Episode 12 – The VAR Show

Value Added Resellers play a critical role as trusted adviser in the networking industry.  However, many customers don’t make the most of their VAR relationships.  In Episode 12, our hosts explore the VAR relationship with VAR engineers Zach Miller and Warren Jackson.  We explore the ups and downs VAR life for both resellers and customers.

 


Zach Miller
Guest
Warren Jackson
Guest
Jordan Martin
Co-Host
Eyvonne Sharp
Co-Host
Phil Gervasi
Co-Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

One Comment

  1. Mario
    September 25, 2017
    Reply

    Great episode – and more so, excellent podcast!

    As an administrator who’s mostly been working solo for a small business, I find it so refreshing and helpful to hear the valuable insights of others, whether technical or not. I found that this particular episode hit me in a good way – as it validated the pro’s and con’s in working within a VAR/MSP environment. I was totally able to relate with some of the frustrations and rewards working in an MSP environment – and hearing more than a couple times that the social aspect of communicating with your customers is just as important as delivering the technical project.

    I went from working solo within a small business (15 years) to a local MSP and quickly realized that, although I loved the technology aspect, I loathed the fact that I did not have control of my daily schedule, the fact that when I had walked into a customer’s site I wanted to do so much more than what was in scope and do it ‘the right way’ – then realizing the fact that you’re really there to bill the customer accordingly and have their account rep up sell any other sub tasks or tweaks to the customer.

    I personally believe that, had I started within an MSP environment earlier in my career, I would have thoroughly enjoyed climbing the ladder and learning new technologies – but for someone to come around from a static environment to more of a dynamic one – I often found it difficult to adjust ‘shifting gears’ – which I would agree that someone with ADHD, this would be beneficial in an MSP/VAR environment 🙂

    Although I am glad to have tried the MSP world for just less than 1 year, I am glad to have realized that working within an organization, for me, was the best fit.

    Thank-you so much for the valuable information and insights – keep up the great work guys! 🙂

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