May 9, 2018

Riverbed Rise given 5-star rating by CRN

Riverbed Rise given 5-star rating in CRN 2018 Program Guide

SAN FRANCISCO – April 12, 2018 – Riverbed®, The Digital Performance Company™, today announced that CRN ®, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Riverbed and the new Riverbed Rise program a 5-Star rating in its 2018 Partner Program Guide. This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

To determine the 2018 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company’s research team assessed each vendor’s partner program based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

Riverbed Rise is a new channel partner program that aligns with the changing IT landscape and how partners are evolving to solve their customers’ technology needs. Riverbed Rise moves away from a traditional, compliance-based program tied to certifications and revenue that needed heavy up-front and ongoing investment by partners to a new performance-based program that is designed to reward all types of partners, business models and various customer technology consumption preferences.

“Finding the right technology vendor to partner with can be a daunting task, given the vast array of choices now available to solution providers,” said Robert Faletra, Executive Chairman of The Channel Company. “CRN’s Partner Program Guide and 5-Star ratings help them narrow the field and find the best fit, identifying the most rewarding partner programs and providing crucial insight into their strengths and benefits. We are pleased to present our 2018 PPG list, recognizing the strongest and most successful partner programs in the channel today.”

“We are thrilled that Riverbed Rise was given CRN’s highest partner program rating,” said Bridget Bisnette, Vice President, Global Channels and Commercial Sales at Riverbed. “We are proud to have built a program based on simplicity, flexibility and profitability for partners. Riverbed Rise simplifies how partners achieve and continue to maintain their status and uniquely adapts to multiple business models and partners’ needs. We are excited that Riverbed Rise is helping to evolve the channel and create success for our partners. We look forward to sharing mutual success at our upcoming Partner Summit.”

This year Riverbed partners will convene at the Riverbed Partner Summit in Huntington Beach, California beginning April 30, 2018 to discuss opportunities to drive more business and accelerate customer success in a cloud and digital world.

The 2018 Partner Program Guide will be featured in the April issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com/ppg.