Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 47 - Page 63

CHANNEL CHIEF

MATTHIEU BRIGNONE , VP Partners , EMEA at Pure Storage , a developer of all-flash data storage hardware and software products , who strongly believes that people need to be empowered to make decisions to give the best of themselves . Brignone outlines here how he is working with the channel ecosystem in the EMEA region .

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Describe your current job role and the parts that are challenging ?
As VP of partners across EMEA , my role
ecosystem and our internal teams to deliver the right solutions at the right time . I am here to enable partners to grow their business and match customer needs with partner expertise . Not being able to meet people face to face has been challenging for the last 18 months . I enjoy the relationships built by spending time with people . Like everyone else , I have had to adapt how I do this .
Can you explain how your company works with channel partners ?
Pure is a 100 % channel focused organisation so everything we do has to enable them to succeed . Our partner pool has deliberately been kept focused . We collaborate with partners that are willing to invest time and resources into building a Pure practice – driven , enthusiastic about technology and most importantly , committed to helping customers solve real world data challenges .
Additionally , we continue to innovate and invest in our partners to ensure they have the products , skills and resources to be successful . This makes for good business , is key to survival and helps partners differentiate .
How do you ensure channel partners flourish in a highly competitive market ?
Pure believes in one simple credo : the success of our partners is the success of Pure Storage . The Pure Partner Programme is designed to empower channel partners with everything they need – from sales resources and technical training to marketing support and incentives and rewards – to accelerate their business and drive customer impact . By listening to partner feedback on what they need most , Pure delivers continuous programme advancements to help partners thrive and move their business forward .
What are the latest trends you see emerging across the channel ?
One of the biggest trends we are seeing in the channel is the pivot to As-a-service offerings . Organisations are looking for flexible consumption models that deliver agility and additional services beyond simply a financial model . In fact , a recent study by IDC predicts that by 2024 , 43 % of organisations expect consumption of As-aservice models to increase as a direct result of the most recent economic crisis . We see more partners selling flexible consumption models as customers respond positively to these offerings .
What will it take for partners to thrive in 2022 ?
We are seeing an acceleration in customers demanding true flexible consumption models when looking for data management solutions . The pressures of the pandemic have only accelerated this need – business services need to be scaled and made available on demand , to provide both financial flexibility and real competitive advantage .
The truly standout channel partners of the future will be those that recognise that everything-as-a-service ( XaaS ) is about much more than financial concerns . The value comes not just from subscriptionstyle costing models , but from the full-
Matthieu Brignone , VP Partners , EMEA at Pure Storage
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