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Differentiation and keeping up with changes in technology and customer demand were some of the issues raised during last week’s Thunderdome featuring top UCaaS suppliers CallTower, RingCentral, Vonage and Windstream Enterprise.
The lively forum took place during the Channel Partners Conference and Expo. The suppliers faced a packed room as attendees were anxious to learn more about them and their strategies.
Some of the highlights included:
Rick Beckers, president of CloudTech1 and member of the Channel Partners Editorial Advisory Board, was one of the moderators. He wondered if the panelists above were differentiating their products enough.
“If I’m going to invest in a brand, I want to invest in a brand that isn’t going to be stagnant and has already started thinking about Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity,” Beckers told Channel Partners after the event. “The topic was UCaaS … and IoT devices are going to have to have a way to communicate with whatever it is that they’re coming back to. I was really surprised that they didn’t pick up on the fact that that’s going to be necessary. … As an MSP I’m making decisions on brands that I want to go after — and they missed the mark there a little bit for me.”
Beckers also said he wanted to hear more about execution management and how much investing in project management goes to execution because “that will win or lose you a deal.”
“I don’t have control over that because it’s hosted and the vendor does all of the execution,” he said. “You’re there to provide oversight, but if that doesn’t go well, my reputation is damaged with that customer,” he said. “So I potentially could lose existing recurring revenue because they’ve not protected my reputation by doing bad execution.”
Moderator Shane Stark, Carrier Access’ director of operations – and also an Editorial Advisory Board member – says everyone evolves differently.
“There [are] probably a lot of companies here that have sold a lot of UCaaS, and there [are] probably some companies in that room that haven’t sold any,” he said. “It’s a different …