2017 CenturyLink Ascend Overview

Tina Smith LI Twitter  FB



Four Business Channel Alliances

1) Channel Alliance (CCA) led by John Delozier

2)  Software Alliance, (ISV/independent software vendors) (The Software Alliance is comprised of software companies that partner with CenturyLink to build, integrate, deploy, maintain and sell co-created solutions.)

3) Systems Integrator (SI) Alliance (The Systems Integrator Alliance features partners who specialize in configuring and implementing services from CenturyLink and other vendors, with a goal of building complete solutions for customers.)

4) Strategic Partner Alliance  (The Strategic Partner Alliance includes technology vendor partners that provide next-generation communications solutions.)

AWARDS Systems-Integration Alliance: Hewlett Packard Enterprise - Velocity Partner of the Year; IBM - System Integration Partner of the Year.

AWARDS Strategic Partner Alliances:  NetScout - Innovation Partner of the Year; VMware - Velocity Partner of the Year; Cisco - Overall Strategic Partner Alliances Partner of the Year.

Gahn Lane LI  Twitter  FB - Software Alliance Partner Program (HPE/Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DynaTrace blog, CA Technologies,  (Bob Laskey, previous ISV chief left May 2016 quoted here recruiting CA Technologies)  AWARDS Software Alliance Partner Program Manhattan Associates - Innovation Partner of the Year; Thales - Velocity Partner of the Year; Bitnami - Cloud Marketplace Partner of the Year; Dynatrace - Overall Partner of the Year.

Dave Dyas  LI  Twitter  FB

John Delozier  LI  Twitter  FB - CenturyLink Channel Alliance (CCA) program Acuity - Velocity Partner of the Year; Intellys - Up and Coming Partner of the Year; TBI - Retention Partner of the Year; Spearhead - Innovation Partner of the Year; Intelisys - Overall Partner of the Year.

Bill Corbin takes over from Blake Wetzel CRN article,  

Dean Douglas, president, enterprise segment. Reduces Unify workforce 50% in 2014

Bill Hurley CMO Twitter, LI (from Unify & Westcon)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgkxl7AB5xk (Sammy Hagar Comments)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gorq0VIZ7c (Awards Reception)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLC-kWAkQjk (Awards Dinner)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUNUXCkaOKE&t (CTL Rockers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztWgF4cG7os (Concert Crowd)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFqEpv0ehW0&t (Sammy Concert clip)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2-9YMYNVM8 (Sammy History Timeline)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iVswXhGuRo (Telarus Overview)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs1HdyVmn5s (Holger Mueller of Constellation Research Overview)



Rob Shanahan  LI  Twitter  FB

Metals Program: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond

Strategic Partners: NetApp, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, Juniper, PaloAlto, 

CTL SD-WAN blog article


2017 Press Coverage

CP CenturyLink Recognizes Top Partners, New Alliance Programs Touted

CRN CenturyLink's New Channel Focus: First Tiered Program, Plans To Bring Third-Party IT To Partners


2016 Show Preview Interview on CRN  James Parker, left June 2016, 



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