Resellers, integrators and other sales and services partners join the partner program in the Open track. Open is for all partners in the DevOps space, or ItaaS and other adjacent spaces that are committed to investing in their DevOps practice buildout. Also, the Open track is for partners seeking to develop customers or just wanting to learn about Gitlab and participate in the Gitlab partner community. GitLab Open Partners may or may not be transacting partners, and can earn product discounts or referral fees.
This should open the ticket in the Zendesk Open Partner form in zendesk. From here, Zendesk will use the information in the form to change the requester to that of the Open Partner's customer. This would mean GitLab Support talks to the Open Partner's customer directly, using their own plan level.
In cases where an Open Partner wants to be involved in the discussion, they will need to mention this to us when submitting the ticket. From there, we can add them as a CC on the ticket.
Note: Never associate a customer to an Open Partner's organization, or vice-versa!
When Open Partners needs to send support files, we have 2 methods available to accomodate this:
Support provided to Open Partners and their customers will vary depending on the circumstances under which a ticket is raised. Some examples are:
An Open Partner raises a ticket, using the Open Partner form, on behalf of their end customer. They should do so under the Customer's account. We will deliver support based on the customer's subscription. Support will correspond with the end customer directly. Please note that if the partner incorrectly types the customer's email address, the ticket may not be properly associated with the customer organization. This can be corrected with the following steps:
Organization Email (partners)to use the correct email
changelink under the ticket subject
Same example as above, except this time the Open Partner is fulfilling a services engagement for their end customer, and so needs to be included in the ticket work. In the partner troubleshooting section of the form, the partner should ask to be included in the CC list on the ticket in question.
An Open Partner is doing commercial work for a customer and raises a ticket. They should do so under their own account using a subscription they have purchased for themselves. We will deliver support based on the subscription the partner has purchased.
An Open Partner is doing internal training, testing or knowledge building. They should raise a ticket under their account using their NFR licences.
These examples are not exhaustive. If in doubt, ask questions about the situation under which the ticket is being raised.