Employing the Right SaaS Provider Can Deliver a Multitude of Advantages to Your Business and Channel Partners
If the concept of cloud computing leaves you feeling a bit…cloudy, you’re not alone.
Understanding the ins and outs of what exactly a SaaS (software as a service) provider is (or does) takes time, which means if you’re thinking of a hiring a cloud-based company to assist with the managerial process or day-to-day operations—you’d best do your homework.
The combination of market competition, consumer demand and increased demanded wages has coerced company executives to seek out cost-effective solutions to help condense overhead expenses.
Due to today’s multifaceted business ecosystem, hiring a cloud-based company is becoming an increasingly enticing option for companies to pursue. From managing channel incentive programs to accounting and social media marketing, from CRM (customer relationship management) to evaluating POS and importing inventory cost data—employing a SaaS provider is not only a lucrative business decision, but a corporate requirement.
If you participate within the business-to-business (B2B) channel marketplace, employing a SaaS provider can deliver a multitude of advantages that your business and channel partners can mutually enjoy, such as:
- Reducing channel conflict (e.g., deal registration)
- Increasing work productivity
- Visibility into indirect sales funnel
- Spotlighting partners with the best ROI
- Limiting manual resources
- Accuracy (e.g., evaluating submitted claims from distributors)
- Improving channel loyalty
However, before you opt a SaaS that conjointly fits into your business model or needs/objectives,
consider these 3 key concepts:
1.) Research, research, research
There are many SaaS providers to choose from, some of which deliver, and some that don’t. Fortunately, you have countless resources that are readily available such as reputable (channel-focused) blogs, researching SaaS’ affiliate partners, reading well- respected business reviews (publications/sites), speaking with the customer service department of a potential provider, and even casual conversation with a competitor (use with caution).
2.) Easy Navigational Features
If your team and channel partners are going to be using a cloud-based service to implement POS data, evaluate inventory costs, approve claims, prioritize channel programs (stacking), etc., you must make absolute certain the site is user-friendly and easy to navigate through.
Before employing a SaaS provider, ask:
- Is it mobile accessible?
- How long (on average) is does it take for channel manager to update day-to-day information?
- Are the programs customizable?
- Are the programs flexible enough to integrate specific guidelines for individual partners?
- How strong are its security features?
3.) How Does the Provider Relate Back to your Business?
Every cloud-based provider is different. But like all businesses, there are strengths and weaknesses within each company’s infrastructure. Pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of a potential SaaS provider, and align them with your business’s needs. Do they match up? Does the service only offer half the solutions you need?
Remember, just because a provider provides a service doesn’t mean that each of their solutions functions the same. Before purchasing anything, make sure to take part in a demonstration (by the SaaS provider) as well as “test drive” the product first-hand.
Implement the Right Provider into your Channel Sales Management Process
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