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

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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 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.

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"?

Will the NSA Hurt US Cloud Revenue?

June 10, 2013

The whistleblower / traitor was revealed in the NSA scandal: Edward Snowden. I have been reading a lot about this whole situation.

Apparently, this story was broken last year, but no one paid attention. "William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the secretive agency, and one of the best codebreakers in NSA history" was interviewed by the NY Times.

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."

VAD's Becoming CSB's

May 28, 2013

I just like using acronyms. A VAD is a value added distributor like Tech Data, SYNNEX, Arrow, Ingram Micro and Insight. Like Dell and Microsoft, these companies have to shift their business model to adjust for a decline in hardware and software sales. Everything is going Cloud.

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.

What Does Your Customer Want?

May 16, 2013

A great read in INC magazine. What does your customer want? "The reason that they're turning to you and your firm is that they're stuck and need your help. Therefore, you must be able to bring something new to the table."

Interesting Links for Your Consideration

May 14, 2013

There have been some interesting articles lately. I can't get to all of them, but here are some good reads.

Death of the Telecom VAR in 2013 - How an entire sub-industry will be wiped out in the next 24 months by Jeff Hawkes. "Traditional telecom VARs or value-added reseller businesses- those that derive the majority of their revenue from the sale of on-premise PBX equipment to business customers- have ridden one of the longest product life cycle waves in recent technological history and combined with an emerging threat from hosted phone providers and a professional background that leaves most ill-prepared to run a business larger than a few employees is threatening to wipe-out or dramatically alter an entire sub-industry in the next 24 months." He writes like me.

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.

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