This week, CEO Diane Krakora traveled to Carlsbad, CA (near San Diego) for the Channel Focus North America Conference. On Day 1, she attended the Women's Leadership Council. Watch this 5-minute video as she runs down the three primary topics covered throughout the day:
This week, CEO Diane Krakora is at Sapphire Now in Orlando, Florida. She kicked off the week with Monday's sessions at the SAP Global Partner Summit. What is their "next generation" partnering about? Diane runs down some of the key elements presented by SAP including partner IP, partner economics and partner experience. SAP packed a TON of information all into one day focused entirely on partners and Diane packed it into 7 minutes. Take a look.
Your biggest influencers are your partners. Do you track them?
By Diane Krakora, CEO
I realize it’s silly to declare a sales process overrated or worse, irrelevant. But the acquisition of the purchase order (which ignites the operational processes to ship product and book a sale) is meaningless. In days when revenues are paramount, the act of transacting business with customers seems to be the most relevant action within the sales cycle. However, I assert the sale actually happened long before the quote was created or the contract signed.
This week CEO Diane Krakora attended Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. On the last day of the conference, the crowd thinned a bit and but there were still plenty of channel conversations to be had. Diane recorded this video highlighting three topics from these discussions. Spoiler, the three things are (1) specializations, (2) customer success and (3) next generation programs. What is their significance? Take a look.
This week CEO Diane Krakora is attending Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Jay McBain, principal analyst, global channels at Forrester Research, gave the keynote on April 10. He shared ten trends in channel transformation that are disrupting business. Diane shares three of those trends and what they mean for your business (in less than three minutes!).
This week CEO Diane Krakora is attending Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas where she sat in on a vendor’s partner advisory board with master agents and agents. Their primary topics of conversation revolved around how they see their businesses morphing and evolving and what vendors can do to help support those changes. Watch Diane's 5-minute video running down the 5 biggest takeaways from the dialogue.
As I was winging my way back from a week in Las Vegas at the Channel Partners Conference and Expo, I reflected on several insights from the event. In addition to the ever-present life lessons you gain at a large conference like: drink lots of water (seriously, lots), wear comfortable shoes (but still look good) and don’t mix hard alcohol and red wine (this is key) I came up with ten takeaways from the event. In no particular order:
One of the most persistent issues in the vendor/channel community is the level of relationship between the two. Specifically, how deep should vendors and their channel partners be in each other’s business? If a vendor is too hands-off, its channel partners might accuse it of not helping—or caring—enough to make them successful. If the vendor is too hands-on, its channel partners might accuse it of trying to steal their customers and sabotage their success.
Last week I discussed a few eyebrow-raising comments Chris Rimer of IBM made during our most recent webinar. Chris, one of two guests during the webinar, positioned that vendors are not responsible for funding partners’ shift to the cloud.