Q: How should a vendor partner program complement the channel partner's core business?
A complementary offering will be a vendor partner program that the channel partner can extend immediately to their existing customer base. This is obviously going to shorten the sales cycle, and the channel partner is going to see an expedited return on investment.
To augment their business, the channel partner should consider what partner options are going to enhance their business versus replacing their current offering. They have a customer base, they have had successes with their customers. So augment instead of replacing, without adding resources and staff.
This was first published in March 2008