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Polycom Bulks Up Services

Polycom is betting its strategic alliance with Microsoft will continue to pay dividends for UC- and video-focused channel partners, so much so that it's acquired one of them in a bid to expand what it can offer for advanced services through the channel.

Polycom will pay less than $10 million for Sentri, a Microsoft Gold partner and specialist in Lync and various Microsoft cloud solutions. The idea, according to Polycom, is to offer consulting, design, deployment and maintenance services via the Sentri business to assist Polycom's roughly 7,000 partners.

Also of note: Polycom's filled a few more executive team holes thanks to the hiring of Damian Artt and Michael Alp as its new Americas and APAC leaders.