3Com Launches Consultant Connection Program
- By Scott Bekker
3Com Corp. today announced the Consultant Connection program, which offers network consultants tools to design, implement and support mission-critical enterprise networks. The new program offers IT network consultants access to detailed information about 3Com's products and services, end-user case studies, vertical industry solutions, training options and product support.
The Consultant Connection is a new special interest group within the 3Com netWorking Partners program - which provides resources to distributors, VARs, ISPs, integrators and consultants. 3Com expects 2,000 network consultants to enroll during the first few months of the program.
"We are providing consultants with not only success stories and solutions, but we are also giving them the hard data that demonstrates how enterprise customers are saving money without losing network performance." says Carlene Chmaj, manager of 3Com's Consultant Program.
Participants in the Consultant Connection have access to an array of information tools, including presentation libraries, competitive product databases and product comparison spreadsheets. Other resources include sales contacts, proposal builders, technology briefs and white papers, bulk literature ordering services, vertical marketing solutions, telebriefings and online technical support.
Key benefits specifically customized for consultants include a personalized information package, regular communications through e-mail updates, bimonthly product and news bulletins, channel programs and product promotions, Web-based 3Com Radio broadcasting, and invitations to events, seminars and trade shows. Consultants will also receive discounts on 3Com education, training and accreditation programs, which include training and certification classes and the 3Com Master of Network Science Program.
"High performance networking is an extremely competitive, rapidly-moving market. What we do is add value by providing consultants with strategic information to compete and to demonstrate the value of using 3Com's products throughout the enterprise," said Chmaj.
Recent industry reports from International Data Corp. (www.idc.com) project network consulting to grow about 16 percent and become a $25 billion market worldwide by 2003. 3Com's Consultant Connection, currently only offered to consultants in the United States, will be expanded in the coming months to markets worldwide. IDC says that critical issues, such as network security, low cost Internet access, e-commerce and network implementation are driving the growth for network consulting.
3Com's Consultant Connection is located on the Web at www.3com.com/partners/consultant. --Thomas Sullivan
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.