Thursday, December 30, 2010

Business Solutions Magazine Announces Business Solutions Best Channel Vendors 2011

Business Solutions Magazine (BSM) has published the results of their second annual “Best Channel Vendors 2011” survey. The winners were rated exceptional (top 5%) in categories pertaining to their overall channel program.

Categories VARs were surveyed in: Data Collection & Mobility, Managed Services, Point Of Sale Hardware, Data Collection Media , Mobile Computing , Point Of Sale Software, ECM Hardware , Network Security , Power Protection, ECM Software, Networking, Storage, General Computing, Payment Processing, Wireless Networking, Labeling Software, Physical Security, and VoIP

BSM Best Channel Vendors 2011 – Network Security

These vendors made the cut in network security. They are not listed by their overall score.

Barracuda Networks
Top 2 Categories: (1) Channel Friendly, (2) Product Innovation

Kaspersky Lab
Top 2 Categories: (1) Product Innovation, (2) Channel Friendly

Top 2 Categories: (1) Product Reliability, (2) Product Features

Juniper Networks
Top 2 Categories: (1) Product Features, (2) Product Reliability

Top 2 Categories: (1) Product Features, (2) Channel Friendly

Both Kaspersky and Symantec had internet security solutions that scored highly in PC World's “Battle of the Security Superpowers” and PC Magazine's "Best Security Suites for 2011”

Survey Methodology

Business Solutions Magazine collaborated with Penn State University and surveyed Business Solutions Magazine (BSM) subscribers. Respondents were asked to rate their vendor partners on a scale of 0 to 5 in these categories: Service/Support, Channel Friendly , Channel Program, Product Features, Product Reliability, Product Innovation, and Adequate VAR Margins.

Ultimately, over 11,504 votes from 2,437 unique reseller subscribers were collected. Ballots that couldn’t be verified as BSM subscribers were eliminated. Penn State University performed the hard number crunching. BSM tightened the grading criteria and chose the top 5% of channel vendors in each category for 2011. Last year, 15% was the cutoff.

Go to the link below for complete results and additional details on the selected vendors:

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