October 19, 2015

About

Michael Schramm

Former VP of Global Sales at Aperture (acquired by Emerson in 2008).

Director of Financial Services Software Sales at Sun Microsystems.

Michael started his career with NCR in 1987 and has over 33 years of High Tech Sales Experience across Cyber Security, Identity Management, Cloud, Software Development, Network and Integration Use Cases.

About Cloud Security Solutions

Mike started Cloud Security Solutions (CSS) in 2012 to help Global 500 customers identify Innovative Cybersecurity and Cloud Startups  that deliver strong ROI and avoid mistakes. CSS correlates research across the top Global 500 early adopters in the FS and NH-ISAC verticals. The Innovation vendors typically address an existing gap complimenting the existing tool portfolio along with meeting scale and compliance requirements. The Global 500 early adopters have embraced Gartner’s Bimodal IT philosophy which embraces predictability and exploration. The early adopters realize that 2 to 3 out of 5 Innovation companies will deliver on promise while the others will fail. The reward for going early includes lower price points and the ability to influence product road map to meet unique company requirements.

CSS generates revenue by selecting Innovation Partners after the early adopter lab and deployment qualification process and helping them go to market. CSS “brokers” the qualified introduction between the Innovation Start Up and the Global 500 once there is interest from our Global 500 customer. There’s more to CSS than the introduction. We help manage the relationship through the pre-sales engagement and post-sales deployment.

CSS correlates trends per Innovation discussions with our Customers CIOs, CTOs, CISOs that are driving Innovation adoption. We have Customers that are leading the charge to the Cloud and those that are following. Same goes for Cyber Security, the early adopters are focused on various early stage companies and categories.

CSS has built many C-level relationships over the past 33 years in Enterprise Sales and seeks to deliver value with our research and recommendations similar to an Accenture Partner.

CSS business value is quite similar to the Accenture Alliance Model. The Startup pays for the help with introductions, advice, and guidance. Founder, Michael Schramm used Accenture at many previous stops and was happy to pay for the value.

CSS aims to provide advice to our Global 500 Customers on Innovation Partners year over year as a consistent Partner and Trusted Advisor.

CSS selected Agari as an Innovation partner in 2012 per their track record at JPMC and winning the ISE Innovation award in 2013. Agari has grown from a few customers and scarce funding to a category winner with many major customers, market leadership, strong funding and wonderful stories of deployed impact and value. Many Financial, Healthcare, ECOMM and Shipping CISO’s have looked good per their investment in Agari. Agari has delivered cost reduction, reduced risk and increased revenue, all measurable which is a win for the Customer, Vendor and Partner…true Trifecta…CSS is an extension of the Agari Team and works closely with the Sales and the Customer Success Team to deliver value. Other best in category Partners include winners like Tanium, Netskope, Exabeam, Apigee, AppDynamics, etc.

Michael Schramm

Former VP of Global Sales at Aperture (acquired by Emerson in 2008).

Director of Financial Services Software Sales at Sun Microsystems.

Michael started his career with NCR in 1987 and has over 33 years of High Tech Sales Experience across Cyber Security, Identity Management, Cloud, Software Development, Network and Integration Use Cases.

About Cloud Security Solutions

Mike started Cloud Security Solutions (CSS) in 2012 to help Global 500 customers identify Innovative Cybersecurity and Cloud Startups  that deliver strong ROI and avoid mistakes. CSS correlates research across the top Global 500 early adopters in the FS and NH-ISAC verticals. The Innovation vendors typically address an existing gap complimenting the existing tool portfolio along with meeting scale and compliance requirements. The Global 500 early adopters have embraced Gartner’s Bimodal IT philosophy which embraces predictability and exploration. The early adopters realize that 2 to 3 out of 5 Innovation companies will deliver on promise while the others will fail. The reward for going early includes lower price points and the ability to influence product road map to meet unique company requirements.

CSS generates revenue by selecting Innovation Partners after the early adopter lab and deployment qualification process and helping them go to market. CSS “brokers” the qualified introduction between the Innovation Start Up and the Global 500 once there is interest from our Global 500 customer. There’s more to CSS than the introduction. We help manage the relationship through the pre-sales engagement and post-sales deployment.

CSS correlates trends per Innovation discussions with our Customers CIOs, CTOs, CISOs that are driving Innovation adoption. We have Customers that are leading the charge to the Cloud and those that are following. Same goes for Cyber Security, the early adopters are focused on various early stage companies and categories.

CSS has built many C-level relationships over the past 33 years in Enterprise Sales and seeks to deliver value with our research and recommendations similar to an Accenture Partner.

CSS business value is quite similar to the Accenture Alliance Model. The Startup pays for the help with introductions, advice, and guidance. Founder, Michael Schramm used Accenture at many previous stops and was happy to pay for the value.

CSS aims to provide advice to our Global 500 Customers on Innovation Partners year over year as a consistent Partner and Trusted Advisor.

CSS selected Agari as an Innovation partner in 2012 per their track record at JPMC and winning the ISE Innovation award in 2013. Agari has grown from a few customers and scarce funding to a category winner with many major customers, market leadership, strong funding and wonderful stories of deployed impact and value. Many Financial, Healthcare, ECOMM and Shipping CISO’s have looked good per their investment in Agari. Agari has delivered cost reduction, reduced risk and increased revenue, all measurable which is a win for the Customer, Vendor and Partner…true Trifecta…CSS is an extension of the Agari Team and works closely with the Sales and the Customer Success Team to deliver value. Other best in category Partners include winners like Tanium, Netskope, Exabeam, Apigee, AppDynamics, etc.