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Artificial Intelligence Is Getting Real: It's Time To Get Ready

What the industry's top CEOs are saying about the future of artificial intelligence.

5 Events That Made SD-WAN One Of The Year's Top IT Stories

SD-WAN went from a low-cost MPLS replacement to a sophisticated way to solve several enterprise networking issues. IT vendors and telecom service providers have taken notice.

7 Steps To IoT Success

Success in the IoT space will require vendors and channel partners to work more closely together than they ever have before. Solution providers will be critical enablers that help vendors take different technology pieces and put them together for customers as an end-to-end IoT solution.

Upsell And Cross-Sell Your Way To Success

The goal of every sales organization and salesperson is to sell a product or service. However, while selling one product is great, selling more than one—or one that carries a slightly higher price tag or margin—is the key to profitability and should be part of your corporate sales strategy.

Turning IoT Barriers Into Opportunities

As solution providers ramp up in IoT, bigger infrastructure deals and longer-term technology spending may follow. Vendors need to stay ahead of the game by making sure they have adequate channel programs and channel marketing budgets that are specifically targeting IoT.

 

Going Vertical

Cybersecurity and cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings are among the leading money-making opportunity for channel partners who are looking to add more recurring revenue to their business. That was the message from several of the speakers at CompTIA's ChannelCon 2017 Vendor Summit in Austin, Texas, earlier this month.

 
 

3 Ways To Add Value: Services, Vertical Focus And Ecosystem Access

Channel companies and IT vendors are all shifting from hardware-based procurement and innovation cycles to a world where software and services are always-on, pay-as-you-go and constantly changing. To stand out, solution providers need to specialize, focus and do more than just resell someone else's cloud capacity.  

Recurring Revenue and Higher Margin Services Boost Your CLV

Is your best customer now going to be a customer for life? That's the question vendors should be asking as they consider their channel and go-to-market strategies in the enterprise. According to CompTIA research, more than 80 percent of managed service providers have a formal process in place for estimating Customer Lifetime Value (CLV).

Why Your New “Partner” Isn’t Really Your Partner (Yet)

What does it mean when an IT solution provider signs up for a partner program? This simple question may be the greatest source of IT channel agita in the entire partner recruitment, enablement and on-boarding process.

How To Build A Database From Scratch

If you need to create a B2B marketing database but are having trouble doing so, it may be because you have too many options. There are many approaches you can take, from building your marketing database list from scratch, buying a list, or even renting one to uncover potential leads for your product(s).  Read on to learn how to figure out if you should build, buy or rent your marketing list—or if a hybrid approach is best for you. 

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