Nutanix: Partners ‘in Unique Position’ to Grow Company’s Customer Base

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Nutanix‘s new global channel chief plans to define more clearly the company’s channel strategy and update its partner program.

Rodney Foreman, previously with Informatica, has been appointed to vice president of global channel sales. He is responsible for all aspects of the software-defined enterprise cloud provider’s partner organization. He brings more than 20 years of channel leadership, IT and computer industry experience to the company.

Nutanix's Rodney Foreman

Nutanix’s Rodney Foreman

Prior to joining Nutanix, he was Informatica’s senior vice president of business partner channel sales and alliances, and was responsible for partner relationships, creating and driving key program initiatives and sales execution within the company’s global network of business partners. Prior to Informatica, he led the global channel business at IBM for its cloud software business unit, which was the largest component of IBM’s software channel business — with more than 7,000 partners globally.

Foreman also held key positions at Compaq Computer and Dell.

In a Q&A with Channel Partners, Foreman talks about his plans in his new role and what attracted him to Nutanix.

Channel Partners: What made you decide to join Nutanix?

Rodney Foreman: I was immediately attracted to the company’s leading-edge technology that is in high demand in the market today. The products lend themselves to an indirect sales model and I jumped at the opportunity to develop a strategy for a business that’s transforming as a software company, and relies so heavily on its partners and channel. During my initial meeting with Dheeraj Pandey (founder, CEO and chairman), it was clear that we were on the same page with regard to an innovative channel strategy that separates us from the rest of the competition — and I knew this was the right choice for my next position.

CP: What is your take on Nutanix’s current channel strategy? Are changes needed?

RF: The company’s current channel strategy has, obviously, brought the company great results. Like any channel program or strategy for a software company, it must evolve over time so that the partners are equipped and enabled with the right tools to reach an even larger part of the market. I’m planning on building the channel program over time to keep it competitive and deliver consistent rewards for our partners so that they can build our business around Nutanix. As part of this strategy, we will introduce new and exciting incentives that reward the partners for opportunities that include new customers and competitive displacement.

CP: Will you be updating Nutanix’s partner program? If so, how?

RF: As part of my updates to the partner program, I will be taking a look at the tiered structure and definition, as well as the partner rewards for building skills and driving marketing campaigns. We will have a clearly defined, detailed, one-year strategy that we will share with the partners as well, which we’ll continue to update as …

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