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Do-It-Yourself Consumers of Cloud

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We have all been in that conversation, when a customer is describing a need, a capability or a solution requirement that is a perfect fit for a Cloud-based platform. Before they even finish speaking, we have the “answer”! We cannot wait to jump in and prove how “smart we are”, how our company, our ecosystem partners, or our Cloud offerings are cutting-edge. One problem. What if your client doesn’t buy into the Cloud strategy? What if they want to manage their core infrastructure, keep their data in-house and be able to “touch” their production? Regardless of the fact that Cloud-based solutions can remove complexities, this type of DIY IT buyer is impervious to white papers, TCO models, ROI calculators and any other presales tool used to funnel their IT spend to Cloud computing. Now what? Continue reading

It’s About the Relationship

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We all tend to focus on bringing in new customers. But don’t be fooled — retaining the customers you currently have is critical and sometimes easy to neglect. How do you proceed when you’ve brought aboard a new project from one of your existing customers that stretches beyond your current comfort zone, such as cloud services, where you’ll need a Partner’s help to deliver? To help you navigate those waters of finding a Partner that you can trust will deliver the level of service your customers expect, I recommend checking out this post from Quest’s Director of Sales, Gary Schick, originally published on Channel Partners Peer-to-Peer blog.

Best Practices for Adding Managed IT Services (Even if You’re Not an IT Guy)

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If you are an “IT guy” offering managed services may be a no-brainer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve done it or are doing it successfully. If you aren’t an IT guy, but a telecom reseller or agent, and you see the opportunity, but are concerned about your lack of IT expertise. Either way, building a new line of business can be intimidating — not to mention capital- and time-intensive — without reasonable assurances of success. Khali Henderson, Editor in Chief, Channel Partners recently interviewed Tim Burke, CEO of Quest regarding best practices for adding managed services, including turnkey and resell options that can jumpstart your time to profitability in the managed services space. To read the rest of the interview, click here: Best Practices for Adding Managed IT Services (Even if You’re Not an IT Guy)

Getting Your Customers to Call You First

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Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to partner with a reliable cloud services provider to deliver the cloud to your customers. It does you little good to have found a cloud partner, if your customers call somebody else. So how do you get your customers to understand that your reach and capabilities have broadened? When it comes to cloud services, how do you get your customers to think of you and to call you first? I recommend checking out this post by Quest’s Director of Sales, Gary Schick, originally published on Channel Partners Peer-to-Peer blog. As always, we’re here to help you prepare for a successful year ahead in delivering cloud services.

Opportunity knocks: Customized cloud solutions

Cloud-shaped toolbox with a drawer open. In the drawer the word Data is stacked.As you move toward providing technology solutions, how your efforts generate revenue changes dramatically. Much of your revenue will come from recurring service-oriented business rather than price- and product-based transactions. A prime example of this is customized cloud services — what we at Quest call shape-your-own cloud, which takes advantage of the best of public and private clouds. The difference between customized clouds and public clouds (think Amazon, Google, etc.) is not unlike the difference between transactional and solution-oriented selling: A customized cloud gives customers the advantages of a precise fit with their needs that public clouds don’t, including … Continue reading

Accelerating the technology solution conversation

Blank word balloonsSelling technology solutions means your outcomes will be more complex and will require greater technical reach and expertise. Your focus shifts from dangling the lowest commodity prices before an ever-churning customer base to providing technology that’s so effective at improving business processes and solving business problems that your customers turn to you again and again. This brings you into deeper, longer-term relationships with your customers. And the customers you engage will typically be key decision-makers, such as CFOs and CEOs. Continue reading

Meet the technology solution selling sweet spot

The most successful technology solution sell is the one that nails this sweet spot: Graph showing the technology selling sweet spot Thus as you shift from transaction sales, you’ll need to make a serious commitment not only to mastering the art of technology solution sales but also to …
  • Developing significantly deeper relationships with your customers, and
  • Accessing the technical skills that will enable you to tailor a mix of vendor solutions to fit your customers’ unique requirements.

Solutions-oriented, relationship-based technology selling: Not beyond your reach

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For many years, there’s been a good living to be made from hardware, software, and communications bandwidth sales transactions. Good enough, in fact, that getting called a ‘box pusher’ or a ‘circuit slinger’ kept you laughing all the way to the bank. Ah, but times they are a-changin’. Many businesses have cut CapEx budgets that traditionally funded so much hardware and software. Now more and more customers seek solutions rather than boxes and circuits. And commissions are getting squeezed, requiring more work just to sustain the same income level. Continue reading