New relationship enables leading value-add distributor to distribute
8x8 solutions to cloud and unified communications and collaboration
partners in the U.S. and Canada
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT), the world's first Communications Cloud
provider, announced a new agreement with Ingram Micro Inc. to bring
8x8's integrated, enterprise-grade cloud communications, contact center
and team-collaboration solutions to channel partners supporting
mid-market and enterprise companies in the U.S. and Canada. Through this
new relationship, Ingram Micro is adding 8x8 Virtual Office® and 8x8
Virtual Contact Center® to its cloud and unified communications and
collaboration portfolios, and is now enabling channel partners to sell
these market-leading solutions.
According to market research firm IDC, the hosted/cloud portion of the
worldwide unified communications and collaboration market is expected to
grow to $32.5 billion in 2021, which is a five-year CAGR of 14.8 percent
for the 2016-2021 period versus 4.5 percent for premises-based solutions1.
"Midmarket and enterprise companies are embracing UCC as a means to
bolster productivity and deliver a connected customer experience," said
Jeff Yelton, executive director and general manager, Ingram Micro. "UCC
is a fast-growing market segment for Ingram Micro. The business benefits
of UCC are undeniable and 8x8's portfolio of enterprise communications,
collaboration and contact center solutions are well suited for the needs
of our channel partners and the customers they serve."
With the new alliance, 8x8 will become one of the largest service
providers and born-in-the-cloud vendors within Ingram Micro's Specialty
Division for Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC). 8x8's cloud
solutions for the midmarket and enterprise segment expands Ingram
Micro's portfolio to better meet the needs of globally distributed
organizations requiring integrated, enterprise-grade business
communications and collaboration solutions. As part of the agreement,
8x8 joins Ingram Micro's portfolio of cloud vendors, offering channel
partners bundled solutions by market segment or vertical, such as
retail, manufacturing and healthcare.
"Migrating businesses to the cloud is a growing opportunity for channel
partners and an area where Ingram Micro Cloud continues to accelerate
the sales cycle and simplify success for MSPs and IT service providers,"
said Jason Bystrak, executive director, Cloud, Ingram Micro. "Managed
UCC solutions generate a solid recurring revenue stream for our channel
partners and we're pleased to welcome 8x8 to our industry-leading cloud
The new agreement also aligns with Ingram Micro's global presence where
the distributor has the flexibility to expand the relationship in the
regions 8x8 sells, markets and supports its solutions, including North
America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
"Ingram Micro is known throughout the industry for being fully dedicated
to providing solutions, services and support offerings that exceed the
expectations of its channel partners," said Christopher Peters, global
channel chief at 8x8. "Whether or not Ingram Micro channel partners have
sold cloud communications, collaboration and contact center solutions in
the past, our combined channel resources and go-to-market methodology
will enable them to easily gain access into a hyper-growth market and to
accelerate profitability with 8x8 solutions at minimal risk."
About Ingram Micro
Ingram Micro helps businesses Realize the
Promise of Technology™. It delivers a full spectrum of global technology
and supply chain services to businesses around the world. Deep expertise
in technology solutions, mobility, cloud, and supply chain solutions
enables its business partners to operate efficiently and successfully in
the markets they serve. Unrivaled agility, deep market insights and the
trust and dependability that come from decades of proven relationships,
set Ingram Micro apart and ahead. More at www.ingrammicro.com.
About 8x8, Inc.
8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT) is the provider of
the world's first Communications Cloud that combines unified
communications, team collaboration, contact center, and analytics in a
single, open and real-time platform. 8x8 eliminates information silos to
expose vital, real-time intelligence across multiple clouds,
applications and devices to improve individual and team productivity,
business performance and customer experience. For additional
information, visit www.8x8.com, or
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1 IDC Worldwide
Unified Communications and Collaboration Forecast, 2017-2021, May
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