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How Partner Business Models and Activities are Changing

03.10.21

10 Effects of the Global Pandemic on the Channel

How are the people who design, recommend, resell, integrate, support and manage technology solutions doing in the global pandemic? We conducted a survey of solution providers at the end of 2020 and asked how their business had been impacted by the pandemic with options of 'increased, decreased or stayed the same.' Their answers provided the basis for our recent report “10 Effects of the Global Pandemic on the Channel.” At a glance, see the effects we identified.

Topics: Channel Best Practices, Industry Perspective

Partnering is Personal

02.24.21

Partner Relationships Need a Personalized Touch, Even When You’re Not In-Person

In our recent channel chief virtual roundtable, we asked leading technology channel executives what was keeping them up at night. Surprisingly, it wasn’t partner sales, additional enablement, driving customer adoption or even the plethora of small solution providers teetering on the edge of a pandemic-fueled extinction. What they were most worried about is the damage social distancing has done to their ability to nurture relationships with their partners. Without a plane flight and dinner meeting with a partner, how do you make sure your relationship remains positive and prosperous?

Partnering is personal and the pandemic has hampered relationships in a myriad of ways. We can’t safely break bread inside our favorite bistro or shake hands to solidify our agreement to invest and grow together. But beyond physical touch, creating a personal relationship with partners means personalizing how you do business.

Topics: Channel Best Practices, Industry Perspective

Tips for Virtual Partner Events - Conference & Council

01.21.21

Lessons from a virtual road warrior

I attend a lot of events. I’m usually crisscrossing the globe between partner summits, partner advisory boards, sales kick-off meetings and industry conferences. I’m one of the weirdos that actually misses large gatherings. No, I don’t miss the conference chicken or sitting in a freezing cold dark hall. I miss the energy of a packed room, the chitchat with people sitting around you before and after the sessions and catching up with friends and colleagues. The many virtual events I’ve attended in the last six months have left me, and others, wanting – but not all for the same reasons.

Topics: Channel Best Practices, Industry Perspective

5 Predictions for 2021

01.07.21

Welcome to 2021! Boy am I excited to see the calendar turn over. There’s been so much up and down in the news for the last nine months I can barely keep track. The pandemic that ravaged the world medically and financially also accelerated five of the six buyer trends changing IT channels we predicted back in December 2019:

Topics: Featured, Partnering Tips, Channel Best Practices, Industry Perspective

3 Priorities from the Cisco Digital Partner Summit

11.17.20

Plus, a look at their new partner program

With all the uncertainty in my country and the world right now, it was comforting to have a consistent message from Cisco during their recent partner summit. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins opened the event with a hopeful message of agility and resilience – skills that have been tested in my household these last eight months. My husband is a commercial airline pilot and for an industry not known for their agility, they’ve moved quickly in altering routes and schedules. Needless to say, our household has tried to embrace both agility and resilience amidst the uncertainty, to varying degrees of success. I’m sure many of you have your own stories of needing to adapt quickly to job, family and life changes.

Topics: News and Programs

3 Ways New Buyers Are Affecting Channels

10.21.20

By Diane Krakora, CEO of PartnerPath

I talk about recruiting, enabling and managing indirect partners all the time. The goal of 99% of all technology companies is to leverage indirect channels for increased sales reach, market penetration and customer satisfaction. But there has been a shift that greatly affects the traditional channel model and some vendors are feeling the change.

Topics: Industry Perspective

Partner Recruitment: Profile customers to find your partners

08.19.20

Recruit partners like you would a customer. Attract and nurture.

By Diane Krakora, CEO of PartnerPath

You would be amazed at how many people call us every month to help them with partner recruitment. On the one hand, it's usually companies who see the value in leveraging the channel to grow their business (awesome!). On the other hand, I sometimes think they want me to hand them a top-secret document and say, "Shh, here's the magic list of partners for you. Go call them." But calling a list of partners to recruit them into your program not only wouldn't work, it wouldn't be a good partner experience. And a good first impression once lost is lost forever. You might lose the opportunity to work with some great solution providers. Plus, there's no top-secret list.

Topics: Channel Best Practices

Darwinism Versus Protectionism

07.01.20

Are you culling the herd or protecting vulnerable partners?

In our recent channel chief virtual roundtable event, we discussed the effects of the global pandemic on partnering plans and programs. Accelerated digital transformation ushered in by social distancing practices is driving all ten participants to change some aspect of their channel model. Framework adjustments include new compensation plans, shifting to virtual education platforms, delaying program launches and changing criteria for spending MDF. But the most divergent conversation regarded what to do with small and medium partners who are financially struggling during these uncertain times.

Topics: Industry Perspective

6 Elements of SaaS Partner Programs

04.29.20

In this month’s PartnerPath Trailblazer Forum, seven participants discussed elements to consider when designing a SaaS partner program. From the attentive and lively discussion, it was clear the elements fall into six buckets – and that each element depends on several factors such as company goals, product complexity, end-customer target, history of channel relationships and overall size of partner ecosystem. Think about these six elements and know that ultimately your SaaS partner program will be unique to your situation. There is no one right answer for how to deal with these elements.

Topics: Industry Perspective

COVID-19 & The Channel

04.08.20

6 Ways to Adapt

As an extrovert, today’s milestone of one month stuck at home is particularly traumatic. The San Francisco Bay Area was among the first to receive orders to Shelter in Place, and I’m going a little crazy. To distract myself from missing large gatherings (or any gatherings), I’ve been pondering: how is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the solution provider ecosystem and the vendors that rely on indirect channels?

Topics: Industry Perspective