Sharpening Their Skills: The 2017 CRN Tech Elite 250

The Sharpest Tools In The Shed

Businesses expect strategic service providers to do it all. Having deep skills in, say, network technology, is nice and all. But to be successful today solution providers must go deep and wide in their areas of expertise.

In addition to being experts in traditional technologies such as servers, networking and storage systems, solution providers today are expected to have expertise in such demanding areas as security, converged systems and cloud computing. Coming up fast are demands for expertise in practices such as digital transformation and leading-edge technologies like Internet of things and artificial intelligence.

That's why training and certification are more important than ever. As solution providers evolve into strategic service providers, they need to continuously elevate their skill sets to meet their clients' demands.

CRN's annual Tech Elite 250 list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading IT vendors. The following is a sampling of 25 of the solution providers on this year's list. The complete list is available for purchase by contacting Laurie Condon on the East Coast (lcondon@thechannelcompany.com) or Nora Uriarte on the West Coast (nuriarte@thechannelcompany.com).

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