Enterprise Linux Log

Mar 13 2007   9:46AM GMT

Red Hat reveals something old, something new in channel announcement


Red Hat Inc. announced today that it would soon expand its global open source channel program to further promote the adoption of open source software in enterprise environments.

The new channel program is designed to assist partners with developing customer relationships, improve margins and take advantage of new revenue opportunities using open source software, company executives said.

According to Red Hat, the program will be “available soon” and includes:

  • Partner Investment. Red Hat will increase focus on business partners with leads for qualified partners, training benefits for RHCE and RHCA and the option to participate in Marketing Development Funds (MDF) programs for demand generation.
  • Red Hat Subscription Center. This subscription center will allow partners to renew customer subscriptions. The Subscription Center will offer services such as renewal reminders, renewal processing and will allow partners to participate in the annuity business that subscription sales offers by tracking all the customer renewal information and making it available to partners via the Partner Portal.

Now that’s all well and good, but our friends over at sister blog Channel Marker tell me this is a lot of ado about nothing new.

“They’re just compiling a bunch of old press releases into one for some extra exposure. I’ll probably just throw out a blog entry about it.”

Hey, what do you know, me too.

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