Catalyst Telecom To Sponsor the Channel Partners Cloud Convergence Council

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Virgo Publishing, a leading business-to-business information services company, and The 2112 Group, a technology business strategy firm specializing in technology and channel communications and intelligence services, announced today that Catalyst Telecom®, a sales unit of ScanSource®, Inc. [NASDAQ: SCSC], and value-added distributor of voice, video and data convergence solutions, will be participating in and sponsoring the new Channel Partners Cloud Convergence Council.

The Cloud Convergence Council is a newly formed community of telecom and IT vendors and their channel partners coming together to deliberate the issues and opportunities that come with the convergence of the two channels in the cloud. The inaugural council will be introduced and share their initial work and goals in a roundtable discussion at the 2011 Spring Channel Partners Conference & Expo, March 13-15, 2011, in Las Vegas.

“Channel Partners applauds Catalyst Telecom for signing on as a founding member of the Cloud Convergence Council," said Channel Partners Editor Khali Henderson. “We expect the work of this unique cross-industry body will inform the dramatic transformation ahead for both the IT and telecom channels in the cloud by identifying and bridging gaps in understanding."

Catalyst Telecom has been at the forefront of convergence for nearly a decade.  And as a partner to many of the industry’s best-of-breed manufacturers, Catalyst Telecom has already taken steps to enable its reseller partners to be cloud-ready with these solutions – voice, video and data. With its long track record of delivering the value-added services that resellers need to be successful, including design, implementation, network assessments, among others, Catalyst Telecom is helping resellers to more easily and efficiently offer cloud solutions to their end-user customers.

“We’re excited to be a member of the Council, as the channel looks to offer opportunities for resellers to capitalize on growing cloud technology. End users are seeing the benefits of the cloud – reduced power needs, less equipment needed on-site, the ability to free up space, and, overall, to save money," said Mike Ferney, vice president of merchandising, Catalyst Telecom.  “And as with all technologies, our goal is to educate our reseller partners on the benefits of cloud solutions, provide the services and support they need, and deliver the industry-leading solutions that can help them be successful."

To be the first to hear the findings of the Cloud Convergence Council you must be a registered participant of the 2011 Spring Channel Partners Conference & Expo. Visit www.channelpartnersconference.com for registration information.

About ScanSource, Inc.
ScanSource®, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is the leading international distributor of specialty technology products for resellers in North America, Latin America and Europe. ScanSource POS & Barcoding delivers AIDC and POS solutions; Catalyst Telecom® and ScanSource Communications provide voice, video and converged communications equipment; and ScanSource Security offers physical security solutions. Founded in 1992, the company ranks #881 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, call the toll-free sales telephone number at 800.944.2432 or visit http://www.scansourceinc.com.

About Virgo Publishing
Virgo Publishing is a dynamic information services company specializing in communications through print and electronic media, trade shows and special events, education and training, and value-added business services. www.virgopublishing.com

About The 2112 Group
The 2112 Group is a technology business strategy services firm specializing in indirect channels, security, managed services, cloud computing and business intelligence. Our mission is to optimize our clients’ go-to-market strategies and communications, ensuring the highest level of return on their investment. The 2112 Group supports our clients with business planning and market research, facilitation of partner relations and communities, creation of high-impact communications and marketing development, and channel development. The 2112 Group publishes “Channelnomics," the business analytics blog of the channel. For more information about The 2112 Group, please visit www.the2112group.com.

About Channel Partners
For more than two decades, Channel Partners (www.channelpartnersonline.com) has been the leader in providing news and analysis to indirect sales channels serving the communications industry. It is the unrivaled resource for resellers, aggregators, agents, brokers, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and dealers that provide network-based communications and computing services, associated CPE and applications as well as managed and professional services. Channel Partners is the official media of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo.

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