ChannelCloud and AntFarm Inc. Announce Exclusive Partnership

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Partnership couples ChannelCloud partners’ access to technical platform with exclusive use of sales and migration blueprints for cloud integration.

I have always approached IT solutions as if failure in planning, budgeting and implementation were not an option.

ChannelCloud, the pioneer in providing comprehensive managed cloud solutions for IT professionals, and AntFarm Inc., a leader in the design of blueprints for IT solution providers that make services easier to sell and more profitable to deliver, today announced a partnership that will grant ChannelCloud partners exclusive access to the AntFarm service blueprints for cloud sales and migration.

Says ChannelCloud President Kent Erickson of the partnership, “John [Kilian, AntFarm’s President] is truly a change agent in the changing IT provider channel. Look at his record: Before starting AntFarm, he engineered and delivered mission critical information solutions within demanding environments like healthcare and the armed services—including Operation Desert Storm. When you look at his blueprints, you realize you’re looking at a completely different approach to solutions planning. His blueprints ensure our partners will not miss a beat in transitioning their business and their customers to the cloud. He is redefining service within the channel.”

“This partnership allows AntFarm to marry its cloud sales and migration blueprints to the strongest technical platform within the channel,” comments John Kilian, President of AntFarm. “The fact is, to stay in the game, players must change their approach to IT solutions. It is not just about a product or a service; it is about seamless integration of both. I have always approached IT solutions as if failure in planning, budgeting and implementation were not an option. With ChannelCloud’s cloud integration platform coupled with our blueprints, partners are set up for success in moving their business and customers to the cloud.”

AntFarm’s Service Blueprint Bricks are modular service delivery processes that fit together seamlessly to create the architecture for a comprehensive service offering. Each self-contained process module (or "brick") displays the storyboard for how to deliver an element of the offering.

ChannelCloud’s technical platform allows IT service providers to migrate their clients to the cloud in a comprehensive, well-orchestrated framework within which all components—from servers to software, security to storage –work together seamlessly.

About ChannelCloud
ChannelCloud is the first-of-kind integrated cloud program that offers IT service providers the platform and training needed to transition to a new, more profitable business model. The ChannelCloud comprehensive cloud platform is built on proven technology with the flexibility, integration and automation required for successful transition. At ChannelCloud's intensive training classes, partners receive the business tools, technical training, sales and marketing support, and industry connections necessary for a successful transition from a traditional service provider business to a cloud integrator. Visit http://www.channelcloud.com for more information.

About AntFarm, Inc.
AntFarm, Inc. is a firm of Service Architects, helping IT solution providers design their services to be easier to sell, and more profitable to deliver. Through our unique approach, known as Service Blueprinting, we have helped numerous Managed Services Providers, Systems Integrators, and product vendors grow their services business through improved service design and delivery. During our Service Blueprinting engagements we work with our clients to design Customer and Business value into their services. The end result is a comprehensive “blueprint” which sets the stage for both sales and delivery of a high-value IT-related service. Visit http://www.antfarm-inc.com for more information.

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