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Partner Advantage Program takes aim at Verizon competitors

In channel news this week, Verizon introduced the Partner Advantage Program; Microsoft added a SkyKick migration benefit to its Internal Use Rights program; and more.

Verizon has introduced a program targeting agents that are currently partnered with Verizon competitors.

The Partner Advantage Program, launched Monday, allows agents to join the Verizon Partner Program at a tier level similar to the one they have achieved with a Verizon competitor. The program offers members access to the Verizon portfolio, which includes networking, cloud and security products. Additionally, Partner Advantage Program members can use Verizon's deal registration, business planning services, specialized training tracks, and technical and account support. Members can also tap into marketing development funds and more.

Microsoft adds SkyKick benefit to IURs program

SkyKick's Office 365 Migration Suite is now available as a benefit within Microsoft's Internal Use Rights (IURs) program. The program offers IURs licenses for Office 365, Intune, Azure, the Enterprise Mobility Suite and other Microsoft cloud products and is limited to Microsoft Action Pack and Silver or Gold competency partners. Until the end of June, eligible partners with up to 500 seats can use SkyKick's Office 365 Migration Suite for free.

StorMagic signs with Arrow Electronics

Software-defined storage vendor StorMagic has signed an agreement with distributor Arrow Electronics. As an authorized distributor, Arrow will now supply the StorMagic SvSAN virtual storage appliance to its solution provider partners in the U.S. and Canada.

CompTIA launches new course for Network+ exam

Nonprofit IT industry association CompTIA has expanded the CompTIA CertMaster learning portfolio with a new course covering the recently updated Network+ exam. The revised exam includes subjects such as software-defined networks, cloud and virtualization; physical and virtual network segmentation; wireless and mobile device management, support and security; and digital forensics techniques.

Sage North America debuts program to provide customer loyalty data

Sage North America, a provider of business management software and services to small and medium-sized businesses, has released the Sage Net Promoter Score (NPS) Program. The NPS Program measures and tracks customer loyalty data and subsequent financial impact.

Sage annually surveys its customers to gauge the likelihood customers will recommend Sage and its partners to colleagues and associates, according to the company. Under the theory that customers that are "promoters" will likely remain long-term customers and help generate referrals, Sage asserts that the NPS Program can help partners boost retention rates, margins and annual spends.  On a quarterly basis, the program provides partners with their NPS and "likely to recommend" score.

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