RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — March 19, 2007 — Lenovo today was recognized by CMP Technology's VARBusiness magazine as one of North America's top IT companies in terms of the partnership programs Lenovo offers to solution providers that sell its products and services to end users. VARBusiness certified Lenovo as a Five-Star Partner, acknowledging the company's commitment and strength of its programs for IT integrators, resellers and consultants.
Of the 250+ vendor-program entries reviewed for the past year, only approximately 60 companies received the coveted five-star rating in VARBusiness' 13th annual Partner Programs Guide survey. The guide appears in the March 19th issue of VARBusiness.
"Nowadays, the structure of vendor channel programs is too often reduced to a checklist of must-have elements. The VARBusiness Five-Star Partner Program honor recognizes those select vendors, like Lenovo, who have the programmatic structure to best serve their solution providers in their specific markets segments and technologies. These programs reflect vendors who have built channel programs that have the capacity to execute on key elements for channel success," said Lawrence M. Walsh, editor of VARBusiness.
"We're committed to the success of our partners in the U.S. as well as growing our business in the channel worldwide," said Steve Mungall, vice president of Worldwide and Americas Channels at Lenovo. "In the past year, Lenovo has invested new resources and new thinking into expanding this critical part of the company's business, and will continue to develop new products and programs that benefit our channel customers."
In the past year, Lenovo has expanded its reach by adding approximately 2,000 new partners in the U.S., helping the company exceed its goal of recruiting 5,000 new partners worldwide. With a broadened product portfolio that includes new ThinkPad notebooks, ThinkCentre desktops and Lenovo-branded PCs, as well as a number of other service and support incentives, Lenovo is committed to helping partners improve their margins and increase their business opportunities.
About VARBusiness Magazine For the past 20 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusiness provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available at its Web site, www.varbusiness.com .
About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com/us .