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| Peter Radizeski of RAD-INFO, Inc. talking telecom, Cloud, VoIP, CLEC, and The Channel.

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Convergence is Upon Us

August 11, 2013

For years we talked about converging voice and data. Now that most voice traffic is VoIP riding on data networks (cellular, broadband, T1, MPLS, etc.), we can say Converged. But there is another convergence happening - the world of telco and IT. CompTIA, Cloud Services Community and other groups are working hard to get VARs to either become telecom agents or work with them.

How Many VARs Are There Anyway

July 31, 2013

This is a LONG post. Kind of rambling. Sorry about that. But it does have some really good nuggets of info. Thanks for reading.

Channel Sales Enablement: Part 3 Compensation

July 19, 2013

Compensation is one of the top topic I get calls about. Compensation plans are a double edged sword. On the one hand, it is money out of revenue. On the other hand, it is the carrot that keeps your sales people selling and your revenue coming in.

Different Channel Partners Means Varying Obstacles

June 30, 2013

Whether I am working with an ITSP (Hosted VoIP provider) or a cloud video conferencing company, the one thing I can count on is that the channel partners will all have different business models.

You can put them in buckets generally, but the fact is that each business model is a different problem or obstacle.

The telecom channel is based on the agent model. Sell our stuff, we pay you a commission, we bill and support the client.

Channel Sales Enablement: Part 2

June 30, 2013

Every channel wants a lot of feet on the street. I just saw a master agent in New England with 160 providers in its catalog. It isn't unusual for a master agent (pick any of the big ones) to have 100 providers on its roster. Let's examine that.

What the heck is Channel Sales Enablement?

June 17, 2013

It's one thing to get a whole bunch of channel partners to sign your indirect sales agreement. It's a whole other thing to have channel partners who are driving sales to you regularly and keep your funnel full.

Channel Sales Enablement is one of my skill sets. I was a VAR, then an Agent, then a consultant and a sales trainer - the many aspects necessary to understand how a channel works and how to make it work.

Get Ready Channel... Go Hosted!

June 16, 2013

5.5 Questions to Ask Your Cloud Vendor

May 28, 2013

An agent asked me for some advice on what Hosted PBX provider they should look at. I think it is always about local - you need local support, local numbers, and if it is OTT or single location local network.

Then she asked me what questions to ask a cloud vendor. Here are 5 and one-half.

Business is a Thinking Man's Sport

May 9, 2013

When I heard Mark Sanborn call business a thinking man's spot, it made me smile and then think. Oddly, most of these news items have all fallen in my lap today. It made me re-think how the value added distributors (VADs), like Tech Data, were going to morph.

Tech Data is the 2nd largest VAD at $26 Billion after Ingram Micro (at $37.8 Billion in sales), but TD is located in Tampa Bay, where I reside.

Big Agent Win or Scam?

May 2, 2013

A couple of small ISP/CLEC companies received letters from Verizon Wholesale stating that VZ Wholesale is outsourcing their puny accounts to an agency, Alliance Wholesale Agents, LLC.

This would be huge win for any agency, since VZ waffles over the channel all the time.

However, this agency is a Dover, DE company formed in January with no website and some goofy VoIP phone numbers. It points to either a scam or VZ Wholesale, specifically Kathryn Kalajian,who signed the letter, didn't check to the agency out.

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