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CRN Awards NEC With A 5-Star Rating In The 2020 CRN® Partner Program Guide

NEC's Smart Partner Program recognized for its world class, end-to-end support for solution providers

Irving, Texas - April 28, 2020 - NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, has received a 5-Star rating from CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, in its 2020 Partner Program Guide for its Smart Partner channel program.

The CRN 2020 Partner Program Guide is the definitive listing of the most rewarding partner programs from technology companies that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star rating is awarded to an elite group of companies, like NEC, that offer solution providers the best of the best in their partner programs.

"We're honored to receive this industry distinction in recognition of our commitment to our valued channel partners," said Marc Hebner, Vice President, Channel, NEC Corporation of America. "NEC prides itself on building strong relationships with our channel partner community and is committed to delivering true innovation. We are extremely proud to deliver the most diverse portfolio in the industry, with strong margins to be made and a channel program paying top incentives for performance."

The Channel Company's research team analyzed each vendor's partner program to determine the 2020 5-Star ratings. Each was scored based on several factors, including investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support, and communication. Based on that assessment, NEC's Smart Partner channel program stands among the elite technology suppliers in the IT channel, providing maximum value and support for solution providers.

NEC empowers organizations of all sizes and across all industries to meet their business goals by providing innovation and insights that drive business success. Its innovative unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) and IT solutions are designed for open connectivity, high availability, flexible growth and dynamic delivery, with options for on-premise, full or hybrid cloud-based communications. This flexibility gives NEC’s business partners an ideal platform to create new, profitable opportunities, and to support and grow their loyal customer base.

NEC continues to create opportunities for partners to earn increased revenue through new programs designed to facilitate deeper customer relationships. Last week, NEC launched NEC UNIVERGE BLUE® CONNECT, a fully integrated and born-in-the-cloud UCaaS solution, and NEC UNIVERGE BLUE® ENGAGE, a CCaaS solution for businesses of all sizes. The new cloud services will be brought to brought to market exclusively through NEC's Business Partner community.

"With the speed and complexity of technology today, solution providers need partners that can keep pace and support their growing business," said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. "CRN's Partner Program Guide features insight into the strengths and benefits of each company's program to identify those that truly support and drive positive change within the IT channel."

The 2020 Partner Program Guide is featured in the April issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com/ppg.

About NEC
NEC Corporation of America (NEC) is a leading technology integrator providing solutions that improve the way people work and communicate. NEC delivers integrated Solutions for Society that are aligned with our customers' priorities to create new value for people, businesses and society, with a special focus on safety, security and efficiency. We deliver one of the industry's strongest and most innovative portfolios of communications, analytics, security, biometrics and technology solutions that unleash customers' productivity potential. Through these solutions, NEC combines its best-in-class solutions and technology, and leverages a robust partner ecosystem to solve today's most complex business problems. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in 160 countries and $25 billion in revenues.

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers, and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelcompany.com
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