3 Tech Tips for Channel Pros in 2019

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Cyxtera's Tina Gravel

Tina Gravel

Cyxtera's Tamara Prazak

Tamara Prazak

By Tina Gravel, SVP Global Channels and Alliances and Tamara Prazak, Director of Channel Strategy and Marketing, Cyxtera

Channel Partners Insights logoWith ongoing technology innovation, the channel continues to keep pace with vendor offerings and customer needs across every vertical. Here are some ways to stay ahead of the curve going into 2019. As we look to 2019, Channel Partners caught up with industry veteran Tina Gravel, SVP of Global Channels and Alliances at Cyxtera, the secure infrastructure company, and her new director of channel strategy and marketing, Tamara Prazak, about ways to stay ahead of the curve.

1. Differentiate Yourself from the Crowd

As a channel partner, you’re constantly having to prove your value. Expand your technology know-how and be one step ahead of customer needs.

Pick an emerging technology that is of interest to you and your customers and become an expert. Understand how it can help customers, be able to articulate cost/benefit nuances, explain what an implementation plan would look like and show them what solutions are available. Leverage research from analyst firms, present feedback on best practices and identify the pros/cons of each approach.

Comprehending technology beyond the surface level and being able to collaborate on its adoption helps to cement your role as a trusted adviser who truly cares about growing a customer’s business.

2. The Need for Speed

Speed is going to be of utmost importance, whether it’s speed of implementation, technology, human resource performance or speed to market.

Mobile is a great example: While the average time it takes to fully load a mobile landing page dropped by seven seconds between January 2017 and January 2018, according to Google Research’s global sample, the bad news is that it still takes about 15 seconds. That’s far too slow when you consider that 53 percent of mobile site visitors leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load, according to anonymized Google Analytics data from web sites sharing benchmarking data.

Couple a company’s need to cost-efficiently increase speed to retain attention in a way that does not sacrifice security and you’ve identified a pain point relatable to many.

From an infrastructure standpoint, customers are looking for low-latency connections to the internet, public cloud providers and their own on- and off-premises environments. Companies want to rapidly achieve point, click and provision speed for both compute and connectivity, so they’ll be scrambling in Q1 to find connectivity-rich options to enable easily consumable Hybrid IT — a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party public cloud services — with the velocity of cloud. Partners will need to help customers identify solution providers that can facilitate easy infrastructure deployments and network provisioning.

3. HCI Will Grab a Bigger Slice of the Pie

IT budgets will stay lean in 2019, but one emerging technology starting to demand greater investment to address speed and connectivity concerns is hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). Stratistics MRC predicts growth from roughly …

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