Press Release

Sungard Availability Services Given 5-Star Rating in CRN's 2018 Partner Program Guide

Annual guide recognizes the channel's top partner programs

WAYNE, PA – April 6, 2018 – Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Sungard AS a 5-Star rating in its 2018 Partner Program Guide. This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

To determine the 2018 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company's research team assessed each vendor's partner program based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

The Sungard AS Partner Program provides partners with an industry-differentiated collaborative selling approach. Partners gain the toolsets to elevate their conversations with customers and extend their reach across the enterprise to business and technical decision-makers. Plus, Sungard AS delivers a broad portfolio of solutions that address customers' top IT objectives such as hybrid IT, managed public cloud, hosted private cloud, data security, and disaster recovery/business continuity. As a result, Sungard AS partners benefit from an expanded services portfolio, resources to help identify and win new incremental opportunities, the ability to transition to a recurring revenue stream, and improved customer retention that comes with a hybrid IT approach.

"Finding the right technology vendor to partner with can be a daunting task, given the vast array of choices now available to solution providers," said Robert Faletra, Executive Chairman of The Channel Company. "CRN's Partner Program Guide and 5-Star ratings help them narrow the field and find the best fit, identifying the most rewarding partner programs and providing crucial insight into their strengths and benefits. We are pleased to present our 2018 PPG list, recognizing the strongest and most successful partner programs in the channel today."

"This 5-star rating from CRN recognizes our strong commitment to our partners as together we are helping companies transform their IT environments and increase their application resiliency," said Melissa McCoy, vice president, channels and alliances, Sungard AS. "As customers’ IT needs evolve, we’re offering the program resources and knowledge that turn partners into trusted advisors who can best ensure our joint customers' success."

The 2018 Partner Program Guide is featured in the April issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com/ppg. For further information about the Sungard AS Channel Partner program, please visit channels.sungardas.com.

About Sungard Availability Services

Sungard Availability Services ("Sungard AS") is a leading provider of critical production and recovery services to global enterprise companies. Sungard AS partners with customers across the globe to understand their business needs and provide production and recovery services tailored to help them achieve their desired business outcomes. Leveraging more than 35 years of experience, Sungard AS designs, builds and runs critical IT services that help customers manage complex IT, adapt quickly and build resiliency and availability. Visit Sungard Availability Services at www.sungardas.com or call 1-800-468-7483. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Sungard Availability Services is a trademark or registered trademark of SunGard Data Systems or its affiliate, used under license. The Sungard Availability Services logo by itself is a trademark or registered trademark of Sungard Availability Services Capital, Inc. or its affiliate. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

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About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. Visit The Channel Company at www.thechannelco.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Media Contacts

Nora Hahn 
Sungard Availability Services 
Tel: 281-584-4616 or 281-728-6999
nora.hahn@sungardas.com

Melanie Turpin
The Channel Company
Tel: 508-416-1195
mturpin@thechannelco.com