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CLOUD PARTNERS — Telarus (Booth 625), the master agency and technology distributor, has named Tyler Smith to lead its engineering department, a group the company recently formed to provide carrier-neutral engineering expertise to its base of over 2,000 independent sales partners.
As vice president of engineering, Smith, a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), will help Telarus partners build data center, cloud, SIP and carrier-neutral/blended MPLS network solutions for their clients.
“The creation of the engineering department marks an exciting upgrade in the support we offer our partners,” said David Bashford, President of Telarus. “As our partners work with larger clients who require more sophisticated solutions, it’s important that we not only provide access to carrier contracts, but also the ability to design, consult, and provide a level of technical expertise that our partners can leverage to close these deals.”
Smith has previous experience with CenturyLink and Mountain States Engineering. He takes the reins of the department from Patrick Oborn, company CIO, who started it in April. Since its inception, the Telarus Engineering Department has helped close over $800,000 in new monthly contracts, ranging from International SIP deployments to data center, Telarus said.
The engineering program is part of the new Telarus Partner Benefits program, which grants free engineering hours to partners who achieve the highest levels of aggregate sales volume. New partners, or partners with lower levels of aggregate sales volume, can pay for engineering hours a la carte.