WALTHAM, Mass. — July 16, 2013 — Brainshark, Inc., the leading sales enablement platform provider, today announced a strategic partnership with Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD), one of the world’s largest wholesale distributors of technology products. Through this partnership, Tech Data is authorized to offer SlideShark Team Edition – the award-winning, business-class version of Brainshark’s SlideShark app – in its Solutions Store and through its channel of more than 60,000 resellers across the United States.
With corporate and individual users in more than 140 countries, SlideShark is the industry standard for showing PowerPoints properly on the iPad and iPhone – something not possible prior to SlideShark’s launch. This partnership further extends SlideShark’s reach and channel relationships, and lets Tech Data’s reseller network solve an important problem for customers, many of whom have invested in large-scale iPad deployments. With SlideShark, these companies no longer have to worry that PowerPoints won’t render properly for their sales force and other iPad users, resulting in garbled decks and wasted time. Instead, SlideShark lets mobile professionals view and present PowerPoints with fonts, graphics, animations, hyperlinks and videos intact – helping companies maximize their iOS investments.
“With more than 30 million PowerPoints created every single day, and with the iPad tested or deployed by 94 percent of the Fortune 500, it’s critical that businesses be able to use these technologies together,” said Bob Bristol, vice president of channel sales at Brainshark. “SlideShark solves this issue, and we’re pleased to partner with a world-class distributor like Tech Data to make the app’s benefits available to businesses on an even wider scale.”
Solution providers can access SlideShark Team Edition through Tech Data’s Solutions Store, powered by the Tech Data StreamOne engine. The Solutions Store lets value-added resellers (VARs) search and select cloud products and services, including SlideShark Team Edition – while providing an efficient method for reselling, provisioning and billing to end-user customers.
In addition to letting iOS users show PowerPoints properly, SlideShark Team Edition also provides enterprise-class capabilities for distributing, tracking and managing content securely in the cloud. Advanced analytics help organizations see how presentations are being used in the field, as well as prospect viewing activity. SlideShark Team Edition also offers powerful features for presenters, including the ability to broadcast their slides live over the Web – so remote or in-person attendees can follow along on their computers, smartphones or tablets.
“SlideShark Team Edition is a great fit for Tech Data’s community of solution providers, who frequently support their customers’ iPad deployments,” said Stacy Nethercoat, vice president of product marketing, cloud and software services at Tech Data. “By offering SlideShark, these VARs now can show that the iPad and PowerPoint aren’t mutually exclusive – helping their customers maximize agility and effectiveness on the road, and significantly enhancing mobile user productivity.”
About Tech Data
Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq: TECD) is one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable 120,000 resellers in more than 100 countries to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users. To learn more, visit www.techdata.com.
About Brainshark, Inc.
Brainshark sales enablement solutions accelerate revenue through faster training, increased demand and more successful sales conversations. Brainshark simplifies the creation and delivery of content to ensure that key audiences – regardless of location – are always up-to-date with on-demand access to video communications on any computer or mobile device. Sales enablement functionality, including tight integration with salesforce.com, enables reps to win more deals through better training, improved demand generation and live presentation delivery. Detailed analytics help identify the best opportunities and highest-value content, while providing insights that improve managers’ coaching efforts. Thousands of companies – including half of the Fortune 100 – and millions of individuals rely on Brainshark to increase the impact and reduce the cost of their sales, marketing, and training communications. Learn more at www.brainshark.com.