New software competencies enable Dell Channel Partners to capitalize on end-to-end solution offerings

19th November 2013 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

New Delhi, India, November 19, 2013: Dell has announced improvements to its channel partner programs, including software-specific enhancements to its PartnerDirectprogram through four new software competencies, as well as new service provider and referral programs.

The enhancements highlight Dell’s commitment to enabling channel partners to sell end-to-end solutions through one simple program, and increase the scope and revenue potential of their partnerships. Partners selling a mix of Dell hardware and software can now achieve Premier status through a mixed competency, while an advanced competency offers a path to Premier for partners specializing in a single line of business. TheKACE,AppAssure, and SonicWALLpartner communities had been transitioned earlier in the program’s lifecycle and fit well into the four software competencies introduced today.

The Dell PartnerDirect program has focused on enabling and promoting hardware sales for Dell partners. Over the past year, Dell has launched an aggressive strategy to build scalable enterprise software offerings into its solution portfolio in the areas of datacenter and cloud management, information management, mobile-workforce management, and security and data protection, with the objective of becoming a full service, end-to-end IT solutions provider. Today, Dell’s software division is one of the largest software companies in the world, with a US$1.2 billion business selling into 90 percent of Fortune 1000 companies and supported by 6,000 dedicated
software employees worldwide.

The enhanced program features customized requirements and revenue thresholds for software partners to achieve Premier and Preferred Partner status. The software competencies will allow Dell to better serve the needs of its combined channel partner community, including software- and hardware-focused partners, as well as partners selling a combination of both.

PartnerDirect competencies provide specialized learning paths for channel partners to validate and distinguish their expertise, leading to increased profitability and competitive advantage.

The new software competencies announced today are as follows:

  • Security: Includes identity and access management, as well as network, endpoint and email security
  • Systems Management: Includes client management, performance monitoring, Windows Server management, virtualization and   cloud
  • Data Protection: Includes enterprise backup/recovery, virtual protection, application protection and disaster recovery
  • Information Management: Includes database management, business intelligence/analytics, applications and data integration, and big data analytics

Dell Software partners can now take advantage of vital PartnerDirect benefits including:

  • New paths to Premier status to drive even greater revenue potential, including a blended competency for partners selling Dell’s end- to-end hardware and software offerings
  •  Rewards for training and sales achievement through Dell Partner AdvantEdge
  •  Marketing and Market Development Funding for lead generation
  • Concierge-level, white glove support from the Certified Partner Resource Desk
  • Free or low-cost, high value online and instructor-led training

Barrie Sheers, Vice President & General Manager, Software, Dell APJ, said, “Today’s announcement marks a fresh beginning for Dell, and is the perfect opportunity for partners to take advantage of both our hardware and software capabilities. We are very excited to bring to partners in the region a tremendous array of new benefits to expand their revenue potential and the scope of their customer relationships. It is a huge win for all of us to be part of a single program with end-to-end solution offerings and endless possibilities.”

The four software competencies are now available to all Dell PartnerDirect partners, providing training against the new competency requirements and learning paths. The competency training provides rich, role-based curricula allowing partners to drill down and learn more on those areas of greatest interest. The training is currently available in English. Japanese, Korean and simplified Chinese versions will be available in February 2014.


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