From the Wires
Cloud Consultancy and the Channel: Vendor Programs Critical to Growth
Channel Banking on Cloud Professional Services Revenue for Growth, Vendors Need to Evolve
By: Marketwired .
Nov. 6, 2012 12:41 PM
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/06/12 -- New research from Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD) indicates that many channel organizations are being impeded in their efforts to move toward cloud-based professional services due to a lack of flexibility and capability by their vendors. The study revealed that in addition to direct competition, channel organization's professional services ambitions are being restricted by a lack of innovative vendor solutions, overly complex programs and proprietary vendor technologies.
Based on a survey of over 500 channel organizations worldwide, the report revealed that almost half of respondents expect professional services to become their main revenue generator by 2020. Yet, for the majority of respondents, professional services accounts for 25 percent or less of revenues today.
The research also revealed the growing customer demand for professional services, with complexity and constraints on CapEx reported as the biggest customer challenges. Only 11 percent of respondents currently look to their vendors for innovative finance solutions and 19 percent for marketing funding -- key when trying to build a brand and reputation rather than sell on price.
"Revenue focused channel programs like our Brocade Alliance Partner Network, combined with differentiated technology solutions that help address customers' needs for innovative and easy to deploy networks, flexible financing solutions such as Brocade Network Subscription, and tools and resources that help channel develop their reputation as consultants, will all become increasingly critical to developing competitive consultancy businesses that drive significant revenue returns," noted Regan McGrath, Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales at Brocade.
He contends that to compete in the professional services sector, channel organizations now need to consider these critical questions:
"This research reinforces the importance of flexible and accessible vendor programs in the channel's evolution towards successful professional services delivery," said Chuck Bartlett, vice president and general manager, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) at Tech Data. "Suppliers like Brocade, which was recently named Tech Data's Growth Vendor Partner of the Year, will continue to play a key role in this evolution, while innovative programs focused on partner enablement will be central to driving revenue and securing market position."
The Brocade Alliance Partner Network (APN) Program is designed to deliver "success through simplicity" by taking a modular approach to partner enablement and offering a broad range of tools, assets and solutions that are easily accessible, usable, and targeted at accelerating partner revenue growth from the moment they join the program. Designed to help partners build business models that realize revenue opportunities from professional services and cloud hosted services among current customers, while growing net new business opportunities, the Program enables partners to extend their reach through almost effortless marketing and technology enablement solutions.
Brocade APN Partners can also secure significant levels of differentiation by offering Brocade Network Subscription, first and only "pay by port" subscription solution. Brocade Network Subscription offers customers cost management and fast flexibility to scale up and down to meet business demand, while only paying for the ports in use. Brocade partners can close a deal that may have otherwise been lost due to CapEx constraints, while offering their customers a clear and manageable path towards their ultimate goals, and securing incremental revenue on an on-going basis.
Brocade Alliance Partner Network has three levels of membership (Select, Premier and Elite), plus a distribution category, and offers partners qualified leads, sales support and technical education in addition to a range of self-service marketing tools, enablement portals, and training and education programs to help partners develop and tailor their business models to their needs.
For more information about the Brocade Alliance Partner Network please see: www.brocade.com/apn or community.brocade.com/community/brocadeblogs/thechannel
To download the report please see:
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