VMware Acknowledges Partner ‘Challenges’ In VMware Cloud On AWS

VMware | September 02, 2020

Channel powerhouse VMware is acknowledging partner “challenges” stemming from channel conflict between its partners and cloud behemoth AWS on VMware Cloud on AWS deals. The public acknowledgement comes after VMware partners told CRN that AWS direct sales teams are swooping in on large channel-led VMware Cloud on AWS deals, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars in enterprise cloud migration deals for the channel. These deals that are ultimately won by AWS were discovered, led by and even registered with VMware by the channel partner.

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CDK Analytics is designed to provide the insight dealers need to optimize their marketing and
advertising execution. CA goes beyond traditional transactional web KPIs to evaluate the
interaction pattern of consumers with all digital marketing, and shopper interaction with specific
VINs, to predict the quality of traffic and provide operational insights to the dealer. CDK
Account Advocates, Client Account Managers and Digital Advertising Analysts are trained to
use these reporting insights in their consultations with clients on campaign performance and
advertising strategy, all with the goal of selling cars.
The strengths of GA are well known, including its ability to be deployed across any website and
a strong set of tools for descriptive reporting. GA can be used to provide roll-up reporting for a
dealer group with multiple web platforms and provide trending information for basic descriptive
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Apica Announces Global Channel Partner Program for Digital Performance Monitoring

Apica Systems | May 21, 2022

Apica Systems, the leader in digital performance monitoring, announced the Apica Partner Program designed to empower global channel partners to increase the adoption and integration of advanced synthetic monitoring and load testing tools. The program supports resellers & MSPs, system integrators, and technology partners. By establishing a global partner program Apica enables its partners to increase revenue and accelerate their growth. The two-tiered program includes incentives, training, and streamlined contract management across all tiers. "Our goal is to help partners become highly effective and more profitable in solving some of the most complex digital performance challenges their customers face today, As the demand for greater visibility into complex and distributed IT environments continue to grow, we offer global channel partners the expertise, speed, and scale enterprise teams need to rise above the risk, cost, and complexity of today's end-user performance needs." Gord Boyce, CRO at Apica Apica's platform ensures early detection that helps companies with complex IT infrastructures monitor and test business-critical applications and APIs. The result is better insights that quickly solve outages and issues before your customers notice. Apica is committed to being a strategic, channel-focused partner that offers the following benefits: Powerful active monitoring platform: Apica's platform combines active monitoring and load testing to ensure the health and performance of all applications. The result is an early warning and detection system that closes the visibility gaps in end-user monitoring while eliminating revenue loss and increasing customer and employee satisfaction. Grow Sales Revenue: Partners who leverage the Apica platform gain greater access to organizations of all sizes that are increasingly focused on improving digital experiences and performance needs. By solving these complex monitoring gaps, partners will grow revenue and market share with unrivaled active monitoring. Deep Knowledge: From sales to full implementation training, partners will have the tools and resources necessary to maximize success with Apica through a complete training curriculum. Recurring revenue streams: The Apica Partner Program creates recurring revenue streams through its subscription-based model. The flexibility of the program allows partners to leverage the technology directly and build a professional services or managed services practice around the platform. "We are excited to see the momentum happening in the digital performance space and see this as an opportunity to help simplify partner engagement, support the growing types of partners and help our partners adapt to new customer buying models," said Matt Wilkinson, VP of Revenue Operations at Apica. "The new program includes three new partner tracks - Reseller, Systems Integrator, and Technology Integration. The result is an ecosystem where partners can operate in a software sales and services business model, with expertise in areas such as Synthetic, API and On-premises Monitoring, Load Testing, Cloud Migration, and Digital Experience Monitoring." About Apica Apica's active monitoring platform is used by global organizations to solve the most complex digital performance issues in today's multi-cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments. Apica delivers its scalable monitoring and detailed insights across any location, device, app, or authentication. Our SaaS platform reduces friction and time to resolution for cloud migrations, applications and underlying infrastructure outages ensuring all user experiences exceed expectations.

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Balbix Hires Virsec Systems, Tech Mahindra Vet as Channel Leader

Balbix, Virsec Systems | June 14, 2022

Balbix, a security automation provider, has appointed Saurabh Sharma as vice president of strategic alliances and channels. Sharma plans to deliver more than 50% of the company’s revenue through its partners. He’ll do so by expanding its network with GSIs, MSSPs and VARs. He’ll help Balbix partners add security posture automation to their portfolios to reduce their customers’ cyber risk. By investing in new routes to market, Balbix aims to accelerate its momentum. In March, the company announced its $70 million Series C funding round. Its funding now totals more than $100 million. “With the exploding attack surface, SIs and MSPs are struggling to mitigate vulnerabilities and manage risk for their customers,” Sharma said. “Customers … have begun to demand more automation and proactive cybersecurity posture management. Partners that add Balbix to their portfolio will deliver reduced risk to customers at lower costs, as well as actionable insights for improved decision making.” Previous Roles with Virsec Systems, Tech Mahinda Sharma brings over 22 years of experience in sales, business development, alliances and strategy. Before Balbix, he was Virsec Systems‘ vice president of strategic partnerships. There, he opened new revenue streams via partnerships with leading GSIs and VARs. Before that, he worked at Tech Mahindra for over a decade, most recently as vice president of its communications business. Balbix allows partners to help their customers by providing automated capabilities. Those include asset inventory, vulnerability management and cyber risk quantification in dollars. Partners can extend their portfolios and gain new revenue streams delivering services around these technologies. “We are excited to welcome Saurabh to the Balbix team as we expand our partner ecosystem and accelerate adoption of our technology,” he said. Gaurav Banga is Balbix‘s founder and CEO “We are excited to welcome Saurabh to the Balbix team as we expand our partner ecosystem and accelerate adoption of our technology,” he said. “Saurabh has a track record of building win-win models for partners and technology vendors stemming from his experience working at both a world-leading GSI and at technology vendors where he partnered with top GSIs, MSPs and MSSPs.”

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Zebra Technologies Introduces New PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program for Channel Partners

Zebra Technologies | June 30, 2022

Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the front line of business with solutions and partners that deliver a performance edge, today announced a new, vertical market specialization for government and education technology providers in North America. The Public Sector Specialization Program, developed as a strategic component of Zebra’s PartnerConnect program, will support federal, state and local government, as well as K-12, colleges and universities. Zebra’s Public Sector Specialization Program recognizes partner expertise and investment in government and education technology solutions. Qualified program members will have access to unique business-building benefits including growth incentives, go-to-market support, pre-qualified leads, marketing funding, increased channel account management and planning as well as a customizable logo recognizing their expertise in the industry. “Zebra’s PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program reflects our continued commitment to help our partners differentiate themselves while also helping governments and educational institutions meet their digital transformation needs,” said Bill Cate, Vice President of Marketing and Channels, Zebra Technologies. “Zebra’s PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program reflects our continued commitment to help our partners differentiate themselves while also helping governments and educational institutions meet their digital transformation needs,” said Bill Cate, Vice President of Marketing and Channels, Zebra Technologies. “By uniting Zebra’s innovative solutions with resellers’ expertise, local presence and unique capabilities, we can help public sector entities untangle complex technology needs to achieve new levels of productivity, accuracy, and speed that benefits their staff and constituents.” Zebra’s public sector solutions empower front-line personnel by enhancing communications, streamlining workflows and providing situational awareness to improve critical decision making and gain a performance edge. Agencies deploying school and facility security, warehouse management, eCitation, healthcare and inspections and maintenance solutions can leverage Zebra’s complete product portfolio and partner ecosystem to enhance operational efficiency, reducing time-consuming and error-prone administrative tasks. Zebra’s solutions adhere to the highest security standards while providing manageability and longevity, freeing resources for public service and enabling convenient and precise control of end user experiences. KEY TAKEAWAYS Zebra’s new North American PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program will support government and education technology providers serving federal, state and local government, as well as K-12, colleges and universities. Qualified program members will have access to business-building benefits such as go-to-market support, pre-qualified leads, marketing funding, and growth incentives. The PartnerConnect program makes it easier for partners to work with Zebra and differentiate themselves while rewarding them for their commitment, competency and performance. ABOUT ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) empowers organizations to thrive in the on-demand economy by making every front-line worker and asset at the edge visible, connected and fully optimized. With an ecosystem of more than 10,000 partners across more than 100 countries, Zebra serves customers of all sizes – including 94% of the Fortune 100 – with an award-winning portfolio of hardware, software, services and solutions that digitize and automate workflows. Supply chains are more dynamic, customers and patients are better served, and workers are more engaged when they utilize Zebra innovations that help them sense, analyze and act in real time. Zebra recently expanded its industrial automation portfolio with its Fetch Robotics acquisition and increased its machine vision and AI software capabilities with the acquisitions of Adaptive Vision, antuit.ai and Matrox Imaging. Zebra is #25 on Newsweek’s inaugural list of America’s Most Loved Workplaces and #79 on Forbes’ list of America’s 500 Best Midsize Employers. Learn more at www.zebra.com or sign up for news alerts. Follow Zebra’s Your Edge blog, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and check out our Story Hub: Zebra Perspectives. ZEBRA and the stylized Zebra head are trademarks of Zebra Technologies Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2022 Zebra Technologies Corp. and/or its affiliates.

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Hippo Announces Mortgage Partner Channel and Launches Proactive Home Protection in Massachusetts

Hippo | June 28, 2022

Hippo (NYSE: HIPO): Hippo Insurance Services today announced the expansion of its mortgage partner channel, as well as availability of its home insurance products in Massachusetts. Hippo provides loan originator and servicer partner’s customers with a seamless home insurance purchasing experience. More than a dozen mortgage lenders and servicers now combine to help over 7 million customers nationwide that finance their homes each year. Home insurance is a critical step in the mortgage purchase process, with 80% of buyers needing financing, and 100% of lenders requiring proof of home insurance coverage before closing. Hippo’s mortgage partner channel provides each lender’s customers with a simple and fast way to purchase modern home insurance coverage. Customers receive tailored, purchase-ready insurance quotes in seconds without needing to answer lengthy questionnaires, and can complete the entire purchase process with Hippo in as little as four minutes. That’s compared to other providers who can take up to 30 minutes, and often require answering upwards of 70 questions, just to provide a quote. “Since launching our mortgage partner channel as a pilot over a year ago, we have collaborated with an ever-growing list of leading lenders and servicing companies. Together we can deliver a seamless home insurance purchase experience that alleviates some of the stress felt by homebuyers, and helps existing homeowners find better coverage faster,” said Rick McCathron, CEO and President of Hippo. “Since launching our mortgage partner channel as a pilot over a year ago, we have collaborated with an ever-growing list of leading lenders and servicing companies. Together we can deliver a seamless home insurance purchase experience that alleviates some of the stress felt by homebuyers, and helps existing homeowners find better coverage faster,” said Rick McCathron, CEO and President of Hippo. “We expect the channel to become one of our key pillars for growth, as consumers look more and more to digital avenues to address their home ownership needs.” Hippo products are becoming increasingly available across the U.S., currently reaching 94% of the U.S. population in 40 states with the addition of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now access Hippo’s proactive protection offerings such as modern home insurance coverage, company-provided smart home devices like those from SimpliSafe, and Hippo Home Care. Scott Braun, Chief Growth Officer at SimpliSafe, adds, “As a Boston-based organization, we’re thrilled to see Hippo expand into Massachusetts and be able to offer the benefits of our Smart Home Insurance program to local homeowners. Together, we’re helping to provide consumers with peace of mind and protection from potential damages.” Hippo is transforming the home insurance industry with proactive, consumer-focused products and services. To learn more about Hippo’s insurance offerings or to get a quote, visit hippo.com. About Hippo Hippo is protecting the joy of homeownership, helping to safeguard customers’ most important financial asset by harnessing the power of real-time data, smart home technology, and a growing suite of home services to deliver proactive home protection. Hippo Holdings Inc. operating subsidiaries include Hippo Insurance Services, Hippo Home Care, First Connect Insurance Services, Spinnaker Insurance Company, Spinnaker Specialty Insurance Company, and Mainsail Insurance Company. Hippo Insurance Services is a licensed property casualty insurance agent with products underwritten by various affiliated and unaffiliated insurance companies. For more information, including licensing details, visit http://www.hippo.com.

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CDK Analytics is designed to provide the insight dealers need to optimize their marketing and
advertising execution. CA goes beyond traditional transactional web KPIs to evaluate the
interaction pattern of consumers with all digital marketing, and shopper interaction with specific
VINs, to predict the quality of traffic and provide operational insights to the dealer. CDK
Account Advocates, Client Account Managers and Digital Advertising Analysts are trained to
use these reporting insights in their consultations with clients on campaign performance and
advertising strategy, all with the goal of selling cars.
The strengths of GA are well known, including its ability to be deployed across any website and
a strong set of tools for descriptive reporting. GA can be used to provide roll-up reporting for a
dealer group with multiple web platforms and provide trending information for basic descriptive
reporting

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