Channel Compensation Systems – You Get What You Reward

Recently we worked with two vendors to update their channel strategy to be more MSP focused. One of the biggest hurdles was to re-align the internal and external compensation systems to support the channel partners. The old adage “you get what you pay for” was certainly true, and without change, the new channel strategy was … Continued

Not Everybody Wants to Grow

It may be abhorrent to many vendors, but not all solution providers/MSPs want to grow their business. It may be that they’ve achieved a level of organic growth and profitability they’re happy with, or it may be that the additional investment required may be too great, or it may be a business culture that prefers stability. … Continued

Are Your Business Partners PSYCO?

Usually a Vendor’s primary focus is revenue growth. Channel partners however tend to be primarily focused on measures such as profit and cash flow. These differences are important considerations for vendors and partners alike when considering a partnership strategy. While all businesses are looking to ensure they are profitable, this simple “rule of thumb” business … Continued

Positive Outcomes From COVID-19

Over the last few months there has been much written about the impact COVID-19 is having on employment, business, social activities, sport, etc… most of it negative. This month I wanted to share some thoughts and examples of how the pandemic has had positive effects on the ICT industry and the people that work within … Continued

Partner Enablement in a Virtual World

Last month I wrote about how Channel Sales will change in what many are calling the new normal. And like people who progresses through the 7 stages of grief after a loss, so too is our industry progressing through the loss of “the way things were” and learning to accept and adapt. The real indicator … Continued

How to Combat Zoom Fatigue

If you’re finding that you’re more exhausted at the end of your workday than you used to be, you’re not alone. Over the past few weeks, mentions of “Zoom fatigue” have popped up more and more on social media, and Google searches for the same phrase have steadily increased since early March. In this insightful … Continued

5 Ways Tech Companies Are Responding to Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted people’s lives all over the globe. With no playbook for how best to navigate these difficult times, some tech leaders are taking surprising measures that would have been unheard of just three months ago. In this article aimed at investors, Brian Withers of The Motley Fool dives into five ways … Continued

Channel Sales in the New Normal

This week we start to see easing of coronavirus restrictions with pubs and clubs joining cafes and restaurants in allowing patrons back in to dine. That means we’re not far away from being able to meet with our partners and customers in person again. But just because we can, that doesn’t mean we will. While … Continued

Nice Isn’t Good Enough Anymore

When I first got into this industry, it was easy to be a channel account manager. All you needed was a half decent product, an expense account, and a nice personality. You built relationships over drinks or at a football game, and people bought from you. (It probably was a bit harder than that, but … Continued

8 Tips for Partner-to-Partner Partnering

The complexity of modern hybrid cloud solutions provides significant delivery challenges for solution providers. Many partners are finding that the skills and resources required to deliver the solutions they sell, may be beyond the scope of the capabilities they have in-house. Consequently, many partners are teaming up with third parties to deliver a complete solution … Continued