Information Technology Leaders Establish New Alliance to Drive Managed Services Adoption

    'MSP Partners' provides collaborative managed services education for
    solution providers

    SAN DIEGO, March 21 /CNW/ -- Leading IT corporations announced today the
launch of MSP Partners, an alliance established by Intel Corporation, Ingram
Micro Inc., LPI Level Platforms Inc., Microsoft(R) Corporation and other
leading IT manufacturers to provide solution providers with a comprehensive
and collaborative online education source dedicated to managed services.

    The education program addresses the following objectives:

    -- Educating IT solution providers about the benefits and implementation
       strategies for successful managed services;
    -- Assisting solution providers in "taking the first step" into managed
       services while providing new growth strategies for those that have
       already begun the transition;
    -- Providing industry best practices for successful managed services
       featuring vendors' products and services.

    Solution providers who wish to become members of MSP Partners will gain
access to the latest managed services research, case studies and industry best
practices including:

    -- Live webinars developed and delivered by The Institute for Partner
       Education Development (IPED).  Based on exclusive new research, these
       interactive presentations will cover the latest implementation and go
       to market strategies for managed services and will equip solution
       providers with information to help develop or fine tune their managed
       services businesses.
    -- Case studies delivered by successful solution providers with
       actionable field-proven business ideas to help them grow their
       business and avoid potential pitfalls.
    -- Detailed demonstrations of leading vendors' products showcasing how
       solution providers can leverage current and emerging technologies to
       help increase service efficiencies, improve customer responsiveness
       and commitment, expand product sales and achieve high margin recurring
       managed services revenues.
    -- The right to use MSP Partners Member logo as an important proof of
       their commitment to managed services, dedication to their customers'
       success and alignment of their services with leading vendors'

    "When it comes to selling managed services, having access to the right
training and education can make all the difference," said Justin Crotty, vice
president, services, Ingram Micro. "MSP Partners was created to give solution
providers and established MSPs another access point to even more managed
services resources from the IT industry."
    Solution providers interested in participating or vendors that support
the long term objectives of MSP Partners should contact MSP Partners at

    About MSP Partners
    MSP Partners is a vendor alliance formed to provide solution providers a
comprehensive source of MSP education.  Members benefit from cohesive new
market research, solution provider success stories, and collaborative vendor
solutions, all demonstrating a path to success in managed services.

For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Miyazaki of MSP Partners,
1-866-523-6777, Web Site:

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