February 07, 2012 - 12:00
Through its GFI MAX managed services business unit, GFI Software joins vendor-neutral program for benchmarking service-enabling technology vendors worldwide
GFI Software today announced that its GFI MAX managed services platform has received accreditation under the MSPAlliance’s (MSPA) Vendor Accreditation Program (VAP). VAP is the first program of its kind, specifically designed by managed service providers (MSPs) as a benchmark for vendors who sell to the MSP community. Vendors who bear the VAP seal have shown they abide by the highest principles of quality in areas such as financial stability, positive channel practices, product research and development, and MSP customer satisfaction.
"The Vendor Accreditation Program is important to MSPs, since companies that receive accreditation have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to the channel,” said Charles Weaver, president of the MSPAlliance. "We are very proud to have GFI as a part of this prestigious body of vendors.”
VAP was created using a wide base of criteria considered as critical by MSPs when selecting a vendor. Criteria examined during the accreditation process include:
- Business Practices: Focusing on channel development, channel competition safeguards, experience in the managed services industry, etc.
- Product Roadmap: Examining the vendor's willingness to invest in their products in order to ensure continued relevance for the MSPs on a continued basis.
- Financial: Examination of financial stability to ensure adequate support of channel initiatives and product development.
- Client References: Vendor must provide at least three MSP specific client references.
“GFI MAX is delighted to have been successful in achieving accreditation under the MSP Alliance Vendor Accreditation Program as it confirms our position as a leading provider of tools to the MSP community and our complete focus on working with and supporting our partners as they grow their businesses,” said Dr. Alistair Forbes, general manager of the GFI MAX Business Unit. “We place a very high value on our relationships with our customers and this accreditation underscores our commitment to being a partner of choice for MSPs worldwide.”
For more than 10 years, the MSPAlliance has served as the chief advocate and unified voice for the Managed Services industry, and is the only organization that promotes the highest level of professionalism, reliability and integrity. As the world's largest Professional Association and Certifying Body for the Managed Services Industry, the MSPAlliance was created to meet the needs of the Managed Services Professional and to educate the end-user community and ecosystem-at-large on the benefits of utilizing a Managed Service Provider.
For additional information, please visit http://www.mspalliance.com. To access the MSPNews site, please visit http://www.mspnews.com/.
GFI Software provides web and mail security, archiving and fax, networking and security software and hosted IT solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMB) via an extensive global partner community. GFI products are available either as on-premise solutions, in the cloud or as a hybrid of both delivery models. With award-winning technology, a competitive pricing strategy, and a strong focus on the unique requirements of SMBs, GFI satisfies the IT needs of organizations on a global scale. The company has offices in the United States, UK, Austria, Australia, Malta, Hong Kong, Philippines and Romania, which together support hundreds of thousands of installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with thousands of partners throughout the world and is also a Microsoft Gold ISV Partner.