Marlow, UK, 09 October 2013 – Softcat has won the ‘Stronger Together’ accolade at open source software provider Red Hat’s annual EMEA Partner Awards. The awards ceremony, held in Madrid, recognised six partners in total for their outstanding partner contributions. The ‘Stronger Together’ award recognises a particularly strong collaboration between Red Hat and Softcat, which has seen Softcat grow its Red Hat software business by over 100% last financial year.
The award comes as a result of Softcat’s 18-month investment in educating its sales team; committing to train over 200 staff on Red Hat’s portfolio. The reseller is now one of Red Hat’s largest hosting partners in the UK, providing its open source software, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, to the UK enterprise community.
David Francis, a partner services account manager at Softcat, accepted the prestigious award at the conference earlier this week. “I’m incredibly proud that we’ve achieved this, as it demonstrates the value of our continued investment in our relationship with Red Hat. The collaboration has improved the communication between our sales teams and partner account managers through sharing ideas and by making suggestions for improvements.” He added, “Softcat’s customers are already benefitting from our collaboration with Red Hat, with access to well-trained sales people who understand their business needs and how Red Hat’s open source software can help them.”
Colin Brown, Softcat’s managing director, said, “One of the reasons we’ve invested so significantly in our relationship with Red Hat is because they offer something different in the open source market. There is a growing pool of businesses in the enterprise community who need solid, safe and secure software to deliver mission critical applications. Red Hat’s solutions fit the bill.”
Petra Heinrich, vice president, Partners & Alliances, EMEA at Red Hat, said of the partner award, “We are delighted that Softcat has been named as the winner of the Stronger Together Award at the 2013 Red Hat EMEA Partner Awards. Red Hat and Softcat have a long history of working together and their recognition with this award is a testament to the excellent relationship between our two companies. Softcat continuously demonstrates openness and willingness to learn about Red Hat and its products, and we have seen an acceleration in our collaboration with Softcat in recent years that has been of benefit to both our companies.”
Softcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by the then chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs 600 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £400 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations.
The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 8,000 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations.
As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world-class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.