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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

Providing Real Value With a Partner Development Manager

By Susan Pessemier, Consultant

As vendor technologies and partner business models have become more complex and focus more heavily on services, engagement has become most crucial for determining channel relationship success. If done right, little else matters.

So what is currently missing? Solution providers expect more from the vendor enablement process than ever before. It’s not enough to simply get a welcome letter from a channel manager and login credentials to the channel partner portal.

Partners want more hands on support, better guidance during business planning and faster deployment of resources to achieve a quicker return on their vendor relationship. In fact, most partners expect to start selling in the first six months of entering a vendor relationship and to achieve an average ROI of 200 percent in the first 12 months.

Vendors need to start transitioning partner management from a program management function to a true business development function within the next 2-5 years and the way to begin this process is to build a suitable role for someone to lead the charge. In Amazon Consulting’s Thought Leadership Brief on “The Strategic Role of the Partner Development Manager,” we discuss what it takes to enhance your team with this new channel leadership role.

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October 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Gone are the Days of the Generalist Partner – Even in the Cloud

Salesforce.com Gets Serious about Partner Certification

Beth Vanni – Vice President, Amazon Consulting

When you’re moving fast, sometimes you miss the obvious. The meteoric growth and rapid market support for Salesforce.com’s leading SaaS solutions are a great example.  The company’s rise within 10 years to a $2+ billion dollar organization has allowed them to cut some corners on how they’ve supported and engaged consulting partners.   But, at this year’s Dreamforce conference, we saw a renewed commitment and sense of urgency around helping partners (mostly of the consulting variety) develop one of the most basic value-based attributes — well defined technical and sales competency, in the form of certifications.

Once nearly exclusively focused on ISVs building to their “sales cloud” CRM platform, the SaaS giant now realizes their glaring gap — how to scale their sales and professional services capabilities to meet their growth targets to $5b, $10b and beyond.  They’ve always competed with on-premise software giants much larger and better resourced than they around partnering (think Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAP).  But as the darlings of the cloud applications market, Salesforce now realizes how seriously these competitors are retooling their platforms and partnering efforts to come after them….. and their built-on-the-cloud partners.  With a 36% year over year increase in the number of partners overall, Salesforce clearly still has the consulting and ISV partners’ attention.  However, in order to meet their existing sales and deployment projections, the SaaS leader estimates they need just under 3,000 professional services partners globally with well defined sales, service and/or platform capabilities in order to sustain their market leading position. (more…)

September 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

To Write or Not to Write – Hasn’t that Always Been the Question?

Can yesterday’s VARs ever emerge as tomorrow’s Cloud developers?

Beth Vanni – Vice President, Amazon Consulting

When your children are young, it’s hard as a parent to not sit longingly and dream about all the wonderful things your kids could be, could learn, could accomplish.  Can they apply themselves in school enough to be a doctor?  Will they do humanitarian work?  Is pro sports in their future? How can they live up to their full potential, and how can I as a parent help them do that?

The long-standing debate about whether the generalist VAR business model is a thing of the past reminds me of this brain teaser.   Should VARs “grow up” and invest in a datacenter to become an MSP?  (more…)

August 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm 1 comment

It’s Hard to Teach a Partner to Fish When You’re Not Fishing Yourself

Beth Vanni – Vice President

There is a definite desire on the part of vendors to actively market their technology to business decision makers. In fact, in our recent Influencing the Influencer Study, 86% of vendors indicate that succeeding in selling business relevant solutions through partners is very important to them. Yet in this same study, 62% of vendors say that they have only achieved average results in this arena. Another 25% say they themselves do not have a strong focus on business decision makers, but rather are selling to IT decision makers — where the focus is on products, and not solutions.

This type of selling is in conflict with the sales and marketing direction many of these IT vendors give to their channel partners today;  namely, to be true solution providers actively try to penetrate new markets by demonstrating business value. The problem? How can vendors teach partners to do what they don’t have a fundamental sales and marketing commitment to do themselves? (more…)

June 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm 1 comment

Can’t Live with ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em:

Vendor/Partner Cloud Engagement Models Emerge

by Beth Vanni, Vice President

With both vendors and channel partners jumping on the bandwagon to evolve their services sales and delivery models to reflect a more holistic support offering to the customer, cloud solutions continue to come into the limelight.  And, despite the industry FUD about solution provider disintermediation in the cloud era, current research indicates vendors will continue their dependency on solution providers for customer management around cloud solutions.

The results of our 2011 State of Partnering Study reinforce the importance of close sales and support coordination between vendors and solution providers in promoting both public, private and hybrid cloud solutions in today’s market.  With input from 100 unique vendors, this year’s study results indicate maturing cloud delivery models among the IT vendor community, and expectation for partner involvement are coming into focus. (more…)

March 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Plan Your Work and Work your Plan

Does Vendor/Partner Business Planning Really Lead to Results?

by Beth Vanni, Vice President

If IT vendors and solution providers have learned anything from the turmoil of the past few years, it’s the importance of engaging in meaningful business planning – both individually and together.  As signs of recovery come into focus, it’s imperative that both vendors and solution providers understand their mutual dependencies and be able to anticipate each other’s plans and resources to set the stage for future growth.

Our 2011 State of Partnering Study identifies business planning as a highly strategic activity vendors plan to continue to engage in this year.  87% of our 100 vendor respondents said they would continue business planning with their more valued partners and another 48% said they would expand business planning to their next tier of developing partners.  They plan to accomplish two things:  a). better anticipate their partners’ business model evolution and help them navigate and b). assist with partner profitability. (more…)

March 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

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