Annual Awards Recognize the Most Innovative Products in Hardware and Software
by Janet Brumfield
Verizon Enterprise Solutions has been named a 2013 Tech Innovator by CRN. The annual Tech Innovator Awards recognize the vendors that have launched the most innovative new hardware and software solutions over the past year. Verizon was selected for Virtual Communications Express in the highly competitive Networking category.
Virtual Communications Express is a cloud-based VoIP solution that offers multi-featured advanced communications services designed for the small and medium-sized business market. Focused on SMBs that may be constrained by limited resources or lack of in-house IT expertise, Virtual Communications Express is a powerful and affordable collaboration tool that can be combined with Google Apps to offer advanced communication features such as “click-to-call” from e-mail, calendar and chat.
Each year, CRN Test Center Editors review hundreds of products to determine the best of the best. This year, companies were encouraged to submit across 17 hardware and software categories including enterprise management and productivity software; wireless networking; voice and data; enterprise network communications; display technology; handheld devices; PC servers; workstations and desktops; laptops; printing and imaging solutions; security; storage and cloud solutions; and virtualization. Winners were recently announced at a special presentation during the NexTI Conference.
“The IT channel landscape has changed dramatically in recent years and solution providers are always on the lookout for new products that can help them take advantage of evolving market opportunities,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “The CRN Tech Innovator awards recognize the vendors who are helping their solution provider partners solve challenges with innovative offerings.”
“The 2013 Tech Innovator award is further proof that Verizon is a leading innovator in the enterprise space,” said Janet Schijns, vice president of medium business and channel. “Our Virtual Communications Express solution is another example of how innovation is benefitting our clients and their customers. This solution gives smaller businesses an edge in competing with larger players in the marketplace, while delivering all the agility and cost efficiencies they require.”
2013 Tech Innovators were selected from a large pool of nominations, with winners and runners-up selected by the editors of CRN and the CRN Test Center. Tech Innovators is featured in the November issue of CRN magazine, and the full list is online at CRN.com. CRN is part of The Channel Company.