​EXCLUSIVE: Doing things the Dicker way… Will 2016 mark a year of great change for the Kiwi reseller?

​EXCLUSIVE: Doing things the Dicker way… Will 2016 mark a year of great change for the Kiwi reseller?

If anyone knows about transformation, it’s Phil Presnall.

Dicker Data New Zealand

Dicker Data New Zealand

Stepping away from the technological trends briefly, Presnall points to transaction capacity as a critical area for the channel to explore in the year ahead, with cloud / Opex models driving a large upswing in transaction volumes at smaller revenue values.

“To be able to remain profitable as well as provide great service, the ability to scale transaction volumes without service degradation is critical,” he adds.

“Having the platforms and the people to deliver on this will be very important.”

In alluding to a broader enablement across the channel, Presnall cites the ability to provide rich content on a scalable basis in the next twelve months as an imperative skill set, to ensure the complexities of new products and business models are well explained to the channel.

“Again the right platforms and people to do this are critical,” he explains.

Key technologies

As discussed at the Reseller News Roundtable - The Changing Face of Security - in September last year, analysts remain united in the belief that one topic dwarfs all others to the point it has become the context for almost everything else: security.

Broadly speaking, Presnall agrees that security will continue to be a key technology in 2016 for the channel, and with vendors on board such as Intel Security, Dell Wyse, Trustwave to name a few, Dicker Data appears well positioned to meet the demand.

But to delve deeper into the technologies disrupting the market, and the complex role security plays, Presnall points to the gathering of momentum within the Internet of Things space as an influencing factor, as it becomes a powerful force in business transformation.

As reported by Reseller News, a total of 4.9 billion connected things were in use during 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and look set to reach 25 billion by 2020.

As a result, the knock-on effect for security, Presnall believes, is market changing.

“As the Internet of Things starts to gather momentum, and more data from more sources starts to hit networks, security will remain a high priority for businesses of all sizes,” he predicts.

Phil Presnall - General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Dicker Data, thanking resellers at the distributor's official rebranding event last year
Phil Presnall - General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Dicker Data, thanking resellers at the distributor's official rebranding event last year

“The network as a sensor, is a perfect example of the type of technology that allows organisations to keep an increased number of connected devices secure, even as the number of attack vectors grow.

“Analyst predictions highlight the need for a secure network, and the importance of planning for scale around security now.”

In housing Cisco Meraki, and recently picking up networking specialists Aerohive Networks, Dicker Data’s vendor list sits in line with industry forecasts.

But also, cloud and mobility are expected to throw up further challenges around security, leading Presnall to conclude that “opportunity is everywhere” for partners, who still remain bound by one overriding challenge, however.

“One of the biggest challenges at the moment for partners is finding the skilled people to address the opportunity,” Presnall adds.

Key priorities

It’s a challenge the new-look Dicker Data relishes, as the Auckland-based distributor continues to establish and develop strong long-term relationships with its customer base to help facilitate growth.

Built around a customer-centric approach, Presnall believes the philosophy allows for “proactive reseller engagement” and the "dynamic ability" to shift with changing market conditions.

Since celebrating the company’s rebranding with a Reseller Launch Party last year - taking in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington - the distributor was also announced as one of the first two-tier New Zealand distributors in Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme.

Dicker Data, alongside Exeed and Ingram Micro, now lead the second phase of the CSP programme in New Zealand, which opens the way for traditional resellers to bring to their clients access to cloud services from Microsoft’s Australian data centres.

While representing another string to the distributor’s bow, in truth, the Microsoft CSP deal is merely one of many new ways Dicker is aiming to thrive in the changing channel world, as cloud dominates the business agenda.

“For the channel, it will be very important to view your value proposition in a cloud world, so as you have a clear picture of your business as it will need to be,” adds Presnall, who believes vertical specific ventures should be dictated by ongoing business plans.

“There is no one answer and no one vertical to look at, it depends on existing investments and strategies.

“Digital disruption and business transformation are driving opportunity across all vertical and horizontal markets.

“The key to taking advantage of this is to be able to adapt quickly enough in your own organisation to make the most of the opportunity.”

With the holidays coming to an end and deadlines once again looming large, in drawing on Dicker Data’s well-documented transformation, Presnall believes 2016 could mark the year of great change for the Kiwi reseller.

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