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Where Are We Now? Ode to the Agent

August 9, 2016

After the news hit (for some on Friday night, for the rest on Monday morning about ScanSource buying Intelisys), where does that leave everyone? That has been the big question on everyone's mind.

Do the sub-agents get screwed in the ScanSource deal?

What Changes?

The Distributor Side of Things

August 3, 2016

A recent discussion on LinkedIn around my blog about what Master Agencies call themselves has been ongoing. It even continued with live comments at the CompTIA event in Fort Lauderdale.

Both sides will need to adapt. Most of the servers being bought now are being bought by the likes of Amazon, Rackspace, Facebook and Microsoft.

Selling SD-WAN as a Trusted Adviser

July 29, 2016

What It Means to Master an Agency

July 25, 2016

After rumors swirled at CP Expo in Vegas in March, the announcement is finally here: Sandler Partners is acquiring X4. This will create an entity that is doing $65M in revenue, referenced as second only to one master agency.

It is interested that some media call it a master agency, when in the press release, Sandler Partners described themselves as America's Fastest Growing Distributor Of Connectivity & Cloud Services. X4 is called a master agency though.

PlumUC Pipes in on Skype4B for Partners

July 19, 2016

On Microcorp's weekly agent call, the first topic was the Office365 opportunity for channel partners. (One slide from that call shows the size of the opportunity is on twitter.)

I wasn't aware of how many vendors were pushing Office365. These include Level3, Sprint, Arkadin, CallTower, TelePacific, Velis4, BitTitan, Rackspace, Tierpoint, CenturyLink, Evolve IP, NeoNova, even GoDaddy.

The SPIFF War

July 12, 2016

Money is practically free, so why not use it for a land grab? This is the premise behind the industry consolidation. It is hard to grow organically, so grow inorganically by buying competitors or new markets (like Vonage and Nexmo).

But eventually you think out the herd of competitors that you can afford to buy and now you have the real revenue growth numbers staring at your face.

Talking to Channel Managers

July 1, 2016

The Struggle of the Channel Managers

June 23, 2016

One big struggle of the channel managers is to get agents to sell deeper into accounts. The providers would like more than Internet and Voice to be sold.

If you have been at a master agent roadshow or conference, you know that what we will call fringe or non-mainstream vendors are looking for attention. Also, the most popular brands are looking to push new product lines.

It Got Complicated

June 15, 2016

PRI's were easy. They are based on a standard. There were only two configurations that the gear could have. It worked 99% of the time. Now we have SIP Trunks to replace PRI and POTS.

The Telecom Long Tails

June 7, 2016

The Telecom Channel Partner Long Tail. 95/5 off-setting Pareto's Principle of 80/20. However, effort and real dollars are spent on the unproductive 95%. That is money and energy that could go into producing partners or marketing.

I talk about what an Aligned Partner is in my Channel Playbook.

In 2006, Alec Saunders and Chris Wood had a discussion about the Voice Long Tail (see here and pdf).

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