New York, NY (PRWEB) April 05, 2016 (*Updated* 6/8) — Derive Technologies announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named the company to its 2016 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors.

To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Companies who have obtained these elite designations— which enable solution providers to deliver premium products, services and customer support—are then selected from a pool of online applicants.

Kirit Desai, Derive Technologies’ CEO, said, "in a year of significant change in the Channel, we’re honored to have been named again to CRN’s Tech Elite 250 list." He continued: "Our industry recognizes that we have met sales and service levels, and that we've invested in thousands of hours of training and practical experience, which have brought us Platinum partnerships with the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and with HP, Inc., as well as Microsoft Gold Partner status, and continued premiere relationships with long-time partners, VMware, Apple and Citrix." Mr. Desai went on to say, "In addition, we've expanded our relationship with Cisco – Derive is now not only certified in Cisco networking solutions, but also in the complete Cisco UCS suite – and Lenovo, having reached Lenovo’s coveted “Topseller” status.” “We’ve even rebranded,” Mr. Desai went on to say, “with a new, responsive website, and new branding and messaging, all more closely aligned with the innovations in our industry and our partners."

“The solution providers selected for our annual Tech Elite 250 list have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and gained strong industry credibility by earning some of the most difficult IT certifications available from top technology vendors,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “Attainment of these exclusive certifications strengthens the channel as a whole by invigorating partnerships and enabling the delivery of exceptional customer service. We congratulate each of these organizations and look forward to their continued success.”

Mr. Desai said: “We’re honored, as we have been for the past four years in row, to be again on the Tech Elite 250 list, as it lets our clients and prospects know that we, in concert with our partners, are ready to meet critical business needs such as the move by corporations and government and public sector agencies to the cloud and IoT, to hybrid and composable infrastructure and to converged systems, addressing cybersecurity, expanding mobility, and meeting ever-changing compliance challenges.”

Coverage of the Tech Elite 250 is featured in the April issue of CRN, and online at

About Derive Technologies

Derive Technologies, founded in 2000 through the combination of two technology firms dating back as far as 1986, and incorporated in 2001, design and delivers IT business solutions that address the challenges of New York Metro Area, national, and global enterprises, with a focus on on-going cost reduction. Derive grew from a local New York system integrator to a value-added enterprise reseller (VAR), and is now a national and international consultancy.

Derive's practices are core infrastructure and data centers, cloud computing, IoT, virtualization, big data, collaboration, mobility, security, networking, IT purchasing, integration and support, and configuration and staging. The markets served by the company are healthcare, financial services, government and public sector, and professional services, with solutions from Derive and the company's alliance partners, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), HP, Inc., Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, Citrix, Apple, Lenovo, and others.

John Wood
Derive Technologies
(212) 363-1111 x250

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.

CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. The Channel Company logo is a trademark of The Channel Company, LLC (registration pending). All rights reserved.

The Channel Company Contact:
Melanie Turpin
The Channel Company
(508) 416-1195

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