For Business Development Reward
This document describes Skyline Communications’ (hereafter “Skyline”) terms of qualification for earning a business development reward (the ‘Business Development Reward’).
The purpose of this document is to help achieve a fruitful cooperation between Skyline and the Partner (each “a Party”, together “the Parties”) by outlining the terms of engagement between the Parties. This includes, among others, the roles and responsibilities of the Parties, as well as the relationship between different Partners.
This Partnership Program aims to increase transparency between the Parties and create a level playing field for Partners that develop opportunities to sell Skyline Products.
Partners of Skyline that wish to earn a Business Development Reward are expected to respect and comply with these terms of qualification (the “Rules”). The term “Partner” means any third-party company or individual that has a written agreement in place with Skyline that allows them to resell Skyline’s software to end Users.
Partners are encouraged to actively identify new Opportunities for the sales of Skyline products.
Opportunities are defined as new business opportunities for the sales of Skyline products only (hereafter “Opportunities”).
When Partners identify an Opportunity, they are invited to file the Opportunity on Skyline’s CRM platform by contacting their Regional Sales Manager or the Partner Success Manager.
Filing an Opportunity will never grant any kind of exclusivity to a Partner for the filed Opportunity.
Opportunity Life Cycle
A filed Opportunity proves that the Partner discovered the business opportunity and filed it on Skyline’s CRM platform.
This is a primary and essential step in securing a Business Development Reward for the Opportunity.
A filed Opportunity will be granted one of the following active statuses:
|1||Lead||The Opportunity has been identified, but no business development has been done and there has been no contact with the end customer or no contacts have been found yet.|
|2||Engaged||The Opportunity has been identified, and contact has been made with the end customer.|
|3||Confirmed||The customer has confirmed their interest in purchasing Skyline Products in writing.|
|4||Quoted||The Partner has provided a written sales offer to the end customer.|
|5||Negotiating||The Partner is negotiating the sales offer with the end customer.|
|6||Waiting PO||The Partner has accepted the sales offer.|
If an Opportunity is not active (anymore), it will be labeled with one of the following inactive statuses:
|7||Cold||The Opportunity is temporarily postponed, but the Partner expects that it will be relaunched sometime in the future.|
|8||Closed Won||The Opportunity has been won by the Partner.|
|9||Closed Lost||The Opportunity has been lost by the Partner.|
|10||Closed Dropped||Skyline has decided that the Opportunity is not a fit for Skyline Products.|
Opportunity Expiration Flow
Skyline encourages Partners to actively pursue opportunities. To avoid growing a large list of unused or inactive Opportunities, the following scheme will apply to filed Opportunities with status "Lead" and "Engaged":
|1||Lead||30 days following the filing of the Opportunity, the opportunity will expire and be removed from the list (unless the Partner can demonstrate and prove that they are effectively actively pursuing the Opportunity and making reasonable and continuous attempts to get in touch with the right people and to get the conversation going, in which case the 30 days can be extended with another 30 days).||Opportunity spotted, but contact with the customer is not initiated yet. File the opportunity to secure your eligibility for a potential Business Development Reward.|
|2||Engaged||90 days following the status change of the Opportunity to ‘Engage’. After 90 days, the Opportunity automatically expires and will be removed from the list, unless the Partner can demonstrate and prove that they are undertaking reasonable and continuous actions to further develop the Opportunity and to move it forward in the pipeline towards securing the business.||The lead becomes Engaged as soon as there is active contact with the customer, conversations around the Opportunity are happening and the Partner provides proof of that.|
"Business development" means at a minimum a report about one of the following activities: a meeting, an introduction to Skyline personnel, an exhibition meeting, or a webinar. Other business development activities may be accepted by Skyline at its sole and reasonable discretion.
Qualification as a Registered Opportunity
An Opportunity with the status "Engaged" (2) or "Confirmed" (3) may become a Registered Opportunity once the scope of the project is well-defined, the contacts with the end customer are clearly established and active, and the customer has expressed an intention to invest. The Registered Opportunity status is a temporarily granted to a Partner who has taken and is taking a continuous leading role in developing the DataMiner business opportunity.
In the following cases, an Opportunity cannot become a Registered Opportunity: (1) the Opportunity is initiated by the end user (e.g. published RFx) or (2) Skyline products offered are a smaller part of a larger offered ecosystem (Product X,Y,Z + DataMiner). In the latter case, the offered DataMiner System is unique and linked to the offered ecosystem, meaning there is no competing bid in the market.
The qualification as a Registered Opportunity, is a qualification that refers to the Partner’s compensation. It means that the Partner, subject to their compliance with the Rules, will be granted their partner commission or discount as set out in their commercial agreement with Skyline in case of a successful business transaction. This will also be the case if their Registered Opportunity is eventually won by another Partner, provided that the offers to the end customer were identical.
To maintain the qualification of Registered Opportunity, a partner must report a business development activity to Skyline at least once per month. A Registered Opportunity will become obsolete if it has not transformed into a successful business transaction within 12 months from the day it became a Registered Opportunity.
The successful business transaction
If the Opportunity results in a successful business transaction, the Partner will be eligible for their partner commission or discount as set out in their commercial agreement with Skyline.
If the Opportunity results in a successful business transaction for Skyline, but the Partner has lost the opportunity to a competitor, the Business Development Reward will be provided to the Partner by Skyline acknowledging the Partner’s business efforts if the opportunity is marked as “Registered”.
The Partner can, at any point in time, withdraw an Opportunity for any reason. Opportunities that have been withdrawn by the Partner can no longer entitle the Partner to a Business Development Reward.
The Partner Success Manager
Skyline’s Partner Success Manager will act as the first point of contact for Partners. The primary goal of this person is to help Partners with the implementation of the Partnership Program and also during the lifecycle of Opportunities.
The contact details of the Partner Success Manager (PSM) are:
Tel.: +32 51 31 35 69
Skyline understands that every business situation is different, and exceptions to the Rules might therefore be required. Such exceptions need to be agreed upon in writing with Skyline, which will act reasonably in determining if an exception applies.