Traditional partners typically view digital agencies as competitors, but Progress Software Corp. sees it differently.
Progress' partner ecosystem includes ISVs, distributors, systems integrators and services partners. More recently, the company has added new types of partners, such as digital agencies and services partners that have specialties in vertical markets. In total, Progress has about 2,500 active partners today.
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"We see a tremendous amount of opportunity from lots of different angles," said Kimberly King, vice president of global partners and channels at Progress, based in Bedford, Mass. "When we look at our partner ecosystem, the uniqueness of those partners allows us to work very collaboratively with them."
She said digital agencies have unique capabilities for helping customers solve business problems, as well as a branding, messaging and marketing background.
"They were basically born out of a vacuum that was created between systems integrators and business consultants," she said, noting that business consultants will look at customer business processes and re-engineer them, while systems integrators will just look at technology products.
"In the middle, we found these amazing digital agencies that can bridge the gap between both," she said.
Progress began approaching digital agencies and other more traditional partners as complementary, rather than competitive, King said, with the company looking for opportunities for pairing them as collaborators. For example, Progress will pair digital agencies with implementation partners that don't do any of the marketing strategy, product selection or go-to-market work.
Kimberly Kingvice president of global partners and channels, Progress Software
"They generally sync up well," she said. "We rarely see clashing."
She added that Progress will bring in digital agencies to train other partners on social media, websites, branding and more.
In April, Progress acquired DataRPM, a maker of cognitive predictive maintenance technology, and is currently focusing on incorporating cognitive technology into its strategy.
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One Identity was established as an independent business under Quest Software after equity firm Francisco Partners and hedge fund manager Elliott Management acquired the Dell Software Group last year.
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