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Polycom Named to CRN's 2011 5-Star Partner Programs Guide
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2011

Annual Guide and 5-Star Designation Identifies the IT Channel’s Most Exceptional Vendor Partner Programs

PLEASANTON, Calif. - Apr 25, 2011 : Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a global leader in unified communications (UC), has been named to CRN’s 2011 Partner Programs Guide. Polycom’s Choice Partner Program was also awarded a 5-Star Partner rating. CRN’s Partner Programs Guide and 5-Star Partner ratings serve as the definitive list of vendors who have robust partner programs or products that service solution providers offer directly to the IT channel. The annual list recognizes the vendors who offer solution providers the best possible partnering elements for channel success.
 
Polycom's Choice Partner Program is designed to give partners the tools and training they need to succeed and grow their businesses by leveraging: the power of Polycom® UC Intelligent Core™ solutions and the Polycom Open Collaboration Network™, strategic relationships, and Polycom's technology providers. The Polycom Choice Partner Program rewards partners for their consistent performance and higher level of investments in specializations with Polycom through straightforward program benefits designed to help yield greater profitability while delivering a full suite of open standards-based technology solutions. The program emphasizes skills development, specialization, and other value added activities that help partners further support the needs of their customers, expand customer mindshare, and increase customer loyalty.
 
"The companies listed on the 2011 Partner Programs Guide represent the best channel programs in the market today. Of those, only a few get our five-star award, based on their commitment to the channel, breadth of program offerings and services offered to their partners. Each of these organizations understands that technology alone does not make for a successful channel program. By focusing on delivering a comprehensive partner program, vendors and solution providers can work together to drive business opportunities and revenue," said Kelley Damore, VP and editorial director, for Everything Channel's CRN.
 
"It is an honor to be recognized with CRN's five-star designation for the second year in a row and it reflects on our commitment and continued focus on providing our partners the opportunity to build a profitable business with Polycom," said Ron Myers, Senior Vice President Global Channels. "By leveraging the power of Polycom's UC Intelligent Core solutions and the ecosystem of the Polycom Open Collaboration Network and ARENA partnerships, our channel partners will be able to capitalize on the unified communication market opportunity while delivering a full suite of interoperable, open standards-based technology solutions to meet the needs of customers."
 
The 2011 Partner Programs Guide and 5-Star Partners listing are featured on CRN.com and in the March 28th issue of CRN.
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