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Polycom, Inc.

Polycom, Inc.

April 25, 2011 08:30 ET

Polycom Named to CRN's 2011 5-Star Partner Programs Guide

Annual Guide and 5-Star Designation Identifies the IT Channel's Most Exceptional Vendor Partner Programs

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 25, 2011) - Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), a global leader in unified communications (UC), has been named to CRN's 2011 Partner Programs Guide. Polycom's Choice Partner Program was also awarded a 5-Star Partner rating. CRN's Partner Programs Guide and 5-Star Partner ratings serve as the definitive list of vendors who have robust partner programs or products that service solution providers offer directly to the IT channel. The annual list recognizes the vendors who offer solution providers the best possible partnering elements for channel success.

Polycom's Choice Partner Program is designed to give partners the tools and training they need to succeed and grow their businesses by leveraging: the power of Polycom® UC Intelligent Core™ solutions and the Polycom Open Collaboration Network™, strategic relationships, and Polycom's technology providers. The Polycom Choice Partner Program rewards partners for their consistent performance and higher level of investments in specializations with Polycom through straightforward program benefits designed to help yield greater profitability while delivering a full suite of open standards-based technology solutions. The program emphasizes skills development, specialization, and other value added activities that help partners further support the needs of their customers, expand customer mindshare, and increase customer loyalty.

"The companies listed on the 2011 Partner Programs Guide represent the best channel programs in the market today. Of those, only a few get our five-star award, based on their commitment to the channel, breadth of program offerings and services offered to their partners. Each of these organizations understands that technology alone does not make for a successful channel program. By focusing on delivering a comprehensive partner program, vendors and solution providers can work together to drive business opportunities and revenue," said Kelley Damore, VP and editorial director, for Everything Channel's CRN.

"It is an honor to be recognized with CRN's five-star designation for the second year in a row and it reflects on our commitment and continued focus on providing our partners the opportunity to build a profitable business with Polycom," said Ron Myers, Senior Vice President Global Channels. "By leveraging the power of Polycom's UC Intelligent Core solutions and the ecosystem of the Polycom Open Collaboration Network and ARENA partnerships, our channel partners will be able to capitalize on the unified communication market opportunity while delivering a full suite of interoperable, open standards-based technology solutions to meet the needs of customers."

The 2011 Partner Programs Guide and 5-Star Partners listing are featured on CRN.com and in the March 28th issue of CRN.

About Everything Channel

Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at http://www.everythingchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/everythingchnl.

About United Business Media Limited

UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities -- from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists -- with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is a global leader in unified communications solutions with industry-leading telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure solutions built on open standards. Polycom powers smarter conversations, transforming lives and businesses worldwide. Please visit www.polycom.com for more information or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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