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February 28, 2012
Issue No. 289
Learn how hundreds of partners in 90 countries are growing their businesses
The M-Files Partner Program offers an exciting market opportunity to sell M-Files — a flexible, affordable and highly integrated document management solution. Its familiar Windows Explorer interface and native integrations with commonly used business platforms such as CRM, ERP, accounting and Microsoft SharePoint make M-Files an easy choice for customers and partners alike.
Five Reasons to Partner with M-Files
(1) M-Files is a highly configurable document and content management solution offering vertical deployments in high-growth industries.
(2) Seamless integration with Microsoft Office and Windows Explorer results in a consistent and familiar user interface that facilitates sales opportunities quickly.
(3) Stimulate and produce net new sales opportunities with an essential, easy-to-deploy solution offering accessible price points and high partner margins.
(4) Sell both traditional, on-premise solutions or get an introduction into cloud licensing options via the M-Files Cloud Vault service hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.
(5) Flexible partner options ranging from an entry-level referral program to high-margin reseller and OEM relationships and everything in between.
Interested in Learning More?
Contact M-Files at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.m-files.com/partners or call (972) 516-4210.
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In Memoriam: Ronald Knos
Ronald David Knos, Prescott Valley, Ariz., who served many years in the office technology industry, died Feb. 18, 2012.
Wagner Office Machines Celebrates 100th Anniversary
BTA member Wagner Office Machines is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Toshiba Launches e-STUDIO 260L/256/306/356/456 Series
Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. has launched the e-STUDIO 206L/256/306/356/456 series of monochrome MFPs.
Harvey Appointed Director of Mailing Product Marketing
Neopost USA has announced that George Harvey has been appointed to the position of director of mailing product marketing for the company's complete line of mailing systems.
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BTA Fundamentals of MPS Sales Workshop - Charlotte, N.C.
Today, MPS is sold into most companies with more than 10 devices and many of those prospects have had some form of MPS presented to them. With that in mind, it is important to be able to differentiate your offering and provide a compelling reason for a prospect to engage your company for an assessment. The newly redesigned BTA Fundamentals of MPS Sales Workshop, taught by consultants with Strategy Development, will cover the MPS sales process for both small (fewer than 25 devices) and mid-sized (50 to 250 devices) companies. Your sales team will learn the proper contact level and value proposition based on company size, how to get an appointment at the correct level and how to identify the areas of pain associated with the print environment based on company size. For more information or to register online, click here.
13-14 BTA Service Management University - Las Vegas, Nev.
Service managers are under tremendous pressure to deliver sustainable margins greater than 52 percent. In order to achieve this goal, service management needs to understand a multitude of profit inputs, such as setting prices, how employees are deployed, parts usage and logistics, and employee performance and development. In order to be effective, today's service managers need to be able to communicate with other company leaders, interpret reports, use data to develop and execute plans and develop their employees to ensure maximum productivity. This workshop, taught by Ken Staubitz of Strategy Development, has helped service leaders optimize their service operations and achieve profits of 52 percent or more. For more information or to register online, click here.
15 BTA Advanced MPS Sales Workshop - Charlotte, N.C.
Recently, many companies have successfully entered the MPS space and have managed to grow a decent-sized portfolio of MPS contracts. Now that you have MPS customers, the challenge becomes how to continue to gain share of wallet within those customers' accounts. Strategy Development's one-day BTA Advanced MPS Sales Workshop was developed specifically to address the management and expansion of your MPS contracts. This workshop will focus solely on the quarterly business review (QBR). The experts at Strategy Development, the same consultants that brought the QBR to the MPS space, will demonstrate for you, using case studies, a step-by-step process to properly conduct a successful QBR. With proper execution of the QBR, you will grow your revenue and profits. This class will pay for itself on the first QBR you execute upon your return to work. For more information or to register online, click here.
20 Building My Business Webinar - "Leading Your Dealership Through Change"
You have great ideas. You know where you want to take your company. The problem is that not everyone in your organization is supporting your vision of the future. During this interactive and hands-on webinar, Sally Brause of GreatAmerica Leasing Corp. will share a strategic planning process for change. She will also cover best practices that you can use to inspire others to help drive change within your company. For more information or to register online, click here.
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The February issue of Office Technology, the monthly magazine of the Business Technology Association, is now posted on the BTA website. You will need your username and password to access the online magazine.
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Managed services (MS) offers a more cost-effective way for your customers to manage their current spending on IT support. MS consists of monitoring network devices and ongoing administration of those devices using automation tools. In this workshop, Mitch Morgan and Chris Ryne of Growth Achievement Partners will show you how to set up a managed services business in your company. Areas of focus will include: the phases of the MS process, financial targets, packaging of services, MS systems and processes, staffing, dealing with competition and the MS sales process.
For more information about the BTA Managed Services Workshop, or to register for an upcoming class, visit www.bta.org/MS.
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January/February Issue of The Business Owner Posted to the BTA Website
You will need your member login and password to download. Please contact BTA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not have your member login and password. You may also access past issues of The Business Owner online. In this issue: Harness the Halo Effect; The Home Office Deduction; Volunteer to Serve on a Board?; Economics: Inflation & Deflation; and much more! Click here to download.
2012 BTA Channel's Choice Ballot: Rate Your Vendor!
Each year, the Business Technology Association provides a comprehensive look at the performance of office technology hardware vendors/manufacturers based on the balloting of independent dealers. The results will determine the winners of the association's 2012 Channel's Choice Awards and will also be compiled in an in-depth report made available to all respondents to this online survey. To cast your online ballot, visit www.bta.org/2012ChannelsChoiceBallot. Dealership respondents only.
BTA Mid-America's Gateway to Success District Event
BTA Mid-America's 2012 district event, Gateway to Success, will feature a keynote presentation by Jim D'Emidio, president of Muratec America Inc. There will also be four additional education sessions presented by industry leaders, including a dealer panel addressing the managed services opportunity and a special inspirational session by John O'Leary of Rising Above. Dealers will be able to participate in networking events that will allow them to connect with their peers and there will be time to visit with exhibiting sponsors. Attendees will also have the choice to spend an afternoon in a private suite at Busch Stadium to see the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals, or participate in a tour of the Gateway Arch and take a riverboat cruise. For more information or to register, click here.
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