2015 Channel Chiefs Details


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Frank Vitagliano

Dell

Vice President, Global Partner Strategy and Programs

Bio and Background: Frank Vitagliano, Vice President of Global Partner Strategy and Programs in Dell's Global Commercial Channels division, is responsible for Dell's overall partnering strategy including Partner Programs, and Distribution. Prior to joining Dell in April of 2013, Frank was the Senior Vice President at Juniper Networks where he was responsible for all partner relationships for the Americas. Frank started his career with IBM in 1973 where he held a number of assignments, ranging from Business Operations to Sales Management in both the Enterprise and Channel organizations. In 1994 he was named Director of Channel Marketing for the IBM Personal Computer Company and held that position until 1996 when he was named Vice President of WW Fulfillment Operations. In 2000 Frank was promoted to Vice President of Distribution Channels Management and in 2003 was named as the Vice President of WW Distribution Channels for the IBM Global Business Partner Organization. Frank has a degree in Business Management from Northeastern University in Boston. He is married with one daughter, who is currently a teacher in Georgia. He is currently the vice chairmen of the Board of Directors for COMPTIA and previously was a Member of the Marketing Board of Technology for Georgia (2002-2004), and on the Board of Directors for XSIGo' Corporation from (2007-2008). In addition he has served on the Board of Advisors for numerous companies and provided advice related to go-to-market strategies, particularly regarding channels. In August 2003 Frank was recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by VAR Business Magazine, in recognition of ongoing accomplishments in the U. S. Information Technology marketplace. In September 2008, he was the first vendor Executive inducted into the Ingram Micro Venture Tech Networks Hall of Fame.

Number of years with the company: 1.5

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 30

Reports to: Cheryl Cook, VP Global Channels & Alliances

Does that individual report to the CEO/president: No, 2 levels

Number of employees in channel organization: N/A

Top products sold through the channel:  Dell Storage, including Dell EqualLogic and Dell Compellent Dell PowerEdge Servers Dell PowerVault Dell Latitude Notebooks Dell Optiplex Desktops Dell Precision Workstations Dell KACE Systems Management Dell Software Dell SonicWall Dell Data Protection

Partner organization's top accomplishments over the past year: In January 2014 we rolled out new initiatives within our PartnerDirect program to strengthen and expand our commitment to the channel. We offered a 20% internal compensation accelerator for any sale of PowerEdge VRTX, storage, networking, software, thin client, workstations and SecureWorks solutions for new customers sold through channel partners. This resulted in over 4,300 new customers, over 600 prospects, and more than 10,000 new orders, including 1,200+ in storage and 1,600+ in software.. In addition, we also launched a comprehensive plan to ramp our business with Distributors globally. This initiative has resulted in 80+% growth in our distribution business. Our overall results are reflected by the increase in Dell's channel revenue now exceeding 40% of Dell total commercial revenue as compared to last year when our Channel revenue was about one third. In addition, CRN named us a 5-Star system vendor in the 2014 Partner Program Guide, and we won two CRN Channel Champions Awards in Enterprise Network Storage and Dell SonicWall SMB Network Storage.

How partner community has grown over the past year: Dell's Channel revenue now represents more than 40 percent of overall Dell revenue. Our Channel business is growing significantly faster than the overall market. Channel revenue growth is also up double digits in 10 of Dell's top 11 countries year-over-year in FY'15. We have over 167,000 channel partners globally and over 54% of our channel partners are engaged in our online training and enablement.

How do you expect your channel sales as a percentage of your company's overall sales to change: Increase

How do you expect the number of channel partners you work with to change: Increase

Top channel goals for 2015: Improve partner technical skills
Improve partner profitability
Increase the amount of net new accounts coming through partners

Single most innovative partner initiative in 2014: Our most innovative initiative was our focus on partner Competencies in 2014 to drive partner success and customer satisfaction. Dell partners with Competencies grow four times faster than partners without Competencies. Focusing our efforts on partner enablement -from increasing our partner training completions by 102% to aligning our individual incentives to promote partner training -has significantly enhanced our partner capabilities, improved their customer satisfaction, and increase our partner loyalty. To further drive this innovative approach to enablement, we've implemented our Advanced Competency structure, where partners can achieve our highest partner level (Premier Partner) through expertise in a single focus area, including Network Security, Storage, and Identity & Access Management (IAM). By enabling partners with deep, narrow competencies, as well as those that carry multiple Dell solutions, we've further enabled our program to address partner requirements while maintaining the program simplicity and clarity for which we are known. Another significant initiative this year has been to expand Dell's overall Go-To-Market approach to be much more inclusive and focused on solution providers and distributors.

Key channel/partner investments made over the past year:  Dell consolidated channel and direct sales teams into a single organization to drive collaboration. Dell significantly expanded our presence in key global distributors, signing and launching three of the top five global distributors in 2014. Dell expanded and integrated sales and partner training functions to drive stronger enablement of our partners. GE Capital Commercial Distribution Finance, Wells Fargo Capital Finance and IBM Global Financing working with Dell Financial Services to offer partners expanded credit options. Dell launched a 20 percent compensation accelerator in North America to incent direct sales force to work with channel partners on seven solution areas.

Plans for attracting the next generation of solution providers: We announced our continued commitment to empowering channel partners globally to grow their businesses and deepen customer relationships. Dell will make significant investments in training, field equipment and financial incentives to provide partners with more opportunity to grow their businesses and help their customers architect and build future-ready data centers. We are also attracting partners in new solution areas like software. Dell PartnerDirect was built and continues to be enhanced based on partner feedback. Dell is increasing its commitment to partners by developing a wide-ranging set of new campaigns to drive predictability, profit and opportunity for the indirect channel worldwide.

Advice to someone getting into the channel today: Invest in training and certifications so that you can be a trained expert and trusted advisor to your customers across a full breadth of products and solutions, which in turn, enables your sales to continue to grow. Serve as your partner's biggest advocate by addressing the critical factors that drive engagement, from profitability to competency building -clearing the path for their success clears the path for mutual success and growth.

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