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Trend Micro gets aggressive over channel expansion

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Signaling an aggressive channel sales plan for this financial year, Trend

Micro is looking at maximizing its channel base in India by expanding across

verticals and doubling its channel base. The anti-virus major has been in India

for the last 12 years. Now, with its renewed channel focus and improvised

product suites, the company is planning to emerge stronger in the market and is

targeting a growth of 15-25 percent YoY.

Speaking about the company's plans to expand their base in the consumer

verticals Amit Nath, Country Manager, Trend Micro explained, “We conducted a

study of the markets and have selected 25 cities in India where we can build a

strong base. These cities have a strong purchasing power, a more IT literate

population and major demographic changes are taking place. We are already strong

in the BFSI, telecom, BPO, ITES and retail sector and besides maintaining our

strong hold in these sectors; we are aggressive of adding more sectors in the

portfolio this FY.”

Talking about the companies channel policies Nath added, “Trend Micro India

has a comprehensive partner program and there are different kinds of partners in

the program. This partner program is based on a 5C model of coverage,

credibility, competence, credit rating, and commitment. We evaluate partners

consistently every quarter on these pillars.“

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In the channel structure, the company has three prominent layers; Affinity

One, Affinity Plus and Affinity, where each type of its channel partner handles

different profiles of customers and has different value propositions and

benefits from Trend Micro on the same. “Right now as part of our current channel

recruitment drive our focus in on volume channels and in particular on partners

who can drive our consumer products in India,” Nath added.

Keeping in mind its need to target channel partners more aggressively, the

company has announced that it will be conducting channel events across India and

will be focusing on training channel partners to make them understand the

products better.

Elaborating about the plans Nath said, “India is an important market for us.

In our attempt to maximize our channel base, we will be holding training

programs and channel events across India this FY and will be exploring new

verticals. For the next 12 months, we will continue to reinforce our plans of

adding new channel partners across India.”

The company has already started the event initiative in South and West India

and is planning to take it to the eastern markets soon. The cities which are on

its radar initially are Chandigarh, Jaipur and Ludhiana. Also on the anvil are

Madurai, Nagpur, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat, Baroda, Coimbatore, Vizag, Lucknow,

Varanasi, Kolkata, Bhuvaneshwar, Guhawati, Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Cochin,

Ranchi, Hyderabad, Kanpur and Mumbai.

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