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Quest Partner Playbook: for when your customer needs extra help

Partner Playbook by Quest

In the industry of business technology, your customer relationships are crucial to your success. But to “land and expand” often means integrating capabilities or solutions that your organization may not cater to.

So what do you do when you’ve won a customer project that stretches beyond your current comfort zone, and you’re not sure you’ll be able to deliver?

Head to the Quest Partner Playbook – your go-to resource for those moments when you don’t want to leave a customer hanging, but still need a game plan for options and next steps.

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Ecosystem or Feudal System?

Game of Thrones playing on iPad

Game of Thrones recently kicked off its fourth season. And as a devoted fan, I cannot help but see the similarities between the battle for control of Westeros, the Iron Throne and the capital city, King’s Landing and the current gamesmanship developing in the IT Channel for control of the end-user experience, the IT infrastructure backbone, and the datacenter.

Much like the Channel, Westeros the fantasy realm of the HBO hit show, Game of Thrones, is made up of different families and kingdoms. For those who remember their Western Civilization courses, it is basically a feudal system under the mercurial rule of a corruptible monarchy, bordered on the north by snow zombies and hordes of non-allied “wildlings” and to the south east by dragons and a very angry ex-pat, who is raising an army to kill everyone back home.

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Quest’s Global Network of Service Delivery Centers are Ready Right Now to Meet Your Clients’ Needs

Map of Quest's global network of Service Delivery Centers
When it comes to choosing a partner to help you meet changing client demands, you face some tough decisions. As I see it, you need three things to make a successful partnership:
  1. A partner who’s willing to share — i.e., when you make a sale, you get a piece of the proceeds, including a portion of ongoing revenue from Cloud service subscriptions.
  2. A partner with the right offerings — i.e., a solid bench of Cloud and other technology solutions that truly address your clients’ requirements.
  3. A partner who fields sufficient resources to reliably deliver what you’ve promised your clients — i.e., not merely strong technical experience/expertise but also a network of leading edge data centers specifically designed with the virtualization, automated management, and security capabilities.
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Finding your way in a hybrid cloud future

Traffic signs showing the way into a sky filled with clouds
As anyone who does business with smaller enterprises knows, most have begun to use some sort of cloud service. One survey conducted last summer for EMC shows 62% using cloud — up from 28% a year earlier. Note that most of these companies are using public cloud services, and plenty of that use is what’s called ‘shadow IT’ — which is to say, end-users are doing unauthorized end runs around their IT departments to access these public cloud services for the sake of convenience and ease of use. Continue reading