EMC Announces AHEAD as Partner of the Year for Unified Storage Customer-centricity and services cited as key differentiators

CHICAGO, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Chicago-based AHEAD®, LLC was named EMC Unified Storage Systems Partner of the Year, North America as part of the 2013 Global Partner Summit. AHEAD EVP of Sales, Tim Frank, was on hand to accept the award.

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"This award demonstrates the value of putting clients first," Frank said.  "For us, client-centricity works two ways. First, we are committed to developing and deploying innovative, forward-thinking solutions that enable a business to make the most of its information technology investment. Second, we recognize how important relationships with the best manufacturers are to fulfilling our mission. This award is a reminder of how vital building trusting, long-term relationships is to the overall success of an organization"

According to Leonard Iventosh, EMC vice president of Americas channel sales, the award is based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria. "AHEAD is a top performer when it comes to selling unified products," Iventosh said. "They are truly capable of leading a sales campaign from start to finish. But they have also clearly differentiated themselves in the market. That is critical when you are selling solutions in a highly competitive category like unified storage. It's usually a very tough head-to-head competition, and time and again AHEAD successfully positions us for the best possible results."

Eric Herzog, senior vice president, product management and product marketing at EMC, echoes Inventosh's sentiments. "The team at AHEAD realizes the world is changing. Technical expertise is not enough anymore. For example, they understand the impact storage configuration has on application performance and other business issues our clients confront. Their customer-centricity and services orientation is a real advantage in identifying, designing, and executing on solutions that make a positive difference for our clients."

"One could argue this is the most important award we offer because the category represents the greatest opportunities for growth," Iventosh said. "We are pleased that AHEAD shares our commitment and enthusiasm for delivering high performance solutions to our clients."

Media Contact: Doug Knuth AHEAD, LLC, 312-924-4491, doug.knuth@thinkahead.com

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