Stand Out from the Sea of Sameness

Did you know that 76% of Intelisys’ cloud wins over the last two years have come from Cloud Services University (CSU) attendees?  They’ve learned how to stand out from the sea of sameness.  If you want to rise above the masses like they did, CLOUD LIVE! is for you. 

Join us on November 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST, to find out how you can get into the recurring revenue game and become a top performer.  Sign up and secure your spot here.

 

 

Panel 1 – The Cloud Thinktank

Join the conversation with four of the Smartest Guys in the Cloud as they discuss game-changing insights that will help you win more deals.  In a rapidly evolving landscape, what are the latest developments and trends that your customers are keyed in on?  What is moving Cloud off the back-burner and onto the list of strategic urgencies?  Be prepared to walk away with a few pearls that will take your customer conversations to a whole new level, from polite niceties to impactful, revenue-generating engagements.

Panel 2 –  Winning by Solving Problems

Sales Partners who are consistently winning in the cloud are realizing their strength is in solving problems.  Being able to unearth the problem and then effectively quantifying the impact on the business if the problem is solved is key.  In this panel we will be presenting several real-life business problems to our expert panelists who will then speak to solutions on the fly that can helps us solve these problems and win deals. (note to suppliers:  final problems will be tailored to the strengths of the panelists.  Feedback welcome.)

Panel 3 – Cloud, Shock & Awe

The book “The Challenger Sale” suggests giving customers what they ask for is a mistake.  Simply providing services they feel they need is short-sighted and doesn’t separate sales people from the masses.  The theory is that top performers actually challenge the thinking of customers.  They bring compelling thinking and innovation that forces decision makers to look at problems and opportunities differently.  In disrupting their thinking, top performers become the go-to experts and separate themselves from the sea of sameness.  Hear how you can leverage Cloud to disrupt current thinking and challenge your decision makers to move in new directions.  Find out how to present new perspectives that can shock & awe customers into action.

Panel 4 – Real Cloud Wins

Moving beyond theory and into practice, we will be hearing detailed case studies of real cloud wins.  Each win will feature the supplier as well as the participating sales partner telling the real life story.  The case study will be pre-recorded and produced at the Intelisys studio in Petaluma and will require participants to travel to Petaluma for studio work.  The final case study will be aired live during CLOUD LIVE! and will be followed up by several minutes of live recap by Andrew Pryfogle.  Suppliers & sales partners participating in this segment will not be required to be in Petaluma on 11/20.

Andrew Pryfogle Interviews ServerCentral’s SVP Sales & Marketing

Say hello to a cutting-edge, new addition to the Intelisys Supplier Partner portfolio. Watch here as ServerCentral’s Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Peter Berg, speaks with Andrew Pryfogle about Channel and direct sales, datacenter, storage and DDoS attack and security.

Comprehensive Cloud Solutions with UnitedLayer

Andrew Pryfogle talks with CEO of UnitedLayer, Abhijit Phanse, about the latest addition to the Intelisys portfolio.  UnitedLayer, a hybrid cloud company, focuses on delivering a tightly-integrated, hybrid cloud solution to its customers.  With a strong focus on:

  • Customer needs
  • Performance
  • Security

and solid post-implementation support and an upfront consultative approach, they are the hybrid solution provider of choice.

To find out more about UnitedLayer, watch the video above or click here.

LiveOps and the Customer Lifetime Value

Vasili Triant, CEO of LiveOps, recently sat down with Andrew Pryfogle to discuss their exciting new partnership with Intelisys and what unique offerings LiveOps brings to the table.  Packed with great information as well as sales tips, this video interview should definitely go on your “must watch” list.

Here are some highlights from their chat:

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

LiveOps outsources most of their call center services to 20,000 independent contractors–a BPO which is now available for Channel Partners to leverage.

Selling the Contact Center

Sales Partners are mainly going to be targeting the VPs of customer experience, sales, and/or contact centers.  Who are the perfect end users? Businesses with more than 100 employees, customer support services, and a global expanse where an on-premise solution just won’t work.

Customer Lifetime Value

Everything Triant and LiveOps aims to do is bring that positive customer experience to customers.  Every. Single. Time.

Why the Channel?

Triant’s goal is to move LiveOps to a 100% Channel sales operation.  He knows that the Channel will help LiveOps grow their reach while helping Partners grow their business.

Predictable Routing

This is the new wave of technology to come out of LiveOps, and what is its end goal?  An effortless customer experience for businesses.

Make sure to watch the video for more information on how you can make LiveOps a part of your service offering and add massive value to your current customer base.

For more information on Vasili Triant and what LiveOps is bringing to their new partnership with Intelisys, watch the video above or click here.

Intelisys Welcomes Anne Brogan

“There is a saying in the industry that Intelisys has the ‘best team in telecom,’ ” said Anne Brogan. “Their reputation is second to none, and I feel very lucky to be part of such a well respected team.”

Anne Brogan is the latest person to join Intelisys’ ever-growing team. She will be stepping in to the Senior Manager of Strategic Partner Development for the Mid-Atlantic Region role, based out of Hilton Head, SC. In this capacity, Brogan will provide comprehensive recruitment, support and management for Intelisys’ growing community of Sales Partners in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

For more on Anne Brogan and her new role at Intelisys, click here.

The Name of the Game? Consolidation

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In an industry rife with consolidation, we were very excited to see news of this one come out.

Andrew Pryfogle, Senior Vice President of Cloud Transformation at Intelisys, commented on this merger for CRN this week:

"TW Telecom has made a big investment in the intelligence of their network to do bandwidth on-demand and to ratchet up bandwidth very, very quickly in order to meet the demand of cloud applications. They have really taken a significant position in being a cloud enabler," Pryfogle said."If you combine that with what Level 3 is doing around their interconnections with Amazon Web Services and others, I think it’s a really good complement."

Excruciating Pain & Extraordinary People

2:15 a.m. PDT, Wednesday morning, it started.  Sharp, searing pain on the lower right side of my abdomen…flipped on like a switch.  This was not a foreign pain to me.  I had been dragged through this field of broken glass twice before over the past 5 years.  I knew what had just started and knew what I was in for.

“Susie, wake up, time to get me to the hospital.  I’m passing a kidney stone.”

We called ahead to the emergency room to get them ready.  “No fussing around.  Have the good stuff ready when I get there.”

I was scheduled to fly to Orange County at 8:00 a.m. to speak to 70 of our sales partners and to run another hugely impactful Intelisys Mindshare event.  As they began pumping narcotics into my arm, I knew I was not going to make it…someone was going to have stand in that gap.

It’s at times of crisis when the true character and talent of extraordinary people really shines.  This was one of those times.  Jay Bradley, Mike McKenney, Dana Topping, Chuck Mache.  It’s amazing what a deep bench of gifted leaders we have at Intelisys.  They all stepped in and ran a world-class event.  Sure, I’m guessing they made lots of jokes about me being stoned, but truth is always funny…  I was completely wasted while they were helping our partners build their businesses. Andrew in Hospital

This experience reminds me of a really important business lesson.

  • Is there something you do in your company that you’ve felt only you can do?
  • Are you sure there aren’t others that could step up if asked?
  • How deep is your bench?
  • How often do you test the capabilities of that bench?

Today I am grateful for so many things.  I’m grateful to be surrounded by extraordinary people who collectively make up the absolute best leadership team in the channel…truly awe-inspiring to be a part of this.  I’m grateful that when my body said "no", our team said "yes" and they hit it out of the park.  And lastly, I’m grateful this little fella passed on through and I can get back to doing my part.  And drugs…  I’m grateful for those, too. Pet Rock Good selling.

A Glimpse Into the Cloud

To be more accurate, this is a glimpse into the conversation on Cloud or, as we like to call it, the "conversation on convergence."

We wrapped up our second CLOUD LIVE! event of 2014 yesterday at the Petaluma studios.  We had a great time doing it and wanted to say "thank you" to everyone involved in the setup, the panel conversations, as well as everyone who took time out of their schedules to join us.  The next event is coming up quickly — our second Polycom Cloud Services University — and we’re hoping you’ll all be able to join us again!

For now, have a look at some of the inner workings of CLOUD LIVE!

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Getting Smarter in the Cloud with MegaPath (Video)

 

Andrew Pryfogle sat down with Matt Hutchinson, the Channel Chief for MegaPath, recently to discuss everything from what’s new at MegaPath, channel convergence, and what sort of advice Matt has for telecom agents and consultative MSPs and VARs.