* Spectrum Business formerly Charter** Birch formerly Cbeyond
These are Suppliers who Intelisys has not done a full launch with. There are three primary reasons that a supplier would be in this group.
Assigned Contract: In the circumstance where the relationship with that supplier was initially forged with another agent and Intelisys subsequently purchased their contracts, thereby giving us access to the portfolio. If we did not negotiate the agreement, we will not do a full launch without ensuring that the agreement meets our contractual requirements. Given proven performance and Sales Partner interest, we will ensure that the contract meets our standards and move these suppliers to a full launch.
Specific Opportunity: We brought the supplier into the portfolio for a specific opportunity, we generally feel that the partnership has potential, but wish to see the supplier prove their ability to perform and generate a ground-swell of Sales Partner interest prior to doing a full launch.
Intelisys Business Decision
For these suppliers, we do have an existing contractual relationship with them and processes are in place for commissions to be paid. These Suppliers will work diligently to earn your business and provide a good partner and customer experience.
What a huge couple of weeks! This Intelisys Weekly Roundup covers two weeks of comings and goings. Read on to find out what’s been keeping Intelisys busy …
Hale Comes to HQ
Sales Partner Christopher Hall, president and founder of Hale Communications, traveled from St. Loius, MO, to Intelisys headquarters in Petaluma, CA, for a week of strategizing and socializing. He was joined by our South Central Region Senior Manager, Strategic Partner Development, Eddie Acosta. Great to see them both!
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is
We’ve created a brand new, strategic role: VP, Supplier Sales. And Intelisys’ own Mike McKenney has been hand picked to take on the new role and the exciting challenge of creating and driving new revenue programs for our Supplier Partners.
Watch Mike McKenney talk about his new role and its expected impact on the Intelisys Partner community HERE.
Read what Evolve IP’s CTO Scott Kinka had to say to CRN about Mike’s new role HERE.
See coverage of Mike’s new role as VP, Supplier Sales, on Channel Partners Online HERE.
Here Comes Platinum
August 24th was a BIG day for us at Intelisys. Why? Because it marked the first annual RDS Solutions Day! That’s right, RDS Solutions, a 10-year Sales Partner out of Clinton, N.J., has reached the incredible milestone of $1M in monthly recurring revenue to become our eighth Platinum Partner. Intelisys company President Jay Bradley joined Rick Ribas, VP, Partner Sales & Business Development, and Justin Marano, Director, Parter Sales – Northeast Region, to award RDS Solutions co-founders J.R. Vernick and Darren Jones with their Platinum trophy and a Trip for Two to Anywhere in the World. Darren and J.R. dedicated their award to their incredible team. Congratulations, RDS, from all of us at Intelisys!!
An article about RDS Solutions Day on CRN.com states, “Since its inception, RDS Solutions has been an Intelisys partner. Through this partnership, the company works with all the major telecommunications carriers that Intelisys has a relationship with, including AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink. RDS also has direct ties with the carriers they do the most business with, but prefers to work through Intelisys to avoid quotas that carriers often impose on partners, Vernick said.”
J.R. is further quoted as saying, “We don’t want to have to meet a number with a carrier because that changes your position of being unbiased and agnostic.”
Read the full article on CRN about how J.R. Vernick and Darren Jones achieved such a phenomenal feat, and what they have planned going forward, HERE.
Read more about the story from Channel Partners Online HERE.
Intelisys hosted a Sales Partner event in beautiful Bend, OR, this week. We join Chad Arnold, Director, Partner Sales – Northwest/Mountain Region in saying thanks to the generous sponsorship of Time Warner Cable Business Class and Navisite for making the event possible.
Partners & Ponies Returns to Saratoga
One of our hit annual events is Partners & Ponies out at the Saratoga Race Course in New York. This year’s event started with golf, carried over to a full round of education and training from key Supplier Sponsors BCN Telecom, Broadview Networks, CoreSite, Masergy, Matrix, NetWolves, Time Warner Cable Business Class, Navisite, and Windstream, and culminated at the horse races. Donna Cravotta, founder and CEO of Social Sage PR, presented the keynote on social media strategy for business.
Check out the full album of Partners & Ponies 2015 photos HERE.
Cloud Partners is Coming to Boston Soon!
We’ll be in Boston September 16-18th for Cloud Partners, and we can’t wait! Once again, Intelisys will be hosting Cloud Summit Training – the industry’s most highly attended live cloud training. Last year’s session was standing room only! The 2015 Cloud Summit Training is filling fast. Be sure to register ahead of time to secure your spot. Training this year includes entirely new content, and we’ll be giving away $1000 cash!
Register for Intelisys Cloud Summit Training at Cloud Partners HERE.
Register for Cloud Partners Conference & Expo HERE. Use the code CLD15 to get a free expo hall pass or $50 off a full conference pass.
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.
“When I speak with principals and every word is ‘I, I, I’ I know that’s a company headed in the wrong direction."
Mache stressed the importance of building a strong, reliable team. He also advised managers to take the emotion out of the equation. The focus needs to be in building the best team possible, keeping that team running at optimal level, and making sure they know you appreciate what they’re doing.
There’s plenty to look forward to this year at the 2014 Channel Connect event! We’ll be at the luxurious Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California from Wednesday, October 8 to Friday, October 10. Come join us for networking, learning and fun!
There is still time to register, so sign up today and come be with the best of the best in the industry!
Join us for the first day of our Education Tracks. You will hear from Technology Leaders, Sales Partners, and Supplier Partners. Learn how the Cloud is changing everything, and so much more.
You don’t want to miss out on our new feature this year; the “Solution Design Throwdown”. Come see us put our suppliers through their paces in this live application of solution design on the fly. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite supplier Quickfire. Who will take home the Sparky Award for Channel Connect 2014?
The second day of our Education Tracks includes two more Solution Design Throwdowns, more Quickfires, a Keynote presentation from Chuck Mache, more Supplier Panels, a Channel Manager panel and our ever popular Channel Chief Panel.
Following the Education Tracks, join us for the Supplier Dash. You may pre-schedule 10-minute meetings with our Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Suppliers of your choosing. The end of the day will bring you the anxiously anticipated Awards Dinner, recognizing Intelisys Top Producers. Wrap the night up with our late night party with the band Tainted Love.
Choose from spa services, winery excursions, Napa Valley bike tour, the golf tournament at Eagle Vine golf course, and more. After your fun day concludes, relax and enjoy a casual dining experience, featuring Andrew Pryfogle’s Tri-Tip Trolley! Rock out to the tunes of Michael Toast!
There’s so much to look forward in just a couple weeks and we can’t wait to see you all very soon! Register today!
This is a great event for anyone looking to get involved in the discussion around cloud and telecom, to make and nurture relationships, and take some time to enjoy a little of what Northern California has to offer!
Agenda Wednesday Oct 8th
8:00 am – 7:00 pm Event Check In
8:00 am – 9:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 3:30 pm General Session
9:00 am – 3:30 pm Diamond Supplier Meeting Rooms Open
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Grab n Go Lunch
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Supplier Fair
Thursday Oct 9th
7:00 am -8:15 am Supplier Briefing – Suppliers only
7:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am – 5:30 pm Event Check In
8:30 am – 3:30 pm General Session
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Diamond Supplier Meeting Rooms Open
10:00 am – 3:30 pm Spouse Tour
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Grab n Go Lunch
3:45 pm- 5:30 pm Supplier Dash
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Dinner and Awards
Friday Oct 10th
8:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast
All Day Excursions- includes lunch
Napa Bike Tour
3 Winery Tour
2 Winery Tour
Farm to Table Tour
Culinary Institute of America Tour
Eagle Vines Golf
Spa Treatments- for Sales Partner and their guest only
We’d like to invite you to join us for our Intelisys Cloud Sales Workshop, along with a gathering of All-Star Cloud Experts to discuss what’s working (and what’s NOT) in the ever-changing world of Cloud Solutions. We’ll convene on Monday, September 8th, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT, Level 3, Room #346 at Morial Convention Center.
We are very excited about this year’s new addition to the Cloud Partners training agenda: the Cloud Solution Design “Throwdown.” We expect this will be very effective in engaging our partners and educating them about the different steps in complex bid and cloud deals. The goal is for them to see in action the value that Intelisys’ pre-sales engineering resources can bring along with how our suppliers perform discovery and design solutions.
Our Channel Partners cloud training fills up EVERY YEAR. You must register in order to hold a spot to receive this cutting-edge information and these useful tools. We encourage you to register right now to ensure you have a spot at Intelisys Cloud Training 2014.
Continental breakfast and lunch are included (plus a chance to win $1000 in cash)! The topics we’ll be covering are listed below and there is also a link to more details and registration.
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.
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. Good selling.
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!