CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 3, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that TechData, the leading worldwide provider of IT products, logistics management and other value-added services, selected it as the "Most Valuable Partner" at the TechSelect partner conference, which took place Feb. 19 - 23, in San Antonio, Texas. This award further demonstrates Symantec's commitment to the channel, specifically those partner focused on providing security solutions to the small-to-mid-size business market.
"Our TechSelect conferences are designed to provide members with access to leading technology vendors such as Symantec to gain insight into developing technologies and business skills," said Terry Bazzone, Tech Data's senior vice president of sales. "Symantec earned the 'Most Valuable Partner' award through its efforts to engage with our members and provide unparalleled business technology education in designing and deploying the latest security solutions."
More than 150 members of TechData's reseller community attended the conference and selected Symantec as the Most Valuable Partner based on a demonstrated level of commitment to the TechSelect community; the ability to offer solid products and solutions that are in demand by end-users; ongoing selling support including training, certifications and comprehensive sales materials; and consistent partner follow-up that helps to build and strengthen ongoing relationships.
"We've built a world-class channel organization and partner program and have continued to enhance it based on feedback from our partners," said Allyson Seelinger, vice president of North American channels. "This award confirms that resellers view Symantec as a partner, providing programs and solutions that help them grow their business."
At the conference Symantec representatives lead a series of Business Growth Roundtables with VARs and also gave presentations on "HIPAA and Beyond: Security Protection in Healthcare," "Requirements for Security in the Enterprise" and "Integrated Solutions to Blended Threats." Symantec was also recognized as the "Most Valuable Partner" at the TechSelect Montreal Conference in July 2002.
Launched in September 1999, Tech Data's TechSelect program is a membership-based alliance of VARs focused on the small-to-mid-size business market. The program, which is supported by a dedicated business unit, provides additional services and outsourcing support to VARs looking to broaden their U.S. market coverage while reducing costs and enhancing their business management and technology expertise. Members of the network form alliances with other technology resellers across the United States and receive access to certification and training programs, special credit options and other incentives.
About Tech Data
Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ/NMS: TECD), founded in 1974, is a leading worldwide provider of IT products, logistics management and other value-added services. Ranked 117th on the Fortune 500, the company and its subsidiaries serve more than 100,000 technology resellers in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Tech Data's extensive service offering includes pre- and post-sale training and technical support, financing options and configuration services as well as a full range of award-winning electronic commerce solutions. The company generated sales of $15.9 billion for the last four quarters reported, which ended October 31, 2002.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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