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Channel Outlook in a Mega-Merger World

November 7, 2016

With all of the deals going on being a telecom partner is a nervous business. Why do I say that? Uncertainty is never good. Less choice is never good. Less competition is unhealthy for an industry.

As the Telecom World Spins

November 4, 2016

It is happening so fast. Here's this week in M&A:

CenturyLink just sold off its data center business that was a combo of Qwest Cyber Centers and SAVVIS to a group of PE firms for $2.15B in cash and C-Link keeps a minority stake worth $150M in the new company. CL bought Savvis for $2.5B in 2011.

CenturyLink Buying Level3: Dumb Idea

October 31, 2016

The rumor on Friday turned out to be true: CenturyLink is buying Level3. CenturyLink has its roots in the RLEC business. It has acquired a number of smaller RLECs throughout the years including VZ and GTE assets. In 2002, it started making mistakes when it sold its cellular business to ALLTEL.

Rumor: Level3 to Merge with CenturyLink

October 28, 2016

This was the big rumor yesterday that the Wall Street Journal started. There was speculation back in July about Level3 being up for sale. There even was the rumor that Comcast was going to buy L3.

Level3 has a bad quarter financially and the C-Suite says, "Don't look here!

Can You Lower the Price?

October 19, 2016

When a partner asks for a lower price what is he saying?

  1. He is selling a commodity.
  2. He is presenting a couple of quotes.
  3. He is not selling your stuff exclusively on this deal..

Granted in many cases, network IS a commodity. And so is Internet Access! And clients indeed DO buy on price.

Channel Partner Enablement Tools

October 10, 2016

It seems that Channel Enablement is starting to become a thing again. "What is the definition of Channel Partner Enablement? Sometimes also referred to as Channel Enablement, Sales Enablement, Partner Enablement or Channel Management, it is the process whereby you enable and empower your channel partners to sell your services or products. It is a way to increase sales and expand your business by creating partnerships and adding to your workforce." [Pulse Learning vis CSG]

Your Commissions Were Cut

October 4, 2016

This is a mix of a news + humor + rant + snark.

How are your commissions holding up? You know, on that legacy stuff you sold?

According to reports from agents, Sprint is cutting legacy commissions to 5%.

Is Your Channel Program Up to Standards?

September 28, 2016

You have a channel program but it isn't going well. There might be solid reasons for this.

You might be too hard to do business with. Too much friction and I will sell the other guy.

The Sub-Agent Dilemma

September 20, 2016

Fresh off coming back from Microcorp's annual partner event (and 30th Anniversary party), I am reflecting on conversations with the partners.

Some are wondering what vendors to look at. Who is real and who is not. Who will be around to pay commissions in three years?

Skype is Taking Share

September 12, 2016

Microsoft beat Salesforce in the enterprise SaaS market in Q2, according to Synergy Research Group. "Microsoft was only number two with 7.9% market share of the global enterprise Software-as-a-Service industry in H1 2015." Now in "Q2 2016 resulted in Microsoft taking 15% of the enterprise SaaS market, beating Salesforce's 14% share."

NoJitter did a reader survey about Skype4B. Gary Kim has the break down HERE.

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