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.
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!
Whether you have had the chance to attend one of our training events in the past or are just curious about what goes on at them, one thing is for certain: you know how important the conversation on the Cloud is. We offer many opportunities over the course of the year to get involved in the conversation, and our next CLOUD LIVE! event is coming up on Thursday, May 29, at 8 a.m. PST.
We make the conversation on Cloud easier than ever with our live video broadcasts. If you’re interested in learning more about:
Greetings from warm and sort of sunny Ft. Lauderdale, FL!
Our first Mindshare event of the season has kicked off and we’re excited to see what’s in store for us next. We’ll be in Chicago, Oakland, Dallas, and New England/New York before summer is even here, so keep your eyes open for your invite!
The 2014 Channel Partners Conference & Expo at The Venetian & Sands is finally here! We’re headed out to Vegas now in order to get everything set up at booth #4016. The agenda is set, so come track us down! Wednesday, February 26
11:00 am – 11:45 am: MPLS Alternatives – Challenging the Leading Cloud Networking Technology
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Supplier Fair
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Intelisys Exhibit Booth #4016
Thursday, February 27
8:00 am – 3:00 pm: Intelisys Cloud Services University Training
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Intelisys Exhibit Booth # 4016
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Intelisys Cloud Services Cocktail Party
10:00 pm – 1:00 am: Intelisys Late Night Party at The Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip
February, February 28
10:00 am – Noon: Intelisys Exhibit Booth #4016
For more details on the agenda, go here. Looking forward to seeing you all in Vegas!
In just a couple of weeks, we’re headed down to Las Vegas for this year’s Channel Partners Conference & Expo. This year’s three-day event is hosted by The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino and it’s shaping up to be quite an event! The schedule isn’t fully finalized yet, but we can tell you we’re setting up shop at booth #4016 — don’t forget to come by and say hi! For those of you interested in tracking our whereabouts and seeing what we’re contributing at this year’s event, you can check out our agenda here or read more about it below: February 26, 2014
We all saw the now infamous post-game interview this past Sunday.A talented Richard Sherman, who had just made an outstanding football play to win the NFC championship, ripped the very competitor he was battling with seconds before.Twitter exploded with disgust and anger and general “WTF was he thinking”? He had an opportunity to praise a worthy opponent, to celebrate a remarkable game, to thank his teammates who all played a critical part in this greatest of all team sports.Instead he trashed the other guy and immediately lost the respect of millions.
We all work in a highly competitive environment.In fact, competition is foundational to this great country we all call home.We ask every day, how do we beat the other guy?How do we get smarter, faster, better, bigger than the guy we’re battling every day?
At Intelisys, we know exactly who our competition is, and yes, we talk every day about how we can beat them and how we can win.But it’s also accurate to say that we hold our competition in high regard.In our industry, along with fierce competition, there is mutual respect and admiration.We all appreciate how hard it is to do what we do.None of us have gotten where we’re at by dumb luck, or having something handed to us.We all battle every day in a free market that is big enough for all of us to be wildly successful.
I always look forward to our industry events where we get to catch up, swap war stories over some brown liquor, and learn from each other about how we can build a healthier and more effective channel.
Its always fun to see our competition show up at our trainings and drinking our booze and dancing at our parties.We welcome them with open arms. Could we lock them out, blast them in the media, tear them down in order to build us up?Sure, we could. But we choose the opposite path, knowing that while we’ll enter the arena to battle each other time and time again, we’ll always do it as respected peers.
Where we could easily be Richards, we choose to be leaders.And that’s a refreshing take on competition.
This year’s Top Performing Champions (TPC) Club Trip is moving to Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands from January 26 – 29, 2014. The Intelisys-sponsored program is specifically designed to reward top-performing producers and to encourage our rising stars to increase growth in new business with Intelisys. This year’s period of eligibility took place from September 2012 through August 2013 and the prize for this year’s winning sales partners is a trip for two to Grand Cayman!
In addition to the fun-filled trip to Grand Cayman, Club TPC membership comes with some additional benefits. For those of our sales partners who achieve a certain level of membership status, trip assistance to this year’s Channel Connect event will be provided. We’ve also made substantial additions to the TPC program, providing you with support services and mentoring programs in the following areas:
Business Mentoring Program
Partner Support Services
Process and Training
The trip to Grand Cayman is fast approaching, so if you’re one of our elite, top-selling partners of 2013, we look forward to seeing you there!
As we come to a close of another successful Channel Connect event, I am once again deeply humbled and inspired by you, our Sales and Supplier Partners.It was so wonderful to reconnect and enjoy San Francisco with you all, and to recognize your impressive achievements.
Every year I wonder how the Intelisys community could possibly improve more, but every year you continue to surpass the goals we set out to achieve. You truly are Top Producers in this great channel and I salute you!
I’d also like to extend a BIG thank you to our Intelisys team for the months of hard work that went into pulling off such a massive event. Thanks to their dedication and attention to detail, everyone who attended had a wonderful experience.
For those who were unable to join us, we enjoyed three fun-filled days and nights of learning and networking. Thursday morning and afternoon were filled with informative Supplier Presentations, and the evening featured a Business Fair where partners perused info tables. Friday offered excursions to wine country, Alcatraz, Muir Woods, or Presidio Golf Course.We culminated the event with an awards banquet followed by dancing to live music.