Zones acquires nfrastructure

On October 21, we announced our acquisition of nfrastructure Technologies, a provider of core-to-edge technical and managed services.

By acquiring nfrastructure, we’re extending our robust solutions and services capabilities. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zones, nfrastructure will expand globally and nationally, significantly enhancing its product fulfillment and technical capabilities.

“Acquiring nfrastructure accelerates Zones’ evolution as a services-led solutions provider with deep customer relationships and global capabilities,” said Firoz Lalji, chairman, president and CEO of Zones. “We welcome nfrastructure’s talented team to our organization. With similar cultures squarely focused on delivering a positive customer experience, we’re well-aligned to seize growth in the market.”

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Zones named a 2016 Tech Elite 250 solution provider by CRN

Tech Elite 250 list recognizes IT solution providers for deep technical expertise and premier certifications

data_center_100_awardOn March 29, CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, named Zones to its 2016 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors.

“We continue to invest in our team’s technical training in all key solution areas to support our customers and the technology partners we represent,” said Asif Hudani, senior vice president of the Advanced Solutions Group at Zones. “Our placement on the Tech Elite 250 list solidifies our commitment to providing the expertise and technical knowledge our customers require.”

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Zones honored as a winner of Microsoft’s Excellence in Operations Award

We are proud to share the news that Zones won the Excellence in Operations Award for delivering market-leading operational excellence supporting Microsoft technology over the past year.

This marks the ninth time that Zones has been recognized for excellence in operations by Microsoft, and the second award given to Zones by Microsoft in 2015.

“Zones and Microsoft have worked together successfully in key segments around strategic initiatives, including software, hardware and cloud solutions,” said Todd Leeson, vice president of Partner and Product Marketing, Software, at Zones. “Winning the Microsoft Excellence in Operations Award for the ninth time emphasizes our commitment to the Microsoft platform and demonstrates our ability to deliver positive business outcomes for our customers.”

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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

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 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 named MBE Class IV Supplier of the Year by Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council

Zones receives prestigious supplier diversity award

Zones president & CEO Murray Wright accepts the Supplier of the Year Award from NMMSDC Board Chairperson Diane Lin, Director of Global Procurement at Starbucks Coffee Company

Zones president & CEO Murray Wright accepts the Supplier of the Year Award from Northwest Mountain MSDC board chairperson Diane Lin

On Friday, March 13, Zones was honored with the Class IV Supplier of the Year Award, presented by the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) at its 2015 Northwest Mountain MSDC Awards Dinner.

The Northwest Mountain MSDC Supplier of the Year awards recognize minority business enterprises (MBEs) that have shown outstanding performance and commitment to minority business development over the past year. Zones was nominated to receive this honor by Seattle Public Utilities, a long-time Zones customer.

“Zones offers a world-class diversity program with established roots in the local Seattle community,” said Fernando Martinez, president at the Northwest Mountain MSDC. “The Northwest Mountain MSDC applauds Zones for excellence in its business practices, and for participating in the minority business community.”

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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