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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has been awarded a 5-star rating in CRN’s 2015 Partner Program Guide for the third year in a row. The annual CRN Partner Program Guide is a widely recognized listing of technology vendors and honors companies that dedicate resources into backing up their channel with training, support, and enablement.
The list is compiled based on objective criteria set by CRN, taking 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. 5-star recipients were selected based on the information provided in their award applications, and how it matched up to the aforementioned criteria.
The 5-Star Partner Program rating follows the recent recognition of five Red Hat executives as 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs, including Margaret Ann-Bolton, senior director, Global Partner Marketing; Rachel Cassidy, vice president, Global Partner Enablement; Mark Enzweiler, senior vice president, Global Channel Sales and Alliances; D. Robert Martin, vice president, North American Partner Sales; and Scott Musson, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances. All were all recognized for their proven leadership, channel advocacy, and commitment to the channel. Enzweiler was also named by CRN as one of “The 50 Most Influential” Channel Chiefs.
CRN has also recognized Red Hat in other ways in recent months. For the second year in a row, the publication named Red Hat one of the “Coolest Cloud Vendors”, and featured Red Hat on its “Data Center 100” list, a collection of the top companies powering, supporting, and protecting today’s complex data centers.
Red Hat’s channel program is designed to help partners provide their customers with innovative open source solutions. The program includes the Red Hat Online Partner Enablement Network (OPEN), a training and accreditation platform that helps partners enable their customers to make sound technology purchasing decisions. Over the past year the company also introduced Amazon Test Drives with Amazon Web Services, which enable Red Hat partners to run, test, and demo solutions.
CRN is one of the established brands from The Channel Company, a trusted authority for growth and innovation in the channel community.
Mark Enzweiler, senior vice president, Global Channel Sales and Alliances, Red Hat
“We’re thrilled that CRN has chosen to recognize Red Hat with another 5-star rating. We’re committed to providing our partners with a comprehensive and innovative program to bring open source technology to market. CRN’s rating validates this commitment and the value that it offers our partners.”
Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company
“Our annual Partner Program Guide and 5-star rating exists to help solution providers choose the best vendor partners for their needs. The Guide features the very best of the best, and highlights channel programs that we feel give solution providers the best opportunities for success.’”
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