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On Tuesday, predictive analytics software vendor RapidMiner launched its new global partner program. The partner program features two tiers -- Analyst and Master -- and offers a range of benefits to system integrators, OEMs and value-added resellers (VARs).
"When we get into some of the highly specialized type applications around data mining, statistical analysis, even ETL [extract, transform, load], or other data environments, we're looking for partners that have some level of expertise already within that," said Michael Doane, head of channels and alliances, Americas, at RapidMiner.
The RapidMiner Partner Program offers RapidMiner training and certification. "We're really adamant about the training aspect of [the program]," Doane said.
- In addition to extensive RapidMiner training and certification courses, benefits of the partner program for system integrators include referral fees based on closed opportunities, opportunities to provide specialized services around customers' RapidMiner purchases, access to products to support sales and marketing efforts and company listings on the vendor's website.
- OEMs receive access to development licenses of RapidMiner, flexible license models and co-branding.
- For VARs, partner program benefits include access to data mining and predictive analytics products, access to sales and marketing tools, and a company listing on the RapidMiner website.
RapidMiner also seeks Ambassador partners. "An Ambassador is a consultant [who] … could be a one-man band. It could be an academic," Doane said. "We have Ambassadors [who] are very fluent in text mining, and they can then, through the partner program, make themselves available to do consulting engagements on larger projects where they may not have the wherewithal or the desire to go out and run an entire project. But, they can certainly add value and expertise, particularly focused in some niche areas, as it were," he said.
Arrow signs distribution deal with Rackspace
Distributor Arrow Electronics Inc. and managed cloud company Rackspace Hosting Inc. have signed a distribution agreement that adds Rackspace products to ArrowSphere, the distributor's platform providing access to cloud services.
Rackspace's managed cloud portfolio includes public multitenant, private and dedicated single-tenant cloud servers, in addition to data stores, e-commerce, digital marketing and VMware-powered technology.
The agreement allows Arrow's solution providers to join the Rackspace reseller program, which provides volume discounts, pre- and post-sales support, and access to helpdesk services and financing services.
OneAccess Networks signs with Synnex
OneAccess Networks, a global manufacturer of multiservice routers that support application delivery to small and medium-size business (SMB) and enterprise end users, has signed a distribution agreement with Synnex Corp. Under the agreement, Synnex resellers have access to OneAccess Networks' One Series products -- a range of multiservice router platforms that deliver voice, data and cloud applications, as well as managed services.
VARs and system integrators can choose from platforms featuring performance scaling from 10 Mbps to 700 Mbps for their managed services. They can also use software features that include eSBC, application visibility, control and acceleration.
Technology Net launches IT Locator
On Tuesday, Technology Net Inc. introduced IT Locator, an interface that connects technology buyers with IT professionals and service providers. According to Technology Net, IT Locator is vendor-agnostic and presents detailed profiles of solution providers worldwide.
IT Locator offers three levels of membership that range in annual cost and benefits. Membership allows solution providers to create profiles that define the technologies and industries that they specialize in as well as certifications and partnerships that are key to their offerings, Technology Net said.
As a free member, companies are able to profile one listing, participate in IT Locator research, receive news and research, and more. For $395 per year, companies can profile three locations, publish content, add collateral and case studies, participate in selected IT Locator and more. A Premium Membership of $595 a year allows a company to profile all locations, receive prominent positioning in listings and searches, promote customer ratings, participate in all IT Locator promotions, and more.