36 Recognized 5-Star Partner Programs (Nearly Double 2015), with 23 Named Channel Chiefs (Up 64 Percent) and 6 Designated Most Influential Channel Chiefs (Twice as Many as 2015)
SILICON SLOPES, UTAH — APRIL 28, 2016 — Global SaaS Partner Relationship Management (PRM) technology leader Impartner today announced that the number of clients honored recently by CRN Magazine has climbed by nearly 50 percent or more in every category. This year, 10 customers earned a total of 36 5-Star Partner Programs Awards for 2016, nearly twice as many as 2015, with 23 executives selected as Channel Chiefs, up from 14 last year. Six of those included in the magazine’s list of 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs of 2016, double the number from 2015.
“This dramatic increase in the number of awards received by our customers further validates how Impartner and PRM technology significantly contributes to business success across the channel,” said Dave R Taylor, Impartner chief marketing officer. “As these companies and executives are proving, partner programs are much more than just an information repository and a communications channel. With the help of a powerful PRM, they’ve turned their partners into organizations that are critical and predictable contributors to the bottom line and a key competitive differentiator. We congratulate our customers on this prestigious recognition and look forward to watching their programs continue to succeed in the years ahead.”
Impartner customers who won 5-star ratings for their partner programs include A10 Networks, Asigra, Commvault, Fortinet, Ixia, NetApp and Pivot3, honored as Software Vendors; A10 Networks, Asigra, Fortinet, NetApp, Pivot3, Quantum and Tegile, as Systems Vendors; A10 Networks, Commvault, Fortinet and Ixia as Security Vendors; A10 Networks, Asigra, Commvault, Fortinet, Ixia, NetApp and Tegile as Cloud Vendors; A10 Networks, Asigra, Commvault, NetApp, Pivot3, Quantum and Tegile as Storage Vendors; A10 Networks, Fortinet and Ixia as Networking Vendors, and Xerox as a Peripherals Vendor. The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes an elite subset of Partner Program Guide vendors who offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.
Eran Ferajun of Asigra; Ralph Nimbergood of Commvault; Joe Sykora of Fortinet; Nigel Edwards of HGST; Bill Lipsin of NetApp, and John Corley of Xerox were named to the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs of 2016, which represents the “cream of the IT channel crop—leaders who drive the channel agenda and evangelize the importance of channel partnerships.” Other Impartner customers named Channel Chiefs include Kirsten Lee Young, A10 Networks; Mike Crest, Arcserve; Molly Rector, DataDirect Networks; Jon Bove and Claire Trimble, Fortinet; Patricia Watkins, Internap; Lori Cornmesser, Ixia; Nancy Reynolds, LogRhythm; Scott Strubel, NetApp; Nader Soudah, NexGen Storage; Drew Jenkins, OnRamp; Andrew Brinck and Brad Painter, Quantum; Elizabeth King, SGI; Carmen Sorice III, Sungard Availability Services; Charles Bass, Tegile Systems, and Darren Cassidy, Xerox.
Impartner delivers the industry’s most advanced SaaS-based Partner Relationship Management solution, helping companies worldwide manage their partner relationships and accelerate revenue and profitability through indirect sales channels. Impartner PRM is the industry’s most award-winning PRM technology and one of the industry’s only turnkey solutions that can deploy a world-class Partner Portal in as few as 14 days, using the company’s highly engineered Velocity™ onboarding process, which is guided by an individually customized Customer Success Portal. For more information on Impartner, which is based in Utah’s tech hotbed, the Silicon Slopes, visit www.impartner.com or in the United States call +1 801 501 7000, for EMEA general call +33 1 40 90 31 20, for London call +44 0 20 3283 4465, and for LATAM call +1 954 364 7883.