Polycom multiplies alliances and programs
While it did not want to comment the impact of the acquisition of the video-conference division of HP over its distributor network, Polycom has unveiled its new partner program and another technology alliance.
Dubbed Choice Program, the new partner program aims to push its resellers to invest more in its technologies (A/V, industry specialization, Microsoft unified communications, VoIP, etc.). As a reward, its certified channel gets higher earnings. The goal is to strengthen the skills and commitment of its partners, to face more efficiently Cisco-Tandberg competition. This new partner program leans obviously on its distributors (organized by major specialties, such as network infrastructure, telephony or VoIP - that is Arrow ECS Network and Security, Itancia and Imago in France for example), which may become training centers if they wish.
Beside its POCN (Polycom Open Collaboration Network) alliance, launched last year ago with 8 partners around the Lync unified communications from Microsoft, Polycom plans to further simplify the interoperability of videoconferencing infrastructures with OVCC (Open Visual Communication Consortium). Like POCN, OVCC purpose is to be able to use any videoconferencing solution without having to worry about the infrastructure of the other users. A bit like the traditional telephony, since the dawn of time…
Alliance adopts a Meru
France : WLAN vendor Meru Networks has chosen cabling and networking specialist Alliance Com as new distributor for its products and new certification center. Alliance Com is a group which gather together companies covering the whole French territory : ACR Centre (Auvergne), ACR Distribution (Alsace), Dream Tech (South-East), HBP Associés (Lyons), Immotique Distribution (North and Normandy), Indis Réseaux (Paris East), Primo (Paris West), Renest (West) and Sodecpa (South-West).
France : Alliance Com group, which regroups cabling, networking and telecoms specialists ACR Centre, ACR Distribution, Dream Tech, HBP Associés, Immotique Distribution, Indis Réseaux, Primo, Renest and Sodecpa, has decided to expand its partnership with wireless specialist Ucopia. It was already distributing its products through DSLAM EDA from Aastra, but will from now on distribute all its products.
D-Link grants Alliance Group VAD Status
France : Alliance Group, which is a distribution group specialized in networking and telecoms and comprising companies covering whole French territory (ACR Distribution, ACR Centre, Dream Tech, HBP Associés, Immotique Distribution, Indis Réseaux, Primo, Renest and Sodecpa) has been granted official VAD status by network vendor D-Link. Alliance Group was working with D-Link since some years, and this status is to show that D-Link wishes to help the distributor grow its networking business.
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