Sirius Lands First IBM System x Specialty

Sirius Computer Solutions Inc., an IBM Corp. Premier Business Partner based in San Antonio, TX, recently said that it has attained the vendor's first System x Specialty, a tools, training and marketing offer also carrying financial incentives.

IBM Business Partners that attain the System x Specialty are granted additional pre- and post-sales technical support, $3,000 of incremental market development funding, and a System x Specialty mark.

To qualify for the System x Specialty, channel partners must meet certain revenue criteria, employ two individuals with System x sales certifications and two with corresponding technical certifications in Blades or high volume storage, and provide a verified customer reference.

The System x Specialty is intended to complement the vendor's Dynamic Infrastructure Specialty, which has garnered the attention of more than 150 channel partners. Sirius holds Dynamic Infrastructure Specialty Elite status.

"We immediately acted on this opportunity because our clients are all investing in x86 systems," said Chris Mierzwa, Sirius vice president, product management & alliances.

"In partnership with IBM, we can help clients optimize those investments by taking advantage of the proven performance, cost savings, reliability, availability and scalability offered by System x servers," he said.

In addition to the System x and Dynamic Infrastructure Specialties, Sirius also commands four other IBM designations, including an Oracle Corp. Accreditation, an Information on Demand (IOD) Specialty, an STG SAP Accreditation, and a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Specialty.

"The IBM System x Specialty is designed to serve as a key source of competitive advantage and growth for our Business Partners, helping them build strong sales and technical skills to deliver the innovative solutions required by our mutual clients," said Ayman Antoun, IBM vice president, business partners & midmarket, North America.

Sirius said that the System x Specialty has helped it to expand its sales of the technology and broaden its technical and solutions skills through education, testing and learning.

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