Blue Coat Awarded CRN’s 2012 5-Star Partner Rating For the Third Straight Year
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 17, 2012 – Blue Coat Systems, Inc., the technology leader in Web security and WAN optimization solutions, today announced that Computer Reseller News has named Blue Coat to its distinguished 2012 CRN 5-Star Partner Program guide. The CRN award is bestowed on the best IT channel programs whose overall rating is among the highest in the group of similarly sized companies. Blue Coat received the 5-Star designation as a vendor in Security, Networking and Cloud. This is the third year in a row that Blue Coat has earned the 5-Star distinction.
"Blue Coat offers a world-class program that consistently enables our channel partners to enhance and expand their knowledge of our products, and, thus improve their relationships with customers,” said Laurie Usewicz, vice president, Americas Channel Sales. “As a third time recipient of this award, we are pleased to have validation for our team approach with channel partners plus our excellent tools and educational programs that ensure successful and rewarding channel relationships.”
The goal of Blue Coat’s channel program is to help partners deliver a high level of value to their customers. Launched in 2008, Blue Coat’s Channel Advantage Program combines service offerings with rewards, evaluation and network assessment programs, advanced training and certifications, virtual marketing services, market development funds and other benefits to facilitate successful partner selling.
CRN’s 5-Star Partner Program Guide reviewed 161 vendor programs, rating vendors on sales support, partner profitability, partner ecosystem development/management, partner communication/marketing and demand generation. The Five-Star Partner Program rating recognizes the elite subset of Partner Program Guide vendors that provide the best partnering elements in their channel programs and derive a portion of their sales through the indirect IT Channel.
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Blue Coat Systems is a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions. Blue Coat offers solutions that provide the visibility, acceleration and security required to optimize and secure the flow of information to any user, on any network, anywhere. This application intelligence enables enterprises to tightly align network investments with business requirements, speed decision making and secure business applications for long-term competitive advantage. Blue Coat also offers service provider solutions for managed security and WAN optimization, as well as carrier-grade caching solutions to save on bandwidth and enhance the end-user Web experience. For additional information, please visit bluecoat.com.
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