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Plano, Texas, 10 April 2015

Siemens PLM Software Awarded 5-Star Rating in CRN’s 2015 Partner Program Guide

Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business has been awarded a 5-Star rating in The Channel Company’s CRN 2015 Partner Program Guide. This is the ninth straight year that Siemens PLM Software has received this designation. In addition, CRN recognized Jeff Zobrist, Siemens PLM Software’s Vice President of Global Solution Partner Sales, as a 2015 CRN Channel Chief.

The annual directory is the definitive listing of technology vendors that service solution providers or provide products through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

Siemens PLM Software’s Channel Partner Program supports a community of 750 partners, employing over 8,000 professionals around the world. Together, Siemens and its channel partners help customers – large and small, across numerous industries and geographies – realize innovation by sharing best practices, experience and technology. These best practices have been deployed within some of the most respected manufacturers around the world. The program enables Siemens’ partners to deliver quality and lifetime value to its customers while supporting the partners’ unique business drivers. Three strategic partnering pillars serve as the foundation of the program - Smart Business, Innovative Approach, and Shared Success.

To determine the 2015 5-Star recipients, The Channel Company’s Research team assessed each vendor’s application based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

“Solution providers have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting vendor partners. Identifying the right vendor, with the right technologies, and the right approach can make all the difference,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “Our annual Partner Program Guide and 5-Star rating recognizes the very best channel programs available in the market today to help solution providers determine which vendor delivers the best partner elements for their individual business goals.”

“To receive this honor for the ninth straight year is a testament to the dedication, commitment, and consistency of our extended channel partner team working with and supporting our channel partners across the globe every day,” said Zobrist. “As Siemens’ PLM software portfolio continues to expand, so do the opportunities for our existing channel partners and other solution providers looking to enter the growing PLM market. By staying focused on the needs of our mutual customers, Siemens PLM Software is evolving and designing new, exciting programs to help our partners expand their product and services offerings while developing deep specialization in domains that align with their business objectives.”

The 2015 Partner Program Guide will be featured on CRN.com and the 5-Star Partners listing will be highlighted in the April issue of CRN.

CRN also placed Jeff Zobrist on its prestigious list of 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs which represents the most powerful leaders in the IT channel who hold direct responsibility for driving growth and revenue for their organizations through their partners. Individuals are selected based on their track record of channel accomplishments, standing in the industry, dedication to the partner community, and plans for driving future business innovation and channel growth.

“On behalf of Siemens PLM Software, and our extended channel team, I am personally honored to be named a 2015 Channel Chief. Siemens PLM Software has a strong foundation and compelling partner program with mutually rewarding partner relationships. We will continue to listen to our partners and customers so we can develop and deliver robust programs to reduce costs, maximize margin contribution, and acquire premium customers.”

The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, systems and services with over nine million licensed seats and more than 77,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with its customers to provide industry software solutions that help companies everywhere achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by making real the innovations that matter. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a leading provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions and automation and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading supplier of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2013, which ended on September 30, 2013, revenue from continuing operations totaled €75.9 billion and income from continuing operations €4.2 billion. At the end of September 2013, Siemens had around 362,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

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