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NEC Corporation Of America Honored With 5-Star Rating In The 2021 CRN® Partner Program Guide

NEC's Smart Partner Program recognized for its world-class, end-to-end support for solution providers for the second year in a row

Irving, Texas - March 29, 2021 - NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications and networking solutions, has received a 5-Star rating for its Smart Partner Program from CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, in its 2021 Partner Program Guide for the second year in a row.

The CRN 2021 Partner Program Guide provides a definitive list of the most distinguished partner programs from leading technology companies that provide products and services through the IT Channel. The 5-Star rating is awarded to an exclusive group of companies that offer solution providers the best of the best, going above and beyond in their partner programs.

"This industry distinction is a true testament to our commitment to our valued channel partner community, and we are honored to receive it for the second year in a row," said Marc Hebner, Vice President, Channel, Americas, NEC Corporation of America. "As a channel-first organization, NEC is always looking to create opportunities that empower our channel partners to be successful and help them facilitate deeper customer relationships. After a year with many challenges, we are proud of the success our channel partner community has seen and are more committed than ever to delivering innovation that drives their success."

CRN's annual Partner Program Guide provides the channel community with a detailed look at the partner programs offered by IT manufacturers, software developers, service companies and distributors. Vendors are scored based on several factors, including investments in program offerings, partner profitability, training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication. Based on CRN’s assessment, NEC's channel Smart Partner Program stands among the IT channel’s elite technology suppliers, providing maximum value and support for solution providers.

Traditionally recognized as one of the industry's best programs, NEC's channel Smart Partner Program is designed with its channel partners' success in mind. Channel partners have access to NEC’s award-winning communications and IT solutions and cloud-based applications, including one of the industry’s broadest cloud communications portfolio, UNIVERGE BLUE® CLOUD SERVICES. NEC solutions are designed for open connectivity, high availability, flexible growth and dynamic delivery, with options for on-premises, and full or hybrid cloud-based communications. This flexibility gives NEC business partners an ideal platform to create new, profitable opportunities, and to support and grow their loyal customer base.

"As innovation continues to fuel the speed and intricacy of technology, solution providers need partners that can keep up and support their developing business," said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. "CRN's 2021 Partner Program Guide gives insight into the strengths of each organization’s program to recognize those that continually support and push positive change inside the IT channel."

The 2021 Partner Program Guide will be featured in the April 2021 issue of CRN and online at

About NEC Corporation of America
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 $29 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 nearly 40 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.
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