The BlackBerry channel back in its mobile device heyday was mainly telcos. Now, as they move broadly into security software they are expanding their channel, but also trying to focus it squarely on BlackBerry’s vision of the future.
Trustwave is aggressively trying to build out partner skillsets as they move to more of an MSSP model, and try to build up their percentage of channel sales. A new online training system and partner portal are two tools in this effort.
Dell EMC has announced its thresholds and tiers for 2018, and while there are some changes from the previous system, the biggest, by far, is the emphasis on services for tier eligibility, not just for rebates.
In addition to providing increased benefits for those partners who elect to sell only Panasonic rugged notebooks, Panasonic has also increased its investment in a channel account team to provide more reps to work with partners.
CommScope is looking to deepen enterprise penetration in the infrastructure business for their digital distributed antenna systems, with a new program to train partners on designing and building in-building wireless.
Dell EMC’s VP of North American Distribution emphasized why partners need to sell more through distis at the Dell EMC Canada Partner Summit, and while it had the something of the air of preaching to the converted, there was a clear theme being stressed.