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

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Is that Commission Pass Through Killing Your Business?

February 22, 2017

Master Agencies are under the same pressure as the carriers: pricing depression is making it tough to hit quota. More and more deals are needed each year.

That typically means that more agents are needed each year to bring in those deals. Unfortunately, the channel is aging.

Downhill Sledding

February 22, 2017

For Agents especially, our business has been downhill sledding, much the way Calvin and Hobbes did it (see HERE).

Price compression on network, bandwidth and voice has become so bad that it prompted all of the consolidation. Cogent and HE certainly fuel the price erosion but agents selling the lowest price all the time on everything is only speeding it along.

Yesterday, I saw an ad for Broadview UC down to $17.95 per seat (lower if you have 75 seats or more).

How Do You Enable Partners?

January 31, 2017

RingCentral VP of Channel, Zane Long, did an interview with Channel Vision. He states, "Partners need the right sales support and enablement in order to be successful. It isn't enough to have just an amazing product or the richest commissions, because if partners are not fully enabled to really market it, they will not position your product first. The cloud communications marketplace is crowded and the demand for these competing solutions is evident (as noted in my earlier predictions).

The Fight to Make a Living in Cloud

January 17, 2017

How many articles and keynotes have been about how channel partners aren't jumping into cloud? I find it funny that it is mainly vendors and "consultants" saying this. It's Microsoft. It's every booth at CP Expo. It is the channel magazines (like here) and the channel consultants.

Cologix and Equinix Make Moves

December 5, 2016

The data center space is fluid right now. Cologix is up for sale according to Ramblings blog and WSJ. Chris Palermo, CEO of master agency Global Communication Networks said, "Cologix is a quality provider that has run an agent friendly channel, for years. Ten acquisitions later, they have grown into an interesting candidate for several data center providers [to buy]." The expected buyer yesterday was Equinix.

Advice for Partners for 2017 [podcast]

December 5, 2016

Jeff Ponts of Datatel; Emmett Tydings of AB&T Telecom; and Chris Palermo of GCN joined the podcast this week to talk about the M&A in the industry and what partners can do to mitigate risk in 2017.

It has been a turbulent year with a lot of mergers and acquisitions. It makes people anxious.

Jon Arnold is a fellow blogger who recently saw Guy Kawasaki keynote Nextiva's event.

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.

The Pressure of Price

October 17, 2016

I have spoken to many in the industry this year who are upset that the channel isn't bringing in more deals - non-network deals.

As one CEO told me, "Luddites are still selling network. And the price compression is killing everyone." I know. Revenue and price compression are working against everyone.

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%.

Channel Agnostic or Parity?

September 30, 2016

As Telarus CEO Adam Edwards explained channel agnostic means "no preference of whether sales come through the direct channel or partner channel." Usually that means the buyer doesn't care if it is a direct salesperson or a channel partner (as in the case with Microsoft or Cisco).

In telecom, that usually means that the C-Suite doesn't care where the revenue comes from - indirect or direct. If you look at current available data between 35-65% of new mid-market deals are coming in from channel. So yeah the C-Suite doesn't acre where the new revenue comes from - as long as it comes in.

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