Partner relationship management
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Partner relationship management (PRM) is a system of methodologies, strategies, software, and web-based capabilities that help a vendor to manage partner relationships. The general purpose of PRM is to enable vendors to better manage their partners through the introduction of reliable systems, processes and procedures for interacting with them. Web-based PRM systems typically include a Content Management System, a partner and customer contact database, and the notion of a partner portal which allows partners to log in and interact with a vendor's sales opportunity database and obtain product, pricing, and training information. There are a number of solution providers who offer PRM software companies who rely heavily on a PRM solution to stay relevant in their respective industries.
Vendors who implement a PRM solution are typically motivated by a need to reduce the financial overhead and establish new partnerships to drive channel revenue and scale. Partners may also be integrators or managed service providers. Unlike CRM systems, which are tailored toward getting an end customer to purchase from you, a PRM system is focused on getting a partner to sell on your behalf. As a result, they commonly offer web-based self-service tools, information, and resources to partner resellers. Tools often include:
- MDF Request Programs
- Training, Certification, and Accreditation Automation
- Deal Registration Programs
- Indirect Sales Pipeline Reporting
- Joint Business Planning
- Reward and Loyalty Programs
- Content Library
Contemporary PRM solutions turn your Partner Portal into a nerve center for managing and optimizing your channel operations. Relationships built and managed with indirect channel partners that have implemented a PRM solution have been documented to see a 120% increase in channel revenue as well as a 30% increase in partner applications. 
Gartner reports that PRM solutions have mainly been adopted by companies in the hardware technology, software technology, telecommunication, and manufacturing industries.
The PRM application market has expanded significantly in the last 10 years, with vendors offering improved end-to-end and point solutions for the management of channel sales partners.
- Customer relationship management (CRM)
- Supplier relationship management (SRM)
- Facility management (FM)
- Software as a Service (SaaS)