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Overview: this article is applicable to resellers are authorized under the Premium Cloud Marketplace Program.  In this article you learn how to create your own products. 

Products created are visible in your white label Marketplace. Partners with a Basic marketplace plan will not be able to access these features.

 

PrerequisiteA product created in the platform must be be associated to a cloud provider.


 

To create a new product, follow these steps:


1.  Go to Products > My Products and click [Add]

 


2. Fill in the following fields:

· SKU: you can create a new SKU or add an existing SKU. The naming convention for new SKUs should be “product name – SKU”. For example, “blue pen-SKU 123”. Ensure that the SKU name is unique.

· Name: enter a unique name for your product. This is the name as you would like it to appear in your Marketplace. The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace



 

· Status: Select Active if you want the product to be seen in the Marketplace or select Inactive if you don’t want the product to be seen in the Marketplace

· Actions: selecting one or more of these options will enable the selected options to be visible on the product in the marketplace

  i.  Try: this option enables you to associate the product with a test drive. 

  ii.  Buy: this option enables the product to be orderable in your Marketplace meaning that the user will see a [Buy] button in your Marketplace when this product is selected

  iii. Info: this is where you can add a website URL or an email address for users to get more information regarding this product

  iv. Add: this is a future enhancement that will let you request to add a new cloud provider account. This should be skipped for now as it is still being developed.


The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace



· Approval Required: this applies to the Buy option. Add a check mark to this option if you want the purchase of this product to be reviewed and approved prior to the user completing the purchase in Marketplace. Only users with the role of “Owner” will be able to approve purchases. The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace.



 

· Description: Text entered in this field is what appears in the product tile in Marketplace. The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace. 

  Note: this field is limited to 235 characters, including spaces

 

   

 

· Keywords: this lets you associate a tag or keyword to the product. When you enter the keyword in the search box in Marketplace, it will show you all the product(s) associated with the keyword that you entered.

· Category: this lets you add the product to a particular category in the Marketplace. The Groups tab will show you what each category indicates. Only users with the role of “Owner” can add a new category name and description.

· Resellers: select the “Do not allow resellers to view product” option

· Sharing: for suppliers, select the “Share with partners” option. This will help with the ability for Tech Data to see the vendor products in the My Products tab. When this option is selected the Linked Products section will appear. Add a check mark to the program that you want to associate the product to.

· Partners can set own product administrator: this applies to the Buy option. Premium partners will be able to choose an administrator from the list of drop-down options that will be responsible for approving the purchase of the product in the Marketplace.



· Logo: this lets you add images to the product. The image should have a minimum height of 500 pixels and no more than 2 pixels of white space in any direction (no transparency, padding, etc.).


3. Click [Create] before adding more details. If you continue adding more details before clicking on this button, you can lose all the data you just entered. You will be taken back to the Products > My Products page.


4. Find and select the product that you just created then click on [Edit] to finish adding the rest of the details. Click on the [Edit Product Details] button then click [Ok] on the popup that appears.


5. Fill in the following fields:

· Description: this will show up in the Overview section of the product in Marketplace. Click on [Update] for initial text entry. Updates after that can just be added to the text box. Text options will be visible when the text is highlighted.




The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace




       · Features: this will show up in the Features section of the product in Marketplace. The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace.  Use the scroll bar to see additional feature information.


· Reviews: this will show up in the Reviews section of the product in Marketplace

· FAQs: this will show up in the FAQs section of the product in Marketplace. The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace.

· Support: this will show up in the Support section of the product in Marketplace. The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace.

· Videos: this will show up in the Videos section of the product in Marketplace. Content must be in a YouTube embedded format. If you create a video, upload it to YouTube, 

  get the YouTube link then you can upload that link here. The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace.




* Trials: this will show up in the Trials section of the product in Marketplace. The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace.



6. Click [Back to Product] then click [Save] to save the changes made in the Edit Product Details section. You will be taken back to the Products > My Products page.

7. Find and select the product that you just created then click on [Edit] to finish adding the rest of the details.

8. Deployment Scripts: this section only applies to AWS products. The script will deploy the product into an AWS cloud account. To add a script, click on the [Add+] button then fill in the fields on the popup that appears:

· In the Provider field, select “Amazon Web Services” from the drop-down option

· In the Script field, click [Upload] and select the script on the popup that appears then click [Open]. The Account and Regions fields will be visible once a script is uploaded.

· In the Account field, select the appropriate account only when the script contains any AMIs that are deployed

· In the Regions field, select the appropriate region that the script should be deployed into. You can select more than 1 region.

· The Description field is where you can add a description for the script. This is an optional field.

· The Script AMIs field tells you what AMIs are in the script. It will automatically be populated for you to include the details in the script. This is not a free form text box.

· If the script has parameters to pass then it will be shown in the Script Parameters section. If there are parameters, add a check mark to the Public box for each parameter. If there are no parameters,     this section will be blank.

· Click [Save] to save the changes made on the Deployment Script popup

 


9. Plans: this is where you add the plan name and description. This is only relevant to the Buy/Subscribe option. You must add at least one plan to a product. Click on the [Add+] button to add a plan or multiple plans to a product. The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace.

 


10. Features: this is where you add the features that are associated with a plan. This is only relevant to the Buy option. You must add at least one feature to a plan. Click on the [Add+] button to add a feature or multiple features to a product. Don’t worry about adding optional features. The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace.

 

11. Price: this is where you add the price for the plan and feature. This is only relevant to the Buy option. You can apply more than 1 price to each plan. Click on the [Edit] button to select the appropriate price option. One time means upfront pricing. Generally, consumption is hourly and subscription is annual or monthly (term of the contract). The screenshot below is what it will look like in the Marketplace.


12. SKUs: this is where you add SKUs that you want to associate with the plan and feature. This is only relevant to the Buy option. You can add more than 1 SKU to a plan. Click on the [Add+] button then fill in the fields on the popup that appears:

· In the SKU field, select the SKU that you want to add from the from the dropdown menu options. This will include both SKUs that you have created as well as SKUs that have been shared with you by     Tech Data.

· You can set a custom discount or uplift by using the Discount/Uplift slider

· Included in section lets you associate the SKU to a specific plan if there are multiple plans

  i.  The box next to the plan name indicates the quantity of that SKU for that plan

· Click [Save] to save the changes made on the SKU popup

 

 

13. Click [Save] to save the changes made on the product page

 

You have just completed the steps of creating a new product. For more information, contact support by clicking on theicon on the top section of the portal.  The ticketing system screen displays: