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SAP’s Cloud Strategy and Partner Ecosystem:

Can the Software Giant become Accessible, Flexible and Mobile?

by Beth Vanni – Vice President

At the recent SAP Influencer Summit, the software giant came out swinging around their ability to extend their market dominance in applications to the cloud arena. But can their approach to partnering be part of that new religion and give them the flexibility, innovation and scale they defend and grow their marketshare against Salesforce.com, Microsoft, Oracle and others?

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December 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

The Cloud Era of Channel Success: Is Your Organization Partner-Ready?

by Diane Krakora – CEO

At the recent Channel Cloud Summit event, Diane Ruth, Executive Director of Business Development at Boomi (the Saas integration leader that was recently purchased by Dell), discussed their strategy for success with partners.

Ruth’s first point was vendors can increase their flexibility by aligning their go-to-market models with the partners’ business models: referral, resell, service bureau (only the partner has access to the platform, performing the full function of the solution for their customer) and OEM. Additionally, that the vendor should define the roles and responsibilities across these business models – clearly describing the interaction point between sales and pre-support, level 1 & 2 support, level 3 support and contract/billing/invoicing policies. (more…)

December 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

5 Steps to Building a Successful Channel Program in the Cloud

by Diane Krakora – CEO

Ron Huddleston, SVP ISV Alliances at Salesforce.com spoke at the Cloud Channel Summit event a couple weeks ago. He stressed the channel is not shifting to a cloud platform as fast as the market and that channels are missing out on massive opportunities.

Huddleston outlined his five steps vendors should take to channel cloud success:
1. Build an organization born for the cloud

He stressed the creation of a new channel organization designed for the cloud, instead of trying to enhance existing channel programs designed for traditional software.

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December 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm 1 comment

It’s About Building Trusted Relationships

by Diane Krakora – CEO

At the recent Cloud Channel Summit event, Marc Sternberg, CEO Rising Tide Media, was bullish on the opportunities to partner with cloud services.  He commented that with cloud computing gaining broad based market acceptance and cloud solutions delivering tangible business benefits, cloud vendors need partners help.  Sternberg stressed success in the cloud is about building trusted relationships – between vendors, channels and customers. (more…)

November 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

The New “VAR”

By Diane Krakora, CEO

You are probably thinking “Diane, the ‘VAR’ label, is so passé – get with the times, girl.” And you’re right. We transitioned off the ‘VAR’ label to ‘Solution Provider’ years ago, as reselling took a back seat to providing the customer with a full solution to their business needs. If you’ve been paying attention to our briefs and blogs over the last couple of years, you’ve seen us postulate completely moving off labels as ‘nouns’ to the use of ‘verbs’ for the indirect channels. What do the partners do – resell, refer, influence, bundle, service?  Instead of Reseller – they resell. Instead of MSP –they provide managed services. Instead of Consultant – they refer business.  So why am I now promoting a new “VAR?”

In the world of the cloud, the value of the indirect channel to the customer is in their relationship – the services they provide outside of the purchase of the “product” (which is likely also purchased as a ‘service’).  The product evaluation and selection is still an important role for the partner – however their new services are cloud integration, orchestration and management. Thus it is the relationship with the customer that matters in the cloud world. The partners’ future role will be consulting, advice, suggestions, business process recommendations, transition planning and immediate response when something goes amiss (and it does!).

The vendor side of this equation also values the relationship the partner has with their customer. In a SaaS or cloud model, the vendor isn’t looking for partners to install and configure a solution. They need partners that can sell the solution, drive customer satisfaction and ensure the renewal.  Thus we see the “traditional” VARs – focused on adding value to the reselling motions with design, installation and configuration services – transitioning to a new “VAR” – one focused on the value they foster in their relationships.

November 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

$50 Million Man

by Diane Krakora, CEO

If you had $50 million to invest, what would you do with it? Buy a company? Spend it on product research? Create your dream campus and throw a party for the employees? I’d bolster my partner ecosystem – and surprisingly, so would Salesforce.com. They are investing $50 million to help consulting partners grow. (more…)

September 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

Both Pitchers and Catchers Required on the Cloud Ball field

by Beth Vanni, Vice President

Telecom service providers used to be customers in the tech world. Now they’re channel partners — in fact, really strategic partners, in the wake of cloud computing.  And, like with any emerging channel type, developing and nurturing a partner development team to help these major players get up to bat and hit some home runs in the cloud services space will take some well-orchestrated staffing support and dugout coordination by vendors. (more…)

September 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

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