The IT industry today is all about software. There are, of course, the technologies that have long made up the software world, from core operating systems, to database software and middleware, to business and personal productivity applications. But in recent years, with the advent of software-defined data centers, software-defined networking and software-defined storage, software is pretty much where it's at.
That's why solution providers need to be at the top of their game in the software arena. 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 2018 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, vendors L through Z.
Other slideshows in the Five-Star Partner Program Guide series running this week include companies that provide systems and data center, cloud, network/unified communications, storage, peripherals and security technologies.