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Avid is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio and broadcast professionals and enthusiasts.
Avid Case Study
Avid creates the digital audio and video technology that creative professionals use to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concert tours and news broadcasts. The company operates across the globe with our 5,000 indirect channel partners who represent both a tremendous asset as well as a substantion commercial opportunity for growth and expansion.
Avid’s Business Objectives
Avid wanted to fully capture their tremendous opportunity for revenue growth and expansion, and given the importance of the indirect channel to their business, they knew they had to develop a world-class global channel partner program to capitalize on that potential. The program would provide their partners with 24x7 access to:
Avid also wanted to unify programs from their various business units under a single brand while leveraging shared infrastructure and systems in order to maximize value for each business while improving the channel partner experience.
Avid selects and segments channel partners based on their ability to:
The program and its infrastructure therefore had to support all of the associated business processes on a single platform and leverage a single database.
Avid concluded that in order to achieve a world-class indirect channel partner program, they needed a world-class external social collaboration and multi-channel communication solution designed specifically for engaging with indirect sales channels wherever they may be.
“The introduction of Relayware was a game-changer for Avid and our channel. Our global program and portals run on Relayware’s technology and it has provided us with a significant competitive advantage. What’s more it has been met with a terrific response from our channel partners.”
- Stefan Rollins, Director Worldwide Marketing, Avid.
Avid wanted to present their strategy and solution to their partners at their annual partner conference in the summer of 2011, and the chosen technology provider would have to adhere to strict and challenging timescales.
Avid’s Selection Process
In 2011, Avid engaged with a number of potential providers of technology solutions, each sharing a common capability to offer an integrated partner portal. Initially, the purpose of this engagement was to understand the market and the capabilities of the software solution providers. This provided Avid stakeholders with the ability to clearly define the business, functional and technical requirements that would ultimately be distributed to a shortlist of vendors in the form of an RFP in the Fall of 2011.
“Avid concluded that in order to achieve their vision of world-class indirect channel partner program, they needed a world-class external social collaboration and multi-channel communication solution specifically designed for engaging with indirect sales channels wherever they may be.”
Avid’s Decision to Go With Relayware
Avid narrowed their focus to two companies: Relayware and Salesforce.com. After careful deliberation, Relayware was chosen for the following reasons:
Once commissioned, Relayware’s team of experts worked with Avid on the following:
“Relayware worked closely with Avid business and IT teams to deploy a tailored solution worldwide.”
Relayware worked closely with the Avid business and IT teams to deploy a tailored solution worldwide with a subset of Relayware’s key features including:
The implementation approach afforded Avid the opportunity to review progress at key stages and modify and enhance the collective approach as necessary. Avid’s assessment of the implementation and their experience of working with the Relayware team highlighted:
Avid’s Benefits from Relayware
The benefits that Avid enjoyed and continue to enjoy since going live include:
Avid set out to develop a world-class global channel partner program that provided their partners with 24x7 access to information, tools, resources and training through the widest range of communication channels to drive mutual revenue and profit growth and further increase customer satisfaction. This vision required a powerful single, integrated and flexible technology platform that facilitated effective communication and productive collaboration and which offered scope for expansion and growth. After careful appraisal, Relayware was selected over Salesforce.com and became Avid’s technology partner supporting all of their immediate channel enablement needs and helping them define and fulfill their future requirements.
Avid have achieved and exceeded their business objectives with what the CEO of one of their key channel partners claimed was “the single biggest thing Avid have ever done [to improve channel effectiveness]”. Relayware continues to offer leading edge innovation in channel management and external social collaboration technology and Avid continue to work closely with Relayware’s product marketing and development teams to shape the product roadmap and deploy new features as they become available.