Techaisle’s "SMB Channel Partner Trend" study shows that there has been a big leap in the percentage of SMB channel partners offering cloud computing services to SMBs in the last year across several countries. For example, in the U.S. the percentage offering cloud services has jumped from 38 percent in 2012 to 64 percent in 2013 and another 22 percent are planning to offer cloud solutions. Similarly, in Australia the percentage has gone up substantially from 34 percent in 2012, and in Germany from less than 30 percent to more than 60 percent. The biggest change is seen among the VARs. In 2012 only 34 percent were offering cloud solutions and in 2013, 74 percent of them are offering cloud solutions to SMB customers. In Germany, the biggest jump has been within the service providers (SPs).
However, not all channel partners (VARs, SPs, MSPs, SIs) have become successful in selling cloud to SMBs. Techaisle’s "Winning Strategies/Best Practices of Successful SMB Cloud Channel Partners" study finds that there are quantitative, meaningful and actionable differences between channel partners who are successful in the business of selling cloud and those that have not developed successful cloud practices.
Industry expertise and the ability to offer vertical solutions is one such area that is creating a distance between the successful and unsuccessful SMB cloud channel partners. Techaisle’s SMB studies have shown that SMBs are increasingly looking for vertical industry solutions but channels have been relatively slow in offering such solutions. 2014 will be important as it is the first year SMB business issues have flip-flopped from reducing operational costs to increasing business growth, and cloud-based line of business vertical solutions is an important area of investment.
Combining the data from their SMB and Channel Partner studies, Techaisle found that a significant gap exists between the percentage of SMBs adopting vertical cloud solutions and the percentage of SMB channel partners offering such solutions, though they pointed out the gap has narrowed in the last two years as shown in the chart, " SMB Channel Partner vs. SMB Vertical Cloud Gap."
The "Winning Strategies of Success SMB Cloud Channel Partners" study data shows in the chart, "Percent of SMB Cloud Channel Partners Offering Vertical Solutions," that 21 times as many successful cloud partners are offering vertical solutions to SMBs as those that are not successful.