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IBM Certified as Five-Star Vendor From CMP’s VARBusiness Magazine


IBM today was recognized by CMP Technology’s VARBusiness magazine as one of North America’s top information-technology (IT) vendors in terms of the partnership programs it offers to solution providers that sell its products and services to end users. IBM was certified as a Five-Star Partner, acknowledging its commitment and strength of its programs for IT integrators, resellers and consultants.

Of the 250+ vendor-program entries reviewed for the past year, only 65 companies received the coveted five-star rating in the magazine’s 13th annual Partner Programs Guide issue.

“Nowadays, the structure of vendor channel programs is too often reduced to a checklist of must-have elements. The VARBusiness 5-Star Partner Program honor recognizes those select vendors, like IBM, who have the programmatic structure to best serve their solution providers in their specific markets segments and technologies. These programs reflect vendors who have built channel programs that have the capacity to execute on key elements for channel success,” says VARBusiness Editor Lawrence M. Walsh.

IBM’s Ayman Antoun, Vice President, Business Partners, Americas says: “Being recognized by VARBusiness as a Five-Star Partner further underscores IBM’s deep commitment to our Business Partner network and the innovation we bring to our customers through this unique collaboration.”

About VARBusiness Magazine

For the past 20 years, VARBusiness’ strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusiness provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available at its Web site,

About IBM

IBM is the world’s largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable companies to take full advantage of the on demand era. For more information about IBM, visit


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