DOW Networks CEO quoted in Digium Training and Certification Press Release

Digium Expands Award-Winning Channel Partner Program with Training and Certification

Switchvox Unified Communications and Asterisk Open Source Telephony Specializations Ensure Partners are Equipped for Any Phone System Installation and Configuration

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 15, 2010 – Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, today announced the Digium Channel Certification program, enabling Digium channel partners to enhance their expertise in the business phone systems marketplace and increase their sales of Digium’s unified communications and custom VoIP telephony solutions. The new training and certification program officially recognizes partners for their specializations in Digium’s Switchvox unified communications and/or Asterisk telephony solutions.

Digium’s Select and Registered Channel Partners may now become Certified Switchvox Partners by completing the Switchvox online training requirements. This certification ensures these partners have the expertise to sell, configure and support Digium’s award winning Switchvox SMB solutions. As a powerful unified communications platform, this solution integrates an easy-to-use web interface with innovative features such as fax, chat and video calling.

Organizations that wish to be recognized as Certified Asterisk Integration Partners must execute a Digium Select or Registered Partner Agreement and pass the Digium Certified Asterisk Professional (dCAP) exam and online Digium product training. This ensures these partners have the necessary expertise to design, implement and support Digium telephony solutions based on Asterisk, the world’s most popular open source telephony project. They will also be featured on the Digium AsteriskExchange, the official online marketplace that connects users with Asterisk-based products and integrators who can help design and implement communications solutions.

Digium is actively recruiting new channel partners and offers training and certification to each partner category. In addition to the top-tier Select and mid-tier Registered partner levels, Digium also offers an entry-level Affiliate tier. This level is appropriate for organizations who are interested in selling Digium Unified Communications and IP Telephony solutions, without a required minimum annual revenue commitment. Affiliate partners will have access to Digium’s ongoing partner communications, as well as the partner portal, which includes marketing toolkits, videos and sales and technical training.

“Digium’s Channel Certification program allows our partners to efficiently and cost-effectively become experts on Digium solutions,” said Steve Harvey, Digium’s vice president of Worldwide Sales. “Their expertise can be showcased to their potential customers, which adds credibility and profitability to the sale. It’s been well-validated that channel partners who achieve certification generate significantly more revenue and profit than those who have not invested in certification.”

“Digium’s Certification Program gave our sales team a good understanding of Unified Communications by outlining Switchvox’s unique capabilities and the best way to sell Switchvox,” said David Wise, Chief Executive Officer of DOW Networks, a Digium Select partner. “It demonstrates why Digium is a leader and helped us understand the whole dimension of the Digium product line. This certification adds credibility to our sales team and better prepares us to sell Digium solutions.” More details about Digium’s online and instructor-led training can be found at

To learn more about becoming a Digium Channel Partner and earning a distinguished certification, please visit

About Digium

Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® company, created, owns and is the innovative force behind Asterisk, the most widely used open source telephony software. Since its founding in 1999, Digium has become the open source alternative to proprietary communication providers, with offerings that cost as much as 80 percent less. Digium offers Asterisk software free to the open source community and offers Asterisk Open Source Subscriptions and Switchvox IP PBX software to power a broad family of products for small, medium and large businesses. The company’s product line includes a wide range of hardware to enable resellers and customers to implement turnkey solutions or to design their own voice over IP (VoIP) systems. More information is available at


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