PR Newswire | October 06, 2023
Global cybersecurity leader Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) has announced a complete redesign to the company's worldwide partner program. This re-design will accelerate business growth for partners and allow them to further deliver exceptional value to end customers.
Eva Chen, CEO at Trend:
Our partners have been an indispensable part of our extraordinary journey spanning over three decades. We anticipate the achievements still to come as we continue to strategically align with our partners to safeguard the digital world. As we introduce a new era of the channel with this completely re-designed partner program, I am proud to announce our joint mission to enable partners to become the most resilient cybersecurity companions and guide our customers through their security lifecycle.
The program is built around the Trend Vision One™ platform, creating opportunities for partners to deliver services and assessments for both enterprise and SMB-focused partners.
Customers are facing increased risks as threat actors derive greater monetary value from criminal activities. As cybersecurity demand grows, the need for in-house skills to protect data, companies, brands, industries and governments grows as well. Partners can close this gap by delivering value via crucial services: MSSP, MSP, SOCaaS, XDR, Incident Response, and much more. To address this need, Trend is improving the ability for partners to offer assessments to customers, including Cyber Risk Assessments, new additions of External Attack Surface, Cloud Posture, and Azure AD Assessments. Over 800 partners have already leveraged Cyber Risk Assessment Services to complete 1,400+ customer assessments—and more new services are on the way.
Anne Saunders, Global Director of Cybersecurity Partnerships at Capgemini: "Working alongside Trend has empowered us to deliver unmatched security and tremendous value to our customers. As we see growing complexity in the cybersecurity landscape, our partnership with Trend is a key element to our success in enabling business transformation. We're looking forward to giving more customers the tools they need to secure their organizations with confidence."
As Trend and its partners have evolved together, so has another critical component: artificial intelligence, which enables partner analysts to understand the next threat alert, and the next opportunity for growth within customer accounts, further deepening a partner's value to their end customers.
Jay McBain, Chief Analyst at Canalys: "Hybrid IT environments are growing in complexity, with managed security services serving as a major driver for the channel. At the same time, the channel is undergoing a shift towards cloud, services, marketplaces, incident response and consulting. It's great to see Trend Micro providing extensive support – including a well-balanced Partner Capability Model – that paves the way for partners to excel in managed services, by leveraging the power of generative AI."
The Trend Partner Program will enable channel partners to:
Embrace AIwith Trend Vision One generative AI capabilities, empowering SOC teams to accelerate daily workflows, enhancing their performance and productivity
Increase profitabilitywith stacked benefits; from capabilities, deal participation and co-selling, marketplace competitive private offers and recognized partners' influenced revenue in services and consulting
Expand serviceswith new competencies for partners to earn their technical and service validations in cloud security, professional services, managed security services, SOC, IR, and more
Co-sell and generate more leadswith multiple lead gen tools and customer workshops, including co-branded risk assessments, cloud security for AWS and Azure workshops, online demo environments, marketplace incentive campaigns, and numerous co-sell and co-branded sales tools
Experience immersive learningwith Trend Campus, which supports hybrid learning across three progressive tracks as well as in-depth 1:1 consultation for competency partners
Leverage an integrated digital experienceacross partner locator, partner portal, mobile app, leads dashboard and cloud marketplaces
The Trend Partner Program is built on the foundation of a thriving channel business comprising 147,000 profiled partners, more than half of whom took broader cybersecurity training in the past year. Deal registration has seen a significant increase, especially by co-selling partners, with 42% YoY growth in AWS CPPO partners and a 46% YoY increase in MSP partners selling XDR.
Sean Barker, CEO at cloudEQ: "Organizations rely on us to address their business challenges and speed up their digital transformation while ensuring business continuity. Security is a shared responsibility and a critical element of the cloud migration journey, and we work alongside Trend to provide customers with proactive and automated cloud security. The latest iteration of Trend's partner program will further enable us to deepen our expertise and broaden our services to safeguard our customers' cloud applications."
Trend continues to evolve and grow alongside partners, ensuring that joint customers remain protected while remaining profitable and extending partner opportunities.
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro, a global cybersecurity leader, helps make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Fueled by decades of security expertise, global threat research, and continuous innovation, Trend Micro's cybersecurity platform protects hundreds of thousands of organizations and millions of individuals across clouds, networks, devices, and endpoints. As a leader in cloud and enterprise cybersecurity, the platform delivers a powerful range of advanced threat defense techniques optimized for environments like AWS, Microsoft, and Google, and central visibility for better, faster detection and response. With over 7,500 employees across 65 countries, Trend Micro enables organizations to simplify and secure their connected world. www.TrendMicro.com.
Meltwater | November 06, 2023
Doug Balut has consecutively received the CRN Channel Chiefs Award in 2021, 2022, and 2023.
He led global teams and forged partnerships with organizations such as SAP, Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, and Intel, among others.
At Meltwater, Doug Balut will be crucial in growing the company and enhancing client satisfaction through partner programs and strategic relationships.
Meltwater, which empowers companies with solutions spanning media, social, consumer, and sales intelligence, has announced the appointment of Doug Balut as Senior Vice President of Global Alliances and Partnerships.
In this new position, Doug Balut will be cultivating a dynamic partner network, establishing a resilient channel sales structure, and formulating go-to-market strategies. These initiatives are all geared toward advancing the company's expansion, enhancing customer value, and reinforcing its standing as a comprehensive set of enterprise-grade solutions.
Doug Balut possesses over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, with a strong background in building and leading strategic alliances, channel sales, and business development within the SaaS sector. Before this, he worked as Senior Vice President of Global Alliances at Sprinklr. During his tenure at Sprinklr, he was pivotal in establishing a partner organization and successfully implementing a growth-oriented methodology, culminating in Sprinklr's IPO in 2021. Before his time at Sprinklr, he held various leadership positions in sales, both in direct sales and indirect partner sales, at Cisco. He directed teams on a global scale and established collaborations with entities like SAP, Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, and Intel, among others.
John Box, CEO of Meltwater, remarked
I am thrilled to welcome Doug Balut to the Meltwater team as our new SVP of Alliances and Partnerships. He has a proven track record of driving revenue growth, expanding market reach, and creating value for customers and partners.
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John Box emphasized that Doug Balut will be pivotal in fortifying the company's partner ecosystem and expediting its worldwide expansion. He added that the company anticipates a fruitful collaboration with Doug Balut to provide clients with excellent media, social, and consumer intelligence solutions.
Doug Balut expressed his enthusiasm upon joining Meltwater, expressing his profound excitement about the opportunity to establish a novel partner ecosystem in support of Meltwater's growth and enterprise transformation initiatives. He emphasized that the current moment is opportune for directing attention toward expanding large accounts on a global scale, marking the next phase in Meltwater's dynamic history. He acknowledged that partnerships serve as a driving force for this expansion and affirmed his readiness to construct an organizational framework and a network of influential partners to facilitate the attainment of these objectives.
Cisco | September 20, 2023
• Cisco Systems partnered with Nutanix to sell its hyper-converged systems but has discontinued its Hyperflex portfolio.
• Christian Goffi underscores the commitment to customer choice, with partners recognizing the value of the HCI platform.
• For Nutanix, which relies heavily on channel partners, the partner program highlights its strong commitment to a channel-centric approach.
Nutanix and Cisco Systems have formed a global strategic partnership, which offers channel partners a remarkable opportunity to extend their footprint to a fresh customer demographic, harnessing their existing prowess in architecting hyper-converged platforms.
Christian Goffi, Nutanix's North American Channel Chief, remarked, .
For our partner community, the opportunity really comes from having another platform that they can lean on our solution for. We've always been about customer choice, and this is another one of those areas. Our partners have become very in-tune with the beauty of our HCI platform and what Nutanix does best.
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In response to the partnership announcement, he noted that channel partners displayed immediate and enthusiastic interest. Partners eagerly expressed their anticipation for further details, and the overall excitement surrounding the partnership was notably high. This strategic move opens up the possibility of reaching an untapped customer base. Interestingly, the partner community quickly recognized and embraced this excitement without the need for explicit communication.
After the company's earnings announcement, Nutanix CEO Rajiv Ramaswami informed investors that Cisco is acquiring the entire cloud platform, including cloud infrastructure, management, and unified storage. Cisco will integrate this comprehensive portfolio with its Unified Computing System (UCS) and UCS management platform, Cisco Intersight. Subsequently, Cisco will market and sell the entirety of this portfolio. This strategic move will result in fully integrated solutions that combine the cloud and software offerings with Cisco's hardware, networking, and security, all offered by Cisco's sales teams.
John Woodall, Vice President of Solutions Architecture West at General Datatech, a Dallas-based solution provider with a longstanding partnership with Cisco, stated that the hyper-converged infrastructure market has proven favorable. However, he believes Cisco can secure more victories through collaboration with Nutanix. This strategy represents a well-balanced approach toward establishing a prominent market presence alongside Nutanix.
Christian Goffi further observed that various networking challenges persist in today's market, encompassing hybrid deployments and GenAI. Cisco's partnership brings numerous benefits to Nutanix channel partners. The collaboration with a global networking leader empowers them with the agility associated with the public cloud, a model many favor due to its pay-as-you-use approach despite its inherent complexities. Nutanix excels in extending this public cloud excellence into private cloud environments, aligning with its core strengths.