Juniper Networks revamped its partner program with increased discounts, incentives and MDF (Market Development Funds).
Juniper's new Partnering for Business Growth program raised discounts for Elite level partners by almost 13 percent to 45 percent, compared to 40 percent under the previous program. The discount for select partners increased 14 percent to 40 percent, compared to 35 percent. The program also extends the MDF planning window from three to six months, with additional marketing funding available.
Jeary Beals, partner development manager at Myriad Supply, a New York-based solution provider and Juniper Elite partner, said better MDF together with an extended planning window will increase ROI for Myriad Supply.
"Extending the window out to six months is really a great benefit for us; that allows us to better prepare," said Beals. "Being able to get that MDF investment and plug it back into the business has helped us double our Juniper business year over year over in the last three years.."
Juniper also is streamlining its product authorization requirements from seven to three -- routing, switching and security. In addition, the company is also consolidating partner levels from four to three and eliminating sales certification requirements.
Beals said streamlining the process is going to enable engineers to better aid customers.
"Our engineers are interested in being competent and providing mind share to our clients about Juniper's offerings, not necessarily sitting and taking exam after exam to prove they know what they're worth," said Beals.
Matt Hurley, Juniper corporate vice president, global partner and field marketing, said these changes will better position partners for fast growth
"We're striving to make it easier to do business with us as a company," he told CRN. "We want to be known in the marketplace around 'partnering for business growth.' … Our goal is to give our partners more time to make money with more tools and resources."
Consolidating Juniper's Champions, Services and Distribution programs into a single offering will dramatically simplify the program for partners, said David Bankemper, senior director of worldwide channel programs for Juniper.
"We're going to be incenting and rewarding both the partner reps in the field for doing the selling, as well as the ownership groups and the partners themselves for keeping focused and driving the net new business for us," he said.
Jason Gress, co-founder and president of solution provider InterVision Systems Technologies, a Juniper partner, said the new program clarifies partner qualifications and benefits, which could attract new partners.
"These changes greatly simplify the program and are good for both established Juniper partners and new partners," said Gress. "I'm also excited to see Juniper renew investment in the cloud and security, two areas that align well with our focus on the software-defined data center in 2015."
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