Symantec partners are praising the company's new channel program as a much-needed improvement over the previously more complex model. The company unveiled its streamlined program at its Partner Executive Summit, describing the details to many of its key partners at Symantec Vision 2014 in Las Vegas. The goal is to get partners to fully carry out sales and deployment of Symantec products and reward those that hold the most certifications and can sell across more product lines in the company's portfolio. It formally launches in October with Registered, Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers for partners, based on their achievement of a skills competency. CRN pulled together five significant changes under the program.