Earlier this month we informed you about legacy IBM System x Inventory and Order Management Systems will be migrated to Lenovo controlled systems on January 11, 2016. This project is a significant step toward our goal of a common channel infrastructure for ALL Lenovo products, programs and processes.
There will be no change to the process of ordering and purchasing Think and Lenovo branded systems and accessories in this migration. This is solely a legacy System x tools transition.
The other notable news on January 11th is that we will be migrating to a new and improved Partner Login Area of LPN for tools and files that need password protection. The new portal will offer single sign-on to a number of sales and reporting tools, an improved announcement letter and file search tool, a cohesive look and feel with our public LPN pages, and a number of other enhancements.
Below you will find more details around the changes mentioned above.
New Logged In Area of LPN
On January 11, 2016, Lenovo will launch a new and improved Login Area of the Lenovo Partner Network (LPN) website. Access to the tools and information you find in this area today will be easier to manage in the new, mobile-friendly environment.
New enhancements include single sign-on with your LPN credentials to many Lenovo sales and reporting tools you use today, saving you time by reducing the amount of passwords you need to remember. Searching for announcement letters, pricing lists, training courses and other files will also be easier and faster.
The process to log into this password protected area will remain the same as today. Just visit lenovopartnernetwork.com (US) or lenovopartnernetwork.com/ca (CA) and click the Partner Login link in the top-right corner of the page.
It will be required that existing users reset their LPN password with the launch of the new site. A communication will be sent prior to or on January 11th that will contain a link to complete this step. The email will also contain more details around the enhancements to this new logged in area of LPN.
OPRA Pricing Tool Will Be Retired
On January 11, 2016, Lenovo will transition all Server Special Bids processes to internal Lenovo tools. Therefore, the OPRA Pricing Tool will be retired. Partners will work directly with their Lenovo Sales Team to get Special Bid Pricing. There will be no change to the Pre-Sales Process, meaning Lenovo Partners will have access to a toolset to build and configure a valid Lenovo Server. The major change is that Partners will forward these final configurations to Lenovo for Pricing. No more paperwork burden for you!
Learn more about what this change means >
Custom Models For All
After January 11, 2016, all server CTO requests will result in a Unique Custom Model Number. The Custom Model Number is unique to the End User that has requested the configuration. This Unique Custom Model will allow for simplified order placement, inventory and pricing controls. The Custom Model Part Number will start with the same 4 digit machine type for each system providing a simple path to what was ordered. No additional time is now needed to set up a custom model in the Lenovo System!
Good News! This transition will have no downtime for our Order Management Systems. Partners will see very little disruption in placing orders with Lenovo.
Monday, January 11, 2016
All new orders placed on Lenovo IT systems on January 11, 2016.
Lenovo New Order System Down Time
Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, 2016
Any order placed during this period will be held until January 11, 2016.
Current System x Order Management Sunset
Sunday, January 10, 2016
No new orders accepted through this process.
System x Backlog/Ship Management
Friday, January 29, 2016
Backlog remaining on legacy System x systems will transfer to Lenovo.
What Will Happen to My Existing Price/Bid/Contract?
All approved and active System x pricing will be migrated to the new Lenovo System. New contract numbers to be used with orders placed on the new Lenovo IT system will be created with a start date of January 11, 2016. Existing System x contracts will remain valid for processing of backlog orders and rebates. Only new orders placed after January 11th will need the new contract number details.
Upfront Custom Model Pricing will automatically flow with the part details to the new contracts. All backend pricing (paid through a rebate) will use the new contract numbers in the ordering and rebate payment systems. Lenovo will generate reports that will summarize the new contract details in January. The new contracts will contain a reference to the old contract numbers.
In some cases, the System x pricing will be added to existing Think contracts providing easy transition. There is no transition of Think pricing, so this contract migration is for System x only.
System x Custom Models
To support data migration, Lenovo has set December 19th as the cutoff date for migrating System x Custom Model Data to our new tools. There is no cutoff date for ThinkServer.
Custom Model Data Transition
Friday, December 19, 2016
Custom models created/revised will transfer to the new system.
System x Custom Models CAN be created and changed after December 19th. However, those changes will not be transferred to the Lenovo System that goes live January 11th. Therefore, these new or revised systems will have to be redone after January 11th.