Apple Solution Professionals Network
In today's sophisticated computing environments, developing and delivering solutions for your clients is more complicated than ever before. So, it helps to have a connection - the Apple Solution Professionals Network (ASPN).
The Apple Solution Professionals Network (ASPN) is made up of people like you - consultants, VARs, trainers, systems integrators, and experts in the design and publishing world who provide computer solutions. As professionals in this field, you work with a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations whose success is dependent on computing technologies. To maintain your competitive edge, you need a wide range of information and tools that allow you to develop the best possible solutions for your clients, today and tomorrow.
ASPN connects you to Apple resources. It's your direct line to the kind of information and support that's vital to building a strong, prosperous business. It's a link to the product, marketing, solution and support information you need to respond to today's technological challenges.
Information and Communications
Program bulletins are posted to the ASPN Web site on a regular basis to help keep members informed of the latest news about ASPN, as well as Apple products and services. Regular information mailings are posted to the ASPN Member Only area that may include detailed product specification sheets, compatibility charts, industry trends, and competitive information. Mailings include items like the MacOS System Software CD, and the Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert (ARPLE) CD. These are just some of the items you'll receive to stay current!
Solutions and Business Development
As you work with your clients to develop the optimum solution for their business, you need access to the products and support that will help finalize the deal.
Apple Learn & Earn Program
Apple Learn & Earn Program is designed to recognize and reward you for your knowledge of and commitment to Apple products and solutions. It works much like a frequent flier program. During each membership period, points are earned for the successful completion of learning activities. At designed point levels, Apple will provide awards for accomplishments. As a bonus, participants will also receive product information and sales tools.
The ASPN Directory - We Want to Promote You!
The ASPN Directory, Connecting People to Solutions, is another way to market your services to prospective clients. The Directory is our online database of consultants. The information is updated regularly to ensure the latest information is available to customers. The Apple Reference, Performance & Learning Expert (ARPLE) CD ships to thousands of customers and Apple partners on a bi-monthly basis. The ASPN directory of consultants and trainers is kept up-to-date to reflect current status on the ARPLE CD.
In addition to the ASPN online directory, we have also bridged the gap between ASPN members and MacDirectory. MacDirectory is a national "Yellow Pages" of hardware, software, training, and service resources covering the fields ofpublishing, graphics, and new media and has a certified circulation of 133,000. All ASPN members' company profiles are automatically sent to MacDirectory's online resources directory with the ASPN logo attached to each company profile.
ConsultLink is another way we connect customers looking for consultants. ConsultLink links consultants with the companies that need them. Using the technology of the Internet, ConsultLink provides an easy and cost-effective way to match consultants and clients. All ASPN members' company profiles are automatically sent to ConsultLink's online resources directory with the ASPN logo attached to each company profile.
ASPN Program Logo Usage
The ASPN Program Logo may be used in promotional and business materials to show your affiliation with Apple. The official artwork and usage guidelines are available to download at the ASPN Member Only Web site.
These are Apple corporate-sponsored events, including product information and special seminars. Invitations to semi-annual technology meetings put you directly in touch with Apple's product managers who work on the latest technologies.
Technology Refresh Program
Apple Computer, Inc. and Apple Commercial Credit continue to offer qualifed ASPN members the "Technology Refresh Program." This program provides the opportunity to ASPN members to procure the latest technology through innovative leasing options.
Now you can provide solutions for your customers from Apple's most recent product introductions without the constraints and burden commonly associated with ownership and upfront acquisition costs.
ASPN members can use this program to lease selected CPUs for a 12-month period with NO MONEY DOWN and NO PAYMENT due until 30 DAYS following delivery!
Trade Show Participation
Work side by side with Apple as we showcase Macintosh solutions to thousands of people. You will be invited to join us in our product area at trade shows sponsored by our corporate office. Meet potential customers and tout your expertise at these visible venues!
We recognize that even knowledgeable consultants sometimes need a place to turn to for fast answers to tough client support issues. Through the rapid response ASPN HelpDesk service you will have answers to your questions on the MacOS and over 200 commercial applications. The ASPN HelpDesk is a toll-free dedicated technical support service available exclusively to ASPN members. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Connect with ASPN today! To become a member, simply complete the enrollment form.
ASPN Member-to-Member ListServ
Members are automatically signed up for this valuable member-to-member communications. Members use this listserv as a forum to communicate technical questions and answers, discuss product information, and provide support to one another on tough projects!
As training seminars and localized briefings are established in the field, ASPN members are invited to participate. Recent trainings evolved around ColorSync, Apple's Network Color Management Profiles. Future seminars may include such courseware materials as AppleScript and QuickTime VR.
Making the Right Connection
Have your company profiled by being highlighted on the ASPN homepage. The first company profiled at this site created over 400,000 hits in one month! We want to promote you! Tell us about your success stories or create a hot Web site. You may be the next company to be promoted to thousands of customers and Apple partners.