves.
As someone in the SAP Community Network, you are likely to have unique insights and connections that increase your company’s potential for SAP referral rewards. You may have some first-hand SAP experiences to share with prospects to help generate successful referrals. Or you may know of a company in the target market that isn’t satisfied with a competing solution. Provide as much information as possible regarding each referral – SAP can do the rest and amply compensate your company for bringing winning opportunities to our attention.
If you’re already a member of the SAP Referral program, please share your views, including if you see ways to improve it. If you’re hearing about it for the first time, I hope you take a few minutes to learn more. You can register your company in minutes and be “referral ready” as soon as an opportunity arises that’s not right for your business that may be ideal for SAP.