SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple phone systems and unified communications (UC) solutions, today announced it has expanded its relationship with Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) to now include ShoreTel Sky®, a cloud-based solution that provides businesses a high degree of flexibility, connectivity and seamless integration with their business-critical applications. Ingram Micro has been offering ShoreTel premises for four years, and is now the second distributor to offer both ShoreTel premises- and cloud-based solutions to channel partners in the U.S.
With this expanded agreement, Ingram Micro becomes a single source for channel partners to purchase their ShoreTel communications solutions. Being able to offer premises- and cloud-based solutions makes it easier for Ingram Micro channel partners to help their small and midsize business (SMB) customers make the shift to a hybrid environment, a growing area in unified communications. In addition, ShoreTel Sky enables channel partners to add greater flexibility to their voice offerings with solutions for the cloud, establishing new monthly recurring revenue streams and helping to differentiate their offerings. Channel partners are also able to focus on sales and customer service, while Ingram Micro and ShoreTel manage carriers, infrastructure, maintenance, support, applications and services.
"The growing adoption of cloud among SMBs has simplified the business case for unified communications-as-a-service and given way to increasing sales, service and support opportunities for channel partners," said Eric Kohl, executive director of Ingram Micro Advanced Solutions. "We are thrilled to expand our ShoreTel relationship and help channel partners establish a recurring revenue stream around unified communications and take advantage of the move to hybrid IT environments."
"We have a long-standing alliance with Ingram Micro, and today's news furthers their commitment to the ShoreTel solutions portfolio," said David Petts, senior vice president of worldwide sales at ShoreTel. "Ingram Micro is among a select group of go-to-market partners that can offer premises, cloud and hybrid UC solutions, ensuring customers the greatest choice and flexibility that allow them to realize increased productivity and improved communications."
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ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems and unified communications solutions. Its award-winning on-premises IP-PBX solution and cloud-based hosted phone system eliminate complexity and improve productivity. Recognized for its industry-leading customer experience and support, ShoreTel's innovative business phones, application integration, collaboration tools, mobility, and contact center applications enable users to communicate and collaborate no matter the time, place or device, with minimal demand on IT resources. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.
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