BURLINGTON, MA – April 22, 2008 – groupSPARK, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and the leading provider of private label hosted software services including Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, today announced its private label SaaS services are now being offered as part of Ingram Micro’s Seismic Virtual Services Warehouse. The new agreement includes groupSPARK’s hosted Exchange Server 2007 and 2003, as well as Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and Dynamics CRM 4.0.
Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) is the world’s leading distributor of technology products and services to the IT industry. Ingram Micro’s Seismic Virtual Services Warehouse is part of the distributor’s North America Services Division which provides VARs with a full range of managed IT services, professional IT labor services, and warranty contract management services and enables VARs to offer customers a variety of hosted software services. This new agreement enables Ingram Micro Seismic to immediately offer industry leading private label hosted messaging and collaboration solutions from groupSPARK to partners in the U.S. and Canada.
groupSPARK’s unique Private Label Application Delivery (PLAD) platform was designed to enable resellers to offer the company’s hosted services completely under their own corporate brand, URL, and look and feel. This private label solution reinforces the resellers’ brand with their customers, deepens their market penetration and enables them to offer their customers’ enterprise-class hosted email and collaboration solutions at a price set solely by the VAR. In addition, groupSPARK’s hosted Exchange, hosted SharePoint and hosted CRM offering fortifies customer retention and provides Ingram Micro Seismic partners with the opportunity to earn additional monthly recurring revenue per user.
As part of Seismic’s hosted solutions portfolio, groupSPARK will maintain, monitor and upgrade all hardware and software allowing Seismic partners to offer these hosted software services to their customers without incurring any upfront expense, delay or risk in attempting to deploy the services on their own. groupSPARK will also enable Seismic partners to offer 2-way wireless synchronization with BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), Windows Mobile and Good Mobile Messaging.
“Ingram Micro is at the forefront of the services market in the IT channel and remains committed to identifying best-in-class solutions for our Seismic partners,” said Justin Crotty, vice president of Ingram Micro Services Division, North America. “We selected groupSPARK’s private label hosted Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Dynamics CRM services because of its focus on the VAR brand and its proven track record for providing VARs with affordable solutions that deliver the email and collaboration services small and mid-size businesses need to increase productivity and stay connected.”
“As the provider of hosted Exchange Server, SharePoint and CRM to Ingram Micro Seismic, we are dramatically increasing our reseller channel and reaching a new group of small and mid-size businesses,” said Ravi Agarwal, senior executive officer, groupSPARK division of mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. “Ingram Micro’s confidence in our hosted services offering and our best-in-class service and support is the direct result of our commitment to and focus on true private label hosting of enterprise-class services.”
Located in Burlington, Massachusetts, groupSPARK, a mindSHIFT company, is a leading provider of SaaS services, such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services v3.0, and Dynamics CRM, which can be completely private labeled and resold by partners as a part of their own product offerings saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in development and support costs.
Its partners utilize groupSPARK’s turnkey private label platform to provide hosted services to their users in minutes. Partners are able to address scalability and uptime concerns by leveraging groupSPARK’s 100% uptime SLA, private label 24×7 U.S.-based support and proactive hardware and software monitoring capabilities. For additional information, visit www.groupSPARK.com.
About Ingram Micro, Inc.
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