Liveblog: Kaspersky Lab Americas Partner Conference

Grand Velas

Getting ready for Kaspersky's C3 Conference

RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO – Kaspersky Lab hosted its 2011 Americas Partner Conference at the Grand Velas resort just outside of Cancun, Mexico, and was there liveblogging the day’s events, including the introduction of the company’s small business product for the Americas, more details on its managed services plan for partners, and the introduction of a new ad campaign.

Below, you’ll find a complete transcript of the day’s events, starting at 10:00 am starting with an update on the company’s performance from COO Eugene Buyakin, and going through the announcement of its 2011 Sales Awards late in the afternoon.

In between, there are comments, announcements and thoughts from many of the company’s top executives, including CEO Eugene Kaspersky; Americas chief Steve Orenberg; global marketing chief Roger Wilson; Americas CMO Randy Drawas; sales boss Nancy Reynolds and Canadian leader Kevin Krempulec, among others.

The full transcript of our liveblog from the event is after the jump.

  Kaspersky Americas Partner Conference Liveblog (02/04/2011) 

Good morning! Liveblogging from Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, the scene of Kaspersky’s 2011 Americas Partner Conference.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:05

Kicking off the festivities is Kaspersky Chief Operating Officer Eugene Buyakin. Looks like it’ll be a Q&A session with event host Jim Connelly.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:10

Asked what inspirsed the company, Buyakin says “Fighting the good fight” – describes the well-being of the Internet as “our social mission.”

Friday February 4, 2011 10:12

Asked what inspires the company, Buyakin says “fighting the good fight” – describes the well-being of the Internet as “our social mission.”

Friday February 4, 2011 10:13

Buyakin on competiton: “We like being up against strong rivals. We like out-performing the competition.”

Friday February 4, 2011 10:13

Off to a video with customers talking about their security challenges — talking about centralized management, centralized licensing, problems with users not being updated, etc.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:16

Customer in the video talking about how Kaspersky covers all of its Windows servers, as well as Mac, Linux… and Novell NetWare. He expresses surprise that most modern AV packages don’t cover NetWare.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:20

Kaspersky COO Eugene Buyakin kicks things off at #KasperskyC3


[via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 10:21 channelbuzzca

Buyakin: 2010 estimated results – Revenues up 28 per cent, profits up 18 per cent “We’re very happy we outperformed the industry.”

Friday February 4, 2011 10:22

Targets similar growth for 2011 – goal is $750 million.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:23

Marketshare growth is a goal for Buyakin — 4.2 per cent in 2008, 5.8 per cent in 2009, estimates 2010 will come in at 7.5 per cent. (2008 and 2009 figures are official per IDC.”

Friday February 4, 2011 10:24

“2010 was the most successful year in the company’s history,” Buyakin says.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:24

Buyakin’s going numbers-heavy here — talking about brand recognition — up from 53 to 58 per cent with consumers, 57 per cent to 61 per cent with corporate clients.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:25

Brand Awareness in Canada up from 21 per cent to 25 per cent, well ahead of US (12% to 16%). Brazil jumps 32 per cent to 47 per cent, and Mexico goes from 51 per cent to 53 per cent.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:27

2011 goals: To be the #3 player in security in all segments by the end of 2011 – Buyakin says the company has been investing heavily in product development for several years, believes this will be the year it sees the results of those investments.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:29

Buyakin believes Kaspersky well positioned in the consumerized IT market due to its own strength in the consumer side.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:30

Buyakin says Kaspersky started “investment in cloud technology before the word was created,” believes that it will be the way of security in the future.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:31

John Bernstein of General Atlantic joins Buyakin on stage to discuss the firm’s investment in Kaspersky a couple of weeks ago.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:32

Bernstein says Kaspersky’s channel is a differentiator for it, as well as its management team. “We liked Kaspesky because of its breadth of technology, its partner network and its growth profile. We think it’s a real global market leader.”

Friday February 4, 2011 10:34

Buyakin: Industry is changing rapidly, so companies need a different level of strategic thinking. That’s where General Atlantic comes in. “We work with industry leaders and we need to be part of that community.”

Friday February 4, 2011 10:36

Kaspresky’s growth to date has been all organic, but Buyakin suggests that the investment from General Atlantic will help it get into acquisitions should one make sense.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:37

Buyakin: Partners are our guardians of our approach — he believes the channel will keep Kaspersky on its current track regardless of how big it gets along the way.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:38

Steve Orenberg, president for the Americas, is out next to provide a more local perspective.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:39

Orenberg said Americas booking grew 60 per cent 2010 over 2009, a year that saw 100 per cent bookings growth itself. “It wasn’t easy, but we did it. We got our goal.”

Friday February 4, 2011 10:40

Steve Orenberg takes the stage at #KasperskyC3.


[via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 10:41 channelbuzzca

Orenberg: Kaspersky didn’t look at retail as a real profit opportunity when it got into it, but rather as a way to build brand awareness — lots of brand talk again this year at C3.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:41

North American retail sales per NPD — Kaspersky saw 165 per cent growth – from 1.8 million units to 4.8 million units. “Our goal was 167 per cent,” he quips.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:43

Orenberg pumps up CRN’s Annual Report Card awards. CRN seucrity beat reporter Andrew Hickey (sitting two seats over) must be happy.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:44

C3 attendance this year is up about 40 per cent in partner attendance over last year’s even in Punta Cana, DR.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:46

Orenberg getting into the meaning of the C3 brand for this event — it’s Collaboration, Commitment and Community, for the record.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:49

Orenberg addressing the potential of the General Atlantic investment leading to IPO: Wants investors that accept the whole culture… there have been many conversations, but GA is the first be a real match. “We look at them as a partner to the company.”

Friday February 4, 2011 10:51

He says nothing is going to change as a result of GA’s investment — pledges to remain 100 per cent channel, partners will own the customer and renewals, customers will keep getting renewal margins, will not overdistribute the product.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:52

Orenberg takes a swipe at competitors showing their commitment to the channel by “signing up 5,000 new partners.”

Friday February 4, 2011 10:52

Side note: Aside from saying nothing would change and reiterating that the company will stay committed to its partner, Orenberg never really addressed what an IPO would mean for Kaspersky.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:54

Orenberg on community being from the top down: “How many of you have smoked a cigar with Steve Ballmer? Walked on the beach with Enrique Salem?” Touches on a great strength of Eugene Kaspersky as a networker.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:56

And speaking of Eugene, here he comes, decked out in a race car driver’s uniform.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:56

“Buenos morning, senoras and gentlemen,” Kaspersky greets the conference.

Friday February 4, 2011 10:56

Eugene Kaspersky makes a statement as usual in racecar driver gear. #Kasperskyc3


[via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 10:58 channelbuzzca

Kaspersky touches on sponsoring the Ferrari Racing team: “Company’s growing and looking for some very unique projects to build our brand.” Talks about sponsoring Ausie Rules Football, the South Pole expedition featured at last year’s C3.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:01

Kaspersky likes “sexy projects” when it comes to sponsorship, and Formula 1 fits that bill.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:02

Taking some customer questions via video. Hopefully he also takes some live questions from partners.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:05

One word to up Kaspersky?  Eugene touches on the FAMILIA concept, and then jokes “Mafia.” He prefers two words – business and fun. “Shake but don’t mix.”

Friday February 4, 2011 11:06

One thing to rid the world of cybercime? Kaspersky says he wants a big red button with “stop cyberthreats” written on it. “But that would do a lot of damage to my and your business.” Still, says he’d push it. “We’d develop a new company — new busines, but the same people, the same partners, the same mafia.”

Friday February 4, 2011 11:08

Does cybercrime ever end? “Criminals are criminals, they re-generate. It’s not possible to stop them.” Likens stopping cybercrime to stopping football hooligans – you have to either get rid of football or get rid of humans. “But if you listen to Hollywood, the end of cybercrime is in December 2012.” Apropos comment from here in Mexico.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:09

What about Stuxnet? Says he’s been waiting for that kind of attack for many years, waiting for governments “or anti-governments” to use malware against some critical infrastructure elements. “It’s a turning point. After Stuxnet, we will ‘enjoy’ malware that’s not criminals, not hooligans, but targeting power plants, transportation.”

Friday February 4, 2011 11:12

Kaspersky calls it the third era of malware. Cyber-hooligans first, cyber-crime second, and now cyber-war.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:12

Kaspersky calls building the company the biggest adventure of his life, along with fighting cyber crime and “our lovely competitors.” Also touches on the Antarctic expedition and Ferrari. “The right answer is, I don’t know.”

Friday February 4, 2011 11:14

Things he always travels with: Passport, credit card and crypto-token to access the corporate network. “The rest I can buy, because I have my credit card.”

Friday February 4, 2011 11:15

Getting more and more personal with the questions here. Eugene’s favorite place is “Business class, Cathay Pacfiic Airlines.” Says he’s uncomfortable in First Class… just too much service. Jokes that he spends so much time in planes because he loves business class so much.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:17

And final question: Who would he most like to have dinner with? Kaspersky goes for the cheap crowd pop by saying “All of you, tonight.”

Friday February 4, 2011 11:17

And we’re taking about a 20 minute break. Putting the liveblog on hold… and we’ll see you in a few.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:19
[Be Right Back Countdown] 20 minutes 

Friday February 4, 2011 11:19 
[Standby]  A coffee break between sessions. Be back around 11:45 Eastern.

And we’re back. Seems like there’s going to be some sort of Kaspersky Performance Challenge. This one involves cans of Sprite and what appears to be french fries.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:51

And one of the competitors is CDN editor Paolo Del Nibletto. I sense blackmail material.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:52

Okay… not french fries. Elastic bands. It’s a band-flinging rapidfire competition.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:53

@PaoloCDN gets his rubber-band-flinging on. #kasperskyC3


[via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 11:56 channelbuzzca

The Kaspersky Threatpost team out next to discuss trends in technology threats. Up first… mobility, one of the hottest topics in security right now.

Friday February 4, 2011 11:57

Fabio Assolini says Kaspersky expecting more attacks against Android in 2011, after phishing attempts on Brazilian banks last year.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:00

Threatpost editors suggest there’s too much trust in App Stores — many of the vulnerabilities are coming in from “mobile application ecosystems,” says Threatpost’s Paul Roberts.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:00

“Apple and Google have very healthy applicaiton ecosystems, and we as users love that. But there’s an implicit trust … that it’s got to be okay, and that’s not always true,” Roberts says. Third-party app marketplaces are “even more shady.”

Friday February 4, 2011 12:01

On to the topic of Stuxnet and Aurora and other big espionage-based blended threats. Baumgartner dissecting Aurora in particular, and the timing of it during a hoiiday when more system admins would be away. “There’s more to come,” he says.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:04

Fisher says Stuxnet wasn’t the first state-sponsored attack, but was was different was that it turned up in the media — a failure because it means the attack got noticed. “It does seem to be a turning point – pre-Stuxnet there was talk of military action to stop Iran’s uranium-enrichment program, but they achieved a better end with a piece of malware,” he says. Suggests that governments around the world are going to look at malware as a better option than before as result of Stuxnet’s success.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:07

Addressing how SMB is more vulnerable than enterprises because of fewer security resources, outsourcing their IT, in front of an audience of partners, but not really getting into the role partners can play in helping to close that gap, or how what they do to help close that gap may change in the face of an evolving threatscape. Great conversation, but seems more targeted at end users, who aren’t the audience in the room here.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:13

Baumgartner says he himself had his identity swiped to the tune of $30,000 on his credit cards.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:15

Roberts: Small businesses are a target — Fewer security resources than the enterprise, but access to more assets than the average consumer.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:15

Next up, Keith Maskell, who heads up the corporate business for Kaspersky to talk about the company’s product roadmap and strategy.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:20

Keith Maskell, who heads up the corporate business for Kaspersky, takes the stage. #kasperskyc3


[via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 12:23 channelbuzzca

“Within security strategy, have an anti-malware strategy,” Maskell says. He objects to the idea that anti-malware has been commoditized. More attacks makes it relevant he says. “Businesses and governments are waking up and realizing they have to have an anti-malware strategy.”

Friday February 4, 2011 12:23

Why anti-malware approach? In all attacks – endpoint, mail, Web, server — malware is the common denominator, Maskell says. 

Friday February 4, 2011 12:24

His pitch – lowest total cost of protection, which includes reducing IT resources to support, less impact on system resources and performance. “How much is the overhead, and how much does it cost you to have it?” Running on lesser resources means older machines stay useful longer, he says. Plus productivity hits on things like opening files attached to e-mail.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:26

Still on Maskell’s to-do list for protection — Routers, switches and firewalls, VPN, logs and more complete management.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:29

Maskell says Kaspersky’s “going to work more and more” on its Administration Kit, which currently manages users from 10 seats to a million. It also offers a service provider edition for those offering security as a managed service.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:30

“We were very modest about this product last year, but we’ve got 45 test deployments worldwide, and we’re getting very excited about it,” he says of the admin kit for service providers.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:31

Maskell previewing Endpoint version 8, which debuts later this year. Along with an updated AV engine, it will add vulnerability assessment and patch delivery built in. Host IPS, support for protecting vritual machines, Web control, control of USB and other removable devices.

Friday February 4, 2011 12:36
[Standby]  Lunch break! Back for the afternoon sessions a little after 2pm Eastern.

About to get the liveblog going again for the afternoon sessions at #KasperskyC3. Come join us! [via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 1:55 channelbuzzca

Check out my blog on Kaspersky show: #kasperskyc3 [via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 2:04 PaoloCDN

And we’re back for the afternoon sessions, which will focus on marketing, brand and… it would appear… channel programs. But first, a little customer video action.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:10

Kaspersky global marketing chief Roger Wilson starts the afternoon session. #KasperskyC3


[via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 2:14 channelbuzzca

Wilson detailing branding changes over the last year — slightly revised logo, new packaging and messaging for both B2B and B2C.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:16

“We’re not going to become another big, bland US corporation” with no distinguishing features, Wilson says. Would be kinda hard to do that with Eugene Kaspersky at the helm, I think.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:17

Most great brands have been built in B2C and then transposed into B2B, Wilson asserts. “Once we get over that 50 per cent market [in terms of brand awareness] then we’ll really be on the shopping list for B2B.”

Friday February 4, 2011 2:21

Kaspersky and partners have work to do to ‘get on the list.” Wilson says Kaspersky is vendor of choice for 41 per cent of enterprise worldwide, but only 14 per cent in the SMB/enterprise space in Canada — slightly higher in the U.S., but still less than 20 per cent.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:23

Wilson promises “a much better Web site” to come from Kaspersky, including more lead generation opportunities for the company’s solution providers.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:26

Up next, Randy Drawas, chief marketing officer for the Americas. #kasperskyc3


[via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 2:29 channelbuzzca

Drawas going through the plan for the combined Anti-Malware Protection System, announced last fall. In case you need a refresher on that, here are Kevin Krempulec’s thoughts on that:

Friday February 4, 2011 2:32

Drawas: The company’s Threatpost “corporate journalism” site now gets 250k+ page views from 125k+ unique visitors, 100 per cent growth year-on-year.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:34

Drawas detailing how Kaspersky uses its Spotlight Series of mailings to generate leads, as well as content syndication from Threatpost to partner Web sites — something that was announced at least year’s show. Forty per cent of the company’s top-level partners are today using that syndicated content, he says.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:36

Drawas: “There’s a mismatch” for the smallest of businesses – either using consumer-grade software or underusing corporate stuff. The solution: KSOS – Kaspersky Small Office Security. “It’s ideal for businesses like a small accounting office, real estate office, anywhere there’s a small office, we’ve got a solution for this very underserved market.”

Friday February 4, 2011 2:37

KSOS supports up to 10 PCs and 2 servers – does encrypted data protection – includes employee Web use control, centralized management.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:39

KSOS available in the channel before the end of this quarter, Drawas announces. And now onto details of the consumer product, Pure Total Security, a few weeks ago.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:40

Drawas: Going after the family market within the consumer space will pay off for Kaspersky. “We think that by having a broader selection of products for the consumer market will help drive awareness for the corporate market as well.”

Friday February 4, 2011 2:41

Kaspersky will be launching KSOS which stands for Kaspersky Small Office Security in the channel in 2 weeks. KSOS is for B2B #kasperskyc3 [via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 2:42 PaoloCDN

Drawas says (per NPD) Kaspersky #1 retail software seller — more than World of Warcraft.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:43

Drawas outlining a new North American campaign – starting with the US – focusing on ideas like fighting back, parents being able to protect kids online. “This isn’t about fear-mongering, it’s about empowerment.”

Friday February 4, 2011 2:44

Drawas says Kaspersky’s going to do TV ads in the US and Canada for the first time based on the new “It’s Time To Get Serious” campaign, accompanied by the company’s largest online advertising buy ever. “It’s an experiment for us.”

Friday February 4, 2011 2:49

Up next, Gary Mullen, head of corporate marketing for the Americas. #KasperskyC3


[via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 2:51 channelbuzzca

Mullen calls Gold and Platinum partners the company’s most important customers, and hands off to a partner testimonial video featuring Calgary’s ES Williams.

Friday February 4, 2011 2:53

Detailing the Service Provider edition of the Admin Kit for managed services. The product will be available “fairly soon,” Mullen says. 

Friday February 4, 2011 2:57

Changes in the channel approach in 2010: “2010 was extremely strategic for us,” Mullen says, with the launch of the new, tiered partner program at mid-year. Also deployed new channel management crew in North America and LatAm, tasked with managing top partners. “We want partners who will commit to and grow with Kaspersky.”

Friday February 4, 2011 2:58

Mullen says new partner portal coming — a unified partner portal between North America and Latin America. Mullen says the portal is “piggybacking” on the unified partner portal approach the company has taken in Europe. “A single sign-on gateway to all the tools” from Kaspersky.

Friday February 4, 2011 3:00

The company’s also launching – as of next Tuesday – its first Total Rewards program, a channel loyalty program.

Friday February 4, 2011 3:02

Total Rewards features incentives through immediate cash rewards through a reloadable cash card for reseller reps, as well as channel loyalty efforts. The Total Rewards site will also feature the company’s sales tools and communications/marketing tools.

Friday February 4, 2011 3:04

Channel maangers are giving partners a card good for $25 on the Total Rewards program the first time a reseller’s sales rep signs up for the program. Total Rewards will be open to all members of the Green Team partner program.

Friday February 4, 2011 3:05

Kaspersky just announced a new loyalty rewards program that will initially give Green Team channel execs a $25 cash card. #kasperskyc3 [via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 3:09 PaoloCDN
[Standby]  Afternoon break. We’ll be back about 3:45pm Eastern for the afternoon wrapup session and sales awards.

Kaspersky channel chief Nancy Reynolds who told me this morning that she was “born ready” is next to close off today’s keynotes #kasperskyc3 [via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 3:46 PaoloCDN

Kaspersky sales chief Nancy Reynolds takes the stage for the last set of keynotes. #KasperskyC3


[via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 3:51 channelbuzzca

Reynolds starts off with a review of changes to the company’s partner organization in 2010.

Friday February 4, 2011 3:52

Reynolds: The crowd here at C3 represents 6,000+ salespeople and 3,500+ technical resources. “This group in this room has the reach for Kaspersky, and are the ones who’ll help us build velocity.” Calls the group “the difference between incrementally good and exponentially good.”

Friday February 4, 2011 3:54

Reynolds outlines a series of customer wins, including 11,000 nodes at the University of New Brunswick. “Every hour, we’re either replacing someone, or we’re being replaced,” she tells partners.

Friday February 4, 2011 3:55

Segmented results for 2010 from Reynolds — North America saw 46 per cent growth in small-biz, 53 per cent in midmarket, 115 per cent growth in the all-important enterprise market. (Smart of them to define midmarket and small different based on different regions.)

Friday February 4, 2011 3:56

2011 priorities – “Evolve into a business partnership. We’re going to sit down with our partners in their region, in their time zone, and have a business discussion.” Mutual business plans with partners. “Have to have plans that are reasonable, measurable and have a timeline.”

Friday February 4, 2011 3:57

For 2011, focus on things that matter right now. “Everything else is stuff. We’re going to move the stuff off and focus on the things that matter to partners’ business and how they can continue to make money with Kaspersky.”

Friday February 4, 2011 3:58

Reynolds talking up the company’s new Americas Partner Advisory Council members, “your voice back to Kaspersky management.” – Calls it an example of Kaspersky listening, letting partners guide it. “We’ve always a wildly successful company, and we want to make sure we don’t screw it up.”

Friday February 4, 2011 4:00

Now Reynolds bringing up regional chiefs, including Americas channel chief Gary Abad and Kaspersky Canada boss Kevin Krempulec for panel discussion.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:02

Reynolds says: “Everyone says I hear you, but I want to listen & make sure we don’t screw it up to stay true to our word.” #kasperskyc3 [via Twitter]

Friday February 4, 2011 4:05 PaoloCDN

Dan Burke, head of corporate sales for the Americas thanks partners for doubling Kaspersky’s business in the enterprise in 2010, seeks to repeat that performance with another 100%+ growth year.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:09

Some of his challenges: Lack of strong brand awareness – Burke expects the It’s Time to Get Serious campaign to help get past that. 

Next challenge: “Getting invited to the show.” “When we get to proof of concept, and the company decides to move off the incumbent, we win 80 per cent of those deals.” Credits partners with getting those — every big win in 2010 came from deal registration. 

Last challenge: Product portfolio — no encryption product, no DLP product. Those are on the way, but “we need to find ways to sell around that” in the meantime. Advises partners to do that by focusing on best-in-breed anti-malware, or get customers to move the buying timetable out. Also says Kaspersky will partner with other OEMs where it makes sense.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:12

SMB sales director Mat Goulet says the company will roll out different strategies for three sub-groups of that segment. 21 million very small businesses in the Americas. Says KSOS will be a differentiator for the company there.

Small biz (sub-100) space will get more partner support. Leading with proof-of-concept in midmarket (100-1,500) space — POCs result in new customers 70 per cent of the time, Goulet says.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:16

Canadian sales chief Kevin Krempulec details growth since the launch in December 2008. Priorities have been investing in feet on the street to support partners. “That investment in talent will continue throughout 2011.”

Friday February 4, 2011 4:20

Three initiatives for 2011:

Optimization of the channel — Moving from recruitment to enabling existing partners. Says it’s very important to segment the market in Canada.

Enterprise — Use existing customers as case studies to drive success in their verticals.

Brand — Continue to drive the name of Kaspersky in the model. Even jokes about borrowing one of CMO Roger Wilson’s legendary jackets (see picture above) for Don Cherry on HNIC.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:23

Burke is asked if Kaspersky will go direct to grow its enterprise section. Incrediously responds: “What is this? A Sophos conference?” (Bazinga!)

Friday February 4, 2011 4:24

Krempulec on margins for partners: “One of the most critical, if not the most critical, things for partners.” Ways to grow margin include deal registration and account registration. Working to become more easy to work with.

Another opportunity — the managed service aspect of Service Provider Admin Kit. “I can certainly tell you there’s gold in those hills.”

Reynolds: “Healthy margins and healthy partners does not mean a lot of partners. Absolutely, less is more in 2011.”

Friday February 4, 2011 4:27

And down the stretch we come for Kaspersky’s 2011 Sales Awards.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:32

First up, the company’s Rising Star award for each region. Orenberg says it’s about quarter-over-quarter growth for partners.

For the U.S.: Novacoast.

For Canada: Metafore.

For Latin America:  Business Technologies.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:40

Latin American distributor of the year goes to Adistec. “It’s very unusual and enlightening when a distributor is truly a partner to a company and not just a place to warehouse products,” Orenberg says.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:43

Next up, National Partner of the Year awards.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:44

LAR of the year for North America goes to CDW and CDW Canada.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:45

North American VAR partner of the year goes to Cyber Advisors.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:48

And finally, Latin American VAR partner of the year goes to GMS out of Ecuador.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:50

And that brings our live coverage of the sessions this afternoon to an end. Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first liveblog here — I hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to doing this again in the very near future.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:51

Look for full coverage from Kaspersky’s C3 conference here on over the weekend and into the next week.

Friday February 4, 2011 4:52

Good afternoon, everybody!

Friday February 4, 2011 4:52