The 2019 CRN Tech Elite 250

Making The Grade 

Cloud computing, hyper-converged infrastructure, software-defined networking: As each game-changing technology emerges and remakes the IT landscape, businesses and organizations look to their solution providers and strategic service providers to help them understand and implement the IT that best meets their needs and provides them with a competitive advantage.

That means solution providers must always be at the top of their technology game. Businesses and organizations look for solution providers with deep skills who can help them derive maximum value from their IT investments. And training and vendor certifications for solution providers are critical components of that.

Take Zones, the Auburn, Wash.-based solution provider that works with a broad range of IT from multiple vendors for workplace modernization, data center transformation, network optimization and security fortification.

“Zones sits between vendors and enterprise customers and we want to be the most seamless route between them for IT system sourcing, design and implementation,” said president and chief revenue officer Dan Pickett, in an interview with CRN. Vendor certifications are key to the company’s customer engagement strategy, he said, “and having a real focus on our engagement methodology has been a big part of our growth strategy.”


‘s Tech Elite 250 recognizes those North American IT strategic service and solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications and partner program levels from leading IT vendors.

The following are snapshots of 25 solution providers on the 2019 Tech Elite 250 list, along with highlights of their partner program levels. The complete list can be viewed online at For information on purchasing the complete list with all collected firmographic data, contact Laurie Condon on the East Coast ( or Nora Uriarte on the West Coast (

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