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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Increase Your Revenue in 2014 – Earn a VMware Solution Competency

If you are looking to generate higher revenue and sales in 2014, then check out the VMware Solution Competency list below, and take the first step to higher profits.

Did you know…

1.     Partners with Solution Competencies make more money then partners without?

2.     Partners with Solution Competencies are benefiting even more from VMware Virtualization and Cloud?

3.     Partners with Solution Competencies are seeing a rise in sales and are differentiating themselves from the competition?

If you are ready for larger deals, an increase in company growth and higher transaction volume, now is the time to explore which competency best aligns with your business.

With VMware Solution Competencies, you can grow revenue when you increase your staff’s knowledge and expertise; these competencies have been formulated to help your team:

·      Increase deal size

·      Increase margins by up to 20% via Solution Reward Rebates

·      Leverage VMware Intellectual Property to jump start your service offerings

Take a moment to watch the below video on VMware’s Management Competencyvisit the competency page, and leverage the tools to determine the competency that best fits your business and the quantifiable returns for the training investment.

The more you know, the more you grow.

-The VMware Partner Network Team

 

VPN ‘How To’ Series: Partner Enablement Updates

Our VPN ‘How To’ Series is a monthly blog dedicated to keeping partners in the know about the program and other areas of focus that influence growth. This month we have five valuable updates that will help you finish the month off strong.

1. Q4 Partner Launch Presentations are Available in 10 Languages

Get the latest and greatest news on recent product announcements including Horizon Suite, Management solutions and vDP-Advanced.  The QPLB launch portal remains open for you to view the videos or download the PowerPoint presentations, which have been translated into 10 languages in addition to English. Access the presentations today- (Partner Central login is required).

2. Hands-on-Labs – Access to VMware Products in a Cloud Environment

There are sixteen new virtual labs that have now come available. These labs help you to explore products, review architecture and validate use cases, and are great for training or promoting solutions with customers.  Access is easy since no hardware, licenses or installation is needed and complete environments load in 3-5 minutes.

3. Updates to Sales and Technical Accreditation Training

VMware Technical Solutions Professional (VTSP) has been updated to include the latest information on vSphere 5.5 and vCloud Suite.  You can learn more about VTSP 5.5 by logging into Partner University or on the Partner Mobile Knowledge Portal.

The VMware Sales Professional – Infrastructure Virtualization (VSP-IV) accreditation has been updated to provide greater emphasis on the vSphere with Operations Management solution.  In addition, the framework and content has been streamlined down to just 3 hours of eLearning content.  Login to Partner University to get the latest training for VSP-IV 5.5.

4. Free SolutionTrack and Tech Express Training Workshops

New SolutionTrack sales workshops and Tech Express technical workshops are currently scheduled in North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. You can build your skills, expand your product knowledge and earn a VSP or VTSP solution accreditation. Login to Partner University and select your region to view listing of events, and be sure to register as soon as possible since space is limited.

5. Partner Exchange (PEX) San Francisco

For the most comprehensive partner enablement offerings, plan to join us at Partner Exchange 2014 in San Francisco from February 10th – 14th.

As always, leave us your feedback and questions below, and be sure to stay connected on VMware Partner Link.

– The VMware Partner Network Team

Vinimos Vimos y Vencimos at VMware 2013 Barcelona

You came, you saw and you conquered at VMware 2013 in sunny Barcelona. This grand event may have come to a close, but our VMware offerings are just getting started. With executive keynotes and breakout sessions covering VMware products, pricing and programs, not to mention general sessions and partner track, we hope we inspired you to “Defy Convention” with us. We also hope you took part in the Partner Lounge and enjoyed our exciting Partner Day and post reception, complete with live entertainment.

Some highlights of VMworld Barcelona 2013 included Andy Hunt, Dave O’Callaghan and Carl Eschenbach sharing the VMware Software Defined Data Center vision, and offering updates around Hybrid Cloud and End-User Computing. They also discussed the new products in the management suite, aimed at further simplifying and automating management of the Software-Defined Data Center and enabling IT as a Service.

These announcements were closely followed by Pat Gelsinger who discussed the next generation of IT and how the software-defined data center is extending the proven model of virtualization and automated management across storage, networking and security. Pat kicked things off by reminding the audience of the power of virtualization, and the importance of continuing to innovate in IT. He also stressed that it is VMware’s audience and users who are the ones who will be driving innovation in the mobile cloud era.

We unveiled VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8, VMware IT Business Management Suite and VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5 and an update to VMware vCloud Suite 5.5.

A big congratulations to the winners of the VMworld EMEA Partner Recognition Awards:

If you haven’t done so, check out these Product Launch Playbooks below:

Also, be sure to join the VMworld group within Partner Link to stay up to date on the latest VMware partner news over the next few months, and post your own highlights, pictures and thoughts from VMworld 2013 Barcelona.

Until Next Time,

The VMworld Team

Velocity to Millions… Pipeline + $30,000 in Prizes

Hey VMware partners, we’ve got a great prospecting event for you – Velocity to Millions (V2M) is our quarterly North American prospecting week activity that enables our partners to build millions of dollars in pipeline with opportunities to win over $30,000 in prizes.  V2M begins next week – October 21-25, 2013 – with a check-in call on October 23rd.

Take a moment to watch this video and learn more about V2M and the impressive results from last quarter’s activities.

Partners participating in next week’s V2M, you will be eligible to win cash and prizes for building the most pipeline (by partner type), and for submitting the best success stories.  This quarter’s bonus promotions and incentives will focus on the following VMware solutions:

·       vCenter Operations Management

·       Horizon Suite

·       vSphere with Operations Management

·       vSphere Data Protection Advanced

V2M is designed so that you can participate from your office, meeting up with other teams during the check-in calls.  Registration will be open through October 21st.  So there’s really no excuse for you to miss participating in the V2M activities…follow these next steps now.

Your Next Steps

1.     Register for V2M.

2.     Listen to the Launch Call for best practices and then start pre-scheduling your phone appointments with clients for next week (October 21-25, 2013) to increase your chances of earning an extra $1,000.

  1. Join the Velocity to Millions group on VMware Partner Link, so that you can submit success stories on October 23rd.

4.     Login to Partner Central and review the V2M Sales Kits, prospecting guides, and flight plans with key messaging and tips on how to position the solutions.

– The VMware Partner Network Team

VMworld Barcelona is Around the Corner

We are less than a week away from VMworld Barcelona and we are more excited than ever to share all that is to come, beginning with our Partner Lounge.  Come get your questions answered and hear the latest and greatest news from the VMware Partner Network team on the 15 – 17 October. Meeting the Experts has never been easier since interactive sessions start with a 10 minute introduction from the expert followed by a Q&A session for your chance to get the answers to all your queries direct from the mouths of the experts.

Need a place to recharge? No problem. There will be WiFi and power supply to let you charge up and catch up on those urgent emails. You can also spend some time asking questions and networking over a cup of coffee while enjoying the live entertainment. Learn more about the Partner Lounge.

You are not going to want to miss Partner Day on 14 October. This year, our new SVP of Global Channels and Alliances, Dave O’Callaghan, will join Andy Hunt, VP of EMEA Partners & General Business on stage for the Partner General Session taking place at on Monday, 14October at 16:30 in Room F2, Hall 8.0 where they’ll discuss their vision and strategy for the channel, and how we’ll make it even easier for partners to do business with VMware.

You can also visit the Partner Information bar in Hall 8.0 to receive your exclusive Partner Lounge Membership card and gain access to the Partner Lounge for the rest of the event.  After your busy day, join us for the exclusive Partner Day Reception being held in Hall 8.0 at 18:00, immediately after the Partner General session. This event is open to all partners registered for Partner Day.

So let’s recap – along with Partner Day and reception, executive hosted General Sessions and the Partner Lounge, we are thrilled to offer Partner Track. Partner track has been designed especially for VMware Partners, and will deliver targeted content enabling you to successfully sell and deploy VMware solutions. Gain insights to effectively identify customer needs, explore best practices to acquire new customers, expand business by cross-selling VMware solutions and services, and walk away with go-to-market selling strategies that empower you to accelerate your business with VMware. Don’t forget to use our schedule builder to add the Partner Track sessions to your calendar.

If you haven’t already done so, visit Partner Link to activate or access your account. Once there, join the VMworld group to share feedback about the event and get all the news and updates you will need. You can also watch the short video to learn more.

We hope you’re as excited as we are,

The VMware Partner Network Team

Taking a BYTE out of Selling

There is no doubt that VMware’s Sales BYTES program left a mark at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco, since Sales BYTES provides the most relevant content to help easily increase profitability and streamline sales of VMware solutions by providing consumable pieces of content and tools for closing SMB and commercial sales faster.

Don’t just take our word for it; listen as VMware partner Softmart shares their success with VMware Sales Bytes in the video below.

 

Here are some of the ways Sales BYTES are being used by Softmart’s sales representatives:

  • As a cheat sheet to quickly reference information
  • To open up conversation during cold calls
  • For Cross Sell/Up Sell opportunities in existing accounts
  • To promptly and accurately answer customer questions

With all the success Sales BYTES has brought about, we are thrilled to announce that we have gone Mobile with mBytes. Now you can sell on the go by visiting the Apple or Google Play store and typing in “VMware mBytes” to download them today.

– The VMware Partner Network Team