It’s been a busy year so far with several exciting changes with Symantec 4.0. The transition to becoming an even stronger company takes time but so far I have been very impressed with the progress we have made. I look forward to Symantec strengthening our products and making an even greater investment in our partners. If you didn’t have the chance to visit us last month at Symantec Vision 2013 it was a great event. Many keynotes were delivered that gave insight into our company plans for the coming year. You can refer to John Eldh’s Blog on the event in which he gives an excellent recap of all that was covered and the “revolution” that Symantec is undergoing this year.
In the channel, we have continued the momentum with many opportunities to increase your knowledge of Symantec products with our road shows and boot camps. In April, Symantec Endpoint Protection 6-City Partner Roadshow had 112 partner attendees, the content focused on how to grow margins and maximize deal sizes. We continued in May with a boot camp on Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Endpoint Protection SBE. This 4 day boot camp had 294 partners in attendance where they were given the opportunity to take the Symantec Endpoint Protection Sales Expert (SSE) and Symantec Endpoint Protection Sales Expert Plus (SSE+) accreditation exams. Upon passing, they became SMB Specialized in the Security Track and can now start using the Margin Builder tool. I definitely encourage you to take advantage of the additional events we have still going on this quarter. Sign up today for the 10 City Partner Roadshow Symantec Solutions as a Managed Service, Virtualization Partner 10-City Partner Roadshow in June, and Symantec Partner Backup Exec Virtual Boot Camp on June 18-20
One of the things I am more excited to share is the launch of our new and improved PartnerNet. To help you get started, I recommend that you watch these short videos which gives you quick tutorials on the new site. There is also an FAQ that addresses common questions and concerns. In addition, the recorded partner Webcast The New PartnerNet: Redesigned to Make Your Life Easier is now available.
Thank you for your continued partnership. I hope to see you at a future Symantec road show.