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Hello UK! Vonage at Channel Evolution Europe for UK partner network launch

This article was published on May 13, 2020

With a revitalized brand and global focus, Vonage is building on its success by investing significantly in the UK channel. And this week we were a premier sponsor of Channel Partners Evolution Europe in London, where we formally launched our award-winning channel program in the UK.

The inaugural, two-day Channel Partners Evolution Europe event offered a unique look into the latest opportunities in the channel and connected with the suppliers and partners who can bring new opportunities to life. The channel is evolving at breakneck speed and customers who once needed an array of costly on-premise software are rapidly moving to the cloud. As a result, the once-lucrative business of delivering value-added in-house solutions is giving way to selling technology and communications as a service.

Vonage’s partner network is designed to meet the evolving needs of both channel partners and the enterprises they serve. We are not only committed to delivering world-class customer experience but are also focused on delivering a superior and differentiated partner experience. This means giving UK businesses increased access to Vonage’s fully scalable and flexible communications solutions.


As Jeremy Straker, SVP of International Sales for Vonage, explained on stage on the opening day of the show, “We’re proud to have built the world’s most flexible cloud communications platform, designed to serve the collaboration, communications and experience needs of global businesses. We’ve harmonized our technology stack, rebranded the organization and launched our UC platform here in Europe. Most importantly, we’re delighted to be launching our channel program for Europe here at this event – a program that has already given great success to our channel partners in North America.”

Straker continued, “We’ve built a world-class platform that is unique in its nature and will enable our partners to have a different conversation. We don’t have technology conversations with our customers, we want to talk about future state business with these organizations.”


Mario DeRiggi, SVP Channel Sales & Business Development for Vonage, joined the event’s Pivotal Pivots panel, hosted by Channel Partners’ Kris Blackmon, to discuss our launch and the strategic shifts that have reshaped technology companies and their trajectories. DeRiggi highlighted how changes in the tech landscape have accelerated in recent years:

“Over the last five to eight years, a tremendous amount of digital transformation has happened at the end-user level. There’s a lot of demand for these end users to keep up with what’s happening in the marketplace, and so more of a reliance on partners as trusted advisors now than ever before. We all know that with digital transformation, things change so rapidly that we need to be able to respond immediately. We’re therefore making a significant investment in our partner experience team, to go out and support our partners in this transformation.”


Darren Smith, SVP Sales Engineering at Vonage, summarized in a day two session ‘lead your customers into the future of business communications’. “Vonage’s single platform approach enables us to deliver unique unified communications, contact center and communications APIs to help businesses around the world transform the way they engage with their customers and employees. With Vonage, partners have the power to make communications more flexible, intelligent and personal to meet the needs of their customers globally.”

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