2016 Partner Program Guide Details

Partner Advantage Network

Address6301 NW 5th Way #4300
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Worldwide HQ Address24 Delea Veche St., Offices Building A, District 2 Bucharest, 024102, Romania
Phone954 776 6262
CEOFlorin Talpes
Year Company Founded2005
Year Division Created2011
In what month does your fiscal year end?December
Worldwide Channel Chief Full NameRaluca Cosciug
Worldwide Channel Chief TitlePartner Program Manager
Worldwide Channel Chief Date Began serving in this Role03/2013
North American Channel Chief Full NameThierry Benchetrit
North American Channel Chief TitleDirector, North America Channel Sales
North American Channel Chief Date Began Serving in this Role09/2015
Name of North American Channel ProgramPartner Advantage Network
Year this Channel Program was established2011
Name of North American Channel Program ManagerRaluca Cosciug
Program Manager TitlePartner Program Manager
Program Manager Email Addressrcosciug@bitdefender.com
Products and services in which your company specializes and the sales models that apply: One-time product purchase and resell (either hardware or software)Security endpoint protection
Products and services in which your company specializes and the sales models that apply: As-a-service utility model (for either managed or cloud service delivery) Security endpoint protection
Products and services in which your company specializes and the sales models that apply: Combination/hybrid model (partner product resell and deploy in an as-a-service model) Security endpoint protection
Size CategoryMIDSIZE
Indirect RevenueDo not wish to disclose
North American Partners2052
New North American Partners1032
Tier NamesGold
Number of North American Partners in Top Tier25
North American Partners in Tier 283
North American Partners in Tier 31932
Worldwide Partners in Top Tier898
Worldwide Partners in Tier 2702
Worldwide Partners in Tier 35768
Which of the following best describes your company’s Cloud involvement, products, and solutions?
 Our products can be incorporated into Cloud Solutions, but at this time not focus
Does your existing partner program support your company’s Cloud products/services?Our existing partner program supports our cloud products/services
Sales Support
Does your partner program compensate partners for deals that are registered by partners, but closed by direct sales?Yes
Does your partner program compensate partners for deals registered by one partner but closed by another or lost-deals to partners that did not obtain registration?Yes
Does your partner program offer extra points of margin/discount for registered deals?
Yes, depending on the product
 Yes, depending on the partner type or tier
 Yes, depending on deal size
 Yes, depending on monthly revenue
 Yes, when we have time sensitive incentives
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
How does this channel program motivate/support its resellers?
Awards for innovation
 Awards for sales
 Discount promotions
 Eligibility to sell vendor services
 Field Channel account manager coverage
 Financial rewards
 Incentive programs
 Inside Channel account manager coverage
 Joint marketing planning
 Loyalty programs
 Marketing resources
 Online tools
 Partner portal
 Price protection plans
 Product demo program
 Qualified leads
 Referral programs
 Sales enablement
 Tiered discounts
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 typically more than the cost of your solution
What, if any, 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
Does your partner program offer a residual revenue program, 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 / No Fee
By what criteria are partner tiers for this partner program determined
Joint business plan
 Sales/Revenue volume
 Technical skills
 Solutions expertise
How are partner discounts determined? Please select all that apply.
Quarterly revenue attainment
 Annual revenue committed/sold (higher discounts for higher revenue volumes)
 Tiered Discounts - level/tier earned in the partner program (higher discounts for higher levels/tiers)
 Business Model (i.e. Distribution-VAR resale discount differs from DMR resale discount, etc.)
 Growth rate attainment level
 Deal Registrations
Which of the following does your partner program offer to partners in an effort to help expand their businesses?
 Provide training and advice about incorporating Cloud Solutions into current offerings
 Provide training in order to simplify the concept of hosted and managed services for VARs
 Technical training
 Sales training
 Sales tools
 Vertical market case studies
 Tools to identify selling opportunities
 Solutions selling
 Post-sales services enablement training
 Joint marketing planning
What types of training does your partner program offer? Please select all that apply.
On Demand web based training/certification from any location (Self Serve)
 ILT (instructor lead training)
 Face to face training/certification
 Road shows
 Boot camp
 Blogs/Message boards
 Authorized training partners (distributors)
Is there a cost to partners for training and/or certification?
Free for all partners
 Free for all partners
 Free for all partners
How often does your partner program require re-certification or renewal for partners?Once every 13 to 24 months
Are partners required to pay a fee to join at the minimum or basic level of this partner program?
No fee
Does this fee vary based on any of the following?
Are partners required to meet revenue requirements in order to join the minimum or basic level of this partner program?No revenue commitment necessary
Please indicate which of the following requirements must be met in order for a partner to join the minimum tier or basic level of this partner program? Please select all that apply.
 There are NO REQUIREMENTS to join this partner program
Does this channel partner program offer: Please check all that apply.
Pre-sales support
 Post-sales support
 Post-sales services support
 Technical support
 Local account/field reps
 Escalation procedures for rules of engagement
 Dedicated account team
 Clearly defined division between accounts for direct and indirect sales
How much time in advance of their customers are solution provider A177partners briefed on new or upgraded product launches?9 months to less than 1 year before solution provider customers
Does your company utilize a partner advisory council that provides your company with constructive feedback on your partner program and/or channel issues?Yes
Does your company’s partner program portal/web site provide: Please select all that apply.
A catalogue of trusted, 3rd party marketing agencies to support partner marketing
 Searchable product/pricing database
 Downloadable marketing materials
 Online training resources
 Automated rebate processing
 Account management
 Portal with customizable dashboard based on profiles
 Ability for partners to syndicate your content to their website
 Deal Registration
 Configuration/installation tools
 Troubleshooting tools
 Partner performance and profitability calculator
 A selection of marketing campaigns partners can order and have executed for them
Which of the following types of hands-on marketing support does your partner program provide? Please check all that apply.
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
How does your partner program inform and educate your partners? Does your partner program provide any of the following: Please select all that apply.
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
Which of the following criteria must a partner meet in order to qualify for the minimum or basic level of MDF/Co-op marketing? Please select all that apply.
Sales volume
 Business plan
 Discretionary based on specific product focus
 Discretionary based on specific vertical/customer focus
 Discretionary based on channel accountmanager approval
 Partner type/business model
What does this partner program allow partners to spend MDF on? Please select all that apply.
 Print advertising
 Digital advertising
 Sales Training
 Technical training/certification
 Sales head count
 Technical head count
 Marketing head count
 Customer seminars/road shows
 Online webinars
 Demo equipment
 Market research
 Events: industry conferences, workshops, etc.
 Telemarketing/outbound sales calling
 Product catalogues
 Email marketing
 Co-branded merchandise
 Content development (case studies, social content, blogs, solution briefs, etc.
 Direct Mail
 Public relations
 Website development and management
 Social media enablement
 Activities that generate leads
 Branding and thought leadership campaigns
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?1-10%
How does your partner program support its channel partners with leads?
Generates leads and initiates sales, which are turned over to partners.All partners
Generates leads which are turned over to partners.All partners
Works cooperatively with partners to drive demand directly to them through MDF and other marketing programs.Top Tier and 2nd Tier Partners Only
Provides tools on portal for partners to drive their own demand.All partners

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