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3CX Partner Program
Address: 1, 28th October Avenue Block B, Engomi Business Center, Office Suite 303
Phone: 35722444032 URL: http://www.3cx.com/ Company Description: 3CX was founded in 2005 by Nick Galea and is the developer of 3CX Phone System, an open standards unified communications platform for Windows that works with standard SIP phones and replaces proprietary PBXs. 3CX Phone System was developed to fill an apparent gap in the market for a Windows-based software PBX. And, as 86.7% of businesses use Windows as their OS, there was an obvious need for such a solution. After establishing a global presence, 3CX has gone on to open offices worldwide in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Poland, Switzerland, Cyprus, Australia, Hong Kong, Malta and The Netherlands. Our commitment to providing a best in class business communications solution has allowed us to work with some of the world's leading companies and organizations including Boeing, Hugo Boss, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, MIT and Wilson Sporting Goods. At the core of 3CX's company culture is a strong focus on innovation. Continuously at the forefront of communications development, the last year has seen 3CX introduce several major releases including 3CX WebMeeting; a web conferencing and collaboration solution which integrates WebRTC technology and most recently, 3CX Phone System v14 beta which includes an integrated virtual PBX server option and an abundance of new features and improvements. 3CX is a privately held company with a management team backed by years of experience in developing and selling network infrastructure and telecommunications software. With the complete unified communications solution, the company has gone on to win various awards in telecoms, IT and Networking and has partnered with industry leaders such as Yealink and snom. 3CX has been awarded Windows Server Certification, the Windowsnetworking.com Gold Awards, and Most Innovative Product at CeBIT 2015 in Hannover, Germany. Program Information Program Name: 3CX Partner Program Program Highlights: The 3CX Partner Program is a free program which has been developed with the objective of enabling our partners to thrive in the growing market and increase their sales and revenues. Partners are granted access to the Partner Portal where a wealth of marketing materials are available as well as sales leads which are directly assigned to 3CX partners. In order to help partners to develop their knowledge and experience with 3CX Phone System, the company provides free global training events, and materials which can be downloaded for free from the portal. Over the past year the number of trainings has dramatically increased and is set to continue to rise in the foreseeable future. Partners can reach 3 levels based on cooperation type, commitment and achievements; 3CX Registered Partner, 3CX Preferred Partner, and 3CX Premium Partner. Partners will also receive telephone and email support and are encouraged to take part in the free 3CX Certification program. As 3CX Phone System is open-standards, there is no vendor lock-in meaning that partners have the flexibility to choose between a variety of IP phones, SIP trunks and gateways to cater to all customers no matter what their budget or requirements are. Program URL: http://www.3cx.com/partners/program/ Program Manager: Marcus Kogel Manager Title: Sales Manager Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Market Segment Specializations Cloud Hosting
Cloud Product Involvement Our Products are sold as a Cloud Service
Our products are used to enable off-premise Cloud Solutions
Program Elements to Support Resellers Financial rewards
Product demo program
Qualifications for the Lowest Partner Program Tier Technical skills
Criteria to Move To Higher Program Tiers Sales/revenue volume
Program Offerings Provide VARs with training and advice so that they better understand how they may incorporate Cloud Solutions into current offerings
Provide training in order to simplify the concept of hosted and managed services for VARs
Eligibility to sell vendor services
Tools to identify selling opportunities
In other top stories this week, iPhone sales boosted Apple's earnings. Also, rumors swirl that Cisco will dump its Invicta business.
The companies are assembling a team to mature the open-source IaaS code, and not developing another distribution. The project aims to make it easier for solution providers and their customers to consume OpenStack.
The cloud business surged in both revenue and profits in Q2, driving Amazon shares to a record high.
Cisco appears to be finally giving up on its troubled Invicta storage business, leaving open the question 'What next?'
The global smartphone market exploded 11 percent in the second quarter from the same period last year, according to market research firm IDC, dominated by premium handset competitors Samsung and Apple.
Cisco partners say the company's deal to sell its Connected Devices unit is a smart move as it refocuses on its core competencies, including networking, infrastructure and the Internet of Things.