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By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Why go private? The costs to be public are transparency, shareholders and regulatory. Between SOX and GBL and all the other rules, it is an expensive venture to go public. The options mess and executive compensation only add to the headache. Yet public means access to
By Michael Fair, MarketRace Managed Services. I think that until recently these services were more hype than reality. I am really starting to see an interesting trend that is really starting to take off. There is a blending of hardware providers and service providers emerging around managed
By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO I tried to survey the telecom agents, but the sampling was small. Many are direct as opposed to using a master agent. To move to a master agent would take a 5 percent commission bump over what they have now. The main reason agents use master agencies is for the back
By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Zimbra-Comcast. Funambol-EarthLink. M5-SimulScribe. Intelliverse-Webex-Jabra-Creative. Yep, providers are finally getting that if you have to get beyond basic, you have to be customer-centric. You have to show true benefit. For the VoIP Providers like M5 and
By Michael Fair, MarketRace Part 3 of my continuing series on the top 10 mistakes that channel programs make: Never evaluate a programs success based on how many channel partners you have signed up into the program. This is a very common mistake. I constantly see new programs emerge and the measure
By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO I'm going to take a step away from talking about what needs to be fixed and ramble about the opportunities. With VARs getting into the telco space as agents, agents have a chance to slip into the VAR space. (When I say VAR I mean a hardware centric IT service company or
By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO I have often had a vacillating relationship with carriers. Mainly because while they like to call us "partners,” it is not usually the case. We are inexpensive tools for their sales department. When you have sold millions of dollars of billing for a company, you would