Siemens Enterprise Communications Named in CRN's 2012 5-Star Partner Programs Guide

Annual guide and 5-Star designation identifies the IT channel's most innovative vendor partner programs

Mar 26, 2012, 12:42 ET from Siemens Enterprise Communications

RESTON, Va., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Enterprise Communications announced today it has been named in CRN's 2012 Partner Programs Guide. Siemens Enterprise Communications' Go Forward! Partner Program was also awarded a 5-Star Partner rating. The 2012 CRN Partner Program Guide is the definitive listing of manufacturers and software publishers that service solution providers or provide products to the IT Channel. CRN's Partner Program Guide recognizes those vendors who have channel programs and derive a portion of their sales through the indirect IT Channel. The 5-Star programs represent the highest level of partner support and commitment among Partner Program Guide vendors.  

In building the list, UBM Channel Research developed a methodology in which vendors are assessed based on stringent criteria. The evaluation of vendors against the criteria takes into account each company's investment in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

Siemens Enterprise Communications' Go Forward! Partner Program maximizes partner revenue and profitability with specialized training and education programs that enable more complete solutions for customers. The program also accelerates the process of customer acquisition with a comprehensive online library of sales tools and ready-to-use marketing programs. Clear rules of engagement create a collaborative environment between the partner community and the Siemens Enterprise Communications' direct sales organization. Siemens Enterprise Communications is committed to empowering its partners with superior products, a strong local and global market position, and an outstanding level of support to enable their success.

In addition, a number of new and enhanced offerings have been rolled out for partners over the past year, including OpenScape Cloud Solutions, a wholesale offering to new and existing channel partners. OpenScape Cloud Solutions includes a suite of services that are packaged and managed and include the availability of white-label options, as well as the ability for partners to integrate calling plans and additional services.

"The companies listed in CRN's 2012 Partner Programs Guide represent a comprehensive list of the best channel programs in the market today," said Kelley Damore, VP and Editorial Director for UBM Channel's CRN. "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 go above and beyond traditional support to ensure a mutually beneficial partnership."

"We are honored to be named a CRN 5-Star Partner Programs Guide winner," said Patrick Kehoe, Senior Vice President, Global Business Partners for Siemens Enterprise Communications. "Siemens Enterprise Communications is committed to a collaborative partnering approach, and we have made significant investments in our programs and portfolio. We're thrilled to see that our approach is enabling rapid and profitable growth for our partners, and look forward to their continued success."

The 2012 Partner Programs Guide and 5-Star Partners listing will be featured on and in the March 2012 issue of CRN.

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About Siemens Enterprise Communications
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based unified communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications includes Cycos and Enterasys Networks. For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications or Enterasys please visit or

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