Tech Elite 250 list recognizes IT solution providers with deep technical expertise and premier certifications

New York, NY, March 26, 2018 – Derive Technologies (including Derive's dedicated Derive Healthcare practice) announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Derive Technologies to its 2018 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 suppliers, scaled to their company size.

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, CEO of Derive Technologies, said, "We’re honored to have been named to CRN’s Tech Elite 250 list. It is important to us that 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 continued Platinum partnerships with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), HP, Inc., Microsoft Gold Partner status, and other premiere relationships with long-time partners, Cisco, Citrix, Apple, Lenovo and more, including partners for healthcare and more industries."

“Being named to CRN’s Tech Elite 250 list is no small feat,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “These companies have distinguished themselves with multiple, top-level IT certifications, specializations and partner program designations from the industry’s most prestigious technology providers. Their pursuit of deep expertise and broader skill sets in a wide range of technologies and IT practices demonstrates an impressive commitment to elevating their businesses—and to providing the best possible customer experience.”

Mr. Desai said: “Our inclusion on the distinguished Tech Elite 250 list again in 2018, as we have achieved every year for the past six years, lets our clients and prospects know that we, in concert with our partners, continue to be poised to meet today’s most critical and complex IT business needs. These include cybersecurity, cyberdefense and data protection, on hybrid IT and cloud, on software-defined, composable and hyperconverged infrastructure, on edge systems, on IoT, on mobility, on containers, and on managed IT services that help to reduce costs and environmental footprints.”

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

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Derive Technologies (including the dedicated Derive Healthcare practice) was founded in 2001, in a combination of two long-standing New York technology firms that date back to 1986. Derive's team designs and delivers progressive business-technology solutions that meet the challenges of New York metro area, national and global enterprises, with a focus on on-going reduction of capital and operational expenditures, while supporting innovation and business growth.

The principal vertical markets that Derive serves are Healthcare, Financial Services, State, Local and Federal Government and the Public Sector, and other professional services enterprises, from SMBs to organizations of global scale. Practice areas comprise Hybrid IT with Cloud, Hyperconverged and Composable Infrastructure, IT as a Service (ITaaS), Security and Cyberdefense Mobile Workforce and IoT, Artificial Intelligence Solutions, Collaboration, Network Design and Implementation (Switched / Wireless), and Lifecycle Technology Purchasing and Support Services.

Derive's portfolio has been developed in concert with global-leading strategic alliance partners, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), HP, Inc., Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, Apple, VMware, Lenovo and more.


John Wood
Derive Technologies
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