REALize Extraordinary at Global Partner Summit 2017

John Byrne

John Byrne

President, Dell EMC Global Channels
John Byrne
John Byrne

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GPS

In just a few days, we’re lighting up Las Vegas at our second-ever Global Partner Summit (GPS) at Dell EMC World. This year, we are laser-focused on one mission: to REALize Extraordinary.

Back in October, we unveiled the new Global Channel sales team, our Channel vision, our strategy and the beginning of the Dell EMC Partner Program. Just a few short months later, and we are officially rocking and rolling. We formally combined into one program in February (hard to believe that was just one quarter ago!).We’ve welcomed thousands of Partner companies into Titanium, Platinum and Gold Tiers. We’ve collaborated on hundreds of phenomenal customer wins, helping businesses globally embrace Digital Transformation, and winning in the market with your expertise and our best-in-class products, solutions and services.

We’ve come a long way in a short amount of time, and your success has been incredible. But we are just getting started. We have more to do, and when I open up GPS on May 8, I’ll tell you more about how we’re responding to what you need, and continuing to make our Dell EMC Partner Program Simple. Predictable. Profitable.™

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there, and the full event–GPS and Dell EMC World–promises to be electric.

Thousands of Partners from around the world, getting immersed in Dell EMC innovation, including product and solution announcements; getting trained and certified; engaging in strategy sessions designed to help you win, and  taking advantage of phenomenal networking opportunities with Dell EMC and customer executives.

Here’s just a taste of what the line-up includes:

  • Exclusive insight into the Dell EMC Global Channels vision, strategy and priorities
  • Front-row seats for Dell EMC launches and announcements
  • Regional-specific business breakouts with Dell EMC Global Channels leadership team focused on locally relevant and actionable programs
  • 450+ technical breakout sessions (take advantage of free and discounted certifications and exams!)
  • Networking opportunities with top Dell EMC executives and the brightest minds in the industry
  • Nightly events and entertainment

Can’t make the trip out to Vegas for GPS?

I assure you, we’ll miss you – but you can stay plugged into GPS wherever you are.

Let’s Go Bigger and Win Bigger. Together, let’s REALize Extraordinary. See you soon!

Meet the Dell EMC Partner Program Leaders: Álvaro Camarena

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Meet the Program Leaders

This series provides insight into what drives Dell EMC channel executives. Missed the other posts in the series? Get to know them now: John Byrne (Dell EMC President of Global Channels);  Michael Collins (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Channel, EMEA); Ng Tian Beng (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, APJ Channels); Joyce Mullen (Dell EMC Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global OEM and IoT Solutions); Jim DeFoe (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Distribution); Gregg Ambulos (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, North American Channels); Jay Snyder (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Service Providers and Industries); Cheryl Cook (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Channel Marketing).

Meet Álvaro Camarena – Vice President, Latin America Channel Sales

What is your current role/area of responsibility?

I have the privilege of leading the Dell EMC channel business in Latin America. I love interacting with the partner ecosystem—from VARs to Distributors, to Systems Integrators, etc.

How long have you worked with the channel partner community?

I’ve worked with the channel partner community at Dell EMC for eight years. I joined Dell in 1998; but in my previous role, I was also responsible for leading Sales & Marketing in a software start-up—in which 100% of the business was driven by channel partners.

What most excites you about the Dell EMC opportunity?

That we will make history. Michael Dell has broken paradigms several times, and the combination of Dell EMC is one more. This is a unique opportunity and therefore a unique experience. The Dell EMC portfolio offers everything our partners and customers need in order to achieve digital transformation—in one company. To think about the growth we can drive is exciting.

What most excites you about the Dell EMC Partner Program?

Several things: The global team, led by John Byrne, is outstanding. We have come together as a true team in a few months. We worked in creating the new Program and I love the result. I believe that the Dell EMC Partner Program is the best in the industry, and it is designed to be Simple. Predictable. Profitable.TM Feedback from partners has been very encouraging; and we will keep listening to them. I love the Program—from the look of the logo, materials and tier names, to the way incentives and requirements are structured.

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Dell EMC partners in 2017?

I think that this is a great time to be a Dell EMC channel partner. At least in the last 10-15 years, I had not seen so many opportunities for a channel partner. Customers need to embrace the digital transformation, and they need a trusted adviser. Technology has become the competitive advantage, and enables big opportunity. With the Dell EMC Partner Program, partners have all they need in one single company. Our portfolio is the broadest in the industry. Its breadth requires the best partners in the industry as well … And, we have them..

Do you have a favorite country, place or city to visit; and why?

I love traveling and appreciate different places, from small towns, nature, to large cities. London is one of my favorites. And I love Latin American small towns and their people, food, landscapes …

What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC?

I love sports … Golf has become a recent passion; but I truly enjoy participating in all types of sports activities. I also attend professional sports whenever possible.

Spending time with friends is also important to me—I try to stay in touch with them as much as possible, and I am active in organizing activities with friends.

And, the activity that I enjoy the most is spending time with my wife Selene and our four children (Pablo, Diego, Alvaro and Sofia). Whether it’s just being together at dinner, traveling as a family, or enjoying activities like water skiing … Seeing our kids grow is simply amazing.

Leader Alvaro Camarena

Álvaro, his wife Selene and their 4 children’s Pablo, Álvaro, Diego and Sofia practicing archery and enjoying and an afternoon at Tapalpa, place of mountains near Guadalajara, México.

Meet the Dell EMC Partner Program Leaders: Cheryl Cook

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Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Meet the Program Leaders

This series provides insight into what drives Dell EMC channel executives. Missed the other posts in the series? Get to know them now: John Byrne (Dell EMC President of Global Channels);  Michael Collins (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Channel, EMEA); Ng Tian Beng (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, APJ Channels); Joyce Mullen (Dell EMC Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global OEM and IoT Solutions); Jim DeFoe (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Distribution); Gregg Ambulos (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, North American Channels); Jay Snyder (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Service Providers and Industries).

Meet Cheryl Cook – Senior Vice President, Global Channel Marketing

What is your current role/area of responsibility?

As Senior Vice President, Global Channel Marketing, I am responsible for Dell/EMC global partner marketing programs and engagement, including:

  • Channel events and promotions
  • Branding and communications
  • Partner marketing tools and enablement
  • MDF program strategy and execution

In addition, I am responsible for collaborating with regional Commercial and Enterprise sales teams on partner planning and partner experience.

How long have you worked with the channel partner community?

I have been working in the channel for 20+ years, holding various sales and marketing leadership positions that covered nearly all partner typessolution providers, distributors, global systems integratorsacross multiple companies in the industry.

What most excites you about the Dell EMC opportunity?

We have the right team, the right products, the right partners, and excellent timing- we’re in a great place! We have a bold vision, a clear strategy, the industry’s broadest portfolio of essential infrastructure solutions, with an incredibly talented and strong leadership team, focused on delighting our customers and partners, and winning in the market place.  The entire industry is in a transition, and transforming.  We’re a part of history in the making, and I believe, a once-in-a-career opportunity to significantly deliver unique value to our customers, and a growth opportunity for our partners.

As the industry consolidates, and customers and partners look to narrow the number of vendors they do business with, we’re in an enviable position.  We have great positive momentum in our business right now, with huge upside opportunity.  Our partners are energized about our new partner program, and the growth opportunity with Dell EMC.

We have to stay focused on our customers and partners, and delight them.  We’re winning!  People like playing and cheering for winning teams!

What most excites you about the Dell EMC Partner Program?

We tried to bring the best of both programs together in our new unified partner program.  Our commitment is Simple, Predictable, and Profitable.TM

  • It is simple in that it takes the best of both the Dell and EMC Partner Programs and provides all partner tracks with simplified, common structure and tiers.
  • It’s predictable in the clarity of the programs, transparency in sales engagement and enhanced visibility into the business, in terms of the scorecard, for example.
  • And with the incremental investments we’ve made in the industry’s most lucrative program, the Dell EMC Partner Program is profitable—with rewards that are focused on growth, new business and services and incentives to partners that actively sell the full Dell EMC portfolio.

We’ve also created excitement and tier envy, with innovations in partner tiering with Titanium Black.  It’s an exciting time to be a Dell EMC Partner.

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Dell EMC partners in 2017?

We’re a market leader in the essential infrastructure categories, and we have great growth opportunity in channel share.  We have the broadest end-to-end product portfolio in the industry, and a significant R&D investment at $4.5B per year, to ensure we drive innovation to bring advances and technology to help our partners and customers navigate this digital transformation.

Our partners have choices, and they need to bet on vendors they can win with.  We’re a company to bet on! Lean in!

We’re growing faster in the channel than others, gaining market share. We’ve just launched an extraordinary partner program, and we’re still listening.  We will continue to be transparent, and collaborate, and deliver on our promise of Simple, Predictable, and Profitable.  The market is moving fast, and we’re all on an extraordinary journey.

No one vendor can do what we can do, and partners can make a lot of money with Dell EMC. We’re having fun!  Come join the team, and have fun, and make money.

Do you have a favorite country, place or city to visit; and why?

Of all the places I have traveled in this world, one of my favorite places is Rome.  I love the history, the culture, the food, the weather, the fashion and shopping- the shoes, and handbags.  Did I mention shoes?

I have been many times, but my fondest memories are spending the Millennium, the turn of the century on New Year’s Eve in Rome, one of the most ancient places, and the first trip with both of my sons, Garrett and Logan.  It was wonderful to experience it all through their eyes.  They really appreciated the history, and the food, and the language.   I think their favorite stop along the tour was the Colosseum, typical boysthey had swords and were reciting lines from the movie, Gladiator. It was amazing to see them soak all the sights and experiences in.  They still say it’s one of their favorite places, too.

What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC?

When I’m not running from airport to Dell EMC office or partner sites, I enjoy working out, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.  Although I live in Texas, I do enjoy the water and being outdoors.  I’m a Florida girl who is very happy in Texas, but am an avid Florida Gator fan (there’s nothing passive about being a Gator).  I am also a University of Florida alumna and a board member of the University of Florida Foundation.

Partner Leader Cheryl Cook

(From L to R) Logan, Cheryl and Garret Cook at recent family reunion in Southern Florida, December, 2016.

Follow Cheryl Cook on Twitter: @CookCherylS

How to Grow Your Business and Increase Profitability with Dell EMC Services

Erica Lambert

Erica Lambert

Dell EMC Vice President, Global Channel Services Sales
Erica Lambert

Services

John Byrne, Dell EMC President, Global Channels, has spoken of services as being the real pot of gold in the Dell EMC Partner Program. As the VP, Global Channel Services Sales, I of course love this, as it shines a spotlight on a critical component of our business.

Why Dell EMC Services?

Services is important to our collective business for a number of reasons, but most notably for:

  • Driving long-term customer relationships
  • Increasing account control
  • Accelerating technology adoption
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction

In short, including services (yours or Dell EMC’s) delivers more value to customers, and often drives the purchase of more Dell EMC products.

Understanding the Dell EMC Services Portfolio

Along with our expanded product portfolio, we also have a services portfolio that drives the rapid adoption and optimization of digital technologies.

It includes:

  • Consulting – Experts with proven strategies, planning, tools, and execution to modernize your customers’ data centers, ensure their business resiliency, and power their strategy with big data and the Internet of Things
  • Deployment – Onsite and remote teams design, plan, install, configure, image and migrate data for new systems to better serve your customers
  • Support – Award-winning proactive, predictive and personalized monitoring and maintenance help prevent downtime and maximize productivity
  • Training – Optimize your internal teams through continuous learning and certifications that empower users with knowledge to successfully manage technology

Together, We Deliver Value to Customers

You have the power to help us expand customer reach and build deeper relationships.

Many of you have deep benches of skilled professionals, often with skills that span different vendors. As well, you also maintain close relationships with customers that we can’t engage every day. These factors help us expand reach and build deep relationships.

At Dell EMC, we have more than 30,000 services professionals across the globe with deep expertise, knowledge and best practices who are ready to work with you and your customers to ensure our technologies drive positive business outcomes.

In the Dell EMC Partner Program, You Choose How to Maximize Services Profitability

These complementary capabilities are the reason why we give you the choice on how to profit from services. You can resell anything in our Dell EMC Services portfolio and it counts towards your services rebate goals. Or, you can obtain Service Competencies in those areas where you have expertise and deliver services yourself. It’s up to you.

It’s exciting to see how you take advantage of this flexibility to grow your services business and likewise improve your status in the Dell EMC Partner Program.

For example, one partner in North America realized that by attaching Dell EMC Support with every product deal, (either ProSupport or Enhanced/Premium Support – depending on the product they are selling) they would reach their services revenue targets and receive the services rebate.

At the same time, a partner in EMEA with a strong enterprise storage business was struggling to take advantage of the rising demand for data protection. The partner maintained Services Competencies for Unity and XtremIO Deployment, and delivered those services themselves. However, by reselling Dell EMC Services for Data Domain, they were able to meet customer needs and stay on top of the changes in their market. And yes, those Data Domain Deployment services, along with Enhanced Support for Unity and XtremIO, count towards their rebates.

The examples are endless.

Yet, what is clear is that this flexibility allows us all to grow our services business and be more profitable working together.

As we continue forward together, we are taking steps to make it easier for you to understand our services offerings and where and when to best use them. We continue to work on integrating our services portfolio and look forward to providing an update during the upcoming, Global Partner Summit at Dell EMC World 2017.

Win Big with Services … Together!

Meet the Dell EMC Partner Program Leaders: Jay Snyder

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Meet the Program Leaders

This series provides insight into what drives Dell EMC channel executives. Missed the other posts in the series? Get to know them now: John Byrne (Dell EMC President of Global Channels);  Michael Collins (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Channel, EMEA); Ng Tian Beng (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, APJ Channels); Joyce Mullen (Dell EMC Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global OEM and IoT Solutions); Jim DeFoe (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Distribution); Gregg Ambulos (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, North American Channels).

Meet Jay Snyder – Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Service Providers and Industries

What is your current role/area of responsibility?

I have the pleasure to lead more than 400 women and men in the Global Alliances, Service Provider and Industries organization here at Dell EMC.

Our Global Alliance partners include Systems Integrators (SI), Strategic Outsourcers (SO) and Cloud Service Providers (CSP). These partners help us reach customers that we might not otherwise engage thanks to their deep expertise in a particular topic or industry and deliver enhanced value to our customers as they progress on their transformational journeys.

For industries, our focus is to provide subject matter expertise; both functional and technical, that marry our platforms with unique use cases within specific industries. We made our name in Healthcare, State and Local and Energy and are currently expanding into Manufacturing, Financial Services and beyond. We bring all this together in a structured set of offers, often by industry, that are taken to market by our SI, SO and CSPs.

What most excites you about the Dell EMC Partner Program?

What’s most exciting to me is that we created the Dell EMC Partner Program from scratch.

Our leadership team has decades upon decades of experience in the channel, and we leveraged that to create a brand new program that I think is phenomenal. We met with dozens of partners, from both the EMC and Dell side, as well as from the reseller, SI, SO, CSP, OEM and distributor spaces to understand what would work best.

As it turned out, different partner types had different requirements, so we created different tracks for those types to deliver a great experience.  But, we are all under one umbrella that has a similar look and feel, and most importantly set of opportunities for partners to accelerate with us in the market.

For me, each year I’m most proud of the organization when I get to step on stage at Global Partner Summit at Dell EMC World. This year is no exception. I’m extremely excited to talk to our partners in just a few short weeks and talk to them about how the new program is working for them. At the same time, I will be seeking feedback on ways to continually improve the program because this really is just the beginning, which is very … exciting!

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Dell EMC partners in 2017?

Our Alliance partners are truly an extension of the Dell EMC family. They each bring a unique area of expertise to the table that enables us to reach customers and solve problems together. In other words, our partners enable us to provide business context and thus deliver business outcomes.

Just think about the major focus of Dell EMC in FY‘18. It’s centered around the four major transformation plays that we’re seeing in the industry: workforce, security, IT and digital. We simply cannot deliver true transformation without the capabilities of our partner ecosystem. They make our platforms come alive through this business context, and for me, this aligns with the massive opportunity like never before. Combine this with the broadened portfolio, with offers from the edge to the core, and you might say the opportunity is almost limitless.

Do you have a favorite country, place or city to visit; and why?

I travel often, several hundred thousand miles a year for work, so there are really two parts to this answer.

To avoid planes and trains, and simply get away to one of the most beautiful and fun filled place on the planet, it’s Lake Tahoe. Only a 2-1/2 hour drive from where I live, to me Tahoe is heaven on earth. The air, the scenery, the ability to hike, kayak, bike, fish, horseback and so on … Not to mention, the cell coverage is terrible.

The second part of the answer is anywhere in EMEA.

Our family loves to travel; we really enjoy architecture, history, food and wine. The uniqueness from country to country in EMEA is truly special, and we still have so much to ground to cover. But if you pushed me, what I’d really have to say is Antibes, France on the southeastern coast. One day, I’d love to rent a flat, walk to the market each day for fresh breads, meats and cheese, and run along the ocean. And, no cell phone coverage.

What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC?

Like everyone at Dell EMC, my work is demanding and requires lots of hours. My time outside the office is focused on family. I experience great pleasure in attending sporting events for my three kids, who participate in track, tennis, lacrosse, baseball and soccer. When we have free time, we love to be outdoors. Hiking, biking and taking our Labradoodle puppy, Murphy, to exciting new places and watch him run. As a family, we also like to give back to community, and look for opportunities as a family such as participating in urban farming and helping out at food kitchens.

My wife and I love to enjoy great food and wine. Living in the Bay Area, we are blessed with no shortage of phenomenal restaurants and wineries, which we try to take advantage of regularly. We also have a large garden; and it doesn’t hurt that my wife is loves to cook, and is always wowing us. (I’m in charge of the wine pairing.)

And finally, I’m a concert junkie. I love to go to live shows, especially in unique venues, which we have plenty of in the Bay. Coming up in the next three months I’ll be seeing Bishop Briggs, Kaleo, U2, Mumford Sons, OneRepublic, Midnight Oil, Judah and the Lion, BottleRock music festival and I’m working on Bastille.

Jay Snyder alliances

Jay Snyder and his wife Stephanie hiking the Marin Headlands

Follow Jay Snyder on Twitter: @JayBOD3.

Meet the Dell EMC Partner Program Leaders: Gregg Ambulos

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Meet the Program Leaders

This series provides insight into what drives Dell EMC channel executives. Missed the other posts in the series? Get to know them now: John Byrne (Dell EMC President of Global Channels);  Michael Collins (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Channel, EMEA); Ng Tian Beng (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, APJ Channels); Joyce Mullen (Dell EMC Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global OEM and IoT Solutions); Jim DeFoe (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Distribution).

Meet Gregg Ambulos – Senior Vice President, North American Channel Sales

What is your current role/area of responsibility?

My role is to manage the overall alignment of the Dell EMC North American Channel Sales team resources with those of our more than 40,000 regional channel resellers and distributors to drive mutual sales growth and profitability across the entire Dell EMC portfolio of products, services and solutions.

How long have you worked with the channel partner community?

I have worked with the channel community for more than 16 years in both global and North American sales management roles.

What most excites you about Dell EMC opportunity?

I’m most excited, for Dell EMC and our channel partners, about the incredible opportunity ahead as businesses move into a dramatic period of digital transformation. Dell EMC is perfectly positioned with the best, and most extensive product and services portfolio available today to help customers through their transformation journeys.

We are also extremely well positioned with a tremendous channel ecosystem of Solution Providers, Distributors, System Integrators, Strategic Outsourcers, Service Providers and OEM partners to bring these fantastic products to our customers.

What most excites you about the Dell EMC Partner Program?

For me, the excitement is about bringing together two world-class channel programs from Dell and EMC and building a truly extraordinary program that leverages the very best practices from both. We launched the new Dell EMC Partner Program in February, and our partners have said that we are hitting the mark. Our core design promise for the program was to be Simple, Predictable and Profitable. And our partners are telling us that we are delivering on that promise.

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Dell EMC partners in 2017?

The opportunities are huge. With Dell EMC, Solution Providers have the best partner to help them reach more customers, solve more problems and deliver a better, end-to-end IT experience for their customers.

To be successful today, Solution Providers must focus on helping their customers address four primary areas of transformation to advance their businesses:

  • Digital transformation
  • IT transformation
  • Workforce transformation
  • Security transformation

Partners are placing bets on which IT vendors will help them most successfully address critical challenges to their customers’ businesses. And more and more, Solution Providers are turning to Dell EMC to help them maximize the opportunities around these massive transformations.

With Dell EMC, Solution Providers and Distributors have access to the broadest portfolio of IT products, services and solutions under a single roof. This enables them better serve their customers and guide through their IT transformation journeys while cementing their ‘Trusted Advisor” status.

Do you have a favorite country, place or city to visit; and why?

My favorite city to visit is London, England. I’ve been there many times and really enjoy diverse mix of people and culture. It’s a truly international city but with a flavor all its own. I really enjoy Europe and think of London as a gateway city to experience the rest of the EU.

What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC?

I’m a very active person. When I’m not working, you’ll likely find me with my family on my boat just off the coast of Massachusetts; on my Harley-Davidson Screaming Eagle motorcycle riding the hilly New England countryside; or on the golf course improving my golf swing.

Meet the Leaders Gregg Ambulos

Gregg Ambulos and his three children on one of their many fishing trips.

Follow Gregg Ambulos on Twitter: @AmbulosGregg.

Extraordinary Dell EMC Partner Program Global Alliance Partner Tracks

Jay Snyder

Jay Snyder

Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Service Providers and Industries
Jay Snyder

Global Alliance PartnersAs the head of our Global Alliances, Service Provider and Industries team, I’m often asked, “What is a Global Alliance partner?” For Dell EMC, this includes our Systems Integrators (SI), Strategic Outsourcers (SO) and Cloud Service Providers (CSP)— all of which are vital to our business … They help us reach customers that we might not otherwise engage, thanks to their deep expertise in a particular area like video surveillance or within an industry like healthcare.

Dell EMC Partner Program Global Alliance Partner Tracks

So, as we set out to launch the new Dell EMC Partner Program, we knew it was critical that we carve out specific tracks for our Systems Integrators and another for our Cloud Service Providers and Strategic Outsourcers. Throughout the process, my team and I worked closely with John Byrne, President of Global Channels at Dell EMC, and his entire organization to create these partner tracks … Tracks which we believe, to use his words, are truly extraordinary.

It’s not every day that you get to create a program for your partners from a clean slate. I believe we have some of the most talented people at Dell EMC, with decades of experience behind them; and they took the challenge of creating an enviable program to heart. And boy did they deliver. They talked to partner after partner, analyzed program options under a microscope and created two amazing Global Alliance tracks in the Dell EMC Partner Program. Let’s take a look at them.

Cloud Service Provider & Strategic Outsourcer Track

Like all of the tracks within the Program, we designed the new CSP/SO track to be Simple. Predictable. Profitable.™

  • Simple: We created tools, training and technical resources to make it easy to understand the program and our business.
  • Predictable: Our partners will clearly know what is expected of each tier, where they stand and how much money they’re making.
  • Profitable: CSPs and SOs will have access to competitive Business Development Funds (BDF), Dell Financial Services and all of the resources they need to drive success and grow their businesses.

Systems Integrator Track

We realize that our SI partners are unique, and as such, we designed their track to be customizable based on the partner’s needs. All of our SI partners will have a menu of options available to them where they can pick and choose what features best suit their business model. From trainings to marketing tools and engineering resources, the program was built with our partner’s success in mind. Because, at the end of the day, it’s all about helping our partners succeed. When they win, we all win.

We will continue to work closely with our partners to better understand what they need. And we will continue to refine and enhance the programs to drive joint business and meet our joint customers’ needs.

This is simply the beginning, and I’m excited about our future together.

Meet the Dell EMC Partner Program Leaders: Jim DeFoe

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Meet the Program Leaders

This series provides insight into what drives Dell EMC channel executives. Missed the other posts in the series? Get to know them now: John Byrne (Dell EMC President of Global Channels);  Michael Collins (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Channel, EMEA); Ng Tian Beng (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, APJ Channels); Joyce Mullen (Dell EMC Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global OEM and IoT Solutions).

Meet Jim DeFoe – Senior Vice President, Global Distribution

What is your current role/area of responsibility?

As the Senior Vice President of Global Distribution, I lead an incredibly talented team that is responsible for Distribution partnerships, sales and strategy.

How long have you worked with the channel partner community?

I’ve worked with the channel partner community for nearly 10 years. I’ve been with Dell/Dell EMC for nearly 20 years, serving in a number of different roles. Prior to my role in Distribution, I was Vice President of North America Channel Sales. In this role, I was responsible for creating and delivering sales across all partner types including national Solution Providers, regional Partners, System Integrators and Distributors.

I also have experience working on the partner side. Prior to joining Dell, I managed regional offices for Dell EMC partner CompuCom. The experience I gained in this role shaped the way I work with partners today.

What most excites you about Dell EMC opportunity?

In my nearly 20 years at Dell, I can’t remember a time when we’ve had the tremendous opportunity that we have today. We’ve got it all in one place: the best partners, the best team, the best portfolio… and the list goes on. It’s an amazing journey to be a part of.

I’m most excited about the way Dell Technologies solutions are benefiting so many areas of people’s lives for the better. It is fascinating to see how our solutions are being utilized to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. 

What most excites you about the Dell EMC Partner Program?

I’m most excited about the emphasis we’re placing on Distribution. While Distribution Partners have always been key to our success, we’re collaborating on an even stronger level today than ever before. Within the Dell EMC Partner Program, we have rolled out a comprehensive Distribution track that is simple, predictable, and profitable, and largely based on feedback from our Distributors. We’ve strategically chosen key Distribution Partners who we have full confidence in, both globally and at a local level, and we’re backing them up by designing tools, materials and programs specifically for them. Plus, with the expanded Dell EMC portfolio, Distributors have more options and greater opportunity. It really is an exciting time for Dell EMC Distributors.

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Dell EMC partners in 2017?

The ability to offer the complete Dell Technologies portfolio to their customers. No other company offers the breadth of our solutions all wrapped around the best partner program in the industry.

Do you have a favorite country, place or city to visit; and why?

Colorado is my favorite state to visit. I spend as much time as I can in the mountains, especially in the summer! Italy is my favorite country to visit because of the people, the beauty of the country and the food.

What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC?

I love spending time with my wife, two daughters, friends and my dogs. My favorite hobbies are golf and hiking.

Distribution Jim DeFoe

Jim and his wife, Terri.

 

Follow Jim DeFoe on Twitter: @jimjdefoe.

Isilon Express: Show Your Customers the Solution to Unstructured Data Challenges

Kristine Cornwall

Kristine Cornwall

Director of Channel Marketing
Kristine Cornwall

Unstructured Data Isilon ExpressOrganizations in every industry are experiencing accelerated data growth; for a typical organization the amount of data doubles every two or three years. And approximately 80% of all new data being created is unstructured data.

What is unstructured data? 

Generally, it’s any data that is not in a structured database—documents, videos, images, email, etc.  It’s also application- and IT-related data, including logs (including website traffic, e-mail, employee attendance, sales call center activity, customer support, instrumentation), system events on servers and networks and much more.

More than 7,000 customers have already discovered that Dell EMC Isilon is the ideal platform to store, manage, protect and analyze unstructured data. 

Dell EMC Isilon is the leader in scale-out NAS as recognized by industry analysts.  Designed for a wide range of next-generation applications and unstructured workloads, Isilon delivers exceptional performance, easy capacity scalability, multi-protocol access and cloud tiering.

For organizations of all sizes, the unstructured data struggle is real … Isilon Express can help your smaller customers.

While organizations of every size struggle to contain their unstructured data, smaller organizations may be reticent to purchase Isilon because they have concerns about starting capacity points, entry price or TCO.  Meanwhile, they struggle with silos of data that are inefficient and costly to manage, growing storage requirements that exceed the capabilities of their existing infrastructure, limited data center space, and continual pressure to keep CapEx and OpEx low.

Now you can offer your smaller customers Isilon Express:

  • Isilon Express is an entry-level solution that includes hardware, software and everything needed to implement a scale-out NAS platform.
  • With a starting capacity of just 33TB and an attractive price, this bundle is a great way for your customers to get started with the industry’s leading scale-out NAS platform.
  • Isilon Express will help customers who are looking to consolidate unstructured data, eliminate costly storage silos or have multiple-workloads (file shares, home directories, archive, and video content).
  • It is also the perfect solution for those customers who do not currently have an unstructured data management solution or are experiencing rapid growth.

Show your customers how to manage, protect and analyze unstructured data with Isilon Express.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Familiarize yourself with available Isilon Express customer collateral and sales enablement tools. Start with the Isilon Express Channel Quick Start guide.
  2. Identify your target customers. They may be net new organizations that are rapidly growing, accounts that expressed size or cost reservations in the past, or may be among competitive displacement opportunities.
  3. Invite your customers to attend our live webcast, Meet Isilon Express, on April 13 at 12:00pmET. During this webcast, an Isilon Sr. Technical Advisor will provide an overview of the Isilon Express scale-out NAS platform, and describe why scale-out NAS is critical to growing businesses. Encourage your customers to register today!

If your customers aren’t managing their unstructured data today, they have a problem and it is growing. You can help them solve it with Isilon Express.

#CRNChannelMadness Heats up as John Byrne Competes in Final Four

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Talk about extraordinary! We’ve made it all the way to the final field of four in CRN’s Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs!

Congratulations to John Byrne for his victory in the Enterprise 8 round. He wouldn’t have been able to get this far without your help. Thank you all for taking the time to vote for him. Your votes helped him win the hardware bracket by a large margin, beating out Lenovo’s Sammy Kinlaw 78% to 22%.

The CRN Channel Madness field has narrowed to four. We need your help, now more than ever, to help defend John’s win over Kinlaw and advance him to the final, championship round.

Rounf 4 voting is open now through 12 p.m. on Monday, April 3rd.

Final Four CRN Channel Madness

It’s YOU With an Assist in the Final Four!

In Round 4 of CRN’s Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs, John Byrne faces off against HPE’s Terry Richardson. Terry held a close lead against F5’s David Helfer throughout Round 3, and won with 59% of the vote. HPE is Dell EMC’s top competitor; and now we face-off against their channel chief.

It’s time for a full-court press. Together, we can vote John to victory in the Final Four. We’re so close … Please vote now! You will be required to make a selection in both matchups; but voting only takes a moment.

Don’t miss your chance to vote for Dell EMC’s John Byrne in the Final Four – voting closes at 12 noon ET on Monday, April 3rd!

HOW TO VOTE: Visit the CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs bracket and click the Vote Now button. Be sure to vote before Round 4 voting closes at noon ET on Monday, April 3rd.

SPREAD THE WORD: Tweet out your support for John Byrne using #CRNChannelMadness, and tag @DellEMCPartners and @JohnByrneCSO.

Final Four Assist

CRN will announce the Final Four round winners on April 3rd at 4pm ET, when championship voting begins. Good luck to all the Channel Chiefs and may the best chief win!

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