How channel partners can outperform the multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud megatrend

David Devine | June 7, 2022 | 125 views

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Cloud infrastructure used by customers today is increasingly more diverse and complex with over 80%1 of organisations already adopting a hybrid or multi cloud strategy. This more discerning approach enables IT departments to select the most optimal environment for each of their workloads or databases. But it does expose significant challenges and difficulties when defining and implementing a move to cloud strategy.

The good news for IT resellers is that 74%2 of end customers agree either somewhat or significantly that the channel plays a crucial role in helping them overcome the increasing complexity of cloud migration. For resellers, the main questions to address are, “in the eyes of an end customer, what does an ideal trusted channel cloud provider look like” and “what’s the best way to deliver against these needs”?

To answer these questions, it’s essential to firstly explore what is driving cloud adoption and creating the complexity. There are many statistics that demonstration the rate of cloud adoption is accelerating. IDC, for example, forecasts that 42 Zeta bytes of data will be stored in the cloud by 2025, noting an accelerated shift to a cloud centric infrastructure at twice the rate as before the pandemic. To demonstrate the speed of growth, in a recent survey undertaken by CRN and OVHcloud2, 64% of respondents stated that more than half of their data will reside in the cloud in two years’ time compared to 32% today.

Why Business Intelligence and Apps are driving cloud adoption

Respondents to the research survey, cited two main drivers behind the shift to cloud. Firstly, the need for more business intelligence and data analytics, which by nature requires flexible compute and data resources that can scale quickly, yet can be switched off when no longer needed to reduce unnecessary IT costs. Cloud is inherently favorable to fulfil this need unlike on-premises.

Secondly, the location of application users has changed since before the pandemic. Traditionally, staff would be primarily located in an office to access systems that were all contained within an office network.  The growing popularity of a remote workforce has resulted in staff accessing systems and data off-premises. Equally, the recent growth in customer digital interactions and new online services is creating new applications. Enabling access to these workloads from the cloud makes a lot of sense from a user experience, performance and cost perspective.

Customers’ main cloud strategy challenges

The growing trend of cloud adoption has proven over time that the benefits of improved IT scalability and agility by far outweigh the drawbacks. Customers are, however, still faced with overcoming several main challenges to truly deliver the full value of cloud.

1. Cost
In our recent survey cost is still the primary issue, driven by complex vendor pricing structures, a lack of cost transparency and predictability. As organisations adopt a multi-cloud and hybrid cloud model, many struggle to obtain sufficient technical and commercial best practice knowledge across different providers and platforms to optimise their cloud estate.

Predicting the costs for data storage and access has also become more difficult. As many IT leaders have experienced, the initial ROI for a cloud solution may be compelling, but as the solution matures accurately predicting and budgeting for future costs is a significant challenge due to a lack of price transparency and growing ingress charges.

2. Data security and compliance
The types of data organisations store in the cloud has changed. Customer interactions have become a digital, online experience, collecting more personal data, which in turn is being used in business analytics tools to enhance the customer experience and streamline processes. These more sensitive, personal data sets need to be treated differently to other non-personal data to ensure compliance with local data privacy and sovereignty laws. This is highlighted In particular between Europe and the US, where guarantees that data does not leave a particular jurisdiction is required.

In addition to data localisation, to remain compliant with European data protection laws the cloud provider’s head office is a factor. For example, if the head office is located in the US, it is governed by US Cloud Act irrespective of where the data itself is stored or processed.

3. Integration and application migration
Integration and application migration
The next most prevalent challenges highlighted in the survey were linked to concerns using open source versus closed source cloud infrastructures. This is echoed by the The State of the Public Cloud in the Enterprise, report by Contino (Oct 2020), in which 63% of respondents cited vendor lock in as a major concern. Perhaps due to a lack of choice or awareness of different cloud vendors, or for technical reasons, many end customers have procured cloud solutions using closed source technologies, which has inadvertently stifled their hybrid or multi cloud strategy.

There is an abundance of reports that highlight open source software are growing more rapidly than closed source, as organisations enjoy the benefits of being able to further improve ROI through greater software development, customisation and migration. In addition, it provides customers the freedom to migrate applications to improve performance or achieve a better price performance.

How channel resellers can accelerate their success

Today, the way in which end customers think about their cloud strategy and procurement process is very different compared to a few years ago. As organisations embark on their digital transformation strategy, they have learnt lots about the benefits and limits of cloud and how it can best work for them. Organisations understand not one cloud fits all and the need to adopt a hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud approach to their IT strategy. In summary, customers want to understand the various choices available to them.

As a result, customers more frequently need their IT value added reseller partners to help create and manage cloud infrastructure; co-creating solutions that leverage the benefits of hybrid cloud and multi-cloud, identifying ways to reduce costs such as suggesting alternative cloud providers, offering customer choice with multiple cloud vendors, offering additional services such as cloud audits, managing transformation projects and in-life support.

Channel partners who have adopted these themes into their cloud services to differentiate their business, enjoy improved customer loyalty and greater customer acquisition, showing a clear path to outperform the multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud megatrend.

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Fundamentals of Distribution Marketing

Article | July 20, 2022

Are you looking to expand into new markets, boost your sales pipeline, and increase conversions? Whatever your business growth objectives are, a distribution partnership is your answer to all of them. Why are distributors becoming a vital component of business expansion strategies and what is the importance of distribution in marketing? Let us take a look. Distribution Marketing Channels: Achieving More with Distribution Partners The process of making a product or service available to a consumer through a direct channel such as a manufacturer or an indirect channel such as a distributor constitutes a distribution marketing strategy. B2B marketers decide on which type of distributor channel they want to use based on their product and the revenue targets they have in mind. Global suppliers have eroded margins and created an explosion of products catering to even the tiniest market niches. They have disrupted local markets. Consequently, sophisticated logistical systems have been developed to shorten delivery times. Businesses have expanded their distribution network to get closer to their B2B clients. The following statistic says a lot about why B2B businesses are keen to embrace distribution marketing and develop their indirect distribution network. 75% of the world’s commerce is transacted indirectly, meaning goods are sold through distribution channels. (Source: Forrester) In this article, we will be focusing on distribution partners, as channels of distribution marketing, and how they are creating a foundation for businesses like yours to expand and grow while helping you bring your products to your target customers. Distribution Marketing Strategy: Types of Strategies & Things to Consider B2B businesses embrace a new channel of distribution marketing or improve their existing one based on their marketing and management requirements. You can consider going down the same road if you have a new customer segment in mind, are planning to release a new product or want to aggressively grow your revenue. Here are the broad types of distribution in marketing: Direct channel: A direct sales channel is any company or manufacturer that creates its product and sells it directly to customers without the involvement of third parties or intermediaries. The product is sold through a shop, online channels, door-to-door or through any other method. Indirect channel: An indirect sales channel is comprised of—distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and VARs (value-added resellers)—who sell products made by other companies. At times, there may be more than one middleman between the consumer and the product’s producer. Apart from these two main strategies, there are other specialized strategies that fall under these categories, like exclusive distribution, intensive distribution, selective distribution, dual distribution, and reverse distribution. Of these strategies, manufacturers use the product distribution strategy that suits their product and revenue goals the most. Consider the following factors when planning your distribution strategy in marketing: The Type of Product You Sell Your distribution channel marketing strategy should depend on the type of product. Purchase decisions that customers make are classified into three types: routine, limited, and extensive, based on the number of times businesses buy a product, its cost, and the time taken by the customer to make a purchase decision. Capitalize on this information and decide on the strategy that will work best to position your product. Customer Base Based on the types of purchase methods that your target demographic may use, where they make their purchase decisions, and what kind of technology influences them, you need to choose your distributor. Ensuring that your customer base gets access to your product based on its preference is crucial to attracting customers to make a purchase. Logistics and Transportation Whether you sell a software product to streamline business processes or spare parts that automobile businesses require, your product needs to reach your end user safely and on time from locations where your distributor stores it. Understanding a prospective distributor’s logistics and transportation capabilities should be a priority while finalizing a distribution strategy in marketing. Focus on cost-saving and increasing revenue while choosing your distributor. A Strong Game Plan & Bigger Market Reach with Distribution Partners Product, place, price, and promotion are the four Ps of marketing. A B2B company cannot successfully sell its product or service unless it determines its four Ps. This is where distribution comes in. It is the ‘place’ part of every marketing strategy. Distributors are channel partners who are experts at getting your products into as many markets as possible as quickly as possible so that they can be used by end customers. There are tactical and logical advantages to having a strong distribution partner network. Let us explore them in brief. You Can Focus on Your Expertise Your expertise lies in creating the product. Setting up a sales system to facilitate end customers doesn’t categorically fit your skillset. With the help of a good distribution partner, you can limit your sales risk and use your time and resources to make your manufacturing processes and techniques more efficient. Streamline Market Expansion Selling to a new geographical market with the help of a distribution channel partner who has an established retail network can instantly get you more leads and boost your sales. Especially when entering a new international market, you can trust your distribution partner to take care of international trade law compliance, shipping and customs laws, and the culture of the new market. Limited Involvement in Customer Service Distribution marketing reduces your involvement and investment in customer service considerably. All you need to do is be in touch with your distributor partner. You don’t have to think about exercising administrative duties and investing in operations because your distributor will be your face while dealing with end customers. Distribution Partners Fire-up Your GTM Strategy In your go-to-market strategy (GTM), your distribution partners can market your product to large numbers of geographically dispersed customers. Distributors, especially VARs customize your product and complement it with prompt support and specialist services. Here’s how you can go-to-market confidently with the help of distribution partners: After you segment your target market into customers and prospects, identify which of these segments you can reach with the help of distributors. They can utilize their customer base to get you sales in territories with good sales potential. Distributors with experience can cover the market sectors you want to target. Choose distributors who do not market products that compete with yours. To get the most out of the channel partnership, describe the market opportunities for the distributors and talk to them about what you expect and what you need from them. Decide on whether you want to share marketing rights with distributors. Create solid and binding commercial terms such as stock levels, discounts, selling prices, and marketing support beforehand so the distributors are motivated to give their best to sell your product. Distributors develop sales and marketing plans, provide support in the form of marketing collateral, funds, or marketing campaigns. To support their efforts, run marketing campaigns that target your customers and promote your distributor network. Communicate the advantages of buying from your authorized distributors so that you can create and maintain sales leads for your entire distributor network to make your GTM a success. Distribution Management: Refining Distribution Partner Performance Just as it is important to set up a distribution network, it is also important to manage it, optimize it through consistent efforts, and make sure it is a smooth-functioning ecosystem. Managing distribution businesses can empower your distribution teams to manage distributors and the way they sell your product. They can also enable partners to do more for the sales. Distribution management can be streamlined using a distribution management system (DMS). With the help of the following features, this platform helps you run your distribution network well: Partner Recruitment Easily deploy partner recruitment campaigns through single or multiple distributors. Target specific groups of partners through these campaigns to get them involved. Partner Onboarding Help your distribution partners bring on channel partners for short-term channel programs with high returns and low costs. Partner Training Enhance partner competency and development using partner training through the DMS system. Pipeline Management Keep track of how each distributor contributes to your pipeline growth and engage with distributors to increase revenue. Partner Enablement Use your distribution partners to drive multi-partner demand generation activities with co-branded content that your channel marketing teams create. Partner Incentives Deploy partner incentives to motivate distributors and partners they manage. Review their performance and approve their claims. Performance Optimization Get insights into how distribution partners are selling through business analytics and reports so you can accelerate sales, and in turn, boost your revenue. When you use a good distribution management system, you can manage multiple stakeholders, including resellers, distributors, and partners, along with your internal marketing, sales, and finance teams. Your distribution teams can look at sales through distributors and forecast future performance and partner pipelines. They can also use the system to run different programs and campaigns to meet the changing needs of their business. A U.S. Manufacturer Uses ZINFI Platform for Efficient and Effective Channel Marketing VERSATEX, a PVC building products manufacturer, used ZINFI’s partner portal to streamline its marketing so its partners could be more engaged. "We are using the ZINFI portal as our VERSATEX CRM, and it's been working out amazingly. We can track how the salespeople in the field are selling and quickly determine what's working and what's not," said Cassidy Huff, Channel Marketer at VERSATEX. Summing it Up A distribution strategy can revolutionize the way you sell your product in different markets. With the correct distribution channel and strategy, your product can reach your buyer considerably more quickly and help you achieve your revenue goals. FAQ What is a distribution channel? A distribution channel is a network of intermediaries like distributors, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, and VARs that a company uses to get its product to its end user. What is the impact of distribution management on business? Efficiently managing distribution partners boosts company sales and profitability as it helps businesses streamline how fast and efficiently they distribute their products in the market. What is the difference between direct and indirect distribution channels? In a direct distribution channel, a company allows its manufacturer or service provider to deal directly with the end customer, whereas in an indirect distribution channel, a company relies on a network of distributors, wholesalers, and retailers to sell its products.

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Kentucky Teen Once Subject of Viral Video Warns Republicans of 'Outrage Mob'

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How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Article | July 11, 2022

Across the country, local networks known as Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are bringing together partners and resources to meet urgent needs and envision a new future for teaching and learning. Many of these efforts are rooted in long-standing partnerships across sectors and institutions. As COVID-19 disrupted the lives of students, educators, and families earlier this year, EdClusters sprang into action, leveraging their capacity and reach in ways their networks were uniquely ready to do. Their collective efforts are meeting a range of needs—from internet access to devices to social-emotional supports. As schools prepare for uncertain and complex reopenings, we turn to Kansas City and Rhode Island for powerful examples of community in action.

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Altair Names Keinavo Data Analytics Channel Partner for Switzerland

Altair | December 01, 2022

Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR), a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI), announced that Keinavo has joined Altair’s growing channel partner network. Keinavo, which has offices in Lugano, Switzerland, will offer all of Altair’s data analytics solutions to its customers in Switzerland. Keinavo has major customers in sectors like banking, insurance, industry, and public service, and offers expertise, consulting, and training focused on data. “Keinavo has deep expertise in data analytics and the SAS language and we are proud to have them as a valued channel partner. This combination – and their work related to the integration of Altair SLC in complex environnements – makes Keinavo a trusted partner that will be key for Altair’s growth in Switzerland,” said Haroun Mokdad, managing director, Altair Switzerland. “We look forward to providing great opportunities for any company looking to modernize their legacy data analytics platforms.” Keinavo has been providing auditing, consulting, and training services focused on big data, analytics, business intelligence, system integration and optimization, data management, and platform and business process management throughout the EMEA region since the early 2000s. “We are extremely pleased to strategically partner with Altair, a leading global technology company, and look forward to further supporting our clients with the best possible solutions and technology throughout project lifecycles,” said Johann Kerdal, chief executive officer, Keinavo. “We are extremely pleased to strategically partner with Altair, a leading global technology company, and look forward to further supporting our clients with the best possible solutions and technology throughout project lifecycles,” said Johann Kerdal, chief executive officer, Keinavo. Altair works with a global network of channel and technology partners. To learn more or to become a partner, visit: https://www.altair.https://www.altair.com/partners/. About Altair Altair is a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future. For more information, visit https://www.altair.com/.

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Pyramid Analytics Signs More UKI Channel Deals

Pyramid Analytics | December 02, 2022

Pyramid Analytics (Pyramid), a pioneering decision intelligence platform provider, continues to consistently execute on its strategy to rapidly expand channel partnerships with complementary technology companies, independent software vendors (ISV), consulting firms, value-added resellers (VAR) and systems integrators (SI) across the United Kingdom and Ireland (UKI). The London-based software company today announced new partnerships with Datazed Associates, Data Reply, and Digital Data Consultancy. Key Points: Pyramid Analytics signed deals with new partners serving the IT needs of mid-size and large enterprises across the UKI: Datazed Associates (Referral Partner); Digital Data Consultancy (Systems Integrator); and Data Reply (Consultancy, Systems Integrator). The channel partner programme is the backbone of Pyramid’s UKI operations, accounting for a significant segment of UK revenue. Pyramid Analytics is recognized for channel excellence. The company was a CRN Channel Awards 2022 finalist. To learn more about becoming a Pyramid partner in the UK and Ireland, contact Bill Clayton, Vice President, Global Partnerships, at clayton@pyramidanalytics.com. Meet Pyramid Analytics’ New Partners Datazed Associates is a boutique data consultancy specialising in data governance and data quality. The company’s network of experienced professionals has a strong track record in the insurance industry, having supported general insurers, Lloyd’s market firms, brokers and reinsurers. Data Reply is the Reply group company offering a broad range of advanced analytics and AI-powered data services. Data Reply operates across industries and business functions to achieve meaningful outcomes through effective use of data. Digital Data Consultancy provides consulting services in the areas of data management, data science, and digital experience. The company helps clients in retail, hospitality, healthcare, banking and consumer goods to master and reimagine their data, create new value, and differentiate and profit in the digital economy. Pyramid Analytics Delivers Value for Partners Partnerships are critical to Pyramid’s ability to scale growth. In turn, partners get access to the Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform, an innovative augmented analytics platform which has garnered analyst accolades for its ability to transform businesses. Pyramid Partners benefit from a range of resources to help them effectively market, sell, and deliver the Pyramid Platform, integrated solutions, and services. These include the Pyramid Partner Portal, a one-stop shop for deal management, market education content, co-branded marketing materials, and interactive tools and resources, and; the Pyramid Learning Hub for self-guided and expert-led courses, and Pyramid Partner Certification programs. United Kingdom the World’s “Next Silicon Valley”? Jeremy Hunt, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, outlined a number of priorities in his Autumn Statement on 17 November. These included his plan to “turn the United Kingdom into the world’s next Silicon Valley.” Pyramid Analytics has operated and flourished in the UK for nearly five years and are proud of the company’s contribution to achieving this goal. The advanced analytics platform company has added three executives and numerous business development roles in its London office in 2022. 2022 has been momentous for Pyramid Analytics in the UKI: Pyramid executives, customers, partners, media and technology industry analysts celebrated a $120 million Series E funding round at a special event at Tower Bridge in May. Tom Warren, a veteran technology professional and former professional rugby player, was appointed Managing Director for the company’s UKI operations. Bill Clayton joined Pyramid in the new role of Vice President, Global Partnerships. He has more than 20 years of enterprise software experience. Clayton has held positions with global technology leaders including IBM and Oracle. He lives in the UK. Hayley Munro was appointed Vice President of Global Customer Success. This newly created role provides unified, company-wide management of this critical function under one executive. She lives in the UK. Decision Intelligence is the Next Big Data Analytics Innovation The next major innovation in analytics is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Applying AI across Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science is what separates Decision Intelligence from traditional business intelligence tools such as Microsoft Power BI, Qlik, and Tableau. AI lowers the skills barrier by automating the highly technical work needed to prepare and analyze data and create and share reports and dashboards. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers data-driven insights for anyone to make faster, more intelligent decisions. The Pyramid Platform provides instant access to any data, enables automated governed self-service for any person, and serves any analytics need, from the simple to the sophisticated. By uniquely combining Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science with AI guidance in a single environment, the Pyramid Platform reduces cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, organization-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics. Bill Clayton, Vice President of Global Partner Sales, Pyramid Analytics: “Channel partnerships are an essential cornerstone of Pyramid’s growth strategy." Bill Clayton, Vice President of Global Partner Sales, Pyramid Analytics:“Channel partnerships are an essential cornerstone of Pyramid’s growth strategy. Our highly productive and effective work with channel partners has forged a host of mutually beneficial relationships that have driven growth for all involved across the UKI. Channel partners are at the core of Pyramid’s business model. The growth and expansion of the company is firmly embedded with our channel partners.” About Pyramid Analytics Pyramid is what’s next in analytics. The award-winning Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers insights for faster, optimized decisions by providing direct access to any data, enabling governed self-service for any person, and meeting any analytics need in a no-code environment. The Pyramid Platform uniquely combines Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science in a single environment with AI guidance, reducing cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, enterprise-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics, from the simple to the sophisticated. Schedule a demo. Pyramid Analytics is incorporated in Amsterdam and has regional headquarters in global innovation and business centers, including London, New York City, and Tel Aviv. Our team lives worldwide because geography should not be a barrier to talent and opportunity. Investors include H.I.G. Growth Partners, Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), Sequoia Capital, and Viola Growth. Learn more at Pyramid Analytics.

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Verizon Channel hosts Partner Advisory Council at Boston Innovation Hub

Verizon | December 05, 2022

Today, Verizon hosts its 2022 Partner Advisory Council (PAC) meeting, giving partners a unique opportunity to collaborate and unlock new program opportunities, while continuing to provide best in class service to customers. Verizon is bringing members of its PAC together, including value-added distributors, mobility co-sellers, wireless business agents, and wireline business agents, to set strategic plans for 2023. Partner feedback will be a critical component of the sessions which will focus on discussing program evolution and enhancements. Partners will have the opportunity to tour the Verizon 5G Boston Innovation Center and view tangible examples of 5G-powered technologies. “This is the first time that our channel partners across the entire channel program landscape will be coming together in person to collaborate, set strategic 2023 plans and drive evolution across all our partner programs." “This is the first time that our channel partners across the entire channel program landscape will be coming together in person to collaborate, set strategic 2023 plans and drive evolution across all our partner programs. We are excited to work together to engage in thoughtful and productive conversations that will empower our channel partners to win in 2023,” said Mike Caralis, Verizon Vice President of Business Markets. PAC attendees will also have an opportunity to take part in a group volunteer activity in honor of Giving Tuesday. Each volunteer will build lifesaving paracord bracelets and military care kits for Operation Gratitude, a Verizon non-profit partner, while learning about their impact and mission. Attendees include leadership from Verizon’s top channel partners, sales and operations teams. Verizon’s channel program has received a 5-star rating from CRN in 2022 and continues to be an industry leader in the channel. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $133.6 billion in 2021. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

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Altair Names Keinavo Data Analytics Channel Partner for Switzerland

Altair | December 01, 2022

Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR), a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI), announced that Keinavo has joined Altair’s growing channel partner network. Keinavo, which has offices in Lugano, Switzerland, will offer all of Altair’s data analytics solutions to its customers in Switzerland. Keinavo has major customers in sectors like banking, insurance, industry, and public service, and offers expertise, consulting, and training focused on data. “Keinavo has deep expertise in data analytics and the SAS language and we are proud to have them as a valued channel partner. This combination – and their work related to the integration of Altair SLC in complex environnements – makes Keinavo a trusted partner that will be key for Altair’s growth in Switzerland,” said Haroun Mokdad, managing director, Altair Switzerland. “We look forward to providing great opportunities for any company looking to modernize their legacy data analytics platforms.” Keinavo has been providing auditing, consulting, and training services focused on big data, analytics, business intelligence, system integration and optimization, data management, and platform and business process management throughout the EMEA region since the early 2000s. “We are extremely pleased to strategically partner with Altair, a leading global technology company, and look forward to further supporting our clients with the best possible solutions and technology throughout project lifecycles,” said Johann Kerdal, chief executive officer, Keinavo. “We are extremely pleased to strategically partner with Altair, a leading global technology company, and look forward to further supporting our clients with the best possible solutions and technology throughout project lifecycles,” said Johann Kerdal, chief executive officer, Keinavo. Altair works with a global network of channel and technology partners. To learn more or to become a partner, visit: https://www.altair.https://www.altair.com/partners/. About Altair Altair is a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future. For more information, visit https://www.altair.com/.

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Pyramid Analytics Signs More UKI Channel Deals

Pyramid Analytics | December 02, 2022

Pyramid Analytics (Pyramid), a pioneering decision intelligence platform provider, continues to consistently execute on its strategy to rapidly expand channel partnerships with complementary technology companies, independent software vendors (ISV), consulting firms, value-added resellers (VAR) and systems integrators (SI) across the United Kingdom and Ireland (UKI). The London-based software company today announced new partnerships with Datazed Associates, Data Reply, and Digital Data Consultancy. Key Points: Pyramid Analytics signed deals with new partners serving the IT needs of mid-size and large enterprises across the UKI: Datazed Associates (Referral Partner); Digital Data Consultancy (Systems Integrator); and Data Reply (Consultancy, Systems Integrator). The channel partner programme is the backbone of Pyramid’s UKI operations, accounting for a significant segment of UK revenue. Pyramid Analytics is recognized for channel excellence. 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The company helps clients in retail, hospitality, healthcare, banking and consumer goods to master and reimagine their data, create new value, and differentiate and profit in the digital economy. Pyramid Analytics Delivers Value for Partners Partnerships are critical to Pyramid’s ability to scale growth. In turn, partners get access to the Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform, an innovative augmented analytics platform which has garnered analyst accolades for its ability to transform businesses. Pyramid Partners benefit from a range of resources to help them effectively market, sell, and deliver the Pyramid Platform, integrated solutions, and services. These include the Pyramid Partner Portal, a one-stop shop for deal management, market education content, co-branded marketing materials, and interactive tools and resources, and; the Pyramid Learning Hub for self-guided and expert-led courses, and Pyramid Partner Certification programs. 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Bill Clayton joined Pyramid in the new role of Vice President, Global Partnerships. He has more than 20 years of enterprise software experience. Clayton has held positions with global technology leaders including IBM and Oracle. He lives in the UK. Hayley Munro was appointed Vice President of Global Customer Success. This newly created role provides unified, company-wide management of this critical function under one executive. She lives in the UK. Decision Intelligence is the Next Big Data Analytics Innovation The next major innovation in analytics is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Applying AI across Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science is what separates Decision Intelligence from traditional business intelligence tools such as Microsoft Power BI, Qlik, and Tableau. AI lowers the skills barrier by automating the highly technical work needed to prepare and analyze data and create and share reports and dashboards. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers data-driven insights for anyone to make faster, more intelligent decisions. The Pyramid Platform provides instant access to any data, enables automated governed self-service for any person, and serves any analytics need, from the simple to the sophisticated. By uniquely combining Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science with AI guidance in a single environment, the Pyramid Platform reduces cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, organization-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics. Bill Clayton, Vice President of Global Partner Sales, Pyramid Analytics: “Channel partnerships are an essential cornerstone of Pyramid’s growth strategy." Bill Clayton, Vice President of Global Partner Sales, Pyramid Analytics:“Channel partnerships are an essential cornerstone of Pyramid’s growth strategy. Our highly productive and effective work with channel partners has forged a host of mutually beneficial relationships that have driven growth for all involved across the UKI. Channel partners are at the core of Pyramid’s business model. The growth and expansion of the company is firmly embedded with our channel partners.” About Pyramid Analytics Pyramid is what’s next in analytics. The award-winning Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers insights for faster, optimized decisions by providing direct access to any data, enabling governed self-service for any person, and meeting any analytics need in a no-code environment. The Pyramid Platform uniquely combines Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science in a single environment with AI guidance, reducing cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, enterprise-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics, from the simple to the sophisticated. Schedule a demo. Pyramid Analytics is incorporated in Amsterdam and has regional headquarters in global innovation and business centers, including London, New York City, and Tel Aviv. Our team lives worldwide because geography should not be a barrier to talent and opportunity. Investors include H.I.G. Growth Partners, Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), Sequoia Capital, and Viola Growth. Learn more at Pyramid Analytics.

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Verizon Channel hosts Partner Advisory Council at Boston Innovation Hub

Verizon | December 05, 2022

Today, Verizon hosts its 2022 Partner Advisory Council (PAC) meeting, giving partners a unique opportunity to collaborate and unlock new program opportunities, while continuing to provide best in class service to customers. Verizon is bringing members of its PAC together, including value-added distributors, mobility co-sellers, wireless business agents, and wireline business agents, to set strategic plans for 2023. Partner feedback will be a critical component of the sessions which will focus on discussing program evolution and enhancements. Partners will have the opportunity to tour the Verizon 5G Boston Innovation Center and view tangible examples of 5G-powered technologies. “This is the first time that our channel partners across the entire channel program landscape will be coming together in person to collaborate, set strategic 2023 plans and drive evolution across all our partner programs." “This is the first time that our channel partners across the entire channel program landscape will be coming together in person to collaborate, set strategic 2023 plans and drive evolution across all our partner programs. We are excited to work together to engage in thoughtful and productive conversations that will empower our channel partners to win in 2023,” said Mike Caralis, Verizon Vice President of Business Markets. PAC attendees will also have an opportunity to take part in a group volunteer activity in honor of Giving Tuesday. Each volunteer will build lifesaving paracord bracelets and military care kits for Operation Gratitude, a Verizon non-profit partner, while learning about their impact and mission. Attendees include leadership from Verizon’s top channel partners, sales and operations teams. Verizon’s channel program has received a 5-star rating from CRN in 2022 and continues to be an industry leader in the channel. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $133.6 billion in 2021. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

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