June 22, 2017 - 12:00
Focus on product improvements, customer experience enhancements, and reiterating the commitment to the channel, were the key points of the 2017 GFI and Kerio Distributor Forum.
Vienna, Austria; June 22, 2017 – Over 80 distribution partners present in 117 countries gathered at the 2017 GFI and Kerio Distributor Forum, held on June 1-3 at the Bad Blumau resort in Austria. “Putting you at the heart of our Journey” was the tagline of this event, covering all relevant news and developments in GFI Software during the past two years and plans for the future.
“Our focus is to provide SMBs with the simplest and most powerful security and communications solution on the market, and to do that via a broad network of trusted, local distribution partners who have deep ties into their local markets. Our strategy is to grow the business rapidly via acquisition and innovation, bringing our partners an ever broadening solution set that they can provide to their customers. Over the last twelve months, we’ve made a lot of progress against that strategy”, said Scott Brighton, CEO of GFI Software.
During the three-day conference, distributors from GFI and Kerio ecosystems got acquainted with the latest product roadmaps, plans for future improvements in engineering, support, sales and marketing, and had the opportunity to talk 1:1 with GFI executives.
“Two years ago, we promised to deliver on a number of key strategic initiatives: to transition into a 2-Tier distribution business, to launch new products, and to grow organically and through acquisitions. I’m glad to see today that we have delivered on all of those promises, and have ambitious plans to grow and develop further, together with our channel partners”, emphasized Johannes Kamleitner, SVP and Chief Revenue Officer of GFI Software.
The best results of GFI and Kerio distribution partners in the previous period were recognized during this year’s forum. The award for highest revenue performance in 2016 went to Lifeboat Distribution (USA), ADN Distribution (Germany), Ingram Micro (Australia), and Brainworks Computer Technologie (Germany), while awards for highest growth went to BIT (Belgium), Multiwire (Italy), and Siener Informatique (France). Zebra Systems (Czech Republic) and CoreTech (Italy) were awarded best efforts in the marketing area, while AFI Distribution (Russia) got the award for Best Partner Event Organizer of 2016.
Details of the upcoming innovations of the GFI Partner Program were also presented at the event, as well as of plans for integrating Kerio products into the GFI Prime customer loyalty program. All key messages from the Distributor Forum will be presented to resellers and customers through a series of webinars organized during June 2017.
About GFI Software
GFI Software, part of the ESW Capital group of companies, develops right-sized, smartly engineered IT solutions for businesses of all sizes. Our solutions enable IT administrators to easily and efficiently discover, manage and secure their business networks, systems, applications and communications, regardless of their location. GFI Software is a channel-focused company with a network of thousands of partners worldwide. We have received numerous awards and industry accolades, and are a long-time Microsoft® Gold ISV Partner. For more information about GFI Software, our products, and success stories of our customers from over 120 countries, please visit www.gfi.com