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Bespoke OpenView training available from the channel for first time in Chessington, January 10 2006: OpenPSL, a division of Bell Microproducts and sister company of Ideal Hardware, has become the first UK channel partner accredited to deliver HP OpenView training to resellers and their end user customers.

In a channel first, HP Education is licensing its training material to OpenPSL, making it the UK’s only channel company delivering bespoke HP OpenView training courses.

HP OpenView training can be customised by OpenPSL to directly reflect the user environment, accelerating project roll-outs and software use and increasing the value of implementations.

Existing HP Education training courses are among the most comprehensive and successful in the industry and have trained thousands of users in HP OpenView. To broaden this success, OpenPSL and HP Education identified a channel solution to support HP OpenView sales with tailored training which reflects real world implementations.

By modeling coursework to reflect customer implementations, in effect making the training part of the implementation, resellers’ end user customers benefit by being able to apply knowledge of different HP OpenView modules as they are deployed.

“We can now raise the value of our HP OpenView training by targeting the courses to the exact need of the customer environment. By taking the elements that are relevant to a particular customer and tailoring the course accordingly, we can reduce the number of days required and train more people within that time. We can offer training at customer sites for as few as three people. As a value added distributor we focus on helping resellers engage with customers at all levels, achieve faster customer tie-in and see greater margin return on HP OpenView sales,” says Anthony Molloy, Practice Manager, OpenPSL Partner Services Division.
Resellers can now use OpenPSL’s Partner Services Division to deliver bespoke, on-site training, based on HP course work and fully approved and accredited by HP.

Fiona Monteath, European product lead for HP Education, says: “OpenPSL was chosen because of its history of delivering successful OpenView projects. Making the training part of the implementation process means more successful projects with more confident customers, fewer outages due to customer error and greater customer ROI. By using its expertise to broaden the base of trained OpenView engineers, OpenPSL is delivering on our strategy of growing engagement with our channel and with our customers. These courses mean that we are on track to grow HP Education in line with the tremendous success of the HP OpenView business.”

For the first time the option exists for resellers to offer training through modularized courses to run concurrently with OpenView implementations thus ensuring there is no time lag between project roll-outs and end users taking advantage of the benefits of HP OpenView.

Fully accredited and qualified OpenPSL Partner Services Division personnel will train resellers and their customers. The availability of this training will help shorten sales cycles, grow reseller margins, speed implementations and accelerate end users’ return on investment.
OpenPSL Partner Services Division is the first UK partner to be given total access to HP Education’s OpenView training courses.

For further information please contact Antony Molloy, Partner Services Practice Manager on 0871 230 4585 or, Denise Cran, Partner Services Division Marketing Manager, 0871 230 4546

About Bell Microproducts, OpenPSL and Ideal
OpenPSL and Ideal are specialist IT distributors that form part of the International Bell Microproducts corporation. They are an innovative business at the forefront of the value-added IT distribution market, a fact evidenced by their many achievements and initiatives. Through close collaboration, OpenPSL and Ideal create sales channels for the products and services of vendors and competitive advantage for their channel partners including systems integrators, resellers and VARs. Distributed product ranges encompass networking, PC, UNIX, storage, security, software and mid-range technologies with complete portfolios available from vendors including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, VERITAS, Microsoft, Panasonic EMC and Oracle. OpenPSL and Ideal also offer a service range that includes pre-sales consultancy, configuration, installation, integration, upgrade, consultancy, remote management, migration and hosting components – each of which offers significant margin potential to partners.

OpenPSL and Ideal focus on delivering tangible value and benefits – helping customers to achieve incremental sales, capitalise on new revenue streams, lower their cost of sale and focus on core competencies. Furthermore, specialist programmes – such as that for blade servers – are designed to help partners to identify and secure business in areas of strong or emerging demand. To do so, OpenPSL and Ideal draw on a team of dedicated professionals and a customer-facing culture that’s renowned for its proactivity, and service excellence. OpenPSL and Ideal are part of the Bell Microproducts organisation which has operations in 15 of countries, employs over 1,500 staff and has annual revenues of over €2.3 billion.

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