‘Working with Vortex 6 and using their Fusion SaaS solution has revolutionised the management of our Cisco relationship. Without Fusion we would continue to be challenged in maintaining compliance, meeting our Cisco targets, proactively managing our product strategy and most importantly achieving our revenue and profit targets, I can’t recommend Fusion enough to partners managing their Cisco Compliance or Rebates"
DANA STEFFEY, CEO/PRESIDENT, SECURE DATA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Secure Data Technologies, Inc. (SDTI) needed to increase control over their compliance with the Cisco® Partner Program and Value Incentive Program (VIP). Their main challenges were a lack of visibility of key data in a single place and in a format that enabled them to see clearly their current status and where they needed to take immediate action.
In addition to this, managing compliance with the Partner Program and tracking VIP rebates required substantial human resources, they found this process to be ineffective as they were managing it manually on spreadsheets. With the loss of a single certification, they could fall out of compliance which could result in a significant financial loss. They also struggled to manage the effect of changes to SKU’s between VIP programs and the negative impact this could have on their sales and product strategy. This was further compounded by the increases in minimum booking levels and their lack of visibility of where they were against these targets.
In short, they knew that there were not optimizing the profitability of their Cisco relationship.
Secure Data Technologies gained full visibility of their status against the Cisco Partner Program, thereby removing the risk of losing a certification that could cause them to fall out of compliance that would also affect their rebates. Fusion gives them complete visibility of their status and where corrective actions are required, enabling them to manage all aspects of their compliance with the Cisco Partner Program and VIP rebates.
The specific benefits achieved:
Instant visibility of all current and upcoming compliance and rebate issues and what they needed to do to resolve them.
Substantial reduction in human resource costs to manage the Compliance and VIP programs.
Having their status available in real-time allows the constant evolution of their sales and product strategy. For example, if they are short of a minimum booking target then they can focus their sales team on selling products that would help them achieve their target.
SDTI have a complete view of the changes to the SKU’s between VIP programs enabling them to easily identify where they need to change their product offering to optimise rebates and align with Cisco’s product strategy.
They can see the rebates attached to a Bill of Materials and whether products are eligible or not, they can then adjust the BOM to include products that attract a rebate.
Fusion gives SDTI visibility and the management information that enables them to manage the program effectively.
Fusion is incredibly simple to use with limited training required and great support from Vortex 6.
Good communication and training were key to making the implementation of Fusion seamless. We were using Fusion within an hour with training taking place over 2 x 1- hour sessions. Vortex 6’s project managers work closely with my team and provide support and guidance to ensure we achieve our business objectives.
Cisco has set higher minimum booking levels required to qualify for rebates. Previously we achieved substantial rebates for Enterprise Networks solutions but we started missing out as the targets increased, however, now we can manage the program to ensure we maintain and grow our income.
Dana Steffey, CEO/President – Secure Data Technologies, Inc.
‘Working with Vortex6 and using their Fusion software solution has revolutionised the management of our Cisco relationship. Without Fusion we would continue to be challenged in maintaining compliance, meeting our Cisco targets, proactively managing our product strategy and most importantly achieving our revenue and profit targets, I can’t recommend Fusion enough to partners managing their Cisco Compliance or Rebates’