Websense Unveils Unified Channel ProgramBy Sharon Linsenbach | Print
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"We’ll find out about the same time as everyone else," Carter said, adding that she expects to find out how to stay qualified for product margins and how to do business as a Websense partner. She added that her customers are waiting to find out how to handle migration from SurfControl to Websense products.
"That’s been a huge point of contention within the channel," Carter said, though Websense has assured resellers that support for SurfControl products will be continued through 2011. Customers, for the most part, are taking it in stride, said Carter. Though Carter's company has received a small number of panicked phone calls, she said the extended SurfControl support calms them down.
Websense acquired SurfControl in October 2007, and even though the integration process hasn't been seamless, most partners are pleased with the process. Malone said that Websense offers training and education through its Websense University program, so that VARs can get familiar not only with SurfControl products but with products from BlackSpider, which SurfControl acquired in January 2006, and Port Authority, acquired by Websense in January 2007.
Websense University gives partners online, instructor-led training, technical and sales Webinars and provides an online "catalog" for VARs looking to cross-sell and up-sell to their existing customers across the Websense portfolio, she said.
"The merger has been as smooth as you would expect putting together two huge companies who are competitors," said Carter. Carter said she was especially impressed with the amount of communications partners received about the merger's progress.
"If they knew something, we knew it, too," Carter said, "They were really focused on making sure customers got the same information both from us and from both Websense and SurfControl," she said.