Microsoft, Lenovo and SAP Partners to Develop Channel Solutions

Microsoft has teamed up with Lenovo and SAP to develop solutions for channel partners, the vendor revealed at its virtual Inspire conference. Lenovo introduced Lenovo Managed Services, a suite of managed services to help SMBs make the most of their Microsoft 365 cloud-based tools. The suite comes in two offerings, Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Managed Services and Endpoint Managed Services.
The solution allows SMBs to increase productivity by managing time-consuming tasks like Microsoft tenant onboarding and cloud migration, asset and license management, software distribution, and issue resolution through Lenovo’s advanced support services, Premier Support or Premium Care.

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RackWare Launches New PartnerConnect Channel Program

RackWare | December 15, 2023

RackWare, a leading innovator in hybrid cloud management solutions, today announced the promotion of Colby Calonica to Vice President of Global Sales, Channels and Alliances and the launch of its RackWare PartnerConnect channel program. RackWare PartnerConnect helps IT solutions providers, managed service providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region better serve customers and capitalize on the demand for simple, fast and cost-effective cloud migration and disaster recovery solutions as more enterprises are moving workloads to and between clouds as a strategic business imperative. “As enterprises continue to look for ways to increase agility and innovate to better serve their customers, cloud migration and disaster recovery have become a business imperative. As a result, our company has seen significantly increased demand, and much of this is coming through the channel,” said Bryan Gobbett, CEO at RackWare. “As we expect this trend to continue, we are launching RackWare PartnerConnect and promoting Colby Calonica to VP of Global Sales, Channels and Alliances as a reflection of our commitment to long-term partner growth, innovation and enablement.” RackWare PartnerConnect offers channel organizations resources, including technical resources and training, sales support, marketing collateral and co-marketing opportunities with increasing incentives, rebates and benefits based on tiers. This enables our partners to expand their market presence, solve key challenges for customers and successfully serve customers around the world. The RackWare PartnerConnect offers three tiers: Silver Tier: Entry-Level Partner Criteria: Silver Tier partners are typically new to the PartnerConnect program or may not have met the requirements for higher tiers. Minimum annual sales or revenue targets that are set by RackWare. Benefits: Access to RackWare's comprehensive partner portal and resources. Basic sales and marketing support, including access to marketing collateral. Eligibility for deal registration to protect leads and opportunities. Comprehensive entry-level product training and onboarding. Opportunity to participate in co-marketing initiatives at the discretion of RackWare. Gold Tier: Intermediate Partner Criteria: Gold Tier partners have demonstrated a certain level of commitment and success within the program. Achieved specified annual sales or revenue targets higher than the Silver Tier requirements. Benefits (in addition to Silver Tier benefits): Enhanced sales and marketing support, including lead generation assistance. Access to more advanced training and certification programs. Priority deal registration and lead distribution. Co-marketing opportunities with RackWare, including joint webinars and events. Eligibility for additional incentives and rewards, such as increased rebates. Dedicated channel account manager for personalized support. Platinum Tier: Top-Tier Partner Criteria: Platinum Tier partners represent the highest level of commitment and success within the PartnerConnect program. Consistently exceed the highest annual sales or revenue targets set by RackWare. Demonstrated exceptional product expertise and market presence. Benefits (in addition to Gold and Silver Tier benefits): Premium sales and marketing support, including dedicated resources for joint campaigns. Exclusive access to RackWare's most advanced training programs, including technical certifications. Highest priority for deal registration and lead distribution. Strategic collaboration with RackWare on joint marketing campaigns and go-to-market strategies. Top-tier incentives, including the highest rebates and rewards. Executive-level support and access to RackWare's executive team. Invitation to exclusive partner events and advisory board participation. By offering these distinct tiers with corresponding benefits, RackWare encourages partners to grow their commitment and sales efforts while rewarding them for their achievements within the PartnerConnect program. This tiered structure motivates partners to excel and aligns their goals with RackWare's growth objectives. “RackWare is in a unique position to strategically support our customers throughout their cloud migration journey with fast and cost-effective cloud migration and disaster recovery solutions,” said Calonica, who previously served as RackWare's VP of Sales. “Our partner ecosystem has grown impressively over the last year, driven by our commitment to collaboration, comprehensive training and joint market initiatives. With this ongoing growth, I’m thrilled to be part of RackWare's next phase, reinforcing our dedication to our customers and partners.” For more information about RackWare Partner Connect, please visit rackwareinc.com/partner-program or contact our channel team at partners@rackwareine.com. About RackWare RackWare makes data and applications mobile and secure. We empower our customers to run their applications and store their data in any cloud of their choice. Seamless mobility allows our customers to take advantage of cutting-edge services or reduce costs as they become available throughout the cloud universe. And if disaster strikes — either natural or cyber-criminality — our proprietary replication and sync technology has our customers protected. RackWare is based in San Jose, California, with offices in Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, London and Pune, India.

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Abnormal Security Expands Channel and Alliances Leadership, Appoints Jonathan Corini and Stephanie Goodman

Business Wire | January 11, 2024

Abnormal Security, the leading AI-native cloud email security platform, today announced that it is fueling its continued hypergrowth by expanding its sales leadership. The company has appointed two executives to lead its channel and alliances initiatives, with Jonathan Corini joining as Vice President of Worldwide Channel Sales and Stephanie Goodman as Head of Global Alliances. Corini will lead Abnormal’s global channel sales strategy and oversee all aspects of the company’s channel partner program, while Goodman will expand Abnormal’s strategic alliances ecosystem and accelerate growth among technology partners. These appointments cap a banner year for the company, which now serves 1,880+ customers and recently crossed $100M in ARR. This unprecedented success over the past year is due in large part to the company’s extensive partner system, ongoing dedication to the channel, and deep technology alliances across the industry—all of which will continue under new leadership. Corini has over 23 years of experience in cybersecurity and has held numerous sales and channel leadership positions. He most recently served as the VP of Global Channels at HYPR, where he designed and launched a new channel-focused GTM strategy that was responsible for over one-third of the company’s pipeline. Previously, Corini was SVP of Global Channels at Mimecast, where he grew channel sourced bookings to over 40% of the company's revenue and expanded the global MSP business to 20,000+ customers. In addition, Corini has held channel leadership roles at ForeScout Technologies, Tanium, and Intel Security throughout his extensive career. Goodman brings over 15 years of security experience and comes to Abnormal most recently from Google, where she served as the Global Lead of Strategic Alliances & OEMs. While there, she launched a global OEM program that grew over 200% in its first year and led her team to grow GSI revenue by 250% over the course of 2023. Previously, Goodman was the Director of Global Strategic Alliances at ForeScout Technologies, where the alliance team created an integration monetization plan that now represents 25% of overall company revenue, and held channel program management roles at McAfee. The two executives are joining an established channel-first organization with strong technology partnerships. Abnormal currently supports dozens of strategic partners, including value-added resellers, by providing its behavioral AI platform to protect customers against the growing threat of advanced, socially-engineered email attacks. The email security platform currently integrates with Microsoft, Google, and CrowdStrike, as well as dozens of other cybersecurity platforms. Moving forward, the focus will be on deepening relationships with enterprise partners throughout North America, expanding channel partnerships across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and launching strategic alliances with key organizations across the industry. About Abnormal Security Abnormal Security provides the leading behavioral AI-based email security platform that leverages machine learning to stop sophisticated inbound email attacks and dangerous email platform attacks that evade traditional solutions. The anomaly detection engine leverages identity and context to analyze the risk of every cloud email event, preventing inbound email attacks, detecting compromised accounts, and remediating emails and messages—all while providing visibility into configuration drifts across your environment. You can deploy Abnormal in minutes with an API integration for Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace and experience the full value of the platform instantly, with additional protection available for Slack, Teams, and Zoom. More information is available at abnormalsecurity.com.

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Webvar Announces Launch of New Platform for Channel Partners

EIN News | January 03, 2024

Webvar, a dynamic 3-sided enterprise software platform that enhances the experience for buyers, vendors, and resellers from discovery to fulfillment on cloud marketplaces, today announced the launch of a new platform designed to assist channel partners in scaling their business on AWS Marketplace. Fully integrated with AWS Marketplace, the platform streamlines backend operations and simplifies the management of private offers and contracts, while providing customers a complete digital marketplace experience from discovery to fulfillment. The platform does more than just make operations easier – it helps businesses expand and get paid quicker. With the rapid growth of cloud marketplaces, there is a huge opportunity for businesses. Around $300 billion is locked in committed spend on the top three cloud marketplaces. The shift to online sales for software is just starting, and the new platform helps manage that shift. As a part of the new platform, Webvar has launched a unique Marketplace-as-a-service (Maas) offering, allowing businesses to leverage Webvar’s solutions while maintaining their brand identity. MaaS allows brands to offer a personalized marketplace experience to their customers by curating a catalog of approved products. They can create unique sets for different accounts within the client’s organization to help them easily find and deploy vetted products. "Our new service, Marketplace as a Service (MaaS), is more than just a way to find products. It's designed specifically for channel partners, offering a white-label solution that they can use without needing to invest resources in building a marketplace,” said Maxim Tarasiouk, Webvar CEO. “Recently, Webvar assisted a Canadian channel partner in scaling their revenue to $6 million, in a jurisdiction where AWS Marketplace does not operate. Our goal is to empower channel partners to scale on cloud marketplaces while delivering a cutting-edge buying experience to their customers,” he added. About Webvar Webvar is a platform that simplifies and accelerates enterprise software commerce for buyers, vendors, and channel partners. Founded by Maxim Tarasiouk, a professional with 10+ years experience at industry leaders like Crowdstrike and Proofpoint, Webvar aims to unify the fragmented software ecosystem. The platform offers an intuitive interface and powerful tools that allow users to streamline transactions, make informed decisions, and automate time-consuming processes, all while enjoying a streamlined marketplace experience from start to finish. Backed by FJ Labs, Webvar is an AWS APN partner and an official Crowdstrike partner.

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ServiceNow Unveils Next Wave of Partner Program Transformation with New Specializations

Business Wire | January 24, 2024

ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW), the leading digital workflow company making the world work better for everyone, today unveiled the next wave of partner program transformation with new Specializations. As part of the revamped ServiceNow partner program announced in January 2023, the recently developed Partner Specializations are the next step in the partner program evolution for partners to unlock new revenue opportunities and earn a range of benefits to further grow their practice. Announced today at ServiceNow Partner Kickoff in Las Vegas, partners can obtain three Specializations which include Service Operations, Serve the Customer, and Power the Employee. ServiceNow is on a path to significantly increase the percentage of net new revenue sourced by partners in the coming years by supporting partners who build the ServiceNow platform into the core of their business models. Partners can acquire the new Specializations by showcasing a combination of product and sales expertise through customer wins and a go-to-market strategy. The new Partner Specializations showcase partners’ unique strengths in the market and encourage innovative ways to continue to grow their ServiceNow practice. “Last year at this time, we made a massive commitment to our partner community by completely transforming our partner program to ensure that partners are front and center in everything we do as a company,” said Erica Volini, senior vice president, global partnerships at ServiceNow. “With the launch of Specializations, our customers can easily identify partners with the best experience and expertise they need to help solve some of their biggest digital transformation challenges.” Obtaining a Specialization will help partners in three critical areas: Differentiate among the ecosystem:Partners will receive badging that will appear across their ServiceNow profiles with increased visibility on the ServiceNow Partner Finder. Prospective customers will also be able to search partner experts in Partner Finder based on the current Specializations. Unlock new revenue opportunities:Each Specialization addresses a pressing customer need that presents a large, untapped market opportunity and high year-over-year growth. Earn benefits to grow ServiceNow practices:ServiceNow will offer additional benefits for partners to build and grow their business through invitation to the ServiceNow Partner Advisory Council to ensure their needs and counsel are being addressed across the broader ServiceNow ecosystem. Qualifying partners will also have access to ServiceNow co-marketing programs and the ServiceNow Partner Development Fund announced last January. The program is launching with three Specializations, Service Operations, Serve the Customer and Power the Employee, that present large market opportunities with high year-over-year growth and a large total addressable market (TAM). All Specializations can be obtained at the regional and global level as well as two levels of achievement for further differentiation. Additional Partner Specializations are expected to be launched in 2024. The three Partner Specializations are expected to be available for partners to obtain starting in ServiceNow’s second quarter of 2024. Many partners have already expressed their feedback on the importance of the ServiceNow Partner Specializations including: Jason Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President at Cask: “ServiceNow’s new Partner Specializations offer an opportunity for Cask to showcase our unique consulting expertise and change management solutions to drive digital transformation across enterprises. Program updates like subsequent badging and product line achievements provide greater reach and visibility with organizations looking for the best partner to meet their specific needs. We believe Specializations and the partner finder are a winning combo for connecting customers with the right support and implementations.” Michael Lombardo, Chief Executive Officer at GlideFast Consulting: “We’re thrilled about the new designations to ServiceNow’s Partner Program. With new Partner Specializations, we can continue expanding our technical consulting services and delivering deep ServiceNow expertise to new markets. We look forward to helping customers find value in the Now Platform.” Michael Vadini, Chief Executive Officer at Infocenter:“Today, organizations are looking for a collaborative partner for support with the adoption and scale of new technologies. ServiceNow’s new Partner Specializations will help Infocenter build industry-specific solutions and accelerate technology for customers and their businesses more quickly. We are excited about the enhanced benefits offered by ServiceNow and the continued focus on partners.” Jon Reynolds, Senior VP Global Alliances & Corp Development at Thirdera, a Cognizant Company:“As our company looks to further expand our work across different industries, we’re focused on differentiating our services and ServiceNow platform expertise. ServiceNow's comprehensive Partner Program provides valued guidance and incentives to improve how we advise, implement and optimize technology for businesses worldwide. ServiceNow sets a standard for what it means to be an innovative partner.” ServiceNow is also launching a brand-new partner channel on LinkedIn. Join the new social community for the latest ServiceNow partner news here. For more information on the ServiceNow Partner Specializations visit here. About ServiceNow ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) makes the world work better for everyone. Our cloud-based platform and solutions help digitize and unify organizations so that they can find smarter, faster, better ways to make work flow. So employees and customers can be more connected, more innovative, and more agile. And we can all create the future we imagine. The world works with ServiceNow™. For more information, visit: www.servicenow.com.

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