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2021 Annual Report Card Winners: Solution Providers Give Top Grades To Key Vendors

Rick Whiting

For the 36th year, solution providers scored vendors in 24 technology categories based on their performance in product innovation, support, partnership, and managed and cloud services.

Processors: Intel

Channel Chief: Jason Kimrey, GM, U.S. Channel, Partner Programs

Microprocessor giant Intel took top scores in this key technology category with an overall score of 81.2, including top scores for product innovation (90.9), support (78.3) and partnership (84.1).

Intel’s product innovation grades included 104.4 for product quality and reliability, the third highest grade in any criteria in this year’s ARC.

Rival Nvidia scored 78.9 overall. But the chipmaker narrowly outscored Intel for managed and cloud services (69.9), as well as in several specific criteria including services opportunity (68.7), pre-sales support (78.5), marketing support (74.4), and communication (83.2).

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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