NEW YORK, 7th May, 2013 – Independent software vendors (ISVs) who are focused on shortening their sales cycles and creating smoother deployments for their applications are realizing the benefits of partnering with cloud providers that have an ISV channel program, giving them access to a secure enterprise cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) capabilities. To help ISVs see how such a partnership can benefit them, Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, has outlined five key reasons ISVs should embrace the cloud.
“Because of our background as a global solution provider, we understand the challenges ISVs face when bringing new applications to market,” says Wayne Kiphart, Senior Director of Services, Sales and Channels for Logicalis US. “By extending the capabilities of Logicalis’ public Enterprise Cloud, coupled with our extensive managed services portfolio, we offer a way for the ISV community to test and deploy their applications. We’re creating a new avenue for them to grow their businesses faster and more cost-effectively than ever before.”
1. Access to New Customers – Making applications available as a hosted solution frees both the ISV and the end user from the requirement to purchase costly infrastructure. End users who no longer want to make capital investments in additional IT infrastructure and personnel are making cloud or SaaS a requirement in their application selection criteria. Without a hosted or managed appliance solution, ISVs may miss out on the ability to sell to this growing base of IT-savvy customers.
2. Faster Time to Market – Leveraging a cloud provider that already has an experienced ISV channel program with an enterprise cloud infrastructure in place can enable the ISV to bring a cloud-based offering to market much faster than trying to build another delivery model in house. It’s crucial, however, for ISVs considering a partnership with a cloud provider to examine the kinds of managed services the provider offers. The goal is for the cloud provider to free the ISV – and its clients – from commonplace, yet time-consuming tasks like managing the infrastructure, monitoring incident reports and responding to alerts, giving both the ISV and its clients the ability to focus on what they each respectively do best.
3. Improved Customer Experience – Cloud providers that already have the right people, processes, facilities, enterprise architectures, tools and service desk offerings in place make it easy and cost-efficient for an ISV to leverage them on-demand. ITSM toolsets and SLAs keep chaos from becoming king. And solution providers that offer an application monitoring dashboard make it easy for the ISV to have visibility into their clients’ application experience with the ability to proactively respond to customer alerts in near real time.
4. Increased Revenues and Profit Margin – By partnering with a cloud provider with extensive managed service capabilities, ISVs can sell a complete solution, which allows them to access a new revenue stream that includes Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), application management, and other services they otherwise would not have been able to extend to their clients.
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