Guaranteed Engagement

Guaranteed Engagement
Grow revenue by automatically enabling partners on content, deals, training and more.

Faster Time to Market

Faster Time to Market
No need for customization time - partner engagement out of the box.

Less Cost and Risk

Less Cost and Risk
Continuously enhanced with new features at no extra charge. Connects with existing systems and content repositories.

Infinite Flexibility

Infinite Flexibility
Future-proofed for the next level of your partner program - connect best-of-breed systems and applications when your partners and your program are ready.

Webinfinity Comparison

Take a look at how we compare with ZiftONE

Benefit
Webinfinity
ZiftONE
Next-Gen, Mobile-First User Experience
Component Based Interface Across the Entire Application

Why It Is Important:

  • Communicates to partners that the vendor is innovative.
  • Enables partners to find what they need more quickly, on any device.
  • Easiest way to deliver critical personalized experiences for different partner types, job functions, tasks, and geographies.

Webinfinity:

Webinfinity is known for its next-gen component based interface that works for a mobile device, tablet or laptop. The dynamic interface is generated by the Webinfinity engine out of the box, requiring no custom development and is consistent across all elements of the user experience.

Any customization for different partner experiences and personalization is handled via configuration that can be done by non-technical users who are part of the channel team and, most importantly, know best what drives partner engagement for their company.

ZiftONE:

The upgrade to ZiftONE now provides users with a relatively modern, card style interface, but its roots are still in a classic page-based vs. component-based design.

As many elements of Zift’s legacy through-partner marketing automation (TPMA) platform are still utilized in ZiftONE there can be a lack of consistency between layouts and functions. This results in a feeling of a facelift on the previous technology vs. a re-architecture to a totally new design approach.

Core PRM Tools for Partner Management
(Content Delivery, Deal Registration, Lead Distribution, Opportunity Management)

Why It Is Important:

  • According to Aberdeen Group, “businesses using PRM experience 48% greater annual revenue growth”. These tools streamline key functionality partners need to successfully sell and market vendors’ products and solutions.
  • Performing the key functions of channel engagement effectively is absolutely critical in driving partner engagement and revenue (yet often done poorly in most vendor portals).

Webinfinity:

Webinfinity’s approach to PRM features is to ensure the basic processes are catered for incredibly well through configuration, not code and custom development. This provides significant flexibility to modify features for precise needs and to easily extend to other use cases as needed.

In-app workflow is pre-configured for deal registration, lead distribution and management, onboarding, including intelligent content delivery aligned with partner opportunities (no matter where the content is stored throughout the enterprise). The configuration within the platform enables clients to easily modify fields, data objects, workflows and form login without any technical expertise.

ZiftONE:

ZiftONE is comprised of key PRM components including channel planning and oversight, partner recruiting and onboarding, partner sales and marketing enablement, channel demand generation, and channel engagement and sales execution.

As with any integrated solution, ZiftONE customers are forced to work with how it has been coded by Zift. Also, if your partner program is on a growth or even evolution pathway, it’s important to understand what customization effort and cost might be required to evolve the integrated functionality to fit future needs. Zift PRM functionality has a reputation for being difficult to set up, maintain and modify with the evolution of partner management needs.

Complex Specialist PRM Modules
for Through Partner Marketing, Business Planning, Incentives Management, Payments etc.)

Why It Is Important:

  • As channel programs scale and mature, it will become increasingly important to add additional components to further automate channel management in a scalable and effective manner.
  • Vendors may need to leverage existing tools, for example re-purposing learning/certification content in an existing Learning Management System (LMS) for use within the partner community.

Webinfinity:

Webinfinity embraces the rise of cloud apps, with a purpose-built architecture capable of creating a single pane of glass for any combination of tools and apps you may wish to use to support your partners.

Webinfinity agrees with the 82% of CMOs and CIOs who think a “best of breed” strategy is the only way to solve for users in the modern enterprise architecture. For this reason, Webinfinity has deliberately decided not to create “modules” designed to compete with complex specialist vendors such as Perks (Incentives/MDF), Zift (TPMA), Successful Channel (Business Planning) and many more. In fact, Webinfinity pro-actively partners with, and recommends, these organizations to deliver a fully integrated solution through one unified UX.

This flexible, API-first approach to best-of-breed PRM provides ultimate choice and flexibility for clients, as well as ensuring an ability to leverage the most current technology in these speciality functions.

ZiftONE:

ZiftONE divides its solution into three main categories, Partner Relationship Management (PRM), Channel Marketing Management (CMM), Channel-Focused Learning Management (CLM). Within each category, the goal is to provide an organization with every function needed to execute e.g business planning, social, events, certification, training, onboarding, recruitment, lead management, pricing, renewals, forecasting, scorecards etc.

This is a highly ambitious vision and unfortunately one that leads to the “mile wide, inch deep” problem where it is impossible for the company to truly provide the necessary software and services depth in each area vs specialist players like a global LMS company (Cornerstone), BI Platform (Tableau) or Channel Incentives/MDF specialist (Perks).

When considering ZiftONE it is very important to look for examples of clients who can testify to an ability to have been effectively able to leverage all these features to provide an end to end solution without gaps or quality issues.

Enables Infinite Unique User Experiences
(Partner and Internal) Without Development

Why It Is Important:

  • For engagement to flourish, experiences must be entirely relevant to each and every member of the channel ecosystem.
  • Partner ecosystems are complex with the variations in partner types, user job functions, geographies/languages and more. This complexity only grows as your partner program grows.
  • Experience management is governed by the rules and tags used to automatically deliver personalized experiences across the partner ecosystem. Automation is a must with this ecosystem complexity.

Webinfinity:

Webinfinity’s Engagement Automation Engine enables an almost infinite number of personalized experiences, with a significant number of ways to curate assets to make it easier for partners, partner managers and program executives to get what they need.

This increases effectiveness in selling, managing partner performance and tracking program success. Personalization can be driven by partner type, user job function, user task, partner account, specific objective, and many other criteria. Personalization also can be configured at the individual asset level.

Curation can be done automatically by the system for content such as guided selling playbooks (a big time-saver for administrators, geo leads, partners and partner managers), or manually for time-driven groupings such as launches, key customer use case scenarios, etc.

With Webinfinity, new areas of personalization can be added simply through configuration, no custom development required.

ZiftONE:

ZiftONE follows a more conventional website type design approach with an ability to create a level of personalization through display rules based on partner and user profiles. All users essentially see the same portal, with the same structure, but with some different elements based on who they are.

This approach can work well if all partners are created equal, but it becomes challenging as needs evolve and iterate post launch.

What happens when the structure of the partner program changes, moving away from partner tiers to different business capabilities (such as is happening with cloud partners)? This would require significant additional cost for Zift to re-design its platform capabilities. In addition, it’s not possible to work outside the structure of the coded personalization capabilities. It’s all pre-organized and pre-coded, meaning you need to fit into the rigid structure of the UX provided or invest in expensive UX customization.

Complete In-App Automated Experience Management

Why It Is Important:

  • With programs, content and communications evolving in real time it’s critical the channel team can “move at the speed of the business”.
  • Without complete self-service there is too much reliance on IT or vendors resources leading to delivery delays and increased costs.
  • Highly engaging portals need contributions from the entire channel community, not just portal administrators and developers.

Webinfinity:

Webinfinity puts all elements of experience management in the hands of the client. Every single element of every experience (from navigation to content publishing to complex lead management) is managed in-app, via simple user interfaces that a non-technical user can control without any IT or vendor support.

Webinfinity’s no-coding solution is designed to continuously configure and curate experiences to improve engagement - whether it’s a launch for a specific set of partners, or for a specific promotion or incentive, or targeted content for a specific group of users. You can even create a specific sub portal for a new partner program for new types of partners. All the configuration can be done by the team working closest to the partners. Without the cost of custom coding, the engagement ROI is significantly increased.

Additionally, the system provides a highly flexible and scalable rules management framework enabling delegation of experience management to any member of the channel team. This ability to delegate authority to many individual contributors (for example, a technical expert in EMEA who can create just blogs that are sent only to a sub-set of partners in their region) results in much richer, ever changing engagement experiences. These experiences in turn drive increased partner engagement and productivity.

ZiftONE:

Zift experience management works more at page level, using a conventional CMS (Content Management System) approach. This results in the portal being managed by a small number of people who are authorized to make changes, together with others who are able to submit content assets, but not build or curate new digital experiences.

Subscriptions, libraries, and configurable logic on templates (for example automated asset recommendations in the context of a sales opportunity) are not included. Transactional dashboards and workflows are hard coded not truly configurable meaning material changes cannot be made without developer support.

This approach cannot compare with the fluidity and flexibility of the Webinfinity’s management capabilities and results in more rigid, less engaging experiences for users.

Flexible ‘Best of Breed’ App Integration

Why It Is Important:

  • Provides flexibility in partner management capabilities as partner program needs evolve.
  • Provides partners seamless access to additional capabilities such as campaign management, business planning, incentive payments, and more.
  • Enables a unified partner “workspace” for partners to access everything they need to do business with you.
  • Enables flexibility to integrate with the application innovation that is exploding in the partner management arena.

Webinfinity:

Webinfinity has an extensive connected application capability embedded in its Engagement Automation Engine, partnering with many of the leading software companies of best of breed applications that are fully integrated with its engine. These include applications for incentive automation, sales opportunity management, business planning, pipeline management and more.

It has integrated with a select few of the iPaaS platform developers, each of which have portfolios of application connectors making it faster to integrate applications preferred by its clients.

It has tight integration with Salesforce and MS Dynamics CRM systems and will also work with its clients to connect other CRM systems if required.

It has created a storage connector that connects and syncs content stored in many cloud storage systems so as to enable its clients to keep content in whichever system they choose.

All integrated applications are made to work within the Webinfinity unified interface to keep the user experience as frictionless as possible. In addition to application integrations, Webinfinity can embrace and embed any desired application within its same unified interface that can be experienced in-app or in a new window.

ZiftONE:

While Zift provides expected integrations with major CRM platforms, its vision to be a fully integrated PRM solution means connectors to best-of-breed applications are not a priority. These would be tackled as custom projects, not a connected application feature.

While this may be appealing to the small majority of people who believe it’s possible to solve for PRM with a single vendor, this limits customers’ ability to trade off against the flexibility and innovation that comes from integrating or exposing best-of-breed applications as needed.

Enterprise Scale/Multi Vendor Architecture Future Proofing

Why It Is Important:

ROI must be measured in terms of engagement with a partner portal otherwise what’s the point?

  • Partner engagement scalability is critical in the early stages of a partner program where success is equated to the recruitment of additional partners. It is also essential for mature programs where new types of users and user job functions need to be served.
  • Experience flexibility is important as different types of partners, user job functions and tasks require additional content assets.
  • Flexibility to infinitely scale to future proof your investment as your partner program evolves is a must-have, particularly as new cloud procurement models are changing how vendors need to work with their partners.

Webinfinity:

Webinfinity has proven case studies demonstrating its ability to scale to reliably serve personalized experiences to tens of thousands of users. It also has demonstrated how it can start small and enable clients to grow as their partner programs and content portfolios grow.

Webinfinity’s customer-centered feature prioritization, development and release cycles bring significant new features and functionality enhancements to its customers at least three times per year at no extra charge. This strengthens its customers’ ability to continuously improve their ability to serve their partners more effectively.

ZiftONE:

The key question for ZiftONE customers, is how soon they might outgrow the PRM, training, marketing and content management functionality in the solution.

No one vendor can keep up with the ever-changing requirements in each of the functional areas of partner management, so it is inevitable that additional functionality will become necessary.

The pace of platform evolution, how functionality is prioritized for the platform, and the level of depth required by many enterprises should be examined.

Outcome (Consumption Based) Pricing
Everything included in license - No Costs for Extra Moduless

Why It Is Important:

  • Costs must be measured in terms of engagement otherwise what’s the point? Features and functions don’t mean anything without utilization.
  • PRM has traditionally sold based on the number of number of administrators or modules being used – neither are key ROI metrics.

Webinfinity:

Webinfinity provides a pricing model based on Monthly Active Users (MAU’s). This means a client only pays for users who are actively engaging with the portal on a month to month basis. If there is no usage, costs will be minimal. All features are available to all clients regardless of the fees they are paying.

This enables young companies with embryonic or scaling partner programs to cost-effectively access the full features of the Webinfinity engagement automation engine. Once engagement is increased (leading directly to revenue and productivity gains) costs will follow, but with true ROI.

For larger enterprises, it provides a true economy of scale with costs based only on the sub-set of users who are active on a frequent basis.

ZiftONE:

Costs are based more on how much you use in terms of Zift technology and services. This can make the platform very expensive once all the modular costs are added up, while providing no guarantee of utilization or user satisfaction.

ZiftONE is a very complex system to implement, but even after the heavy lift has often suffered from lack of adoption once deployed. An overload of tools and functions can overwhelm users meaning many great functionalities are left untouched due to an over ambitious breadth of offering with no deep focus on driving user engagement.

At Webinfinity our entire success is based on utilization, meaning everything we do is focused on driving adoption and engagement-based ROI.

Measuring Engagement Intelligence (ROI)

Why It Is Important:

  • Metrics must track the level of partner and content engagement.
  • Portal analytics must be able to easily share and integrate with other leadership and partner management metrics and be correlated with the solution pricing.
  • Cost for customization needed to drive engagement only decreases the return on engagement.

Webinfinity:

Webinfinity captures metrics for almost every engagement within its engine and displays it through in-app analytics. This includes engagement by partner organization, user job function, content type engagement, portal engagement behaviour - i.e. search, sharing, subscribing and recommending.

Webinfinity has partnered with Snowflake to embed their data sharing technology into Webinfinity’s engagement analytics - making it easier for its clients to combine their partner management and revenue data for even more specific engagement-driven ROI calculations on-the-fly.

ZiftONE:

ZiftONE offers in-app analytics and reporting, including futuristic claims around automated intelligence and insights generated via activity in the platform.

Reports are generally focused on specific hard-coded dashboards/metrics that are aligned with the specific modules of the solution. As with all canned reporting there are limitations to this approach once requirements move beyond the standard visualizations provided in the application.

While it is fair to say ZiftONE provides a range of reporting views, it does not focus on user engagement and intelligence in the way that Webinfinity does.

Use Cases

Diverse use cases, consistent user engagement, experience the flexibility of the Webinfinity engine through real-world applications

NGNIX

Partner Enablement Hub

NGINX, Inc., now part of F5, is the company behind the popular open source project. It offers a suite of technologies for developing and delivering modern applications. Together with F5, the combined solution bridges the gap between NetOps and DevOps, with multi‑cloud application services that span from code to customer.


Challenge

  • Deliver relevant resources to different types of partners and partner user roles to stimulate engagement
  • Enable deal registration through the partner portal that integrates with NGINX Salesforce
  • Connect partners together through the NGINX Partner Network available through the portal
  • Connect the NGINX training application to enable partners to enroll in and pay for training courses

Solution

  • Personalized partner hubs aligned with a partner user’s job type - sales, marketing or technical
  • Resources available on each hub relevant to each type of role
    • Sales Hub: Deal registration, opportunity management, new partner activations, price lists, sales kits, sales training, and more
    • Technical Hub: Deals for collaboration, opportunity management dashboard access, technical training, technical cookbooks, and more
    • Marketing Hub: Collateral by solution and use case, event information, partner marketing forms, and more
    • Principal Hub: Resources to help managers and executives collaborate with their teams

Results

  • Significant content interaction by all partners
  • Significant new partner activations
  • Increasing deal registrations prior to F5 acquisition

Price f(x)

Partner Portal

Managing partners across geographies, Price f(x) needed a portal that would provide seamless integration with Salesforce CRM and deliver content to partners that aligns with their customer-first culture.


Challenge

  • Support partners through key features include deal registration and opportunity management integrated with the CRM
  • Deliver timely and relevant content to partners

Solution

  • Empowerment of the partner community to easily submit leads to channel managers
  • Visibility to partners on deal status
  • Distribution of deal winning content to partners

Results

  • Successful launch of the portal across multiple geographies
  • Partners actively engaging in deal registration including partner visibility to opportunity progression

Hedvig

Partner Enablement Hub

As a high growth company with a technically complex product, Hedvig was challenged with finding a solution to manage a complex partner ecosystem with a variety of partner types, sizes and needs.


Challenge

  • Needed to support multiple partner types and stages required specific content and experiences
  • Needed to integrate accounts and contacts with the CRM to manage partner stage and type

Solution

  • Configuration of a spectrum of high impact, personalized portal experiences for partner community
  • Clean and easy to use content repository

Results

  • Efficient consumption of content from all types of partners
  • A future phase will be to integrate deal registration and opportunity management

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