Longtime ShoreTel Sky cloud-division partners Myriad Supply, Flexible Business Systems, Derive Technologies and Precision IT have joined the ShoreTel Champion Partner Program and now will be able to offer ShoreTel’s on-premises voice, unified communications, mobility and contact-center solutions, in addition to the cloud-based solutions they have been selling for years.
ShoreTel Sky was created by ShoreTel’s March 2012 acquisition of M5 Networks. Nearly 50 ShoreTel Champion Partners have signed on to refer or sell the ShoreTel Sky cloud solution.
“With our top-rated on-premise solution as well as our hosted ShoreTel Sky solution, reseller partners can offer their customers ultimate choice,” said David Petts, senior vice president, worldwide sales, at ShoreTel.
The addition of ShoreTel Sky partners to ShoreTel’s on-premises Champion Partner Program indicates the direction of the industry toward closer integration between cloud and premises-based solutions.
“Moving forward, we want to make sure that we’re providing the ultimate in choice to our customers. With our top-rated on-premise solution as well as our hosted ShoreTel Sky solution, we are looking to innovate the space between on-premise and hosted solutions,” said Peter Blackmore, ShoreTel CEO. “We are also building a hybrid approach that will allow us to deliver cloud apps and services to on-premise customers.”