Zones furthers cloud strategy with introduction of the Zones Cloud Marketplace

Unified solution offers on-demand cloud provisioning and automation

On August 10, at the Zones CustomerConnect business conference, Zones debuted its Cloud Marketplace, an offering that gives organizations the ability to purchase and provision the cloud resources they require quickly and easily, with simplified administration, management and 24×7 post-sales support.

Zones Cloud Marketplace is a cloud-specific portal that extends Zones’ automated procurement site, ZonesConnect. The Cloud Marketplace is unique, in that customers can provision their cloud solutions and workloads in real time, enabling the self-service and self-direction needed to rapidly scale their organizations’ cloud workloads up or down.

“CustomerConnect is the perfect venue to announce the Zones Cloud Marketplace,” said Jon Allen, vice president of Partner and Product Marketing at Zones. “Our customers require the ability to strategically manage their cloud resources with real-time provisioning, while having a single pane of glass to effectively manage their cloud workloads. The Zones Cloud Marketplace is the next step in the evolution of Zones’ expansive cloud offerings.” Continue reading

Meet Windows 10

The Windows operating system that’s mobile, secure, and built to last

wb_T3_EnterpriselBus_hero_desktopWindows 10 is familiar, and better than ever.

With welcome similarities to Windows 7 – including the Start menu – people using Windows 10 will feel like experts right away. New features like Continuum and Microsoft Edge provide innovative productivity experiences only available on Windows 10.

On 2-in-1 devices you can run in desktop or tablet mode, seamlessly switching between type and touch inputs. Continuum for Phone even allows you to use your phone like a desktop.

Windows 10 also delivers entirely new ways to protect your systems and data. With features like Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport, it’s easier to adopt biometrics and multi-factor authentication.

Windows 10 also has built-in defenses to help protect your critical business information from leaks or theft, while separating corporate from personal files. Technologies like Secure Boot and Device Guard ensure you’re protected from power-on to power-off. Continue reading

Zones announces investments to expand and accelerate customer adoption of the Microsoft platform

Zones details strategic investments in Microsoft cloud, software and services offerings

MSFT_logo_pngZones recently announced details of major investments designed to support the company’s focus on the Microsoft platform. As an authorized Microsoft Licensing Solutions Partner (LSP) and a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), Zones is well-equipped to provide comprehensive solutions that drive customer success through the innovative use of Microsoft technologies.

To continue driving the transformation to cloud-enabled solutions, Zones has made significant investments in dedicated Microsoft selling and services resources. A sales organization devoted to Microsoft solutions leading with Office 365 (O365) and Azure has been formed at Zones, and is supported by technical architects and system engineers providing extended services to enhance Microsoft solution offerings. Together these teams will execute on Zones’ go-to-market strategy for Microsoft solutions, which includes solving its customers’ technology challenges through adoption and implementation of Microsoft technologies. Continue reading

Zones Wins 2015 Supplier Diversity Award from Microsoft

Sales Manager Stephanie Rhett, SVP and CIO Anwar Jiwani, Director of Sales Staci Stratton and Director of Supplier Diversity Chi Pak, who attended the May 20 award ceremony

Sales Manager Stephanie Rhett, SVP and CIO Anwar Jiwani, Director of Sales Staci Stratton and Director of Supplier Diversity Chi Pak, who attended the May 20 award ceremony

On May 20, Zones was honored with the 2015 Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Excellence Award for Supplier Diversity.

Microsoft’s MSP Excellence Awards recognize superior performance, exemplary service and innovation by suppliers. Award winners were measured on excellence in a number of areas, including quality, value, service and innovation. Winners were announced today during the 13th Annual MSP Summit on Microsoft’s main corporate campus in Redmond, Wash., (view Microsoft’s press release announcing the award recipients here).

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Zones recognized as a technology innovator within Cisco’s global partner community

Cisco Summit AwardLast week, members of Zones’ executive staff were in Montreal, attending Cisco’s biggest and highest-profile partner event of the year, the 2015 Cisco Partner Summit.

And it was quite a week for Zones!

Zones was recognized with two prestigious Partner of the Year awards, highlighting our accomplishments in the Internet of Things (IoT) space:

Partner of the Year, Solution Innovation
This coveted award came to Zones, in part, for posting year-over-year growth that exceeded 300 percent in the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

Partner of the Year, U.S. National Solution Excellence
Zones earned this U.S.-based award also through our successful delivery of unique and industry-leading IoT implementations. Continue reading

Zones IoT CustomerConnect conference in Seattle

Exploring practical applications of the Internet of Things

CustomerConnect Q1 15On March 11, Zones clients from across the country arrived in Seattle for two days of education and networking at our Q1 CustomerConnect conference.

Focused exclusively on the Internet of Things, the program featured visionaries who are leading key IoT initiatives at companies like Cisco, Microsoft, Dell, EMC and Oracle, as well as business unit leaders from HP, VMware, Kingston Technology, CA Technologies, and Symantec, who detailed their companies’ approaches to – and solutions for – our increasingly connected world.

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Two industry veterans join Zones’ growing Partner and Product Marketing organization

New hires to collaborate with partner community to accelerate software solution sales and expand cloud practice

On February 16, Zones welcomed two technology industry veterans to our Partner and Product Marketing organization. Jon Allen has assumed the role of vice president of Cloud, and Todd Leeson joins the organization as vice president of Software. In their respective new roles, Allen and Leeson will help define the strategy for two key Zones target markets: cloud computing and software solutions.

“Zones is on an accelerated growth trajectory. We continue to expand our presence internationally, we are driving success for our customers and we are bringing on new team members with deep technology and market expertise,” said Derrek Hallock, senior vice president of Partner and Product Marketing at Zones. “Partners and customers alike are placing big bets with Zones and we’re looking forward to the impact that Jon and Todd will have as leaders in the Partner and Product Marketing organization.” Continue reading

Zones teams with Samsung to market KNOX mobile security platform

Zones and Samsung delivering secure solutions for the mobile enterprise workforce

On February 10, Zones announced its authorization as a Platinum Reseller of the Samsung KNOX security platform for the Samsung Galaxy line of mobile devices.

Samsung KNOX is a multi-layered security technology that provides leading device security, data and application protection technology to enable a secure and productive workspace for mobile professionals. Since its introduction in September 2013, the KNOX platform has found wide acceptance around the world.

As a Platinum Reseller, Zones is now authorized to provide the KNOX platform to organizations across a broad array of industries that rely on mobile devices in their corporate IT infrastructures.

Explaining the customer value of the partnership, Greg Parsonson, Zones vice president of partner and product marketing said, “Whether they are on a laptop, tablet or any other mobile device, security is of paramount importance to all users. Samsung KNOX offers a secure platform on which our customers can rely, extending and securing their enterprise and mobile infrastructures. We are proud to offer Samsung KNOX to our customers.” Continue reading

Exelon honors Zones as its Financial Discipline and Savings Partner

Matt Camden

Recently, Exelon Corporation presented Zones with the energy company’s Financial Discipline and Savings Partner award, during its annual supplier conference in Chicago.

Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon is one the nation’s leading energy providers, with approximately $24.9 billion in annual revenues.

National account executive Matt Camden, who leads the Exelon account, accepted the award with Executive Vice President, Enterprise Sales Tom Ducatelli. The award recognized Zones for delivering market-leading quantifiable cost savings, successful negotiation best practices with OEMs, and implementation of new cost-saving processes in addition to near flawless levels of execution in our sales and support services.

The award reflects the effort of people across all divisions of the company who make it possible for customers like Exelon to view us not simply as a supplier, but as a true partner.

Congratulations to Matt and the entire Exelon team at Zones for their excellent service and support of the Exelon business!