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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 Reboots

July 31, 2013

InterNAP is bringing back their channel. After they burned it to the ground, they are counting on the channel to come back any way because the money is green. Try to remember that evergreen - even in plain language on your contract - is only enforceable if you have enough balls and bucks to sue for enforcement.

Bandwidth.com will be launching a channel program in September at CP Expo. Remember that Bandwidth also had a channel that they closed, too.

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.

Is it In the Cloud or For the Cloud?

June 17, 2013

Every company from ADP to your hosting company is calling themselves cloud now. The question is: Was the service built for cloud or just stuffed into cloud?

Did the cloud services provider design the service to be in the cloud? Or are they shoveling gear in a data center and calling it "in the cloud"?

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

Channel Conflict on the Rise

June 4, 2013

All the changes happening in the IT World is also causing trouble in the Channel, as anyone in the channel can attest to. CompTIA released its Third Annual State of the Channel Study: Channel Conflict and Deal Registration Trends, an online survey of 350 U.S. IT company executives conducted in February 2013.

the study found that "Eight in 10 say conflict has affected their business negatively, including 21 percent that described the impact as "major."

Level3 Channel Chief Steps Down

May 28, 2013

A memo went out to channel partners this evening from Karl Strohmeyer, GVP, NA Enterprise Sales at Level(3) that Mike Jerich was leaving L3.

"Partners:

It is with mixed feelings that I announce Mike Jerich is leaving Level 3 to pursue an outside opportunity. I say "mixed" as he has shown great leadership integrating and building the program to what it has become today; however, he has an opportunity to further expand his career. I appreciate the strong commitment and expertise he has delivered and wish him all the best in his new chapter.

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