PGi To Sponsor 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 PGi, a global leader in virtual meetings for almost 20 years, 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 PGi 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."

PGi has long been an innovator in bringing collaboration technologies to the cloud.  Already this year, PGi has launched two new, cloud-based virtual meetings applications, iMeet® and GlobalMeet®. iMeet brings video conferencing, social networking and media sharing into one personal meeting room, and GlobalMeet tightly integrates audio and Web conferencing into one complete solution for simple, cost-effective Web meetings.  Both products take cloud innovation one step further by moving key billing, reporting and support systems to the cloud as well.

“PGi is proud to be a founding member of the Cloud Convergence Council. Our participation in the community illustrates our commitment to the channel industry’s growing demand for cloud-based solutions," said Ralph Hawkins, senior vice president, PGi Partner Channel. “PGi has a strong track record of embracing the cloud to support infrastructure demands and providing innovative applications to the channel. With the recent launch of our next-generation iMeet and GlobalMeet solutions, we are clearly embracing the cloud approach to developing and deploying technologies that have major revenue potential for our partners in the channel."

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 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 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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