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Driving Digital Transformation

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Due to user experience, innovation, and cloud adoption, digital transformation is no longer just a buzzword. It has fast become a necessity across all sectors and significantly impacts the growth planning and IT budgets of all organizations.

Research shows that IT leaders have more than doubled their focus on digital transformation strategies within the last year. This increase is driven in large part by fear and uncertainty. Many organizations fear becoming obsolete. They’re uncertain of what their industry will look like in three years, and they worry they’re not yet in the ranks of digital leaders.

What’s in Store for Customers in 2017

To overcome this fear, organizations are springing into action. This year, we can expect to see them prioritizing technology initiatives, including larger investments in infrastructure, resources, and software development. In addition, we can expect corresponding changes in IT resource and budget allocation.

For example, we know network virtualization opportunities are at an all-time high of US$10 billion. That’s good news for partners specializing in the VMware NSX® platform—and more opportunity awaits.

Instead of specific solutions, partners and customers are focusing on core set of business outcomes in 2017: accelerating business agility and innovation, delivering exceptional mobile experiences, and protecting brand reputation and customer trust. We are enabling partners to help their customers achieve these business outcomes through four strategic IT priorities.

Modernizing data centers. As enterprises deepen their digital transformation efforts, they’re leveraging VMware software-defined technology so they can quickly respond to and create new market opportunities. Through VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and virtualization technologies, partners can help organizations:

  • Modernize infrastructure by software-defining compute, storage, and networking resources for efficiency and agility
  • Automate IT to streamline provisioning and deployment at a speed that keeps up with business demands
  • Run modern apps, whether cloud-native, web-scale, or open API-based, on an enterprise-grade platform

Integrating public clouds. Today’s digital transformation strategies increasingly include public cloud integration for greater agility and innovation. In fact, a VMware customer survey found that nearly 70 percent of enterprises foresee an ideal end state where they rely on multiple clouds. Partners can confidently help their customers:

  • Leverage VMware hybrid clouds by extending VMware vSphere®-based infrastructure to vSphere-based public clouds, where they can run apps with workload portability between on-premises infrastructure and the cloud
  • Manage multiple clouds with VMware vRealize® for multiple private and public vSphere-based clouds, or in the future, with VMware Cross-Cloud Services™ to manage any app or workload on any cloud

Empowering digital workspaces. Employees today rely on the ability to work anywhere, anytime, on devices of their choosing. They expect a mobile experience that meets—or exceeds—what they experience as consumers. We help partners enable exceptional mobile experiences for enterprises by using NSX, the VMware Workspace ONE™ enterprise platform, the VMware Horizon® virtual desktop infrastructure, the VMware AirWatch® enterprise mobility platform, and other solutions to:

  • Simplify application access and management by keeping apps, desktops, and data off the endpoints and secure in the data center or cloud
  • Unify endpoint management so IT can manage all apps and devices on a single platform, regardless of ownership—and with complete employee privacy
  • Virtualize apps and desktops, running them in secure data centers on-premises or in the cloud to ensure that only the user interface is transmitted beyond the firewall
  • Transform Windows delivery by giving IT centralized security controls through which they can easily manage all devices and user access on Windows 10

Transforming security. IT is challenged to secure interactions between users, apps, and data in a constantly shifting, digital business environment. And traditional network-perimeter security cannot address the increasing sprawl of applications and users. We help solve these security issues by providing a ubiquitous software layer across application infrastructure and endpoints. This approach provides deep visibility into and context for the interactions between users and applications. As a result, partners can help organizations:

  • Secure application infrastructure by using NSX to virtualize the network and implement micro-segmentation to align granular security controls to apps
  • Secure identity and endpoints with end-to-end visibility and control, from the user and endpoint device all the way into the app infrastructure within the data center or cloud
  • Streamline compliance through controls implemented at the software layer, which also deliver the visibility needed to demonstrate compliance

Get Ready to Help Customers Accelerate Digital Transformation

Working together, VMware and our partners are well positioned to add valuable insight to digital transformation conversations. But it’s not just about talking. It’s about delivering robust technology solutions needed to ease the concerns of customers across all sectors.

Be sure to visit Partner Central for more on how partners can help drive digital transformation in 2017 and beyond.

Partner Demand Center: Drive Demand for NSX and More

 

Network virtualization is the single biggest transformation impacting the networking industry today. With an estimated $10B in revenue up for grabs, it is no wonder we are all talking about how security and automation are driving the future of NSX.  But, no matter how abundant the opportunities are, marketing support is still needed to drive awareness and generate demand before deals close. That is why we’ve added NSX-specific demand generation, lead nurture, and sales acceleration programs to the VMware Partner Demand Center – your one-stop shop to increasing customer engagement and closing more deals.

Here’s a quick look at these new programs:

 Demand Generation Programs:

 Integrated Campaign:  A complete set of demand generation assets to drive awareness and leads.  Automated emails along with website and social content are available for syndication and packaged specifically for NSX.

Multi-Touch Email:  Quick and simple email touches to generate awareness and leads.  Includes emails, landing pages, thank you pages, and key offers.

3rd Party Content Syndication: Content syndication drives key offers through website placement, emails and newsletters. In return, leads are delivered to partners for further nurturing.

Lead Nurture Programs:

Webinars –  helping accelerate product conversations, the webinar can be delivered in three ways:

  1. VMware hosts and you promote, register attendees, and access the leads
  2. A 3rd party vendor hosts as a partner-sponsored webinar and your subject-matter-experts open and close the webinar, run live chats, and Q/A sessions
  3. Download the kit and run the webinar on your platform

Partner-Led Workshops – include all the necessary elements for a successful in-person event including materials, presentation and signage. Partners can download the kit and manage the event in-house or manage the event in-house but send invitations and track registration in the Partner Demand Center.

Leads Calling –  3rd party vendors help call prospects and qualify them as opportunities.  Partners may select pre-negotiated packages and work with vendors who have been trained on solution messaging.

Sales Acceleration Programs:

Hands-On Lab Email – using multi-touch emails, partners can promote Hands-on Labs to prospects and customers.  This unique offer is a powerful way to get prospects to try the product in an online environment.

Try out these new NSX demand generation, lead nurture and sales acceleration programs and stay tuned for similar programs for VMware vSAN and Digital Workspace.

Get started today by logging into the Partner Demand Center.

Partner Perspectives: Adding Value with VMware vSAN

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IT organizations, especially those running databases in the cloud, are hyper-focused on gaining access to fast storage with plenty of secure RAM. These solutions have to be available from anywhere, exactly when customers want them. They also must be economical, easy to work with, and scalable. No small order these days but with vSAN, partners can deliver on these customer needs, across organizations of all sizes.

At VMware PEX, we met up with partners who shared their success with vSAN to solve customer pains and how they are growing their business alongside VMware solutions.

Here are a few quick snippets from some of these vSAN partners: 

SHI – “We’re not just selling infrastructure for the sake of infrastructure”

20-year veterans in software and hardware procurement, deployment planning, configuration, data center optimization, IT asset management and cloud computing, SHI offers custom IT solutions for every aspect of a customer’s environment. They also deploy VMware solutions within their own environment. As Josh Dunsky, Director of Business Development explained, “We evolved our solution areas primarily around users, security, and data center which maps to how VMware built their portfolio.”

In addition, they’re a customer of VMware and use the solutions to support their internal infrastructure and employees. So, as they have sales conversations, it’s not just about the customer’s infrastructure it’s also about SHI’s firsthand view of supporting a particular application or organization using vSAN within their own company.

Watch the SHI partner story.

 

Century Link – “We provide flash storage at a reasonable cost”

Century Link is a public cloud where customers typically run a lot of databases. The solutions they adopt have to provide all flash storage at a reasonable cost. Pete Peterson, Sr. Systems Administrator shared, “with vSAN we can use accelerated caching devices, which makes a big difference over IP connectivity SAN solutions.” Customers benefit through associated cost savings and Century Link keeps their SANs all flash which increases performance – constantly.

Watch the Century Link partner story.

 

Cloud Carib“We deploy cost effective solutions that scale”

Founded in 2011, Cloud Carib is a Solution Provider located in Nassau, Bahamas that leverages VMware while focusing on government and financial services industries. Scott MacKenzie, Chief Commercial Officer shared their focus and specialization in deploying vSAN on the back-end for data services. Doing so, he said, “enables us to provide massive amounts of IOPS to our clients in a secure format via our data center service offerings.”

Watch the Cloud Carib partner story.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about vSAN this quarter.  Check the vmLIVE schedule for you geography on Partner University and get registered today.

You can also submit your sown success story for a chance to be featured in an upcoming Power of Partnership blog or video.  Remember, submitting a success story can:

  • Amplify your value proposition through VMW and external channels
  • Successfully market your organization
  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise on VMW solutions

So don’t wait, submit your success story today.

Leveraging Best Practices to Optimize Growth

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The day-to-day aspects of running a successful business can be taxing but when certain protocols are built into business outcomes and become habit, even on the busiest of days, quality work still gets accomplished. At VMware PEX, we interviewed a few partners to find out which best practices they deploy to facilitate growth – even when they might be too busy to think about it.

Here are a few tips from partners across the globe:

  1. Participate in events – VMware partner, Wetcom found that attending events is an excellent way to connect with new customers and consequently makes event participation an integral part of their demand generation strategy. Likewise for Swiss partner, Business IT who focuses on mid to large size enterprise companies whom in 2016, began hosting and inviting customers to workshops onsite where they showcase NSX and business mobility.
  1. Be a Visionary – Eclipse Grupo uses their VMware partnership to establish themselves as forward thinking thought leaders especially now that cross-cloud infrastructure is gaining more traction. In their line of business, a great need exists for implementing big data and analytics solutions. NSX facilitates this function and positions them as visionaries in the market.
  1. Use new services as a tool for growth – In Argentina, Solutions Informaticas Integrales uses the rollout of new VMware solutions, especially those that aid in cloud adoption, as a way to help existing customers scale, augment and improve their networks. Insight Enterprises also emphasized the importance of tools in growth. With the VMware ecosystems of applications, they’ve been able to extend beyond the hypervisor level to automation and orchestration, obtaining a consistency of performance and quality of service that doesn’t exist with other solutions. In these ways, partners are seen as delivering the cutting edge technologies their customers need.
  1. Invest in training – Wetcom believes an investment in their business through employee technical training is a key ingredient in bringing value to customers. Business IT, agrees. They employ an expert team dedicated to VMware NSX, business mobility and cloud operation and automation and invest significantly in training. Together, they collectively hold 11 (of 12) VMware competencies and 300 active certifications. It’s simple to see how an investment in technical experts on staff improves demand generation and customer retention.
  1. Take advantage of marketing help – Although many VMware partners are actively engaged in leveraging VMware Partner Demand Center for Marketing, Business IT specifically mentioned the instrumental impact marketing assistance from VMware has on generating new business.

For more information about these best practices, watch these videos:

Business IT Partner Story

Insight Enterprises

Latin American Partner Series

Look for more partner success stories this month and get ready to inspire others by sharing your own story.  Submit your success story/reference for a chance to be featured in an upcoming Power of Partnership blog or video.  Remember, submitting a success story/reference or a Global Partner Innovation Awards nomination helps you:

  • Amplify your value proposition through VMW and external channels
  • Successfully market your organization
  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise on VMW solutions

So don’t wait, submit your reference today.

 

 

Strategy and Collaboration: Succeeding in the Public Sector

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The public sector (also known as the government sector) IT market is the biggest market in the world. It is also the most complex when you consider budget cycles, contract vehicles, audits and regulations, security clearances and A/R processes and procedures. Despite the complications and expertise required for providing solutions, the public sector IT market remains extremely competitive.

Recently, we spoke with Will Jones, VP of VMware Solutions at Carahsoft; a VMware partner that together with their 3,000-partner ecosystem of resellers, systems integrators and service providers are extremely successful in the government sector.

“Our government customers have unique needs around cyber security, mobility and moving to the cloud. With VMware and our partner ecosystem, we provide solutions to support the government’s mission,” Jones explained.

With best-in-breed solutions from VMware and the Carahsoft partner ecosystem, teams are able to align and use the strength of collaboration to serve the public sector. Jones summed up the foundation of their success by saying, “the government does their homework. They know and understand who is best-in-breed and do the research to find and bring them into the government.”

VMware provides public sector field sales support across all regional partners while Carahsoft provides extensive marketing and upsell/cross-sell training and support, and holds all the federal and sled contracts needed to execute solutions. The ecosystem of reseller partners then implement and help grow the relationships within government agencies.

For more information about Carahsoft’s success with VMware solutions for the public sector, watch this short partner story.

We will be following up with more partner success stories in the coming weeks and would love to hear yours.  Inspire our partner community and submit your success story/reference for a chance to be featured in an upcoming Power of Partnership blog or video.

Remember, submitting a success story/reference helps you:

  • Amplify your value proposition through VMware and external channels
  • Successfully market your organization
  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise on VMware solutions

Don’t wait, submit your VMware success story today.