SOURCE: Symantec

October 16, 2008 08:00 ET

Symantec Launches Symantec University for Partners

New Program Targeted at Empowering Partners to Build More Complete Symantec Solutions

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - Symantec Partner Engage 2008 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced Symantec University for Partners, a newly expanded training and enablement program designed to offer partners a broad portfolio of resources and accreditations. Created for all Symantec partners as a center of learning and excellence, Symantec University for Partners provides resources to increase knowledge on Symantec's broad range of products & solutions to reduce the sales cycle and help partners more effectively build solutions for their customers. The program will be released globally and is available to all members of the Symantec Partner Program.

Symantec partners will benefit from expanded training and broadened enablement solutions, which include more intelligence focused tools, resources and collaborative platforms. Symantec's training includes product and role-based curriculum designed to improve partners' knowledge of Symantec products, and their ability to sell, service and support them, directly benefiting their customers. Partners will also be able to collaborate in live peer-to-peer discussions with fellow sales engineers, solutions architects and professional service consultants using the Symantec Partner Technical Forum. Finally, access to Symantec technical tools and documentation provide partners with the intelligence to help them more effectively design and deploy Symantec solutions, provide customer support and generally increase their value to customers with improved service offerings.

"With Symantec University for Partners, we are providing partners with tools and resources to help them create comprehensive solutions that help customers effectively secure and manage their information," said Randy Cochran, vice president, North America Channel Sales, Symantec. "The program provides a clear learning and training path to improve partner productivity and enable them to better serve their customers."

Partners will have access to live classroom training, hands-on labs, on-demand eLearning and expert mentoring. Other resources available via Symantec University for Partners include Symantec's enablement toolkit, a comprehensive collection of product tools, materials and other resources available for download. Also available is SymBrain, an interactive mapping tool to help partners quickly and easily determine the best Symantec solution to address their customers' IT needs, as well as identify cross-sell opportunities to maximize the value of every deal.

Partner Quotes:

"Having Symantec's knowledge at our fingertips helps us better serve the needs of our customers and provides us with greater opportunities for selling comprehensive solutions to help customers secure and manage their information," said Kevin McCann, vice president, Continental Resources. "With Symantec University for Partners, Symantec is giving us a broad portfolio of training and resources matched to our core business needs and budget."

"Symantec University for Partners gives us access to the resources we need to better address our customers' most pressing business needs," said Charlie Westling, president and CEO, Datalink. "By giving us access to increased knowledge and training, Symantec is helping us build more comprehensive solutions that help our customers secure and manage their information-driven businesses."

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