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6 Ways Intel Is Helping Partners Weather The Coronavirus Impact

“We put our experts together internally and said, ‘Hey, what can we do to help our partner network survive through this?'” Intel channel executive Greg Baur says of the new 'comprehensive' relief package for the chipmaker's channel partners.

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Intel Aims To Help Partners Lower Costs, Navigate Supply Chain Issues

Intel is stepping up to the plate to help channel partners that are reeling from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said the relief efforts, unveiled Monday, consist of measures meant to help partners lower business costs, navigate supply chain hurdles, transition customers to new IT environments and maintain their status in the Intel Technology Provider program, which is being retooled into the new Intel Partner Alliance program in the second half of this year.

[Related: Intel CEO Bob Swan: Chip Demand Up Due To Work-From-Home Rush ]

"We put our experts together internally and said, ‘Hey, what can we do to help our partner network survive through this?'" said Greg Baur, Intel's vice president of global scale and partners, in an interview with CRN. "Some of it was ideas that came from partners. A lot of it was things … we put together. But as we start stitching this entire package together, it's become a pretty comprehensive package that we think the partners are really going to want."

Intel also reiterated plans to hold Intel Partner Connect, the company's annual partner conference, as a digital event in late May to early June—one each for the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia regions. The Americas digital event will happen May 20-21, according to Intel's website, and it will include executive keynotes, live Q&A sessions, matchmaking opportunities and a virtual showcase.

"We've got a ton of content that can help educate our partners on how to help them design products that get them out of this situation," Baur said.

What follows are six measures Intel is taking to help channel partners weather the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. These details and more are provided in Intel's new COVID-19 Partner Response Webpage that will offer the latest updates, including blog posts, videos and partner success stories.

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