PLEASANTON, Calif. - Mar 27, 2012 : Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced that for the third year in a row Polycom's Choice Partner Program has earned CRN's respected 5-Star Rating and will be featured in CRN's 2012 Partner Program Guide. The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes the elite subset of Partner Program Guide vendors who give solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.
The 2012 CRN Partner Program Guide and CRN 5-Star Rating is the definitive listing of manufacturers and software publishers that service solution providers or offer products to the IT channel. With more than 7,000 alliance and channel partners worldwide, Polycom earned its 5-Star rating in the Enterprise category, which includes companies with more than $1 billion in revenues.
In determining which companies to include in the annual guide, UBM Channel, CRN's parent, evaluates each vendor's investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support, and communication.
"The 5-Star Award is reserved for vendors that understand that a successful partnership does not rely solely on the technology. By offering their partners tools, education, and regular updates, vendors on this list such as Polycom go above and beyond traditional support to ensure a mutually beneficial partnership," said Kelley Damore, vice president and editorial director for UBM Channel's CRN.
The news that Polycom's Choice Partner Program won CRN's 5-Star designation comes less than a week before TEAM Polycom, the company's annual partner conference, which will be held April 1-3 in Orlando, Fla.
"Polycom is committed to cultivating the industry's most comprehensive, productive, innovative and cooperative partner channel, and three straight years of 5-Star ratings shows we are doing it right," said Ron Myers, Polycom's senior vice president of global channels. "We're honored to once again be featured as a 5-Star Company in CRN's Partner Program Guide, and we'll work hard to earn that distinction again next year."
Polycom's Choice Partner Program gives partners the tools and training they need to succeed and grow their businesses by extending the value of Polycom® RealPresence® video solutions to new users and by working with Polycom alliance partners and developers to deliver complete UC solutions to new and existing customers. The Choice Partner Program rewards partners for consistent performance and higher level of investment in Polycom specializations. Program benefits are designed to drive higher profitability by offering a full suite of open standards solutions that meet the needs of CEOs/CIOs, IT managers, and individual users whether on-premises, remote, or mobile. The program emphasizes skills development, specialization, and other value-added activities to help partners meet the needs, expand the mindshare, and increase the loyalty of customers.