SAS Enhances Its Partner ProgramBy Gina Roos | Print
NEWS BRIEFS: In addition to the SAS news, this week's briefs cover HP's IT service broker products, Metrics Insights' new partner program and more.
SAS Beefs Up Its Partner Program
SAS, a provider of analytics software and services, enhanced its partner program with additional training and credentials, enabling partners to provide the same level of service and support customers expect directly from SAS. The company is also rolling out solutions specializations, such as customer intelligence, fraud and risk.
The SAS Partner Program includes a set of new credentials and competency badges that a partner can achieve for key SAS products and technologies, the company said. Many partners are working toward credentials that acknowledge their expertise in key areas, such as analytics, data management and visualization. SAS also expanded partner training options that include online resources, a demo center and sales enablement tools that give them the information to be more responsive in supporting customers and identifying new opportunities for them, the company said.
HP Delivers New IT Service Broker Products
HP announced updates to HP Propel and HP Service Anywhere, which are designed to simplify the delivery of applications and services to employees, customers and partners, and enable central IT to better manage costs, complexity and security for their organization, the company said. Together, the enhanced products enable IT departments to act as a strategic "service broker" that allows employees to on-board new apps and services.
The self-service products address the challenges around employees procuring what they need directly themselves due to "the complexity and siloed nature of IT service catalogs," which results in "increased complexity, uncontrolled costs and security risks for the organization," said HP. HP Propel 2.0 is available now, and the latest version of HP Service Anywhere was released in August. A free trial version is available for 30 days.
Metric Insights Launches Channel Partner Program
Metric Insights, a business intelligence (BI) specialist, launched its Metric Insights Partner Program for system integrators (SIs) and VARs. Metric Insights integrates with Qlik, Tableau, MicroStrategy, Cloudera, Hortonworks and other BI platforms. The partner program offers referral fees, reselling capability, discounts on training and products, and early access to new releases. Initial channel partners include InterWorks, BIPB, Decisive Data, CrunchData, Armanino, Agilos and Clarity.
Redbooth Intros UC Channel Program
Redbooth launched the company's new unified communications (UC) channel partner program. The first partners to join the new UC channel program are Xtelesis and Comworx. The company also appointed Marcy Kawadler, former channel manager with Polycom and Avaya, to head the new program. The inaugural partners in Redbooth's UC channel program include ShoreTel resellers Xtelesis and Comworx.
Egnyte Signs Deal With CenturyLink
Egnyte, a provider of adaptive enterprise file services, signed a new deal with CenturyLink, to make its hybrid file services available to CenturyLink's customers. The Egnyte solution will be integrated with CenturyLink's end-to-end, fully managed IT and cloud solutions. The hybrid file services are expected to be available in CenturyLink's global software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions catalog by the end of 2015.
Intel Security Adds Two Alliance Members
Two companies, Zix Corp. and SSH Communications Security, have joined the Intel Security Innovation Alliance (SIA), a program designed to integrate solutions to detect threats, reduce risk and improve compliance. Zix is a Sales Teaming Partner in SIA, which enables Intel Security sales to recommend Zix Email Encryption, which interoperates with the McAfee Email Gateway. SSH's CryptoAuditor software is compatible with McAfee Web Gateway and Enterprise Security Manager, enabling customers to enhance their anti-malware, data loss prevention and alert management capabilities for encrypted Secure Shell (SSH) and SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) traffic.