Partner satisfaction is critical for OpenText to meet its sales growth targets.
In his new role, Steen will lead the North America channel marketing team for the small, midsize and consumer division focused on cybersecurity and resilience, data security and protection. He’ll help the channel protect SMB customers by providing Webroot and Carbonite security solutions.
In addition, Steen will manage the partner life cycle from targeting, recruitment, onboarding and sales enablement.
Before joining OpenText, Steen was director of indirect channel and alliance partner marketing at Comcast Business. Before that, he was with Level 3 for 13 years; his last job at Level 3 was director of partner programs and marketing.
He also had roles with Sun Microsystems and GE Access.
OpenText acquired Carbonite and Webroot in 2019 for $1.45 billion. The combined business now pitches cyber resilience to MSPs and VARs in the enterprise market, and directly to enterprise corporate IT managers.
OpenText also offers its own managed security services to enterprise customers.
During this month’s fourth-quarter 2021 earnings call, Mark Barrenechea, OpenText’s vice chair, CEO and CTO, said the company doubled revenue to nearly $3.4 billion over the past seven years.
“We can double OpenText again over the next five to seven years,” he said. “We have returned to organic growth, and organic growth is here to stay.”
In a Q&A with Channel Futures, Steen talks about what OpenText partners can expect from him in his new director role.
Channel Futures: Why did you want to take this role? Will you be working directly with OpenText partners?
Bill Steen: I’ll be working very closely with OpenText partners, so I’m very excited about that. It cuts across a bunch of different channel types, which is fine. A lot of work with MSPs, VARs and distributors, kind of traditional channels. But then there are additional ones that are focused on tools for the channel, remote monitoring, etc. The main reason I wanted to take the job is that I really like security. And I think that there’s just going to be this continued need for advanced security for small businesses, all the way up to midmarket and into the enterprise. So with the growing need for security solutions and security products, it’s a great time for my career to really focus on that space a bit more because it’s such a growth area and such a big revenue opportunity for departments.
CF: How does this role differ from your role at Comcast Business? How will your previous experience come into play in this new role?
BS: It’s similar, actually, to what I was doing for Comcast Business. It’s really working closely with the sales team on growing the business and achieving the numbers, and bringing in new partners and getting existing partners more productive and more enabled so they drive business and revenue for themselves. The position at OpenText is very similar in terms of that full partner life cycle approach and really going deep with specific partners on demand generation, leveraging things like market development funds (MDF), helping them to drive the message out to their customers.
CF: What will be your specific role at OpenText in terms of Carbonite and Webroot, and partners of those businesses?
BS: I have a responsibility for the Americas. So we’ve got a team of channel marketers that are assigned to partner types. So there’s a team focused on the MSPs, a team focused on the remote monitoring group, distributors and OEMs. There are a bunch of different kinds of partner types, if you will. So we’ll work very closely with them on a number of things. One, in some areas, is …