2017 Partner Program Guide Details


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Sophos
Sophos Partner Program


Address3 Van de Graff Drive Second Floor
Burlington, MA
01803
Worldwide HeadquartersThe Pentagon, Abingdon Science Park, Abingdon OX14 3YP, United Kingdom
URLhttp://sophos.com
US Headquarters Phone781-494-5800
CEOKris Hagerman
Year Company Founded1985
Fiscal Year EndsMarch
Worldwide Channel ChiefKendra Krause, Vice President, Global Channels
Began Serving In This Role02/2015
North American Channel Chief Erin Malone, Vice President, North American Channel Sales
Began Serving In This Role02/2015
North American Channel ChiefJohn Keenan, Regional Vice President, Sales
Began Serving In This Role02/2015
Company SizeMidsized
Indirect Revenue As A Percentage Of Total Corporate Revenue91% to 100%
Products Or Service Specialties
Combination/Hybrid ModelCloud Tools and Management
Security - Data Loss Prevention
Security - Network Security Appliances and Software
Security - Endpoint Protection
SMB Networking Hardware
Program and Tier Information
Year Channel Program Was Established 1985
North American Channel Program ManagerErin Malone, Vice President of North American Channel Sales
Program Manager Emailerin.malone@sophos.com
North American Partners7000
New North American Partners2100
Top TierNational
North American PartnersN/A
Tier 2Platinum
Tier 3Gold
Tier 4Silver
Cloud Involvement, Products, And Solutions
 Our products are sold as a Cloud Service where we (the vendor) are the Service Provider (i.e. SaaS, PaaS or IaaS, HW as a service, network connectivity)
 Our products are used to enable off-premise Cloud Solutions
 Our products are used to build hybrid Private Cloud Solutions
 Our existing partner program supports our cloud products/services
Does your partner program offer extra points of margin/discount/rebatesfor registered deals?
 Yes, on all deals registered
Does your partner program require you to communicate approval or denial of a deal registration within a certain amount of time?Yes within 72 hours
Does your partner program compensate partners for deals that are registered by partners, but closed by direct sales?Not Applicable
Does your partner program compensate partners for deals registered by one partner but closed by another?Yes
How does this channel program motivate/support its resellers?
 Automation systems & partner portal development
 Awards for innovation
 Awards for sales
 Development of training & certification programs/curriculum
 Direct deposit funds
 Discount promotions
 Eligibility to sell vendor services
 Field Channel account manager coverage
 Financial rewards
 Incentive program
 Inside Channel account manager coverage
 Joint marketing planning
 Low-interest financing
 Loyalty programs
 Points based reward programs
 Marketing resources
 MDF/Co-op
 Online tools
 Partner Communication & Recruitment Materials
 Price protection plans
 Product demo program
 Qualified leads
 Rebates
 SPIFFs
 Sales enablement
 Tiered discounts
Services Attach
Is it possible for a Solution Provider to attach services to your product/service beyond typical maintenance and/or break-fix?Yes
Thinking about a typical sale in which a Solution Provider is able to attach services to your product/service, is the amount they are able to attach:Attach services that are about the same cost as your solution
What specific programs do you have in place to help partners increase their services attach and/or profit?
 Technical Certification Training
 Partner Services/Solution Selling Training
 Case Studies demonstrating the value of a total solution sell
 Statistics on Best In Class Services Attach Rates
 Pay as you go purchase option
 Self-provisioning license portal
 Automated transaction process for billing/licensing and provisioning
 Partner Incentive Programs
Does your partner program offer a residual revenue program (maintenance, software or professional services), recurring revenues or annuity streams that enable partners to create a long-term year after year revenue stream?Yes
Does your partner program offer demonstration units or evaluation licenses?For all partners
What does this program typically charge your partners for demo units or evaluation licenses?More than 75% off list
By what criteria are partner tiers for this partner program determined?
 Joint business plan
 Sales/Revenue volume
 Certifications
 Technical skills
How are partner discounts determined?
 Annual revenue volumes committed/sold (higher discounts for higher revenue volumes)
 Tiered Discounts - level/tier earned in the partner program (higher discounts for higher levels/tiers)
 Certifications
 Deal Registrations
What does your partner program offer to partners in an effort to help expand their businesses?
 Information to help horizontal VARs break into vertical markets (ie Healthcare)
 Provide VARs with training and advice so that they better understand how they may incorporate Cloud Solutions into their current offerings
 Provide training in order to simplify the concept of hosted and managed services for VARs
 Eligibility to sell vendor services
 Technical training
 Sales training
 Sales tools
 Vertical market case studies
 Tools to identify selling opportunities
 Marketing concierge services
 New hire assistance
 Solutions selling
 MDF
 Post-sales services enablement training
 Leads
 Referrals
 Joint marketing planning
What types of training does your partner program offer?
 On Demand web based training/certification from any location (Self Serve)
 ILT (instructor lead training)
 Face to face training/certification
 Boot camp
 Boot camp
 Blogs/Message boards
 Authorized training partners (distributors)
Is there a cost to partners for training and/or certification?
Basic TrainingFree for all partners
Advanced TrainingFree for all partners
High Level CertificationPartner pays a percentage - discount off full price
How often does your partner program require re-certification or renewal for partners?Once every 25 to 60 months
Are partners required to pay a fee to join at the minimum or basic level of this partner program?No fee
Are partners required to meet revenue requirements in order to join the minimum or basic level of this partner program?No revenue commitment necessary
Which requirements must be met for a partner to join the minimum tier or basic level of this partner program?
 Certified/accredited sales staff
 Territory coverage
 Actively transacting partner
 online click through agreement
What are this channel partner program's offerings?
 Pre-sales support
 Post-sales support
 Post-sales support
 Technical support
 Local account/field reps
 Escalation procedures for rules of engagement
 Dedicated account team
How much time in advance of their customers are solution provider partners briefed on new or upgraded product launches?1 month to less than 4 months before solution provider customers
What does your company's partner program portal/web site provide?
 Searchable product/pricing database
 Downloadable marketing materials
 Online training resources
 Database for peer partnering
 Account management
 Portal with customizable views based on profiles
 Ability for partners to syndicate your content to their website
 Managed services community
 Deal Registration
 Configuration/installation tools
 Troubleshooting tools
 Partner performance and profitability calculator
 CRM
 A selection of marketing campaigns partners can order and have executed for them
 Responsive design for mobile access
 Partner mobile application, including registration, lead management and product information
What types of hands-on marketing support does your partner program provide?
 One to one marketing planning with internal partner marketing managers
 One to many marketing support via internal partner marketing managers
 Access to an automated marketing platform
 Full service marketing concierge via Sophos internal employees (Channel Service Center)
How does your partner program inform and educate your partners?
 Hosts a conference specifically for partners
 Hosts a sales conference for direct sales and partners together
 Conducts online webinars and conferences
 Provides funding to partners to attend industry conferences
 Publishes regular newsletters
 Conducts regular email marketing
 Conducts regular meetings with individual partners
 Our channel account managers are responsible for educating and informing partners
 We use social media as one of our many methods of communicating to our partners
What criteria must a partner meet in order to qualify for the minimum or basic level of MDF/Co-op marketing?
 Discretionary based on channel account manager approval
 Proposal-based
 No restrictions, partner can spend MDF as they see fit
What does this partner program allow partners to spend MDF on?
Does your partner program have Partner Marketing Managers assigned to partners that qualify for MDF to plan and execute demand generation campaigns?Yes
What percentage of your MDF/Co-op goes unspent on a quarterly basis?None
How does your partner program support its channel partners with leads?
Generates leads and initiates sales, which are turned over to partnersTop Tier Partners Only
Generates leads which are turned over to partnersTop Tier Partners Only
Works cooperatively with partners to drive demand directly to them through MDF and other marketing programsAll partners
Provides tools on portal for partners to drive their own demandAll partners
Do partners need to meet specific lead management criteria or training in order to receive and continue to receive leads?No

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