From core operating systems, to database software and middleware, to business and personal productivity applications, software is where most of the intellectual property in IT lies. Without software, servers, storage systems and networking equipment are little more than metal boxes.
When it comes to software, the value provided by solution providers is implementing it, tailoring it to meet a customer's needs and business processes, and generally helping customers get the most out of a software product. And that's why solution providers have a greater need for technical, marketing, sales and financial assistance from the software vendors they partner with.
The CRN 2017 Partner Program Guide offers the information solution providers need to evaluate IT vendors they work with or are considering working with. The guide is based on detailed applications vendors submitted outlining all aspects of their partner programs.
As part of the Partner Program Guide, CRN designates some programs as 5-Star Partner Programs. Here we present the first set of 5-Star designees in the software space.