Breaking the 'Channel Laziness' Cycle

Posted by John DeSarbo on Mon, Sep 11, 2017

In my last post, I explored the causes of “channel laziness,” a common side effect of high-tech manufacturers’ efforts to create indirect sales channels to reach small- or mid-market businesses. Unfortunately, some manufacturers that leverage partners to reach customers who are difficult to cover through direct channels struggle to achieve desired channel productivity levels due to partner over-reliance on the support provided to them. In effect, partners become lazy, unwilling to invest in the resources and competencies that are required to play their intended role in manufacturers’ go-to-market strategies.


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How Channel Sales Are Better Aligning With High-Tech Customers’ Changing Needs

Posted by John DeSarbo on Wed, Aug 09, 2017

As high-tech manufacturers strive to accelerate profitable growth, they’re looking to their channel partners to provide more value to end customers. Successful technology channel partners are transforming their business models accordingly, transitioning from providing value primarily by distributing products to providing business solutions that are delivered in sync with customers’ changing buying and consumption preferences. Executing this transformation doesn’t just require partners to change. High-tech manufacturers must change as well to enable their partners to expand their capabilities. The need to help partners increase their effectiveness has significant implications for channel sales teams.


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Become a CX Conductor: Breaking Down IT Vendor and Partner Silos

Posted by Brandon Mills on Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Truth or myth: High-tech vendors have little power to influence the customer experience when selling through channel partners?

For high-tech marketing and sales professionals who think that this is a truth, shame on them. High-tech vendors can, and absolutely should, influence their end customers’ experiences when they purchase products or services from a channel partner. I’m not saying that it’s easy, since the partner often “owns” the customer relationship, and in many cases, vendors have limited engagement with the buyers and users of their products or services. However, in today’s hyper-competitive IT market, vendors must protect their brands and deliver on their value propositions regardless of their channel strategy.  


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How Solution Providers Can Capitalize on the Internet of Things

Posted by John DeSarbo on Thu, Dec 17, 2015

Booming demand for integrated solutions powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating exciting opportunities for IT channel partners to build new revenue streams. Leading IT industry analysts such as Gartner are proclaiming an IoT revolution that will lead to unprecedented innovation in the channel. Gartner lists IoT among its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016.


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Customers Need Partners, Too

Posted by John DeSarbo on Fri, Apr 17, 2015

I read a fascinating article in The New York Times titled “Adviser Guides Obama Into the Google Age.” While I was shocked to learn that the government still partly operates its technology with floppy disks—that’s right, the old 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch floppy disks—I was not surprised to see the importance and clout of the White House’s technology advisor.


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