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Raleigh, NC, April 10, 2013 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has been named to CRN’s 2013 Partner Program Guide, and awarded a 5-Star Partner rating. The CRN Partner Program Guide is a listing of manufacturers and software publishers that service solution providers or provide products to the IT Channel. The guide recognizes those vendors who have channel programs and derive a portion of their sales through the indirect IT Channel. The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes an elite subset of Partner Program Guide vendors who give solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.
The list methodology is based on objective criteria that takes into account each vendor’s investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication. Vendors are assessed using the information that they provide in their completed applications.
This honor follows the recent recognition of several Red Hat executives named to CRN’s 2013 Channel Chiefs list. Mark Enzweiler, vice president, Global Channels and Alliances; Roger Egan, vice president of North America Channel Sales and Development; and Mike Byrd, director of Public Sector Channel Sales, were all recognized by CRN in February for their proven leadership, channel advocacy and commitment to the channel.
Over the last 12 months, Red Hat has fortified its commitment to partners through several significant innovations including a refreshed training curriculum for partners covering pre-sales, sales and delivery; a newly available virtual demo lab partners can use for training and customer demonstrations; a new Partner Lead Pass Program for passing qualified sales leads from Red Hat to qualified partners; and an updated marketing center to assist partners in generating leads and developing a pipeline for joint opportunities.
The 2013 Partner Program Guide is featured on CRN.com and the 5-Star Partners listing is highlighted in the March 2013 issue of CRN.
Roger Egan, vice president of Channel Sales and Development, North America, Red Hat
“Red Hat is honored to be recognized by CRN as a 5-Star Partner Program. Red Hat is committed to offering partners a program built around opportunity, simplicity and profitability so they can successfully provide Red Hat open source solutions that tackle IT challenges including open hybrid cloud and managing big data."
Kelley Damore, senior vice president and editorial director, CRN, UBM Tech Channel
“The companies listed in CRN’s 2013 Partner Program Guide represent a comprehensive list of the best channel programs in the market today. 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.”
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