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The INC5000 is Out

August 19, 2016

I like the INC5000 list for 2016 because it is audited revenue, not the stuff of legend or press release.

Birch is on here with $591M in revenue in 2015, which looks like the lost about $100M of the Cbeyond revenue. In 2013, revenue was approximately $207M. In 2013, Birch acquired Covista, Ernest and Lightyear Network Solutions.

National Harbor: In the Bubble

August 17, 2016

More than one person mentioned how National Harbor looks like a town in a bubble or a movie set. As the CPEv show wraps up, here are highlights.

It wasn't UCaaS after UCaaS after UCaaS. It was broken up.

Well it Finally Happened!

August 8, 2016

In recent weeks, I have been writing (here and here) about the soon to happen collision of VAD and Master Agency? Well it happened on Friday night.

ScanSource is a $3.2 Billion dollar distributor of hardware and software. (A much smaller Ingram or Tech Data which bring in $30-40B in revenue annually).

The Distributor Side of Things

August 3, 2016

A recent discussion on LinkedIn around my blog about what Master Agencies call themselves has been ongoing. It even continued with live comments at the CompTIA event in Fort Lauderdale.

Both sides will need to adapt. Most of the servers being bought now are being bought by the likes of Amazon, Rackspace, Facebook and Microsoft.

What It Means to Master an Agency

July 25, 2016

After rumors swirled at CP Expo in Vegas in March, the announcement is finally here: Sandler Partners is acquiring X4. This will create an entity that is doing $65M in revenue, referenced as second only to one master agency.

It is interested that some media call it a master agency, when in the press release, Sandler Partners described themselves as America's Fastest Growing Distributor Of Connectivity & Cloud Services. X4 is called a master agency though.

The Struggle of the Channel Managers

June 23, 2016

One big struggle of the channel managers is to get agents to sell deeper into accounts. The providers would like more than Internet and Voice to be sold.

If you have been at a master agent roadshow or conference, you know that what we will call fringe or non-mainstream vendors are looking for attention. Also, the most popular brands are looking to push new product lines.

Master Agents: The Post-Broker Model (podcast with Acuity)

May 31, 2016

Tidbits # 2436

May 18, 2016

I know I just did a tidbits but there is a lot going on. Here is some of it in small bites, like tapas or potato chips.

UC&C transitions closer to Workflow platform as task management is added to the UC&C system from Cisco:

Channel Vision magazine reports, "Redbooth has announced an integration with Cisco Spark to unite task-centric Redbooth workspaces and communications-centric Cisco Spark rooms.

The Channel Target Cycle

April 8, 2016

In 2006, the shift in targeting went from anyone to a master agent model, where smaller agents rolled up into a larger master agent. The resources were allocated to the masters (and their sub-agents).

In about 2008, the target became VARs. Agents just weren't selling any of the new carriers or new services. Agents weren't selling cloud.

The SD-WAN and Why You Should Care Podcast # 1: Ecessa

April 6, 2016

In the first podcast of the SD-WAN series this month, I talk with Ken LaMere, Director of Channel Sales, from Ecessa as we begin the discussion on SD-WAN and why agents should care.

Ken was on the Convey Cloud Convention explaining SD-WAN and why should anyone care earlier this year. You can catch the webcast here.

Here's a link to an SD-WAN Technology Comparison Brief. It looks at the various forms SD-WAN is taking, whether virtual, cloud-based or premise-based, and gives the pros and cons to each.

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